Music Notes

Music Notes for Trinity 22

We are delighted and honored to welcome The Rev’d Dr. William (Bill) Bradley Roberts to St. Thomas’ this morning to direct the Parish Choir and guests in the singing of his anthem, I saw a stranger yester-e’en. Dr. Roberts is currently Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary and Director of Chapel Music. He received…

Music Notes for Trinity 21

Music you will hear at St. Thomas’ this Sunday, the Twenty-first after Trinity. 10.30AM HOLY COMMUNION ANTHEM Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Geistliches Leid Op. 30 A recording, sung by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir may be found here: Composed in 1856 when he was 23 years old, Geistliches Leid (Sacred Song) is Brahms’s earliest accompanied choral work.…

Music Notes: Trinity 20

At St. Thomas’, we offer the service of Morning Prayer on the second Sunday of each month and Choral Evensong from September through May. Herewith, notes for the music you will hear at these two services. 10.30AM MORNING PRAYER CANTICLE Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Jubilate from the Morning Service in B flat major [It…

Music Notes: Feast of Dedication

The Feast of Dedication commemorates the anniversary of the dedication of St. Thomas’ Church. 10.30AM HOLY COMMUNION ANTHEMS Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918)              I was glad Parry’s setting of Psalm 122 (vv. 1-3; 6,7) was written in 1902 for the coronation of King Edward VII in Westminster Abbey. Psalm 122 has been sung at every coronation…

Announcing Our New Concert Series Season

From our Concert Coordinator, Susan Wescott: What a busy year we’ve had in the concert business! During Season Two of the Moseley Memorial Music Series, our Moseley Music Team presented 17 events in 9 months. To all our Moseley Friends, supporters and volunteers, I thank you for attending our events and for providing financial support.…

Music Notes for Trinity II

10.30AM HOLY COMMUNION OFFERTORY ANTHEM S. S. Wesley Blessed be the God and Father Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) was one of the most influential, if irascible, organist-composers of the Victorian period in England, composing almost exclusively for Church of England liturgies. He was the grandson of Charles Wesley, and eldest son from the composer, Samuel Wesley’s second…

Music Notes for Trinity I

Please once again welcome Nick Morris, joining us from England, who will conduct the choir in today’s service. For more about Nick, please see the Notes for Trinity Sunday. 10.30AM MORNING PRAYER CANTICLE Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Jubilate from the Morning Service in B flat major. The Service in B flat, Op 10, marked a…

Music Notes for Trinity Sunday

VISITING ORGANIST FOR TRINITY SUNDAY AND TRINITY I I am delighted that Nicholas Morris will be returning to St. Thomas’ to play for the Trinity Sunday services and the 10.30AM service on Trinity I. He will also give a recital on Sunday afternoon, May 22, at 5.00PM. Please come to support him. Nicholas is no…

Music Notes for Whitsunday

Anthems Thomas Tertius Noble Grieve not the Holy Spirit Thomas Attwood Come, Holy Ghost our souls inspire The English composer, Thomas Tertius Noble’s (1867-1953) setting of Grieve not the Holy Spirit is by far his most successful composition. This beautiful, Elgarian work for soprano solo and full choir is a setting of the words of…

Music Notes for the Sunday after Ascension

CANTICLES This Sunday at Morning Prayer the Parish Choir will be singing Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s (1852-1924) setting of the Te Deum from his Morning Service in C major. Written in 1909, the year Stanford was knighted, when he was at the height of his powers, the Te Deum is a fine work that bears…