Music Notes

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…

Music Notes for Easter V (Rogation Sunday)

ANTHEMS This Sunday the Parish Choir will be singing John Rutter’s (b. 1945) setting of For the beauty of the earth. Rutter first came to public notice as an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge when Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015) approached him to include the Shepherds’ Pipe Carol in the second volume of fifty Carols for…

Music Notes for Easter IV

ANTHEMS This Sunday the Parish Choir will be singing Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘Light of the World’ from his cantata, The Light of Life with words by the Reverend Edward Capel-Cure (1860-1949). As the musicologist, Michael Kennedy (1926-2014), says in his book The Life of Elgar (2004): ‘…In the spring of 1895 Elgar was commissioned to…

Music Notes for Easter 3

ANTHEMS This Sunday the Parish Choir will be singing Sir John Goss’s (1800-1880) setting If we believe that Jesus died and rose again as the Offertory Anthem. Written for the funeral of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on 18 November, the piece was sung by the…

Music Notes for Easter II

The Parish Choir will once again be singing Herbert Howells’s setting of the Jubilate (Collegium Regale) written for King’s College Cambridge in 1944 (see Holy Week and Easter Music Notes for further information). The Offertory Anthem, which corresponds to the readings for the day, will be Franz Schubert‘s (1797-1828) simple pastoral setting of Psalm 23…

Music Notes for Easter I

For Easter I the Parish Choir will be singing Philip Wilby’s (b. 1949) setting of A Prayer for St Thomas as the Offertory Anthem. This is a beautiful modern but melodic work written for voices, organ and soprano solo. The words, which are in the form of a collect or short prayer, are as follows:…

Music Notes for Holy Week and Easter

On Maundy Thursday the Parish Choir will be singing Philip Wilby’s setting of If ye love me. Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Wilby was an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford. Upon leaving Oxford, he was appointed lecturer, and subsequently professor (chair) in composition at Leeds University in the north of England. He earned the much-coveted…

Music Notes for Passion Sunday

This Sunday is known as Passion Sunday, which marks the beginning of Passiontide, the last two weeks of Lent, which extend from Passion Sunday to Holy Saturday. It is customary in many traditions during this period for all crucifixes, images and pictures in church to be veiled in purple muslin, and for the Gloria Patri (‘Glory…