Trusty Servant May 2019 No.127 - Page 6

No.127 King’s Chorister The boys sang brilliantly. It was easy: they copied him. Winning the national TV competition Fanfare for Young Musicians in 1981 with The Trusty Servant a performance of Schubert’s song ‘Nacht und Träume’, they received the prize from the renowned singer Thomas Allen. Hilary Finch writing in the TE summed up what many others perceived: ‘The Winchester College Quiristers - a unique combination of alertness, happiness and real sense of performance.’ As well as the commitment to liturgical music, a thrilling secular repertoire was developed. There were operas, European tours and prestigious concerts and recordings, including the European premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem in Vienna with Lorin Maazel and the Churchill Memorial Concert at Blenheim Palace. The 1990 recording of Mozart’s Salzburg Masses was heralded as one of The Times newspaper’s recordings of the year. ‘I am spellbound by the quality’, wrote the reviewer in The Musical Times. on a prescient tribute paid by CM Fiddian (Headmaster of King’s College School) at the conclusion of Julian’s choristership: ‘I am not looking forward to losing him. He has during all his time here been unfailingly cheerful and contented and he has helped to make others the same, a strong influence for pleasant behaviour and for a nice spirit.’ Ably and loyally supported by his wife Fiona (also a visiting music teacher at Winchester, and an absolute stalwart of the Winchester College community), JJHS made singing vibrant and fun for generations of Wykehamists. His legacy lives on. A Memorial Service for Julian will be held in Chapel on Saturday 29th June at 2.30pm. All those wishing to attend are asked please to email: wincollsoc@wincoll.ac.uk Most obituaries chronicle events and achievements in calendar order, but in this case it is worth reflecting Re-ordering Michlā Fiona Hudd of Seymour & Bainbridge Architects reports: St Michael’s Church, better known to Winchester College as Michlā, is a relatively recent addition to the school, having been loaned from the Diocese of Winchester in 1966 for use as a chapel when the church was made redundant and then purchased in 1972. Recognising that Michlā was looking a little tired and was underused, the College appointed a project team, led by Seymour & Bainbridge, to explore the potential for adapting the church for a wider range of uses, including choir and orchestra-rehearsal space, and to add toilet facilities. The church is set within a small churchyard bounded by St Michael’s Passage on the south side and Quiristers to the east. It was immediately clear that extending the church was not an option and that any improvements had to be accommodated within the existing footprint. Internally, the layout of fixed pews and choir stalls was limiting the use of the building and repairs to the building fabric were also needed. The challenge was to identify those aspects of the church which could be changed and those which had to remain in order to retain the character and significance of this Grade II* church. Investigating 6 the history and development of the church was the first task to inform proposals for re-ordering. Although not widely known, the church is one of only six remaining mediaeval churches in Winchester and is recorded in the register of John of Pontoise, Bishop of Winchester (1282-1304). Previously called St Michael-in-the-Soke or St Michael- without-Kingsgate, the church served the eastern suburb of the city and retains significant elements of mediaeval fabric, including parts of the nave walls and a scratch, or mass, dial positioned centrally on the south side. The west tower dates from the 15th century and contains a set of five bells, no longer rung. Internally, there