Music truly is the tie that binds. Even in these challenging times, it is connecting musicians at the Mathieson Music School in Kolkata with their friends at St. Mary’s Chard in Somerset, UK.
Today, Sunday, May 17, 2020, is Rogation Sunday, which is traditionally one of the three days before Ascension Day. Rogation Days are ones in which the faithful give thanks for their food and those who produce it; it is also a time when people ask for blessing on crops to yield a bountiful harvest.
Traditionally congregants at St. Mary’s Chard walk to all of the local Anglican churches, including St. Mary’s Wambrook, St. Mary’s Chard, St. Nicholas Combe St. Nicholas, and St. Andrew’s Whitestaunton, to pray and celebrate together. This year they were forced to adapt their service to comply with social distancing requirements, but they were also able to add musical accompaniment (via video) provided by the staff at the MMS.
Reverend Georgina Vye has provided us with a beautiful video of the service, including the music provided by Deputy Headmaster John Ashis Mondal (violin 1); Headmaster Dipak Sapui (violin 2); Superintendent Sairul Mollah (cello); Food Relief Team Member Projesh Dhari (cello/alto); and Executive Member Suraj Dolui (cello).
We hope you enjoy walking with them through the beautiful countryside of Somerset, sharing in their worship, and listening to the wonderful, heartfelt music of this group of talented musicians—all of whom were trained at MMS.