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.
Headmaster Dipak Sapui let us know that the skies cleared enough for emergency food distribution to MMS children and their families to begin again on Wednesday, 22nd April.
While this trip was much longer than the first two, the team tells us that, luckily, it was also much smoother. Our MMS superheroes were able to bring food to students in more remote villages. Thanks to their bravery and hard work, our students should have enough supplies to face the coming weeks.
Alongside much-needed food, our MMS team is making sure our students are still getting the education they deserve. Home learning has been arranged for students in maths, Bengali and English.
Dipak and everyone at MMS are very grateful to all our friends worldwide who have helped make this possible. Dipak said it best: “We are grateful to all our Trustees and supporters in the USA, UK, Australia and elsewhere for their continuous support and prayers. We know that with your continued support we will overcome this hurdle and move on to happy days.”
We have two new wonderful recordings of Jerry Noble’s first piece in the Songs of Hope series, one performed by Jean Jeffries (horn) and one by Ann Faulkner (violin). We’re looking forward to hearing an organ version from Iah Fontaine.
Anup and Jerry are still performing together–even thousands of miles apart. We hope you enjoy listening to the two of them perform Songs of Hope No. 1, composed by Jerry on March 22, 2020, so he and Anup could continue to make music together even though Anup is in London and Jerry is in Massachusetts.
Stay tuned for more Songs of Hope coming soon! Three more are composed and they’re working on recording them.
Anup recently shared with us this lovely photo of the MMS
class in 2017. Seeing everyone together is a bittersweet memory right now, but
it just reminds us of how wonderful it will be to welcome our girls back to
school in 2020.
If you want to help us bring them back as fast as possible,
click the donate link below. Thank you to all the friends of MMS who have lent
their time, energy and resources to supporting our girls!
A great show in Colchester! Many thanks to our wonderful friends Pat, Kath and David for organizing the show and hosting musicians. Thanks also to everyone who attended the show and donated in support of the Mathieson Music School.
Anup, along with Jennifer and Daniel Brevik and a talented group of musicians from the United Kingdom, are in the middle of the Silver Jubilee UK Concert Tour 2019. They are working hard, sharing great music to raise money toward our goal of $2 million needed to complete construction on the new home of the Mathieson Music School at St. John’s International School.
Click the image to see a larger version so you can find out whether they will be doing a concert near you. If you are close by, don’t miss these terrific performances!
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