In Memoriam

W. Stanley Vann

D.Mus.(Cantuar), B.Mus.(Lond), Hon. F.T.C.L., F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M.

1910-2010

 
  Stanley on his 90th birthday, © M.S.Vann
 
 
 

SAYING GOODBYE TO STANLEY VANN: Barry Ferguson's poem written during Stanley's final illness.

 

I used to be aloft

and you down there

as I took care

to follow your beat

half seen

through wooden screen…

darkly.

(No CCTV

for you and me).

 

A still small voice – your choir –

that echoes still:

a rare delight,

so bright, so eloquent;

each word caressed

or lightly stressed

quite naturally;

enchanting psalms

in good and joyful unity.

 

And now you go aloft

and we are here,

but thankful

for your artistry

and clarity

and all your gifts

that echo still…

that echo

still.

 

Still.

B.W.C.F. March 2010

Times Obituary (external link: click your "back" button to return to this page)

Daily Telegraph Obituary

Guardian Obituary

"Cathedral Music" Tribute (external link: click your "back" button to return to this page) A lovely, detailed tribute written by Simon Mold was published in the May edition of "Cathedral Music", the twice-yearly magazine published by the Friends of Cathedral Music. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author and publishers. For anyone who has not come across this magazine, it is a well-produced magazine with lovely colour photography which will appeal to anyone with an interest in cathedral music. (Unfortunately, my scanner does not do justice to the lovely pages - particularly at the edges, as I did not want to spoil the magazine by taking it apart to scan it!)

 

Thanksgiving Service

A service of thanksgiving for Stanley's life was held in Peterborough Cathedral on Sunday 18th July 2010 at 3.30pm. It was a wonderful service, based on a normal Sunday afternoon Choral Evensong - a very appropriate setting for Dad's Thanksgiving. The service started with an introit sung from the "New Building", as was the custom in Dad's time at Peterborough, and included a lovely Address by Paul Rose, who was Precentor for several years with Dad (and was our next-door neighbour), and a presentation by the Dean of the 2010 Stanley Vann Scholarship to Hilary Campbell. At the end of the service, Dad's ashes were laid to rest in the south aisle, alongside his good friends Dick and Rosamond Wingfield-Digby. Dick was Dean for many years during Dad's tenure.

I, along with the rest of Stanley's family, would like to thank the Dean, Cathedral staff and of course Paul, Andrew, Francesca and the choir.

Photo of memorial stone courtesy of Terry Hollowell

Photo of entry in Memorial Book for members of the Foundation interred in the South Nave Aisle. Calligraphy & photo courtesy Sue Gunn, reproduced with permission of The Cathedral

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo of entry in the Memorial Book for members of the Foundation interred in the South Nave Aisle: Calligraphy & photo by Sue Gunn, reproduced with permission of The Cathedral

Photo of memorial stone courtesy of Terry Hollowell

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