AS part of the Coronation weekend celebrations at Crediton Parish Church, a group of almost 40 musicians, singers and instrumentalists, took part in a "come and sing" event in the church on the Monday afternoon (May 8), learning and performing an early 19th century Coronation anthem, "The King shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord".

The anthem was the work of Crediton-born composer Samuel Chapple (1775-1833), who worked as the organist of Ashburton, and was composed to celebrate the Coronation of George IV in 1821.

The event was led by the West Gallery Quire, which is grateful to the Parish Church for allowing it to use the building.

Through profits from the workshop fees and generous donations, £50 was raised for the Crediton Parish Church Music Endowment Fund.

The West Gallery Quire's next planned engagement is a Choral Evensong on Sunday, July 30 at St Swithun’s Church, Sandford, as part of the "Sandford 500" series of events to celebrate the quincentenary of the rebuilding of the church.