Musical members of the MCM community came together during lockdown to perform ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ which opened this year’s Online Prize Giving.
The piece is a British patriotic hymn, created in 1921 when a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice was set to music by Gustav Holst.
The poem circulated privately for a few years until it was set to music by Holst, to a tune he adapted from his Jupiter to fit the words of the poem. It was performed as a unison song with orchestra in the early 1920s, and it was finally published as a hymn in 1925/6 in the Songs of Praise hymnal (no. 188).
The piece was sent out to all Beaks, Pupils and Parents to practise, record and submit during the second half of term. It was definitely a rousing moment to commence the final celebration of the year.