Category: Worship Music

Music to End Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021

Dear Friends, On this Trinity Sunday, we begin with an improvisation on the wonderful Irish tune ‘St Patrick’ commonly used for the hymn ‘I bind into myself today the strong name of the Trinity’ (St Patrick’s Breastplate).  The melody appears in the ‘Petrie Collection’ of Irish music, edited by Stanford in 1903. Now we will hear St Patrick’s Prayer,...

Music to End the Day for Sunday, 23 May 2021 Pentecost

Dear Friends, We begin our musical sequence for Pentecost Sunday with the beautiful Aria from Bach’s Variations written for the keyboard player Johann Goldberg.  Goldberg was a student of Bach.  He was also musician to the Russian Ambassador to the Electoral Court of Saxony, and told Bach that he was often required to play late into the night...

Choral Evensong for Ascensiontide Sunday, 16 May 2021

Led by Revd Tim Norwood Music before the Service: Andante in C for flute W.A. Mozart (1778) K 315/285e performed by Abigail Burrows (flute) Adrian Boynton (piano) Introit God is gone up with a merry noise and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. O sing praises unto our God. O sing praises unto our King....

Music to End the Day Sunday, 9 May 2021

Hello everyone Our worship this weekend continues to focus on inspirational words from John, chapter 15: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Dwell in my love. … You did not choose me: I chose you. I appointed you to go on and bear fruit, fruit that will last. … This is my...

Music to end the Day, Sunday 2 May 2021

The last two Sundays of Easter focus on inspirational words from St John’s Gospel, chapter 15. If you dwell in me and my words dwell in you, ask whatever you want and you shall have it. This is how my Father is glorified: you are to bear fruit in plenty and so be my disciples. As the Father...

Music to End the Day, Sunday 25 April 2021

Hello, everyone. The fourth Sunday of Easter is often known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, so all our music in today’s sequence is related to this theme. We begin with an arrangement for piano solo of Bach’s ‘Sheep may safely graze’. In its original form this is a soprano aria from the composer’s 1713 ‘Hunting Cantata’ (Was...

Music to End the Day Sunday, 18 April 2021

Hello, everyone. You may remember the inspiring Amazing Grace Pilgrimage back in September 2019, when people walked from Christ the Cornerstone to Olney, ‘home’ of Amazing Grace. The walk concluded with a lovely service in the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Olney, in which our musicians took part. In our morning service today we heard...

Music to End the Day Sunday, 11 April 2021

Hello, everyone. Our music this evening continues to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection! We begin with a short improvisation that I created at home just before Easter on the ancient French carol melody ‘Noel Nouvelet’. In France the tune is well-known as a popular Christmas carol, but in England we more often associate it with...

Music to End Easter Day 4 April 2021

Hello, everyone, and Happy Easter! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!! We begin this sequence with Bach’s great choral prelude ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ based on one of the finest resurrection hymns of the Lutheran Church. The chorale melody is underpinned with a driving contrapuntal motif, passed between alto, tenor and pedal. In...

The Stations of the Cross

  First Station Jesus is Condemned to Die Second Station Jesus Accepts His Cross Third Station Jesus Falls for the First Time Fourth Station Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother Fifth Station Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross Sixth Station Veronica Offers Her Veil to Jesus Seventh Station Jesus Falls for the Second Time Eighth Station The Women...