There were some very impressive bagpipers, a choir, a squad of Beefeaters, a brass quintet as well as members of the congregation dressed as the Holy Family, shepherds, the Three Kings, and many more. As described on the church's website, the performance was a re-enactment of the traditional English boar's head festival, which
"... dates back to the 1300s in Queen's College, Oxford. Wild boars menaced villagers in Norman England, and the serving of the boar symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. In the beautiful gothic church, we relive the pageantry and drama of 14th century England."Before the performance started, the rector requested that everyone put away all cameras and phones, and gently warned that the ushers would not hesitate to escort anyone to the exit who tried to film the performance. I have to admit that I was momentarily disappointed, because I was looking forward to capturing the costumes and pageantry, but I am so glad he said that. It allowed everyone to be fully present and take part in the performance, in a way that our constantly documented lives don't always allow. And there was plenty of time after it was over to snap a few shots of the bagpipers and Beefeaters for posterity.
We will definitely be coming back to the festival again, and the church, too.
|Playing with filters waiting for the performance to start.|
|After the performance, in the courtyard|
|Taking part in the crèche on the lawn|