18. The Village of LANGTON, North Yorkshire
A village in the Yorkshire Wolds but, north of the official East Riding of Yorkshire, and about 3 miles south of MALTON.
Langton is small charming village south of Malton in North Yorkshire, though I've classed it as a Wolds village since it is set in rolling farmland, low hills and horse training establishments and it is in the northern part of the East Yorkshire Wolds. It is a one street village, with one church, one village green, one state primary school and one post box! At the east end of the main street are the gates to Langton Hall (above), a private school from 1929 to 2012, once home of the Norcliffe family and still owned by their descendents (Howard-Vyse family).
The village green, Langton. The village is small but all the lovely cottages, green and church make it a compact and satisfying 'villagescape'.
Even on a grey day in March 2015, the houses on the main street are quite charming and most were built around 1820-1840.
Looking east along Main Street.
Some of the charming stone houses with their characteristic 'church-like' pointed windows.
Where the houses or cottages built by the Langton Hall estate for their workers?
The Village Green, Langton, good to see some lads playing football on the green.
The small Parish Church of St Andrew, Langton. It consists of a chancel, nave and west tower.
St Andrews was extensively rebuilt in 1822 but there bits old masonry from the 13th century.
The graveyard of St Andrews', Langton, with few early spring flowers appearing in March.
A three light stained glass east window over the altar and a two light stained glass window in the south wall of the nave.
The elaborate tomb of Mary Watkinson, who died giving birth to twins in 1656, sadly all three died, and all three commemorated here in Langton Church. The recumbent effigy of poor Mary has looped draperies and against the back wall are two babies, their hands on skulls and guarded by seated angels. At the top of this grand, but sad monument, is an achievement of arms flanked by two obelisks.
Langton is a bit of the 'beaten track' of places to visit in the Yorkshire Wolds, BUT an invitation to singers to join a local choir to rehearse and sing Part 2 and Part 3 of Handel's Messiah in one day (March 21st 2015) was irresistible. I'm bass section member of the Dalesmen Singers Male Voice Choir (based in Danby, N. Yorks) were the 'come and sing day' was mentioned. My desire to join in was primarily promoted by the fact that I'd just started learning the chorus base part with the 'St Hilda's Festival Chorus' in Whitby for performance on April 25th 2015 and I'd already missed some of the rehearsals. So, read on ... !!!
A series of pictures in sequence through the day March 21st 2015 I hope conveys how it went.
Looking through the chancel into the nave as conductor Ian Conlan welcomes us all, and gets us all relaxed and organised ...
.. and away we go with rehearsing Part 2 of Handel's Messiah in the first morning session.
A welcome break before getting into Part 3, phew!
The little orchestra practising with one of the soloists in the afternoon.
Soprano Jenny Hill (above), contralto Janet Kelly, tenor Dan Hunt and bass Duncan Pierson
Looking east down the nave of St Andrew's Church, Langton. The choir were assembling to complete rehearsing Part 3 in the afternoon, and enjoyed a preview of the soprano soloist.
Beneath the chancel arch, the orchestra with Ian in full flow, and a splendidly wide range of musician ages!
The audience assembling and the choir getting ready to go for it, I think conductor Ian is just making his way to the podium, so time to put the camera away and focus on the music!
Altos on the far left, basses in the left foreground, sopranos on the far right and a glimpse of a tenor on the right.
Three of the soloists, alto, tenor and bass were also part of the chorus choir, some stamina!
So, we all ~40 of us were packed in the chancel and once going, the sound was just fantastic with some really good strong singers 'leading the line'. To me the atmosphere was amazing through the whole performance, extra special for me, having never sang any of it before in public. In the confined space of the chancel, it was almost like in a mass vocal quartet and singing to each other (and appreciatively too throughout the day), no doubt the echo effect enhancing the 'sound picture'. I've never experienced anything like it and everybody seemed to have really enjoyed a most satisfying of musical day.
The square font is 13th century, from the original medieval church?, decorated with trefoiled arcading and some nailhead.
It was conveniently used as a table for some interval refreshments for both audience and performance after a hearty rendition of the 'Hallelujah Chorus' to finish Part 2 of Handel's Messiah.
'Little' LANGTON PLEASE DO ANOTHER 'COME ALONG AND SING THE MESSIAH' AGAIN SOON
The mid-day break in rehearsals was a few hours, so a few of us went to The Jolly Farmers Arms in Leavening about three miles south of Langton. The Jolly Farmers Inn is a pub with a good reputation, and provided a great Fish and Chips (chips - handmade & home cooked, irresistible!), fortunately all well settled before the Messiah rehearsals started again later in the afternoon!
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