We are delighted to announce that £3,000 was raised in memory of Senior Lay Clerk, Duncan Perkins, at a special concert held in his memory at the start of May.
Senior Lay Clerk and friend of Duncan’s, Ian Thompson, shares with us his account of that special evening:
On the evening of Saturday 9 May a remarkable concert took place in the Cathedral Nave: a Memorial Concert in memory of Duncan Perkins, Senior Lay Clerk in the Cathedral Choir for over 20 years, and amember of the Choir for 40 years. Duncan taught French at Kent College for many years, sang in choirs in London, in close harmony groups, sang solos in countless concerts, and a vital member of the Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera. The large orchestra and choir for the concert consisted of a galaxy of talent: colleagues and friends from these different groups, who all wanted to pay tribute to Duncan, as well as to raise money for the Pilgrims Hospice, where Duncan died last August, and the Cathedral Music Fund. The concert was quite amazing: there was only one rehearsal with both choir and orchestra, yet the Verdi was performed with tremendous élan. It was enhanced by the singing of four splendid soloists: Penelope Martin-Smith (soprano), Catherine Parkin (mezzo-soprano), Paul Young (tenor) and Andrew Rupp (bass), of whom three are parents of Choristers, and the fourth is a current Lay Clerk at the Cathedral. It was inspired by the conducting of maestro Dr David Flood, the Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers, and much enjoyed by the sizeable audience, which included the then Lord Mayor, Councillor Ann Taylor, the Dean and Elizabeth Wicks, widowof former Cathedral Organist, Allan Wicks. What a wonderful tribute it was to Duncan! The music rang in my ears for the next week. I am sure that he would have been very proud of all the performers
Ian Thompson Cathedral Lay Clerk
From the money raised that evening £2,000 will go to the Pilgrims Hospice and £1,000 to the Cathedral Music Fund.
If you are travelling along the south coast or on the Isle of Wight in August, you will see the tall spire of All Saints Church which dominates the skyline above the town of Ryde, and is always lit overnight. During the month of August the illumination will be sponsored by Eleanor Boulter in memory of the late Duncan Perkins, for 40 years a lay clerk, who loved the Island and often came to visit. When you see it, remember our dear friend.