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Occasional pieces for the congregation of All Souls, Langham Place

I was a member of the congregation at All Souls - at that time the "evangelical cathedral" of London - from late 1980 until the end of 1985, during which time I shared the leadership of various activities and music, and met and married Tessa.

I fell into the role of "bard" by documenting various events and personal histories in song or rhyme to a greater or (usually) lesser degree of accuracy. Michael Lawson, who was curate and Director of Pastoring at the time, started the process by asking me to report to the weekly prayer meeting on a training weekend  "in any way I liked", so I wrote a calypso.

Just as she is (for Helen MacIntosh, 2005)

Roger Simpson's calypso (1984) 

True Brit (the ballad of Andrew Cornes) (1984) 

The Bewespeak calypso (for Richard Bewes, 1984)

The LinkUp calypso (1983) 

The Pilgrim Hall calypso (1983)