Monday, 23 July 2018

Director of music becomes student at Yale

THE director of music at St Mary’s Church in Henley has left for America.

Jonathan White, 31, held the role for three years and was previously a music tutor at Oxford University. He will begin a two-year masters’ degree in theology and sacred music at Yale University later this month and hopes to become a priest.

At his final church service, Dr White was surprised by the St Mary’s choir with a medley of American music, including Home On The Range, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Shenando, American Pie, My Lord What A Morning, God Bless America and I’ll Always Be In England. They also sang The Whiffenpoof Song, which is associated with an a capella group from Yale.

Dr White, from Oxford, also had dinner with the choir and parishioners at the Chantry House in Hart Street. His leaving gifts included a cotta, a type of clerical dress, from the church and Henley Royal Regatta gold cufflinks and a book of photographs of the Thames from the choir.

He said: “The church seems to know how to send people off in a good way. I have mixed emotions. I’m sad to go but I’m also looking forward to new challenges.”

Liz Brent, who arranged the music for the medley, said: “It was a lovely send-off.”

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