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Evening Of Praise, 5th July 2015

posted 9 Aug 2015, 01:38 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 9 Aug 2015, 01:39 ]

Our annual Evening of Praise was excellent as it always has been, thanks due to all who contribute in so many different ways. Accolades must be credited to Sheila, our organist, a stalwart of St. Thomas’s and Marcus, who conducted the Augmented Choir - the latter singing so beautifully, not forgetting the soloists Rev. Vittoria, Lucy and Stuart, and of course Andy on the Viola. The hymns selected by our congregation were heartily sung by the many who attended on Sunday the 5th July. I must also congratulate Anne and Geoff, our Readers. Grateful thanks go to Jo, who organised the refreshments, helped by Laura and Win and others who provided the food and wine. It is so nice seeing how people come together to help in so many ways and then later after the service chatting together. After welcome and prayers by Vittoria, who then sang solo before the Choir joined in singing William McKie’s “We Wait For for thy Loving Kindness, O God.” A beautiful arrangement and so enjoyable to hear.

After a hymn Geoff Cormack did a reading by William McGonagall “The Beautiful Sun “ which was so touching and completely changed one’s opinion of the poet who had a reputation of being the worst poet in history.

A Solo followed, “ Panis Angelicus” sung with such emotion by Stuart Yarnell - another of my own favourite choices.

Another hymn was sung - “Love Divine All Loves Excelling” followed by Andy Linklater on the Viola, accompanied by Sheila on the piano playing “Folk song and Variations” a beautiful composition by Sheila, well played and based on Slane, a hymn-tune we knew.

Then came a rendering by the Choir - G.G. Stocks. “Breathe on Me Breath of God”, which was beautifully sung.

Another hymn, and then Anne Harper did a reading from the Doric Bible “The Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13 vs1-9, 18-23). This was an amazing rendition which left me wondering how many people in the congregation were able to speak Doric so efficiently as Anne!

This was followed by a solo sung by Lucy Bailey, soprano, “Tu Virginum” from “Exsultate Jubilate” by Mozart; so lovely to listen to from such a talented singer.

Another Hymn followed and then the Choir sang Stanford’s “Jubilate” in B flat, one of my own favourite anthems and very much enjoyed and appreciated.