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April 2013

posted 25 Apr 2013, 11:26 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

The Choir has been jogging along nicely in the last few months. As Easter is early this year, we were no sooner past the Christmas period when we came into Lent, with its rather more sombre tone. We have managed an anthem during Communion except the Sunday before Palm Sunday, when we had no soprano and just one alto. So we sang a rather lovely Communion hymn in unison instead. We have included one of our favourites, Crotch’s ‘Comfort, O Lord’, and Tallis’s ‘If ye love me’. Then on Palm Sunday, we sang an Ave Verum by Gounod. (I am told he wrote three!) There are so many beautiful settings of the Ave Verum, and it is good to ring the changes. We can’t have the Mozart every time! Fortunately Marcus was with us that day, the anthem does go better with a proper conductor, and the choir was in great form with everyone present for once - nine singers! 

As I write, we are preparing for the great Easter Service, with two anthems, and one or two hymns for the congregation during Communion - one never knows how much music will be needed at Easter. The anthems are quite simple, and we have done them before, but they reflect the joyousness of Easter. There is Bach’s ‘Up, up! my heart with gladness’, and a modern but tuneful one by Foster, ‘Christ the Lord has risen again!’

The choir continues to practise on Thursday evenings, unless there are too few able to come to be worth it. I am grateful that they are so skilled, hardworking - and fun. We would be delighted if more people would join us. 

Sheila