Thursday, 14 June 2018

10th June 2018 Trinity 2

Lord For Thy Tender Mercy's Sake  Music could be by either Farrant or John Hilton.  Arrangement by Anthony Green. Words from J Bull, Christian Prayers and Holy Meditation (1568)

Henry Bull died in 1577.  He was an eminent theological writer.  In 1553 when Mary I came to the throne, he with the help of a conspirator snatched a censer from the hand of an officiating priest and was expelled from Magdalen. He was quiet during the rest of her reign, but came back to prominence on the ascension of Elizabeth I. He was also the editor of Christian Praiers and Holy Meditacions which appeared first by 1570, from which the text of our anthem today was taken.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

27th May 2018 Trinity Sunday

God So Loved The World    Stainer

The words are taken from the Gospel reading for today.

See 25th June 2017

Monday, 7 May 2018

6th May 2018 Easter 6

Ave Verum Corpus WA Mozart

See 23.7.2017

29th April 2018 Easter 5

Walking in a garden   Traditional Irish Melody arranged by Arthur Hutchings (1906-1989) 
Poem Hilary Greenwood (1929-2003)

Arthur James Bramwell Hutchings was an English Musicologist and after WW2 Professor of Music at The University of Durham. He was also a composer and many of his tunes are included in The New English Hymnal, serving many years as a director of the English Hymnal Company.

Hilary Peter Frank Greenwood was an Anglican theologian.  He wrote "Walking in a garden" for his nephews and set it originally to "Puff the Magic Dragon". As well as the Hutchings arrangement it is also set to "Au Clair de la  Lune". It includes the three gardens, Eden, Gethsemane and the Easter garden of Resurrection.

Monday, 23 April 2018

22nd April 2018 Easter 4 Good Shepherd Sunday

Turn Thy Face From My Sins   Thomas Attwood (1765-1838)

The text is from Psalm 51, vv. 9-11

See 29.10.17

15th April 2018 Easter 3

O For A Closer Walk With God     Stanford

See 15.10.17

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

1st April 2018 Easter Day

Just as I am  John H Maunder

The words were written in 1835 by Charlotte Elliott. The story of its conception is described by John Brownlie in his book The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church Hymnary: 
The night before the bazaar she was kept wakeful by distressing thoughts of her apparent uselessness; and these thoughts passed by a transition easy to imagine into a spiritual conflict, till she questioned the reality of her whole spiritual life, and wondered whether it were anything better after all than an illusion of the emotions, an illusion ready to be sorrowfully dispelled. The next day, the busy day of the bazaar, she lay upon her sofa in that most pleasant boudoir set apart for her in Westfield Lodge, ever a dear resort to her friends." The troubles of the night came back upon her with such force that she felt they must be met and conquered in the grace of God. She gathered up in her soul the great certainties, not of her emotions, but of her salvation: her Lord, His power, His promise. And taking pen and paper from the table she deliberately set down in writing, for her own comfort, "the formulae of her faith." Hers was a heart which always tended to express its depths in verse. So in verse she restated to herself the Gospel of pardon, peace, and heaven. "Probably without difficulty or long pause" she wrote the hymn, getting comfort by thus definitely "recollecting" the eternity of the Rock beneath her feet. There, then, always, not only for some past moment, but " even now " she was accepted in the Beloved "Just as I am".

John H Maunder wrote a beautiful setting included in "Olivet to Calvary".  For more information see 14.4.17.

This Joyful Eastertide  Melody from "David's Psalmen" Amsterdam 1685, Harmony Charles Wood (1866 -1926) , Words G R Woodward (1848 - 1934)

This is an Easter carol first published in 1894 in "Carols for Easter and Ascensiontide".  George Radcliffe Woodward was an Anglican priest who wrote many religious verses often set to music by his friend Charles Wood. He was born in Birkenhead and graduated in 1872 from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Two years later he was ordained by the Bishop of London. In 1924 he received an Honorary Lambeth Doctorate in Music.

Charles Wood see 2.7.17.

Two of our junior choristers, James and Maggie received their dark blue ribbons during today's service.