Singing quintets' performance can be found online
A NEW Christmas Carol written by Bruce Hodgkinson was sung for the first time by the Four Parish Singers led by Jim Taylor, on December 2 in the church of St Mary Marlingford, in Norfolk.
Bruce and Jim attended Bemrose School in the 1950s and both lived in Littleover Lane, Derby. They both sang in the school choir and musical productions.
Their paths first crossed when they were choristers at St Giles' Church in Village Street, Normanton.
Later, they sang together in the Lieder Quintet, along with Bemrosian twins Bill and Bob Wilson and Tony Loftas. Tony Wenman, Ken Dove. Reg Fletcher and David Knight substituted for them from time to time. The Derby Evening Telegraph often reported on the charity fund-raising of the quintet.
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After graduating from the University of Leeds, Bruce went on to work as a chartered civil engineer in London.
Jim, meanwhile, became choirmaster at St Peter's Church in Derby. He left to take up his first primary school headship in Norfolk in 1968.
Bruce married Homelands School pupil Kathleen Hinds. They went on to have a son, Charles, and a daughter, Clare.
Jim also married a Homelands School girl, Doreen Reed. They, too, had a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Joanna.
Although Bruce and Kate live in London and Jim and Doreen live in Norfolk, they still meet up from time to time.
If you would like to watch the video of the first performance of their carol, you can find it on Youtube by searching "Norfolk Carol-Tune Marlingford".