Sing unto the Lord a new song - WWI centenary exhibition
This exhibition, which will be on display in the North Transept of the church during November, commemorates the centenary of the end of WWI on 11th November 1918.
Susan Vincent, a niece of two of the choirmen who died, has carried out extensive research into the lives of her two uncles Albert and William Elmes, as well as the fourteen other choristers who died, many of whom enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment.
‘Thou hast put a new song in my mouth’ is the inscription on the brass choir war memorial plaques in the North Choir Aisle of this church. The words are taken from Psalm 40. There are two carved stone figures above the vestry door, representing the Archangels Michael (warfare) and Uriel (worship).
Mr Ernest Broodbank, father of one of the deceased pairs of brothers unveiled the memorial on Sunday 3rd April, 1932. The anthem at this service was ‘Greater Love’ by John Ireland and the hymn ‘For all the saints who from their labours rest’ was sung.By the time of his death in 1940, Ernest had served more than forty years as a choirman.
On Sunday 2nd August 1914, two days before Britain declared war on Germany, Cyril Broodbank was the tenor soloist in the anthem ‘Seek ye the Lord’ by J Varley Roberts, (Organist of Magdalen College Oxford) a solo which Cyril had sung on a number of occasions with the choir. In September 2018, St Mary Redcliffe Choir recorded this anthem which you can hear by clicking on the audio file to the right.