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Choral Evensong returns again to the Somerset countryside

Once again this summer there is a series of Summer Choral Evensongs in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Orchardleigh (BA11 2PH) – all the services are at 6:00pm.

The first will take place on Sunday 21st June, sung by the choir of Amesbury Abbey and the next on Sunday 19th July, sung by ‘Cantores Occasu’.

On Sunday 16th August the church celebrates the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, its ‘Patronal Festival’ – the service will be sung by members of the parish and the service concludes with ‘extended voluntaries’ or mini organ recital given by David King, the Director of Music, in aid of HelpMusiciansUK and will be followed by a social get together.

The final service in the series is on Sunday 20th September and will be sung by the choir of St John the Baptist, Devizes.

The Church of St Mary dates back to the 14th Century and sits on a moated island adjacent to the lake on the Orchardleigh estate, and due to its location has no electricity and all services are illuminated by candlelight and the organ is pumped by hand!