Sunday 21st June 2015 – Midsummer Concert celebrates our link to the Duke of Chandos

A big thank you to Adrian Butterfield, Richard Brain and all who performed and attended our fantastic Midsummer Concert on 21st June when we performed two of Handel’s Chandos Anthems, to mark the link between our church and the Duke of Chandos. The choir and orchestra performed Handel’s Chandos Anthem No 9 “O praise the Lord with one consent” HWV 254 and No 11 “Let God Arise” HWV 256a.

The concert took place as part of our 400th Anniversary Celebrations. The Weld Chapel (and much of the land surrounding the present day church) was formerly within the estate of the Third Duke of Chandos, who lived in Minchenden House (now demolished) with his wife Margaret, who inherited the house from her father, shortly after it was built in 1747.

Minchenden House was a substantial brick building with so many windows that villagers used to say there was one for every week in the year! The Duke was a grand man, travelling with much pomp and ceremony and entertaining the great and the good, including George II. The Duke had so many horses that a second range of stables was built on the site of what is now the Parish Centre!

Chandos Anthems Rehearsal

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