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15. Music List 04/09/20

15. Music List 04/09/20

Harvest

Sunday 4th October 2020

This Sunday, our Harvest Festival Family Communion Service will be sung by the St Barnabas choristers:

253, For the beauty of the earth, tune i (England’s Lane) – Introit

270, Come, ye thankful people, come – Gradual

John Bell, I will sing a song of love – Anthem after the sermon

Hubbard, O Holy Spirit – During communion

273, We plough the fields and scatter- Final hymn

 

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14. Music List 24/05/20

14. Music List 24/05/20

Gerald Raphael Frinzi

Sunday 24th May 2020

For this Sunday I bring you two works to celebrate the Ascension, one more familiar to you as a congregation and one which is not (yet) in the church’s repertoire. I will be performing the Philips at the morning service.

Peter Philips (1560-1628) – Ascendit Deus

Peter Philips is one of the greatest composers, alongside William Byrd, of the Counter Reformation. He was born and educated in Britain (he was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral

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13. Music List 21/05/20

13. Music List 21/05/20

Gerald Raphael Frinzi

Thursday 21st May 2020

For the feast of the Ascension we return to 20th-century England, to one of the finest British composers of his generation.

Gerald Raphael Finzi (1901-1956) – God is gone up

Gerald Finzi is one of Britain’s most-loved composers. His specialism was in the form of the art song, where he focused on setting his favourite poets

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12. Music List 17/05/20

12. Music List 17/05/20

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Sunday 17th May 2020

For this Sunday’s musical offering we return to the world of Tudor England, and to one of its most famous sons, Thomas Tallis.

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) – If ye love me)

Thomas Tallis is one of England’s most successful composers. He began his career as a jobbing organist, a career which took

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11. Music List 10/05/20

11. Music List 10/05/20

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Sunday 10th May 2020

For this Sunday’s anthem we travel to northern France, to a composer who is often overlooked in favour of the two musical giants of his era, Josquin and Palestrina.

Jean L’Heritier (c.1488-1552) – Surrexit Pastor Bonus (The good shepherd has arisen)

L’Heritier was born in northern France, in the Pas-de-Calais, in the late 15th century. Little is known about his upbringing, aside from him being a pupil of the famous composer Josquin

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10. Music List 26/04/20

10. Music List 26/04/20

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Sunday 26th April 2020

GF Handel – Worthy is the Lamb (from The Messiah)

This Sunday’s anthem is one of the finest final choruses in the history of music. I will never tire of performing The Messiah: in my opinion it’s one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

George Frideric Handel is one of Britain’s stand-out composers, in spite of the small issue of him being German

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09. Music List 19/04/20

09. Music List 19/04/20

Hosanna

Sunday 19th April 2020

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) – Easter (part 1 – Rise Heart, thy Lord is risen)

Ralph Vaughan Williams is another of my musical heroes. He attended my secondary school (Charterhouse) as a pupil, so his influence was all around me as I was growing up. The music building at the school is still called the Ralph Vaughan Williams building. His writing encapsulates and builds upon

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08. Music List 12/04/20

08. Music List 12/04/20

Hosanna

Sunday 12th April 2020

Happy Easter! We celebrate Jesus rising again with two gloriously joyous pieces of music, with one very special change to previous music lists (at the end of the page, for those who want to get there without reading my notes first!!).

Norman Caplin – Gloria in Excelsis Deo (from Missa Omnium Sanctorum)

Norman Caplin was an extremely talented organist and

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07. Music List 11/04/20

07. Music List 11/04/20

Hosanna

Saturday 11th April 2020

Holy Saturday is a difficult day for which to choose music. We are between the drama of the Crucifixion and the Vigil service, where we celebrate the light of Christ once again. For me, the message in this short space of time is one of hope: we return to a similar place to where we were in Advent, waiting for the coming of Christ to bring his glory and healing to us. In these unusual times we need hope, courage, and faith more than ever.

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06. Music List 10/04/20

06. Music List 10/04/20

Hosanna

Friday 10th April 2020

For today’s music list we have two contrasting works, each showing the horror of the crucifixion in their own way.

Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) – Crucifixus

A staple of music lists of many Cathedrals and churches up and down the country, Lotti’s famous setting of the Crucifixus is not actually a stand-alone setting. It is from a larger work, Credo in F, which in turn was placed by Lotti into a full mass setting, his Missa Sancti Christophori. The piece has

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05. Music List 09/04/20

05. Music List 09/04/20

Hosanna

Thursday 9th April 2020

We are offering two pieces of music for Maundy Thursday, an Offertory motet and a Communion motet.

Offertory motet: Maurice Duruflé – Ubi Caritas

Maurice Duruflé’s (1902-1986) oeuvre is relatively limited: he was, as many musicians are, a perfectionist, and one who frequently scrapped many of his compositions due to them not being good enough in his eyes.