A flash of fiction…

for Friday Fictioneers


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We stood as a solemn verger, rod in hand, led the robed choir to the candlelit stalls. 

We sat.

With a sweep of their leader’s hand, the choir burst into song.  At first, soft as a whisper, then, loud as thunder.  The concinnity of voices and harmony took my breath away.

I shivered.

Thirty voices swooping and swirling, this way, that way; up, down then up again.  All thoughts drifted from my mind as music filled every corner of my being.

Too soon the choir fell silent, turned and disappeared from sight. 

For a few moments, I sat in hope of catching an echo.

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As a member of Friends of Cathedral Music, I regularly visit Winchester Cathedral to listen to their magnificent choir.


unamed-from-ted-strutzFriday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle and this week’s photo is from Ted Strutz.


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63 thoughts on “A flash of fiction…

  1. pennygadd51 Feb 5, 2020 / 16:52

    I loved this story. When I was younger, I sang in all sorts of choirs, and directed some. Music is wonderful.

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  2. ceayr Feb 5, 2020 / 18:24

    Very unyou, Keith.
    Sweet and surprisingly touching.
    And concinnity is a gem.

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  3. Na'ama Yehuda Feb 5, 2020 / 19:19

    Sweet! Made me smile and the photo you added it delightful! That middle froggy, however, needs a tuning fork … 😉

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  4. Iain Kelly Feb 5, 2020 / 20:09

    Lovely Keith, you captured the power and emotion a choir can elicit, especially in an impressive setting.

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  5. msjadeli Feb 5, 2020 / 20:11

    “He who sings prays twice.” Sounds heavenly, Keith. Thanks for highlighting the group.


    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 6, 2020 / 11:08

      Simply beautiful, thanks so much for posting it. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve sat before this wonderful choir over the years and been transported to another place by its inspirational music.

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      • msjadeli Feb 6, 2020 / 16:36

        You are truly blessed to live near enough to see them singing multiple times.

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  6. Mike Feb 5, 2020 / 21:46

    I enjoyed reading this. Music is great for the soul,

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  7. rochellewisoff Feb 5, 2020 / 22:17

    Dear Keith,

    That’s two new words for me today. Verger and concinnity. Thank you. Your descriptions of the voices dipping and swirling were pitch perfect. Lovely piece. Love the choral frogs, too. 😉



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  8. tedstrutz Feb 5, 2020 / 22:42

    This was a beautiful piece, Keith. I enjoyed seeing the choir. What a place!

    A friend took this photo and I liked it knowing some good stories would come. You can see her work here… https://instaology.com/

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 6, 2020 / 11:17

      Thanks, Ted. It is a magnificent building and it boasts the longest cathedral nave in Europe – .and Jane Austin is buried beneath the floor!

      Just visited your friend’s site – what wonderful photos.


  9. Dale Feb 6, 2020 / 05:37

    What a wonderful read, Keith. And, add me to the list who appreciates learning new words!!

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  10. draliman Feb 6, 2020 / 12:41

    It must be quite an experience to hear a talented choir in such a setting. And I Googled it – “concinnity” it a real word!

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  11. Anita Feb 6, 2020 / 15:07

    Well narrated.
    You make it look like a personal experience.
    Have looked for an echo after a grand performance.

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  12. Nobbinmaug Feb 6, 2020 / 21:48

    I, too, had to look up concinnity. Well done with that one.

    It’s amazing what people can do with their voices from music to acting to oration… The concinnity (this is probably the only time I’ll ever use that word.) of a choir can leave one in awe. I can understand why you go back.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 7, 2020 / 10:32

      It can and does leave me in awe, every single time. I think it’s the second time I’ve used that word. Whether or not I will again I really don’t know!

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  13. larry trasciatti Feb 8, 2020 / 17:23

    That must have left quite a profound impression. Even with my vocabulary ,I’ve never heard of concinnity or verger before


  14. Brenda's Thoughts Feb 8, 2020 / 19:49

    What a beautiful story, Keith. I love when “music fills every corner of my being.” Lovely, really!!

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  15. Fatima Fakier Feb 11, 2020 / 19:01

    Wonderfully captured, Keith! The way music fills our soul and leaves us wanting more at the end.

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  16. Eliseo Lovetinsky May 27, 2020 / 15:50

    Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!


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