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December 2013/January 2014

posted 2 Dec 2013, 09:45 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 2 Dec 2013, 09:48 ]

Life is getting busy again for the choir - or at least for the Director of the Choir! There seems to be a lot of planning needed for the Advent and Christmas Services. Meantime we continue with the regular Services, although choir practice has been cancelled more than I would like. Sometimes there are too few members available to be worth it, but we have a number of anthems that we know that we can sing at Communion with just a run-through beforehand. Wesley’s ‘Lead me, Lord’ is a particular favourite.

It is a small choir, but remarkable in the way they are able to sing such lovely music in parts. I, and I am sure other members of the congregation, are grateful for their skill and dedication. If anyone wants to join us, you will be more than welcome, just get in touch with me. You don’t need to be brilliant so long as you are keen and dedicated - and can sing in tune! Reading music is less important, as this can be overcome.

Advent Service

On Advent Sunday, there will be what promises to be a lively Christingle Service, to which adults as well as children are all invited.

But being Advent, we wanted to celebrate with a Communion, and Lisa has agreed to lead a special Candle-lit Advent Communion for Advent Sunday, 1st December, at 6 pm. We have been able to gather a few extra singers for the occasion, and there should be about a dozen in the choir.

We plan a quiet and meaningful beginning, with the Choir singing ‘Wait for the Lord’, which we have often sung at the start of Advent services. This time, it will be repeated, and Stuart Yarnell will sing solo verses over it. The hymns for everyone to sing will be well-known Advent hymns. Then during the Communion, the choir will sing Crotch’s lovely ‘Be Peace on Earth’, for which the choir will have a few practices beforehand.

We hope that lots of people will want to come to this Service, and celebrate with us the start of the Church’s Year.

Carol Service

Practising for the Carol Service on 15th December is also under way, with a choir of nearly twenty singers. This will be a traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with the well-known Readings given by members of the different Churches in Aboyne, and familiar Carols for everyone to sing.

In addition of course, the Choir will be singing four Carols on their own, conducted as usual by Marcus Marsh, who is also drilling everyone in preparation. We are fortunate in having several people who like joining us for these special occasions, and we are grateful to them. It should be an excellent choir when the time comes.

There will be refreshments afterwards, and everyone is welcome to what is usually one of the big events of the year.