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Choir Notes

posted 28 May 2016, 15:21 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 6 Oct 2017, 15:04 ]
St Thomas’s Choir Notes
     Jean has written above about the latest highlight in the musical life of St Thomas’s, the Evening of Praise, which has become an annual event. It is lovely to be joined by so many good singers for these events, and a different sort of sound can be created with a choir of that size.
     However, our regular choir, though much smaller, is also able to produce some lovely music, especially in our anthems during Communion. These are necessarily limited, they need to be quite short, fairly simple, and also quiet enough to fit the mood of the act of Communion itself. We have quite a repertoire of these anthems, by some of the great choral writers, Wesley, John Goss, Crotch among them. And I was struck by the singing of Spohr’s ‘Teach me thy way’, sung recently in four parts by six of our choir.
     The choir remains small, which is a problem if they cannot all come on a Sunday, but having Andrew and Isabel has made a great difference. There has been more of a problem in the bass section, Geoff has not felt up to it, and Eric, having been away for a while, celebrated his return by falling and hurting his shoulder. We miss him, wish him well, and look forward to seeing him back in his place before too long.
    My thanks, as always, to all the choir for their work and dedication. If anyone wants to join us, you will be more than welcome!
Sheila Maxwell