I am very sorry to report the death this morning of Schola singer Walter Webster.
Walter and his wife Sheila were both popular and respected singers in Catholic choirs in the North of England. Walter had been for many years a leading tenor in the choir of St Mary's Sunderland (rated by some as the best mixed-voice choir in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle) and had also sung with the Rudgate Singers and the Latin Mass Choir at St Dominic's Priory.
In recent years Walter sang regularly with the Schola, making a valuable contribution with his wealth of experience and still strong tenor voice. He was a choir master's delight: reliable, musical and doing as requested!
His funeral (a Sung Requiem according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII) will take place at St Patrick's Ryhope at 10am on Thursday 7 February.
Requiescat in Pace.