Choirs Newsletter, 10 September 2017

To keep you up to date for the next few weeks

Sunday 17th September:

10:00 a.m.: Parish Eucharist (Robed)
Hymns: 719; 638; Our God Is A Great Big God
Setting: Gloria 4 / Warren
Anthem: Be Still For The Presence (arr. Shephard)

6:30 p.m.: Evensong: Cranmer (Singers)
Hymns: 51; 243; 591
Responses: Ferial; Psalm: 128 & 129
Magnificat: 7; Nunc: 9
Anthem: Veni Creator (John Farmer)

Sunday 24th September:

10:00 a.m.: Parish Eucharist (Singers)
Hymns: 584; 575; 635; 631
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Anthem: O Taste and See (Pavlechko)

6:30 p.m.: Evensong: Andrewes (Robed Men's Voices)
Hymns: 791; 579; 576
Responses: Ferial; Psalm: 135 (1-14)
Magnificat: 10; Nunc: 11
Anthem: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Vaughan Williams)

Sunday 1 October: Harvest Festival

10:00 a.m.: Parish Eucharist (Robed)
Hymns: 283; 285; 287; 290
Introit: The Fruits of the Land (Ogden)
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Anthem: Look At The World (Rutter)

6:30 p.m.: Evensong: Keble (Robed)
Hymns: 602: 14ii; 23
Responses: Ferial; Psalm: 65
Mag.: 1; Nunc: 3
Anthem: Hail Gladdening Light (Stainer)

Dear All,

Many thanks indeed to everyone for your stalwart singing for our Patronal Festival today. Morning service was a lovely blend of old and new, congregational and choir, varied instrumentation. It made it a very special occasion for all. Thanks to our string players Jung Hee, Catherine and Matthew, to John Sireshuk on the organ, Michal Darby on piano and to all Choir and Singers for your good humour as we were rather compromised in time to put all together! The bell ringers did appreciate this in order to enable their Quarter Peal to be successfully completed.

Thanks, too, for singing this evening - a tidy service for the start of our series on the founders of the Anglican Church. I for one found the sermon a fascinating insight into the early church in England. I'll look forward to the rest of the series.

Now onwards:

This week we are very grateful to Darren Hogg for covering Tuesday Treble practice and the 3D Service for Singers on Thursday evening. Gowns should now be at home for this. Mark will kindly be bringing copies of the music.

FRIDAY: There will be no Robed Choir rehearsal this Friday - we're ahead of the game!

Please Note these Dates::

  • 3D Opening Service: Thursday 14th September: SINGERS lead this at Birmingham Cathedral. 6.45pm Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. Service
  • Saturday Morning Coffee Concert: 30th September: Louis Allin (Violin) / John Carey (Piano) - do come and support. John and Louis have been working hard towards this and your presence will make it all worth while! It'll be a lovely programme and Louis is a stunning player - we're in for a treat.
  • RSCM Festival Service: St. Chad's Cathedral Saturday 14th October. Some of the music will be familiar, some not so. It's an imaginative service constructed by Rev. Stuart Dimes, celebrating the wonders of creation. Directed by David Saint, Director of Music at St. Chad's, with John Pryer at the organ, it's an excellent opportunity to again sing in this splendid building.
    Rehearsal 1:00–2:30pm, Break, Rehearsal 2:50–4:00 p.m., Tea Break
    Robing 5:00 p.m., Service 5:30 p.m.
    Music: John Bell Psalm 96; David Ogden "Let All Creation Sing", Hassler "Cantate Domino", Haydn "The Heavens Are Telling" and more. I'll need numbers very shortly.
  • Voskresenije Choir return to St. Mary's for a Concert on Thursday 26th October: we are again looking for overnight accommodation if any are able to assist please do let me know as soon as possible. This was a lovely occasion last year and we hope it'll be the same again! (Sorry, Singers, that it's a Thursday; come and enjoy the concert instead of the rehearsal!). Leaflets are available on the Welcome desk to take away and share. Posters are coming soon.

I'm sure to have forgotten something! However I hope this will give you enough to be going on with.

All the very best,