Hyde900 Welcomes the Olympic Torchbearers with a Gold-spun Serenade

datePosted on 11:49, July 8th, 2012

Olympic Torch - courtesy London 2012 (LOCOG)When the Olympic Torch relay enters Hyde Street at 13.29 on Wednesday 11th July it will be greeted by  the first public rendition of ‘Welcome Torchbearer’, a specially composed serenade performed by the Hyde900 Olympic Torch Choir.

Welcome, torchbearer, you who raise

a light we aim at! Bright as sun on burnish

it makes you the target of our gaze.

The bearer of our hopes, but not their finish:


the men and women to whom you go

will light the world, give out more flame

than even they have dreamed they’d know.

In watching them, we’ll feel this heat again.


You pass us soon, but leave a trace:

fire spread on memory. Though gone,

like embers on the retina, we’ll feel a space

that says, today we’ve watched where something shone.


Brian Evans-Jones


With words by Hampshire Poet Laureate, Brian Evans-Jones and music by Hampshire composer, Henrietta Wentworth-Stanley the serenade marks an important cultural contribution by Hyde900 to this unique day in Winchester’s history.

Adding to the welcome will be a Hyde900 assembly of 12th Century monks, nuns and local Hyde folk to underline the area’s historic links with Hyde Abbey, the final resting place of King Alfred the Great.

 “Ever since the 12th century Hyde has been associated with great public street processions and celebrations,” said Steve Marper, Chair of Hyde900. “We are delighted that we can maintain this tradition by welcoming the Olympic torch on this special day.”

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  1. […] me there will be an added interest, because the choir from Hyde900 will sing a specially-written poem of mine, set to original music by Henrietta Wentworth-Stanley. This is the first time that my poetry has […]