with music performed by Godolphin Vocal Ensemble (director Olivia Sparkhall) and Salisbury IWD singers.
Photographs copyright: Charlotte Mortimer-Talman
Over 100 men, women and children came together at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury on Thursday March 8th, to celebrate women's gifts of music, words and Ministry on International Women's Day. The service was entirely written, composed and led by, women and the theme this year was 'Light Eternal'. Three new compositions received their premiere; 'My faith is my light' by Hilary Campbell, Lux Aeterna by Olivia Sparkhall, and the new hymn-tune 'Cleeton St Mary' by Rachel Hewitt, written to be sung to the words 'Sing a new church' by Sister Dolores Duffner, OSB.
Six ministers from across the city's churches, led the service, and Rev Ana Gobledale of United Reformed Church, Salisbury, delivered the homily.
The service brought together the creativity of over 45 women and girls from the Salisbury community, each bringing their own particular skills and gifts.
The service focussed on the writings of Dame Hildegard of Bingen and her Revelations of Divine Love, and received national attention through social media and through the Church Times https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/16-march/news/uk/churches-accused-of-institutional-sexism-on-international-women-s-day
The service, devised in partnership between St Thomas's Church, Salisbury, Multitude of Voyces, Godolphin School, and St Edmund's School (Salisbury) was part of the MoV 'Women in Church Music' project supporting, nurturing and commissioning liturgical music by women.