Wednesday 24 June 2020 to Tuesday 30 June 2020
The Festival Hymn has been chosen and sung. The donation page remains open, to thank the singers and support St Michael's & its three charities.
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind was chosen as The Festival Hymn through the public's donations on Sunday June 14th. 'Choosing the hymn' raised £3,025, plus Gift Aid, for the Festival charities (see cumulative Top Tens in the right hand column). If you enjoy the singing in the video above, please show your appreciation with further donations on our VirginMoneyGiving page here. Feel free to add a message of thanks!
The recording of The Festival Hymn was played in church at the end of the Festival Mass on Sunday June 28th. You can stream a video recording of the full Festival Mass here.
Thanks to Jonathan Dods, director of music at St Michael & All Angels, who chose the arrangement, organised and edited the recording and played the organ. It was recorded by the singers below, individually in their homes:
Miriam Morris, Lucy Chambers, John Scott, John Hudson, Vicky and William Brooke, Manju Kurian, Rob Davenport, Danniella Downs, Jonathan Dods, Ben, Charlotte, Gaby and Katy Timmons, Jonathan Dods, Hannah Ainsworth, Chris Ainsworth, Clare Harrison, Bella Davies, Sally and Nick Floyer, John and Dawn Rolt, Caroline Williams, Cara Curran, Diana Goodeve-Docker, Caroline Simonds and Beryl Yorath.
They are members of the following choirs: St Michael & All Angels, Chiswick Choir, St Michael's Elmwood Road, and the parents choir at Orchard House School. Thanks to them all.
Some of the singers also appear in the video, which was recorded afterwards on Zoom, to convey a visual impression of recording from home. Because of the digital timelag, it is not possible to record the actual singing via Zoom. Thanks to Amelia Williams for organising and editing the recording, and to William Brooke for the drone images of St Michael & All Angels Church.
St Michael & All Angels was due to celebrate its 140th anniversary with a full orchestra and chorus, at its annual Festival Mass on Sunday June 28th. Instead - inspired by its fund-raising Hymnathons (see photos, right) - the church invited the community to sing The Festival Hymn, in aid of St Michael's and its three charities: The Upper Room, WaterHarvest and West London Welcome.
Watch 'Hymnathon 2017: The Film' by Kelvin Murray plus reports and details
Watch 'Hymnathon 2012: The Film' by Kelvin Murray on YouTube