International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March 2017
Around the world women’s lives are affected by the social, economic, cultural and political patterns of their experience, and in the Western world, as elsewhere, women still search for ways to
affirm their identity as individuals and to live out their own potential. International Women’s Day on 8 March every year allows women to reflect on their own situations and experiences, and to work
for better conditions and lives for women in their own, and in other, countries.
On Wednesday 8 March 2017, at 6 p.m., St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury, will be marking this day with a service to which absolutely everyone is welcome; young and old, male and female, church-goer
and non-church-goer! Our theme for this service is ‘All shall be well’ and all of the music, text, hymns and prayers will be written or composed by women; those working in the Arts and church today,
and also those from past generations whose experiences inspire us to explore our own lives and our hopes and aspirations for future generations of women around the world.
Our service will be led by Revd Dr Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh of Sarum College, and the music will be led by Godolphin Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Olivia Sparkhall and accompanied by Ute
Schwarting (organ) and Katie Salomon (harp).
Central to our event will be two commissions: one, the world premiere of a song by the composer Carol Jones; the other, a hymn by Faber New Poet, Rachel Curzon. Through the song we aim to create a
link to the women of our distant past by using the language of their day to illustrate our own longing that ‘All things shall be well’: these inspirational words
give out a resolutely hopeful message as well as a call for unity and action. Curzon’s hymn will be set to the melody, ‘Crimond’, by Jessie Seymour Irving. Other contributors include composers
Carol Barratt, June Nixon, Phoebe P. Knapp, Jeanne Demessieux, hymn-writers Fanny J. Crosby and Jean Holloway, historian and writer Alison Daniell, and prayer-writers Ann Lewin and Juliet
Further information can be obtained by contact St Thomas’s Church at www.stthomassalisbury.co.uk or from Louise Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.multitudeofvoyces.co.uk
Wednesday 8 March 2017
St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury
Retiring collection in aid of Salisbury Women’s Refuge