Thursday, 15 November 2012

Music for March 2013

Sunday 3rd March:
Organ Centenary Concert 6 1.15p.m: Music for Organ, Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Bicentenary Music:
Chorus of Hebrew Slaves - Giuseppe Verdi (born 1813, died 19010
Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin) - Richard Wagner (born 1813, died 1883)

Other choral favourites:
Prayer (from Moses in Egypt) - Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Surely he hath Borne Our Griefs? - Handel (1685-1759)
Pergolesi - Chorus: God of Mercy and Compassion
and from Stabat Mater:
Stabat Mater - soprano & alto duet
Vidit suum dulcem natum - soprano solo
Mozart - Ave Verum
Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

organ pieces include Widor's Toccata and Leféure-Wély's Sortie in Eb.

Sunday 3rd March: 3rd Sunday of Lent
Anthem: God so loved the World - Stainer
Offertory music: Jesu,Meine Freude BWV 610 - Bach
Recessional voluntary: Allegro from Concerto No 2 in A minor BWV 593 - Vivaldi arr. Bach

Sunday 10th March: 4th Sunday of Lent: Communion Sunday
Introit: God of Mercy -  Pergolesi
Offertory music: Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV 643  - Bach
Recessional voluntary:  Wir glauben all' an einen Gott BWV 680 - Bach

Sunday 17th March: Passion Sunday
Anthem: Stabat Mater Dolorosa - Pergolesi
text: At the cross her station keeping, stood the mournful mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last
Offertory music: O Mensch, bewein' dein Suende gross BWV 622  - Bach
Recessional voluntary:  Allegro from Concerto No 1 in G major BWV 592 - Ernst arr. Bach

Sunday 24th March: Palm Sunday
Anthem: Surely He hath borne our griefs - Handel
Offertory music: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
Recessional voluntary: Valet will ich dir geben BWV736 -Bach

Sunday 31st March: Easter Sunday
Visiting organist: Scott Blackwell

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Music for February 2013

Sunday 3rd February:
Organ Centenary Concert 5 1.15p.m: Music for Organ and String Quartet
Sortie in Eb—Lefébure-Wély (1817-1869)
String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K. 575 Prussian No. 1  - Mozart (1756-1791)
(Allegretto—Andante—Menuetto: Allegretto- Allegretto)
Chorale: Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 684—J.S.Bach(1685-1750)
Epistle Sonata for Organ & String Quartet K336Mozart
The Aurea String Quartet
Gongbo Jiang - 1st violin ,  Wen Wang - 2nd violin,  Hua Zhong - viola,  Robert Anderson - cello

Collection in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Sunday 3rd February:
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)  Bicentenary:
Anthem: Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin) - Wagner
Offertory music: Pilgrim's Chorus - (from Tannhauser) - Wagner
Recessional voluntary:  Fantasie: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Wagner

Sunday 10th and 17th February: Scott playing
The anthem on one of the Sundays will be Like as the Hart by Vincent Novello

Sunday 24th February: 2nd Sunday of Lent
Anthem: Domine Deus- Vivaldi
Offertory music: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein BWV 668 - Bach
This is the last piece Bach wrote.
Recessional voluntary:  Litanies - Jehan Alain

Music for January 2013

Sunday 6th January:
Organ Centenary Concert 4 1.15p.m: Music for Organ and Brass Ensemble

Toccata —Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Trumpet Tune —Johann Fischer (1665-1746)

Canzone —Samuel Scheidt (1587-1684)
Chorale Prelude: How Brightly Shines the Morning StarJ.S. Bach (1685-1750)
In Modo Religioso —Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)
From The Water Music: Allegro & AyreG.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Les Mages  (from La Nativité du Seigneur) - Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Sweet Love doth Now Invite —John Dowland (1563-1626)
La Mourisque—Tielman Susato (1517-1575)

Sunday 6th January:
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Bicentenary:
Anthem: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves - Verdi
Offertory music: Andante from La Forza del Destino - Verdi
Recessional voluntary:  Grand March (from Aida) - Verdi

Sunday 13th January:
Anthem: From the Rising of the Sun - Ouseley
Offertory music: Sinfonia: Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe BWV 156  - Bach
Recessional voluntary: Grand Choeur Dialogué - Gigout

Sunday 20th January:
Anthem: Nunc Dimittis in Bb - Stanford
Offertory music: Sinfonia: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit BWV 106 - Bach
Recessional voluntary:  Sortie in Eb - Lefébure-Wély

Sunday 27th January:
Anthem: Teach me, O Lord, the Way of your Statutes - Attwood
Offertory music: Allemande from French Suite no. 5 in G major  BWV 816- Bach
Recessional voluntary:  War March of the Priests - Mendelssohn

Music for December

Sunday 2nd December 

Anthem  Laudamus Te – Vivaldi
text: We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we adore Thee, we glorify Thee.
Offertory music:  Andante (from Violin sonata no 2) – J.S.Bach
Recessional voluntary: Wie schön leuchtet der morgenstern BWV739 - J.S.Bach

Sunday 9th December
Anthem  Gloria in Excelsis Deo – Vivaldi
text: Glory to God in the highest.
Offertory music: Nocturne in Bb Op 16 no 4 – Paderewski
Recessional voluntary: Venez divin Messie - Lebégue

Sunday 16th December
Anthem  A Maiden Most gentle – French trad.
Offertory music:  Nun, komm', der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 – J.S.Bach
Recessional voluntary: Toccata - Théodore Dubois

Sunday 23rd December
Carols: Ecce Novum Gaudium - 16th century Scottish
text: Lo, a new joy from on high, rejoice,
A virgin has brought forth a son, a child without a father.
God has Come in - John Barnard
Offertory music: Spanish Carol  – arr. LDRecessional voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo BWV729 - J.S.Bach

Sunday 30th December - visiting organist 

Organ Centenary Concert 3

The third concert of the Organ Centenary Season will take place at 1.15 p.m. on Sunday 2nd December 2012.

The concert will be for Organ and Choir, the choir being enlarged for the occasion by friends from other churches.

The programme will have some organ music for Advent and the main work will be Vivaldi's Gloria.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Music for November

Sunday 4th November: anthem: Psalm 23 - Gélineau
congregational response: His goodness will follow me always to the end of my days.
Offering music: Pastorale in F - Bach
Recessional voluntary: Toccata in D minor - Bach

Sunday 11th November: anthem: Pie Jesu - Fauré
text: Sweet Jesu, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest everlasting.
Offering music: Nimrod - Elgar
Recessional voluntary: Voluntary in D minor - Handel

Sunday 18th November: anthem: Cantate Domino - Pitoni
text: Sing to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king. (psalm 149)
Offering music: Lento - Vivaldi
Recessional voluntary:  Allegro from Concerto in G major - Ernst/Bach

Sunday 25th November: anthem: Domine Deus - Vivaldi
text: O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Offering music: Largo - Vivaldi
Recessional voluntary: Allegro from Concerto in a minor - Vivaldi/Bach

Programme for Concert 2:

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Organ Centenary series - Concert 1: October 7th 1.15 p.m.

Howells Sarabande for the Morning of Easter

Handel Organ Concerto Opus 4 no 2

Bach “St Anne” Fugue  BWV 552

Handel Organ Concerto Opus 4 no 5

Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March no 4

Balbastre Cannonade

Liam Devlin (organ) with the Pollokshields Church Orchestra

Admission Free—Collection for Christian Aid

Many thanks to the performers on the orchestra:
Clive Thomas, Ben Buurman, Margo Smith & Sarah Perricone (violins),
Claire Griffiths (viola), Marian Miller (cello), Lucy Robertson (doublebass) & Jean Sharrock (oboe)
More than £250 was raised for Christian Aid.


Music for October 2012

Sunday 7th: 
Anthem: “Serenity” – James MacMillan
Offering Voluntary: “Prière à Notre Dame” – Boëllmann
Recessional Voluntary: "Marche Pontificale" – Widor

Sunday 14th: Scott playing

Sunday 21st:
Anthem:  “Lord for tomorrow and its needs” - Faber
Offering voluntary: “Adagio” from Sonata no 2 - Mendelssohn
Recessional voluntary: “Allegro” from Sonata no 2 – Mendelssohn

Sunday 28th: Scott playing

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Osiligi Warriors

Many thanks to all who helped make the visit of the Osiligi Warriors such a success. They raised over £600 including £565 in ticket money.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

"Westminster" Bridge

The organist who gave the inaugural recital, Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924) from Westminster Abbey hence his nickname "Westminster" Bridge, seems to have been rather an eccentric gentleman (very unusual for an organist) but he restored the Abbey choir to its former glory and presided over the coronations of Edward VII and George V.

Here is the rather grudging crit of his Pollokshields recital from the Glasgow Herald of Monday, September 27th 1913:

Westminster Bridge by Spy
"Glasgow Herald" 29/09/1913

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Organ Centenary Recitals

There will be two Celebrity Recitals, the second being on the centenary of the inaugural recital:

 Ian Hare, Friday 7th June 2013 at 7 p.m.
As an organ recitalist and accompanist, Ian Hare has performed widely in Britain and abroad, including France, Germany, Holland, and the USA. He has played at many of the major London venues, notably Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Temple Church and an appearance at the BBC Proms. Performances in the past few years have also included engagements in Vienna and Berlin, and recitals at Queen's College, Oxford and King's College, Cambridge. He has made several recordings, including broadcasts for radio and television, and organ CDs In Pastures Green (2002) and Spirit of the North (2006). Ian is also a composer, specialising in choral and organ music, and has had a number of works performed and published in Britain and the USA.
John Scott Whiteley, Friday 27th September 2013 at 7 p.m.
John Scott Whiteley is Organist Emeritus of York Minster, having worked at that great cathedral from 1975 until 2010 when he retired from the Minster in order to pursue his freelance career. During the past ten years he has become well-known for his performances on BBC2 and BBC4 television of the complete organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 21st-Century Bach was a joint commission by BBC2 and BBC4 and began in 2001. The series continues and is planned to run for several more years, after which time some eighty programmes will have covered Bach's entire output for organ. The series was described by the British daily national newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, as "a triumph both nationally and musically."

Organ Centenary Concert Series

All concerts are on Sundays, will last about an hour and will have free admission:

Sunday 7th October 1.15 p.m.    
Music for Organ and Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 4th November 1.15 p.m.
Music for Organ, Soprano and Trumpet

Sunday 2nd December 1.15 p.m. 
Music for Organ and Choir (Church Choir augmented)

Sunday 6th January 1.15 p.m.      
Music for Organ and Brass

Sunday 3rd February 1.15 p.m.   
Music for Organ and Cello    

Sunday 3rd March 1.15 p.m.       
Music for Organ, Chamber Orchestra & Choir

 A collection will be taken up for charity at the end of each event.

Music for September 2012

We covered England in May so will look at the rest of the UK in September:

Sunday 2nd September: Scotland
Anthem: Hymn to the Virgin by Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
Offering voluntary: Flowers of the Forest (trad)
Recessional voluntary: Land of the Mountain and the Flood – Hamish McCunn (1868-1916)

Sunday 9th September: Scotland (Communion)
Introit: An criost an siol – (trad. Gaelic hymn to the Trinity)
Offering voluntary: Annie Laurie (arr. LD)
Recessional Voluntary: Gabhaidh sinn an rathad mor (trad.)

Sunday 16th September - Scott playing.

Sunday 23rd September: Ireland
Anthem: Nunc Dimittis in Bb – Stanford (1852-1924) soprano  alto  tenor  bass
Offering voluntary: Derry Air
Recessional Voluntary: Rheims from Sonata Eroica - Stanford

Sunday 30th September: Wales
Anthem: An criost am siol – Celtic trad
Offering voluntary: Rhosymedre – Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Recessional Voluntary: Improvisation on Cwm Rhondda - LD

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Sunday 1st July

Anthem: Jesus my Lord - Maher
Voluntary: Toccata in B minor - Gigout

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

O Taste and See

Here is the Youtube performance of O taste and see.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Music for June

June's Music will all have ROYAL associations:
Sunday 3rd June: anthem: The King Shall Rejoice - Handel (1685-1759)
(sung at every coronation since that of George II and Queen Caroline in 1727)
Offertory music: Dem Fernen - Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861)
Voluntary: La Réjouissance (from Music for the Royal Fireworks) - Handel (1685-1759)
Sunday 10th June: Introit: O taste and see - Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
(sung at the Coronation in 1953)
Offertory music: Andante from Sonata in F Kv 13 - Mozart (1759-1791)
Commissioned by Queen Charlotte
Voluntary: The Prince of Denmark's March- Jeremiah Clarke (1673-1707)
Sunday 17th June: anthem: God be in my Head - Walford Davies (1869-1941)
(sung at the Coronation in 1953)
Offertory Music: La Paix (from Music for the Royal Fireworks) - Handel (1685-1759)
Voluntary: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel (1685-1759)
Sunday 24th June: anthem: I give you a new Commandment - Peter Aston (b. 1938)
(regularly performed at the Royal Maundy Service)
Offertory Music: Fantazia of Foure Parts - Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I
Voluntary: Variations on "God save the Queen" - Charles Ives (1874-1954)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Ag Críost an síol

Ag Críost an síol, ag Críost an fómhar;
in iothlainn Dé go dtugtar sinn.
Ag Críost an mhuir, ag Críost an t-iasc;
líonta Dé go gcastar sinn.
Ó fhás go haois, ó aois go bás,
do dhá láimh, a Chríost, anall tharainn.
Ó bhás go críoch nach críoch ach athfhás,
i bParthas na ngrás go rabhaimid.
To Christ the seed, to Christ the crop,
in barn of Christ may we be brought.
To Christ the sea, to Christ the fish,
in nets of Christ may we be caught.
From growth to age, from age to death,
Thy two arms here, O Christ, about us.
From death to end, not end but growth,
in blessed Paradise may we be.

Here it is sung by The Priests:
An here is the phonetic version! Ag krist an seel At krist an fuh-war
In-ih-hal-eeyin deh Go dug-gar shin
Ag krist an weer Ag krist an tee-asc
Ih lintav deh Go kaster shin
O ash go heesh Ish oh eesh go bash
Do ga lah-eem a krist Anul har-fee-in
O ash go kree-ok Ish no kree-ok ak a ash
Ih barash no gra go ri-wimim

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Serenity by James Macmillan

Here are the parts for the "O Salutaris" sections:


Friday, 20 April 2012

Visit of the Osiligi Warriors September 14th

The Osiligi Warriors from Kenya will join us in the Church on Friday September 14th at 7 p.m. as part of their 2012 tour of the UK to raise funds for their villages and for Christian Aid. The evenings are terrific fun, with singing, dancing, audience participation, the lot. Please put the date in your diary

Organ Music for May

The organ music in May will be ENGLISH.

Sunday 6th May
Offertory: Salut d'amour - Elgar
Recessional: Sarabande for the Morning of Easter - Howells
Sunday 13th May
Offertory: Forlana - Finzi
Recessional: Voluntary in D - Stanley
Sunday 20th May - Scott playing
Sunday 27th May
Offertory: Rondeau from Abdelazer Purcell
Recessional: March: Crown Imperial - Walton

Friday, 13 April 2012

Organ Music for April

April's Voluntaries will be all ITALIAN:

Sunday 15th April
Offertory: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
Recessional: Concerto for Two Violins in A minor (Allegro) - Vivaldi arr. Bach

Sunday 22nd April
Offertory: Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
Recessional: Allegro - Fiocco

Sunday 29th April
Offertory: Largo from Guitar Concerto in D - Vivaldi
Recessional: Violin Concerto in A minor (Allegro) - Vivaldi arr. LD

The anthems will comprise Rossini's Preghiera from Moise, Pitoni's Cantate Domino and Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Anthems for March 2012

Sunday 4th March
anthem: From the Rising of the Sun - Frederick Gore Ouseley
Midi files:
Sunday 11th March Communion Sunday: Introit: O Salutaris - Elgar
Sunday 18th March

Sunday 25th March
anthem: God so loved the World - Stainer
Midi files:
Sunday 1st April
anthem: Prière from Moisé - Rossini

Anthems for February 2012

Sunday 4th February
Solo anthem: Pie Jesu - Fauré

Sunday 11th February
anthem: Lord for tomorrow and its Needs -Faber

Sunday 18th February
anthem: Soul of my Saviour - Faber

Sunday 25th February
Introit: Lead me, Lord - Wesley

Thursday, 26 January 2012

January Anthems 2012

The anthems sung by the Choir in January were:
January 8th 2012 I give you a new commandment by Peter Aston (b. 1938), Professor emeritus of Music and the University of East Anglia.
text from John 13: I give you a new commandment, love one another as I have loved you

January 15th 2012: Teach me, O lord, the way of Thy Statutes by Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), organist at St Paul's Cathedral, a pupil of Mozart and teacher of John Goss (below). words from psalm 119:
Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Click here to hear a performance by Somerville College Oxford.
January 22nd 2012: O Saviour of the World - Sir John Goss (1800-1880), organist of St Paul's Cathedral 1838-1871.
O saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us, save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee O Lord. Amen
Here it is sung by a Dutch choir.
January 29th 2012: The King Shall Rejoice - Handel (1685-1759)
One of the four famous anthems written by Handel for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727. The words are from psalm 21: The King shall rejoice in Thy strength, O Lord.
Here is a wonderful performance by Winchester Cathedral Choir under David Hill

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Choir Dinner

The Choir Dinner will held in Mimmo's, on Wednesday 18th January at 7 p.m.