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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…

2nd Sunday @ 6 Recital: Nigel Potts and Sarah Rose Taylor

Elgar Sea Pictures and Wagner Transcriptions The coupling of Elgar with Wagner is as natural as the combining of bread with butter, or gin with tonic. Elgar was passionate about Wagner’s music and, like Strauss and Mahler, made an eager distillation of Wagner’s styles and techniques in such a manner that his own artistic voice…