Choral Evensong for Hannah More colloquium                Friday, 28th June, 2019
Wrington Website
All Saints’ Church
Hannah More in Context This event organised by Dr Kerri Andrews and Dr Sue Edney, brought together all those interested in one of the south west's most influential, and neglected, writers - Hannah More (1745-1833). Poet, playwright, novelist, teacher, moralist, Hannah More's career was as diverse as it was long. Friend to the most influential political and cultural figures of her age - including William Wilberforce, David Garrick, Elizabeth Montagu and many others - More's life and work helped shape an era. Hannah More in Context was held at Barley Wood, the home More built for herself and her four sisters in 1801. Participants toured Barley Wood house and grounds – which More helped design and plant – thanks to the support of the house’s owners, YMCA Somerset. Experts from across the world spoke about Hannah More, including a plenary lecture from Professor Patricia Demers (University of Alberta), author of an acclaimed biography of More. On Friday, 28th June, at 5.30pm the service of Choral Evensong was conducted by the Rector, the Revd David Gent, at All Saints’ Church. The music was chosen, as far as possible, to reflect what Hannah More would have heard in All Saints’, The choir sang two short anthems, Moxart’s Ave Verum, and Lead me, Lord by Samuel Wesley. There was a display in the Lady Chapel of some of the Hannah More memorabilia held in the church archive. The address during the service was given by the Revd. Preb. Paula Hollingsworth, Dean of Women Clergy in the diocese of Bath & Wells, and author of The Spirituality of Jane Austen. After the service, Professor Demers kindly recorded a brief interview for the website.