May Day Madrigals

Photo shown: The traditional May Day Madrigals, 2018

May Day can often bring connotations of change, and images of hope for the coming season in opportunity and possibility. Traditionally, in the College Community, a group of singers would ascend to the top of the Bradleian arches at 8am to grace the assembled below with madrigals and other choral works in celebration of this day.

However, with the global pandemic and governmental restrictions in place this year, May Day was celebrated in a different way. At home, the choristers of the Compline Choir were able to video themselves singing their respective musical lines of the five-part ballett by Thomas Morley, “Now is the Month of Maying”. Then, through the wonders of technology, a film compiling the footage was created. Pupils, Parents, and Staff of the College Community received this video on Friday 1st May, preserving the tradition of this particular madrigal being sung by the College on May Day. My sincere thanks to all the choristers that took part in this musical initiative.

And whilst the world seems rather upside-down at the moment, and the precedence of uncertainty remains for now, this little snippet of music allows us to take a step back from what has become the norm, and remember the true sentiments of this day.

Adam Meehan-Staines
Choirmaster & Academic Music Teacher

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