Sunday 1st May brought with it cold, windy and very wet weather – ideal conditions in which to go to the top of the Roberts Tower and greet the summer with a performance of seasonal madrigals!

The Mixed Chamber Choir rose early and, on the stroke of 8.00am, launched into Summer is icumen in, which is reputedly the oldest piece of secular music existing in written form. This was followed by Farmer’s Fair Phyllis I saw Sitting All Alone and Morley’s April is in my Mistress’ Face, and the performance concluded with Morley’s joyful Now is the Month of Maying. 

The choir was in fine voice, despite the early hour and unfavourable weather, but they were glad to defrost and dry off over a convivial breakfast afterwards!