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April/May 2015

posted 22 Apr 2015, 09:33 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 22 Apr 2015, 09:34 ]

Things have been jogging on nicely since Christmas. We continued our singing of an anthem during Communion with favourites including Wesley’s ‘O Lord, my God’ and Tallis’s ‘If ye love me’. We also managed an all too rare occurrence, an anthem that was new to us, ‘Drop, drop slow tears’ by Orlando Gibbons. It is not always easy to find more anthems that are suitable to sing during Communion, and straightforward enough for our very small choir.

On 15th February, we had the Confirmation of Hannah, and Baptism of her son Christiaan. We sang Attwood’s Come, Holy Ghost’ specially for them, and the family had requested ’Panis Angelica’ to be sung by Lucy Bailey, which she did beautifully. She joined the choir for the occasion, and it was lovely to have her with us.

Recently three of our choir have been rehearsing with our former choir master Owen Jenkins for an Evensong for Palm Sunday, 29th March. We have established a good relationship with the choir at Christ Church, and it is good to have members of the two choirs joining in each other’s events. As they had their rehearsals on Thursday evenings, we moved ours earlier and kept it fairly short, and this worked quite well. We will have some members of their choir joining us for our next big event.

We have been rehearsing for some time for our Sacred Music event on 3rd May. This is the most serious of the events that the Augmented Choir have been singing in, and Marcus Marsh, our conductor, has chosen an ambitious but lovely selection of music. The main work will be Vivaldi’s Magnificat, including some solo work by members of the choir. There will also be a magnificent Te Deum by Stanford, and the more well-known ‘The Heavens are telling’, and Mozart’s Ave Verum. We have a choir of more than twenty singers, which should make a lovely sound. There will also be a couple of Readings, and a short solo by Lucy, to break things up for the choir.

We hope lots of people will come to this - Sunday, 3rd May at 6pm.

My thanks again to all the choir for their conscientious work, patience, and lovely singing.

Sheila Maxwell