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October 2012

posted 30 Oct 2012, 04:10 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

The choir has kept jogging along nicely since July's Evening of Praise, with no special excitements.  It is a small choir, and rare to get everyone together for both Choir Practice and the Sunday Service, but we managed to lead the hymns and sing anthems during Communion throughout the summer.  I was away for part of August, and Harold Barber, who was the regular organist many years ago, took over in his usual expert way.  The choir always seem pleased to work with him.

The anthems are probably the most rewarding part of our singing.  In September, we sang early works by Christopher Tye and Arcadelt, and this was followed by a modern one, 'Loving Shepherd of thy sheep', by Philip Ledger, formerly head of the Royal Academy in Glasgow.  It is a tuneful work, and it was great to have the choir at full strength that day, all eight of the most regular members, producing a lovely sound.

Before long we will be starting to prepare for the Carol Service on 16th December, but meantime we are taking things fairly gently.  My thanks to all the choir again, for their hard work and good humour.  If anyone wants to join us, you are more than welcome!

Sheila Maxwell