The twenty first Oxford
All-Day Singing was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in June. Chairman
Sheila Girling Macadam called the class to order at 10:00 am leading 34b, and
Mary Welch offered the opening prayer. The following officers were elected or
appointed to serve: Chairman--Sheila Girling Macadam; Vice-Chairman--Edwin
Macadam; Treasurer--Werner Ullah; Secretaries--Mary Welch and Rebecca Over;
Arranging Committee--Catherine Roberts and Nigel Bowley; Pitchers--Rachel Jordan,
Andrew Clark, Matthew Parkinson and Toby Goss; Chaplains--Mary Welch, Andrew
Clark, Toby Goss, Caroline Ungoed-Thomas.
Toby Goss 50b; Mandy
Townsend 52t; Edwin Macadam 48t; Rachel Jordan 492; Werner Ullah 49b; Catherine
Roberts 76b; Andrew Clark 73b; Nick Hall 99; Rebecca Over 234; George Simms 28b;
Steven Welch 147b; Jenny Pett 452; Seth Dickens 163b; Alec Williams 105; Grace
Scrimgeour 216; Derek Buckland 49t; Robin Bisson 63.
Nigel Bowley brought the
class back to order leading 39t. Leaders: Brenda Harvey 29t; Leilai Immel-Parkinson
30t; Steve Biggs and Sam Bickerseth 276; Johannes Sauer 294; Neil Horlock 267;
Matthew Parkinson 160b; Hyke Sakaras 551; Machna Nowak 59; Arthur Swindells 157;
Mandy Townsend 302; Catherine Roberts 340; Derek Buckland 274b; Sheila Girling
Macadam 442; Toby Goss 472; George Simms 269; Grace Scrimgeour 33b; Teresa
Maguire 284; Werner Ullah 448b; Jenny Pett 289; Edwin Macadam 192.
Seth Dickens brought the
class back to order leading 122. Leaders: Richard Percival 287; Rebecca Over
562; Rachel Jordan 353; Robin Bisson 564; Nigel Bowley 565; Catherine Roberts
In the Sick and Housebound
Lesson, Andrew Clark spoke of the importance of listening, and how we should
consider clearing away some of the psychological furniture in the houses of our
own minds in order to understand the problems of others. Whilst Andrew led 68b,
we held the following in our thoughts: Charlene Wallace (GA, USA), Velton Chafin
and Ottis Sides (both AL, USA), Stephen Marini (MA, US), Maddy O’Brien
(Eastbourne), Rosemary Cooper (Catsfield), David Collins (London), Pat
Economides (Coventry), and Peter Grant (Banbury).
Toby Goss conducted the
Memorial Lesson, reflecting how since 2014 he had entered on the Sick and
Housebound List at every singing he had attended the name of a long-hospitalised
individual from his village, someone he had never known. He shared with us the
catharsis of moving her name to the Memorial List in 2018. Toby led 390 as we
remembered the following: Willdean Barton, Mike Jones and Eugene Forbes (all of
AL, USA), Rodney Ellsworth Willard and Barbara Ruth Hastings Willard (both of AZ,
USA), Marlene Spector Levine and Richard Levine (both of NJ, USA), Doug Webb
(TX, USA), Karl Walbrecht (VA, USA), Roberto Cavallar (Trento, Italy), William
Girling (Toronto, Canada), Gregor Bosch (Berlin, Germany), Maureen Carty
(Dublin, Ireland), Ann Bachelor, Trevor Botting, Jackie Bishop (all of Lewes),
John Marsh (Weeley), Michael Ridge, Steve Bird and Karen Bitu (all of London),
Dennis Lingwood (Wedbury), Heather Simms and Susan Carr (Leeds), Bob Patten (Morchard
Bishop), Michael Black (Oxford), Ian Clark (Brixham), Matthew Talbot
(Birmingham) and Roger Bullen (Cropredy). The Memorial lesson was closed with
prayer by Andrew Clark.
The class resumed singing
with Teresa Maguire leading 72b. Leaders: Alec Williams 178; Brenda Harvey 159;
Machna Nowak 504; Nick Hall 441. Caroline Ungoed-Thomas offered thanks for the
The afternoon session commenced with Nigel Bowley leading 52b. Leaders: Arthur
Swindells 314; Steve Welch 569t; Toby Goss 339; Alec Williams 473; Mandy
Townsend 203; George Simms 342; Johannes Sauer 344; Rebecca Over 540; Edwin
Macadam 532; Matthew Parkinson 193; Rachel Jordan 522; Andrew Clark 270; Sheila
Girling Macadam 454 (for Bernard Collard); Robin Bisson 377; Nick Hall 455;
Arthur Swindells 505; Leilai Immel-Parkinson 392; Richard Percival 38b; Neil
Horlock 324; Hyke Sakaras 107. Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 53
to mark twenty years of Sacred Harp singing in Oxford, after which a celebratory
cake was consumed.
The final session commenced with Werner Ullah leading 503. Leaders: Derek
Buckland 58; Jenny Pett 266; Johannes Sauer 36b; Steve Welch 40; Leilai Immel-Parkinson
312b; Seth Dickens 410t; Teresa Maguire 42; Matthew Parkinson 177; Brenda Harvey
133; Grace Scrimgeour 547; Andrew Clark 318.
The Secretaries reported
50 singers had registered from the UK, and Germany, and 88 songs had been led by
30 leaders. The Treasurer reported all the day's expenses had been met.
Announcements of forthcoming singings were made. Sheila Girling Macadam and
Edwin Macadam thanked all the officers, committees and anyone who helped in any
way to make this singing a success. It was agreed the 22nd Oxford
All-Day Singing should be held at the Botley Women’s Institute Hall on Saturday
27 June 2020.
Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam led 347 as the closing song. Andrew
Clark offered the closing prayer, after which the class was dismissed.
Macadam; Vice-Chairman--Edwin Macadam; Treasurer--Werner Ullah; Secretaries--Mary
Welch and Rebecca Over.