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December 2014/January 2015

posted 21 Feb 2015, 04:44 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

Christmas and the preparation for it are always lovely but busy times. The Augmented Choir is about twenty strong this year, and most people have managed to come to rehearsals, which take place at Chesterton House and have been rather a squeeze! But better that than trying to heat up the church for us, we will just go in for the last rehearsals. We are singing four choir carols again this year,, an early slow and beautiful one by Palestrina, a tuneful modern one by Malcolm Archer, and the more well-known Shepherd’s Cradle Song. And there is a brand new setting of a poem by our Rector Vittoria,, who among many other talents writes poetry. The words are elsewhere in this magazine to give people a chance to savour them quietly.

As well as that, there are of course the traditional readings, and carols for everyone. This takes place on 14th December, and hopefully everyone will want to come.

As well as that, the choir will be in action for the wonderful Christmas Eve Communion Service. The make-up of the choir varies a lot, as some members are away, while others bring relations who can join us. If anyone wants to join the choir for this, you will be welcome, but let me know well in advance! We will be singing more than usual during Communion, as there are always so many people coming up, and we may sing a few carols before the Service.

The regular Choir have continued in action as usual, and it is wonderful to have such talented singers when the choir is so small. We have sung anthems during communion, some of our favourites like Arcadelt’s ‘O Lord my God, to Thee’, and Gounod’s ‘Ave Verum’. We sang Handel’s ‘O Lovely Peace’, commonly known as the ‘wavy corn’, on the day we had a Harvest Lunch, and a few extra people joined us for that. My thanks as always to all who make the choir possible, and put so much work into it.

Sheila Maxwell