ABBEY MUSIC APRIL 2017
A total of 20 choir members, their partners and family members enjoyed the annual lunch in the Yang Xing Restuarant, North Street, Bourne, on Sunday, February 12. Special thanks go to Ken and Margaret Wainwright for organising this popular event.
CONGRATULATIONS - GRADE 8
Many congratulations for three of our number passing Grade 8 in piano. Elisabeth O'Hanlon; Kate O'Hanlon; Stanley Godfrey - with Distinction.
This is a major achievement, the culmination of much hard work and commitment over a number of years. They have been rewarded with these fantastic results, and have all our congratulations and best wishes for the future.
We are indeed fortunate in having such talented musicians in the choir.
The choir sings a very wide range of music , both at the communion and at the monthly Choral Evensong. In April and May we will sing anthems by composers ranging from J.S.Bach (1685 – 1750) to Paul Edwards (b. 1960), as well as a plainsong antiphon and hymns. For the full list please click on “Choir Music List” at the end of this page. In addition at least six hymns, from two hymn books of widely differing traditions, are sung at each Sunday morning. At present we have two regular settings of the mass, but it is hoped to expand this eventually.
One notable absentee from the recent choir photo is Jonathan - as he was taking the photo!
Jonathan, as well as being webmaster, has been of immeasurable help to the choir. Not only does he sing in it, but organises the choir music both before and after services and practices, and helps it to run smoothly in many other, unnoticed, ways. In recognition of his role Jonathan has been appointed Choir Administrator, with my thanks for all his help.
MORE CHORISTERS NEEDED
The choir continues to be very short of singers in all parts. This has meant that on occasions our repertoire has been curtailed or changed. Singers are warmly welcomed to join our friendly and inclusive group . The commitment is for Friday evening practice (6.30 – 7.45pm) and Sunday Eucharist (9.45 – 11.15am). Occasionally the choir is invited to sing at other services, including weddings. Singers are also invited to join the Abbey Consort for the monthly Choral Evensong: please see the section below.
Please contact John Saunders by e-mail, phone or after Sunday services (contact details below).
The choir provides a range of opportunities for young people. We are keen to welcome more children into the choir, which as well as developing their musical skills encourages team work, self discipline and often results in a lifetime interest. The choir is one of the very organisations where children work alongside adults as equal partners.
Choral Evensong is sung monthly (except in August and December) by the
Abbey Consort, a group of experienced singers with a nucleus of the Abbey
Choir. Rehearsal is before Evensong at 5.00 pm, for the service at 6.30pm.
On March 19th the Consort sung at the Deanery Evensong in the Abbey
when the music was: Thou knowest Lord –Henry Purcell, Greater love
hath no man – Arthur Somervell, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – Brewer
in E flat
The adjoining photograph shows the 29 singers, with our excellent organist
Stanley Godfrey (front row left) after the service.
The next two Choral Evensongs are on April 23rd and May 21st. Please see
the “Choir Music List”.
Experienced singers are warmly invited to join the Consort. Please contact
John Saunders (details below).
JOHN SAUNDERS Director of Music firstname.lastname@example.org 01780 480479
JONATHAN SMITH Choir Administrator email@example.com 0775 3409720