Newsletter 17th November 2020


 Jennette Murphy

1935 – 2020

For many years Jennette was a loyal and respected member of Cirencester Choral Society. The Chairman and Committee send their condolences to her daughters, Diana and Helen and their families, and share with them the following tributes received from Members:

 Jennette was a deeply committed and highly valued member of CCS, whose passion for music, particularly choral singing, was quietly inspirational.   She was allocated to “mother” me when I joined CCS, a role she executed to perfection, and we sat next to each other in the soprano section.   She was very supportive when my own mother went into care.   I am shocked and saddened by her death, and send heartfelt sympathy to her daughters, family and friends. 

I will have memories of a proud and kind lady.

Although I didn’t know her well, I realise she was a stalwart of the society .

So sorry to hear of Jennette’s death. If the choral society is sending condolences, please include me. 

Very sad. She was a regular donor to the society and very modest about it. 

Jennette’s love of music shone brightly and she would always set herself the highest standards in everything she did including supporting others.

Jennette was a kind and caring lady who seemed to cope cheerfully and selflessly with whatever troubles beset her. Both Cirencester’s Choral and Music Societies have lost a treasured member. We will all miss her friendship and send our condolences to her family.

Memories from Catherine; a close friend:

My friendship with Jennette really started as soon as I joined choir when we (along with Sybil) discovered a mutual love of Downton Abbey!!

Jennette was kind, proud, elegant,  always immaculately dressed and such an interesting person with a vast knowledge of so many different subjects, places and people – I’m not sure too many people can say they’ve met Vaughan Williams!!  Jennette was a very accomplished seamstress – a skill she told me her mother had taught her on the journey by boat to the UK from Australia when she was a young girl.

Jennette was also a fantastic baker of biscuits!!! I had the pleasure of sampling these when we met up every week for a cup of tea and chat – which always tended to last at least two hours- we talked and talked – the time just flew by and our afternoons tended to end with my neighbour ringing to say where was I? as we were supposed to be meeting for a dog walk – Jennette and I had completely lost track of time!!! I know Jennette really loved being in the choir and was so looking forward to being able to go again.  She will be greatly missed. 

Jennette’s life was full of music and Parry’s When I Have Crossed the Bar feels appropriate at this time:

or Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem:

and, remembering her joy in music, Haydn’s Surprise Symphony:


 The Choral Society will be represented at Jennette’s Funeral on 26th November