A CELEBRATION of the life of Lady Rosalind Morrison is being held next month.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Lady Rosalind Morrison died in October last year, and in his statement announcing her death the Lord Lieutenant, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft said Lady Morrison was respected and much loved having given years of service to local organisations.

As the 74-year-old's death came during the second lockdown, a year on a Worcester Cathedral service has been organised to give people the chance to celebrate her life.

As people arrive at the service of thanksgiving on Monday, October 4, the State Trumpeters of The Coldstream Guards will play celebratory music from 2pm before a special choir, made up of members from across Worcestershire and Herefordshire including students from the King’s School Worcester Chamber Choir, performs.

Music for the service, that starts at 2.30pm, will include Lady Morrison’s favourites, Sir Hubert Parry’s I was Glad and Mendelssohn’s O for the Wings of a Dove. The number 21 Psalm will be sung by the choir from the High Altar as well as I will Lift up Mine Eyes unto the Hills to music by Sir Walford Davies.

Hymns will include All People That of Earth do Dwell to the arrangement for the Coronation by Ralph Vaughan Williams; All Creatures of Our God and King based on words by St Francis of Assisi and Tell Out My Soul with a new introduction and descant by Adrian Lucas, who is directing the music for this occasion.

The Grand March from Aida by Verdi will then be performed before the Cathedral Guild of Ringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal of Stedman Cinques.

Lady Morrison, who died suddenly following an emergency heart operation, was also the Last High Sherriff of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

She served as a governor of The King’s School, was president of Age Concern and Sight Concern, as well as patron of a number of other voluntary and charitable organisations including the Myriad Centre in Worcester, the Cube in Malvern and the Beauchamp Community at Newlands - which was originally endowed by her family.

As chairman of Worcester Cathedral’s Music and Light Appeal and a previous president of the Friends of Worcester Cathedral, a special tribute was held last November when the cathedral's bourdon bell was rung 74 times.

Anyone who wishes to attend the service is welcome.