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Choral Evensong
What    a    delight    and    privilege    it    was    to    sing    a proper    Choral    Evensong    in    our    ancient    and lovely   church!    Especially   wonderful   was   the   fact that   all   the   singers   and   the   organist   are   our   own church    members.    Soloists,    cantor,    ensemble    - what    a    talented    bunch    -    we    are    very    lucky indeed. Evensong    as    a    service    was    formed    from    the ancient      monastic      Office      of      Vespers      and Compline,   and   we   used   the   order   of   service   from the   Book   of   Common   Prayer   1662.    The   service offers   the   chance   to   reflect   on   the   work   of   the day   and   look   forward   to   the   rest   of   the   night   to come.    It   is   a   service   of   thanksgiving   and   praise, petitions   and   prayers.   The   hymns   were   chosen to reflect this. We    tried    to    include    beautiful    music    from    all periods.     The    introit    anthem    by    Gibbons    (d. 1625)     was     given     a     modern     slant     by     David Blackford,      a      modern      composer,      who      still respected   the   style   of   the   original.    The   anthem proper,   "sung   in   places   where   they   have   quires", was also by a modern composer, Peter Hurford The    main    canticles,    the    Magnificat    and    Nunc Dimittis,     were     written     by     Thomas     Attwood Walmisley,       (d.1856).       Walmisley,       appointed Professor   of   Music   at   Cambridge   at   the   tender age   of   22,   was   a   superb   organist,   choir   trainer and    composer.     He    sadly    suffered    badly    from depression,    and    the    world    of    church    music reputedly   owes   a   great   debt   to   his   friend,   who rescued    his    "Evening    Service    in    D"    from    the waste   paper   basket   where   Walmisley   had   "filed" it.  He died 4 months later at the age of 42. We   used   the   setting   of   the   Preces   (petitions)   and Responses   by   composer   William   Smith   (d.   1645), a     chorister,     minor     canon     and     Precentor     of Durham   Cathedral.    He   was   much   influenced   by Gibbons,   and   gives   away   his   Northern   roots   by giving   the   word   "spirit"   two   syllables   and   notes.  This    is    unusual    as    other    composers    of    the period   from   London   and   the   south   usually   only allow one "sprit" We     are     very     lucky     to     have     an     organist     of Lawrence's   calibre,   and   it   was   so   atmospheric   to begin   the   service   with   Parry's   prelude   "Eventide", better   known   as   "Abide   with   me".    We   ended   in very    dramatic    fashion    with    Olivier    Messaien's "The    Children    of    God".     This    was    very    difficult music,   requiring   great   expertise   and   long   fingers!  Well   done,   Lawrence.    Thanks   must   also   go   to Erles,    who    has    practised    patiently    with    us    for weeks     now,     suffering     some     very     unmusical sounds   on   the   way.   His   ears   have   been   much offended! Thank   you   to   the   PCC   and   Tony   for   allowing   us   to do    this    service,    to    Annette    for    printing    the booklets,   to   Ces   for   the   lovely   posters,   to   Jo   for refreshments   and   Brian   for   reading   and   anyone who   helped   in   any   way,   including   attending!    It was   hard   work   but   we   hope   you   will   agree   it   was worth it. Coral, and the St Blasius' choir 23 July 2017
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Choral Evensong
What   a   delight   and   privilege   it   was   to   sing   a   proper   Choral   Evensong   in   our ancient   and   lovely   church!    Especially   wonderful   was   the   fact   that   all   the   singers and   the   organist   are   our   own   church   members.   Soloists,   cantor,   ensemble   -   what a talented bunch - we are very lucky indeed. Evensong   as   a   service   was   formed   from   the   ancient   monastic   Office   of   Vespers and   Compline,   and   we   used   the   order   of   service   from   the   Book   of   Common Prayer   1662.    The   service   offers   the   chance   to   reflect   on   the   work   of   the   day   and look   forward   to   the   rest   of   the   night   to   come.    It   is   a   service   of   thanksgiving   and praise, petitions and prayers. The hymns were chosen to reflect this. We    tried    to    include    beautiful    music    from    all    periods.     The    introit    anthem    by Gibbons    (d.    1625)    was    given    a    modern    slant    by    David    Blackford,    a    modern composer,   who   still   respected   the   style   of   the   original.    The   anthem   proper,   "sung in    places    where    they    have    quires",    was    also    by    a    modern    composer,    Peter Hurford The   main   canticles,   the   Magnificat   and   Nunc   Dimittis,   were   written   by   Thomas Attwood     Walmisley,     (d.1856).     Walmisley,     appointed     Professor     of     Music     at Cambridge   at   the   tender   age   of   22,   was   a   superb   organist,   choir   trainer   and composer.    He   sadly   suffered   badly   from   depression,   and   the   world   of   church music   reputedly   owes   a   great   debt   to   his   friend,   who   rescued   his   "Evening   Service in   D"   from   the   waste   paper   basket   where   Walmisley   had   "filed"   it.    He   died   4 months later at the age of 42. We   used   the   setting   of   the   Preces   (petitions)   and   Responses   by   composer   William Smith   (d.   1645),   a   chorister,   minor   canon   and   Precentor   of   Durham   Cathedral.  He   was   much   influenced   by   Gibbons,   and   gives   away   his   Northern   roots   by   giving   the   word   "spirit"   two   syllables   and   notes.    This   is unusual as other composers of the period from London and the south usually only allow one "sprit" We   are   very   lucky   to   have   an   organist   of   Lawrence's   calibre,   and   it   was   so   atmospheric   to   begin   the   service   with   Parry's   prelude "Eventide",   better   known   as   "Abide   with   me".    We   ended   in   very   dramatic   fashion   with   Olivier   Messaien's   "The   Children   of   God".    This was   very   difficult   music,   requiring   great   expertise   and   long   fingers!    Well   done,   Lawrence.    Thanks   must   also   go   to   Erles,   who   has practised patiently with us for weeks now, suffering some very unmusical sounds on the way. His ears have been much offended! Thank   you   to   the   PCC   and   Tony   for   allowing   us   to   do   this   service,   to   Annette   for   printing   the   booklets,   to   Ces   for   the   lovely   posters,   to   Jo for   refreshments   and   Brian   for   reading   and   anyone   who   helped   in   any   way,   including   attending!    It   was   hard   work   but   we   hope   you   will agree it was worth it. Coral, and the St Blasius' choir 23 July 2017

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What    a    delight    and    privilege    it    was    to    sing    a proper   Choral   Evensong   in   our   ancient   and   lovely church!    Especially   wonderful   was   the   fact   that   all the   singers   and   the   organist   are   our   own   church members.    Soloists,    cantor,    ensemble    -    what    a talented bunch - we are very lucky indeed. Evensong    as    a    service    was    formed    from    the ancient      monastic      Office      of      Vespers      and Compline,   and   we   used   the   order   of   service   from the   Book   of   Common   Prayer   1662.    The   service offers   the   chance   to   reflect   on   the   work   of   the day   and   look   forward   to   the   rest   of   the   night   to come.    It   is   a   service   of   thanksgiving   and   praise, petitions   and   prayers.   The   hymns   were   chosen to reflect this. We    tried    to    include    beautiful    music    from    all periods.     The    introit    anthem    by    Gibbons    (d. 1625)     was     given     a     modern     slant     by     David Blackford,      a      modern      composer,      who      still respected   the   style   of   the   original.    The   anthem proper,   "sung   in   places   where   they   have   quires", was also by a modern composer, Peter Hurford The   main   canticles,   the   Magnificat   and   Nunc   Dimittis,   were   written   by   Thomas   Attwood   Walmisley, (d.1856).   Walmisley,   appointed   Professor   of   Music   at   Cambridge   at   the   tender   age   of   22,   was   a superb   organist,   choir   trainer   and   composer.    He   sadly   suffered   badly   from   depression,   and   the world   of   church   music   reputedly   owes   a   great   debt   to   his   friend,   who   rescued   his   "Evening   Service   in D"   from   the   waste   paper   basket   where   Walmisley   had   "filed"   it.    He   died   4   months   later   at   the   age   of 42. We   used   the   setting   of   the   Preces   (petitions)   and   Responses   by   composer   William   Smith   (d.   1645),   a chorister,   minor   canon   and   Precentor   of   Durham   Cathedral.    He   was   much   influenced   by   Gibbons, and   gives   away   his   Northern   roots   by   giving   the   word   "spirit"   two   syllables   and   notes.    This   is unusual as other composers of the period from London and the south usually only allow one "sprit" We   are   very   lucky   to   have   an   organist   of   Lawrence's   calibre,   and   it   was   so   atmospheric   to   begin   the service    with    Parry's    prelude    "Eventide",    better    known    as    "Abide    with    me".     We    ended    in    very dramatic    fashion    with    Olivier    Messaien's    "The    Children    of    God".     This    was    very    difficult    music, requiring   great   expertise   and   long   fingers!    Well   done,   Lawrence.    Thanks   must   also   go   to   Erles,   who has   practised   patiently   with   us   for   weeks   now,   suffering   some   very   unmusical   sounds   on   the   way. His ears have been much offended! Thank   you   to   the   PCC   and   Tony   for   allowing   us   to   do   this   service,   to   Annette   for   printing   the booklets,   to   Ces   for   the   lovely   posters,   to   Jo   for   refreshments   and   Brian   for   reading   and   anyone   who helped in any way, including attending!  It was hard work but we hope you will agree it was worth it. Coral, and the St Blasius' choir 23 July 2017

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