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April/May 2014

posted 11 Apr 2014, 00:09 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 11 Apr 2014, 00:44 ]

The choir has had a lot of excitement preparing for the wonderful Induction Service we had for our new Rector, Vittoria. Victor Jordan has kindly written fully about this, and his account is elsewhere. It was so good to have such a large choir, about 30 singers, from four different churches and a few others, all making a lovely sound. We are most grateful to all who joined us, and to Owen Jenkins, who shared the conducting with Marcus.

The regular choir has been fairly low-key since then, and some choir practices have been cancelled again because of so many absences. It is a difficulty that we are normally such a small choir, and we would very much welcome some extra singers. However, we have continued our singing of an anthem during Communion on almost every occasion, and have included Elgar’s lovely Ave Verum, and Schubert’s ‘Holy, holy, holy.’ My thanks to all the regular choir, as usual.

We are now joined by members of the St Thomas’s Augmented Choir, and are preparing to sing Arthur Somervell’s The Passion of Christ on Palm Sunday - 13th April, at 6 pm. This comes from the same period as Stainer’s Crucifixion, and is a lovely work, not too difficult either to sing or to listen to. We are planning to use members of the choir for all the solos, and Andrew Wilson and Stuart Yarnell have nobly undertaken the major roles of Narrator and Jesus.  We are hoping that a lot of people will want to come and hear it, and share in the experience. Marcus has drafted a special poster to be put round Aboyne and elsewhere, and Rev Kate Gibson has very kindly photocopied this in colour, making a good striking poster.

The Augmented Choir has lost a good friend and singer in the death of Jim McCulloch recently. He was a wonderful bass singer, and sang some solo parts with resonance and clarity. Our sympathy goes to his wife Kathleen and the family.

Vittoria has only been in post for a few weeks, but she has come up with welcome ideas already - so watch this space!

Sheila Maxwell