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London Singing

Highgate United Reformed Church Chapel, London, United Kingdom

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The 9th annual London All-Day singing was held at Highgate URC Chapel, Pond Square, London, and was called to order by Andrew Clark leading 34b. Marjorie Brown offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were appointed to serve: Chairman—Andrew Clark; Treasurer—Machna Novak; Chaplain—Rev. Marjorie Brown; Secretary—Amy Cutts.

Leaders: Kate Kirwan 52t; Ed Johnson-Williams 68b; Marjorie Brown 171; Francis Gaskin 76b; Joss Tait 106; Steve Brett 41; Machna Novak 313b; Derek Buckland 324; Teresa Maguire 77t; Pete Eiseman-Renyard 186; Jan Lawrence 31b; George Simms 230; Caro Stamm-Reusch 96; Tom Greig 30t; Diane Chittock 228; Matthew Parkinson 52b; Cath Saunt 272.


Rachel Wemyss brought the class back to order leading 72b. Leaders: Erin Johnson-Williams 290; Joe Jones 350; William Cleary 492; Emily Spademan 40; Sam Carter 314; Stacy Hackner and Machna Novak 268; Alec Williams 133; Inga Hübner 361; Arthur Swindells 404; Florine Vieilly-Eymard 501; Colin Monson 86; Camilla Marie Widholm 550; Oskar Kvasnes 176b; Nina Riegler 127; Barry Parsons 568.


The class was brought back to order by Joe Jones leading 354b. Leaders: Sam Carter 292; Ian Lamb 339; Andrew Clark 31t; Alexander Cotton 481; Sara Sandberg 47t; Greg Carson and Joe Jones 49t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jacoba Bruneel, leading 499 in memory of the following deceased: Tom Paley, Jan North, Bert Draycott, Chris Dudley, Jeff Stote, Hugh McGraw, Catherine Monson, and Natalie Herold. Amy Cutts gave the sick and housebound lesson, and led 452 for the following people: Geoffrey Rendle, Sigrid Trotman, Caroline Vennard, Sheila Roach, Ken Roach, Helen Bushell, Rob Burbea, and Denise Mansi.

Leaders: Ed Johnson-Williams 273; Rachel Wemyss 61; Gwendal Geleoc 65; Ailish McMahon 500; Caro Stamm-Reusch 528; Florine Vieilly-Eymard 276; Tom Greig 138b. Joss Tait gave thanks before dinner on the grounds.


Francis Gaskin brought the class back to order leading 111b. Leaders: Amy Cutts 300; Matthew Parkinson 564; Cath Saunt 203; Oskar Kvasnes 145b; Erin Johnson-Williams 207; Steve Brett 527; Camilla Marie Widholm 110; Ian Lamb 547; Teresa Maguire 383; Barry Parsons 351; Ailish McMahon 89; Sam Carter 512; Marjorie Brown 474; Alexander Cotton 344; Sara Sandberg 39t; William Cleary 70b; Nina Riegler 126; Gwendal Geleoc 159.


The class was brought back to order by Emily Spademan leading 282. Leaders: Char Hayward 105; Beth Atkinson 162; Daniel Ardern and Ian Lamb 386; Kathryn Rose 95; Arthur Swindells 448t; Joanna Lewis 113; Alec Williams 477; Sheila Miller and Arthur Swindells 532; Inga Hübner 56b; Duane Nasis 548; Colin Monson 457; Derek Buckland 277; Kate Kirwan 201; Greg Carson and Francis Gaskin 296; Jacoba Bruneel 168; Sara Sandberg 144; George Simms 70t.

The Secretary reported that sixty-seven singers had registered, with representation from six countries: UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and USA. There were forty-nine leaders and eighty-seven songs were sung.

After announcements, Andrew Clark gave thanks to everyone who had helped make the day a success. He led 347 as the closing song. Amy Cutts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Andrew Clark; Secretary—Amy Cutts