Visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Wells Cathedral

Visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Wells Cathedral


On Monday 17 May, The Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex made a visit to Wells Cathedral as part of a wider visit to Somerset, coinciding with the re-opening of hospitality and tourism businesses.

After being introduced to members of the St John’s Ambulance service on the Cathedral Green, The Countess, as Royal Patron of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, was greeted by the Dean of Wells, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL, who escorted Her Royal Highness into the Cathedr

The Countess was then greeted by the Chairman of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, Mr Arnold Wills, and the Head Master of Wells Cathedral School, Mr Alastair Tighe, and introduced to some of the guests in attendance. Her Royal Highness was invited to take a seat in the Nave for a short performance given by the Wells Cathedral Choristers which included two uplifting pieces: The Lord is my Shepherd by Howard Goodall (more commonly known as the theme from the TV series, The Vicar of Dibley) and a sparkling arrangement of Sydney Carter’s hymn, The Lord of the Dance. The recital was conducted by the Director of Music, Mr Jeremy Cole, and accompanied by the Assistant Director of Music, Mr Alexander Hamilton.

Following the recital, Her Royal Highness met the Choristers and they were delighted to talk to her about their experiences in the Choir, particularly during the recent lockdowns, and of their love of music and performance. Before she left, The Countess was presented with a posy by the two youngest choristers, Clemmie and Stanley, and took afternoon tea with honoured guests.

The two youngest Choristers, Clemmie and Stanley, presented Her Royal Highness with a posy.

The two youngest Choristers, Clemmie and Stanley, presented Her Royal Highness with a posy.

The Earl of Wessex met the Precentor, The Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, to discuss current fabric projects at the Cathedral. With members of the Music Foundation and representatives of the Friends of Wells Cathedral, His Royal Highness heard about issues arising with the Cathedral Organ, which were then demonstrated with some choice musical excerpts given by Mr Alexander Hamilton. This was followed by a brief presentation, given by Mr Jeremy Cole, who highlighted the corresponding issues within the instrument.

After visiting the Cathedral, The Earl and Countess were welcomed by the Bishop’s Palace before leaving Wells.

His Royal Highness discusses current fabric projects with The Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle

His Royal Highness discusses current fabric projects with The Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle
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