The Hospital Chapel of St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury, Hill, Ilford, in the Millennium Year 2000
VHS Colour Sound 2001 55:55
Summary: Millennium celebrations at the Hospital Chapel of St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury in Ilford.
Title number: 2694
Description: A video record of a programme of events at the Hospital Chapel of St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury in put on to raise funds for the Trust engaged in restoration work on the church. The video shows improvements and refurbishments made in the five years since an earlier video produced on the Chapel's 850th anniversary by the same filmmaker. An organ recital on the 9th September shows the restored church organ in fully functioning order and is followed by Rebecca Kantor singing and playing violin with piano accompaniment. One of the monthly Open Days brings members of the public into the church for a guided tour and perusal of crafts stalls. The Mayor of Redbridge visits the Chapel on an Open Day and meets parishioners. On 30th September another musical performance in the Chapel bring The Helios Ensemble and Trio with a recital of the Stabat Mater conducted by Edna Graham. On the 7th October singers from the Gregorian Society perform plainsong. The weekend of 23rd and 24th September brings a 'flower festival' to the chapel with floral displays decorating the exterior and interior of the church buildings. On the 25th November, TV personality Bamber Gascoigne visits for a 'Chapel Challenge' aping the quiz programme 'University Challenge' he presented for the BBC. On the 3rd December, the New decade theatre group presents a performance of 'Puccini, His Life and Loves' a play about the famous composer. On the 9th December a Christmas Bazaar is held in the Chapel to raise church funds, stalls set up with the church sell small items, crafts and second hand goods. December 29th sees the final event of the Millennium Year with carols in the Chapel on an icy cold day.
Credits: Director: Trevor Cox; Filmed by: Xntrix
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Redbridge; Ilford