Choirs Information, 28 October 2017

Now we're nearly into November and the “Remembrance/Advent” season it seems appropriate to tweak the information for everyone to clarify forthcoming events.

voskresenije choir news

Voskresenije Ensemble of St. Petersburg in St Mary’s

Those of us who attended Thursday's concert had a real treat! wonderful music sung with such power and sensitivity. A nave full of audience had a splendid time. Thanks to all who worked so hard with feeding, accommodation, concert refreshments and front of house - we couldn't have done it without you!

Sunday 5 November (All Saints)

10:00am: Parish Eucharist (SINGERS)
296: For All The Saints
491:Go To The World!
310: Thanks Be To God For His Saints
308: Rejoice In God's Saints
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Anthem: Give Us The Wings Of Faith (Bullock)
5:00pm: Memorial Service at St. Anne's (NO CHOIRS)

Sunday 12 November: Remembrance Sunday

10:00am: Parish Eucharist (ROBED CHOIR)
Special Order of Service
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Junior Introit: We Will Remember
Anthem: Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep (L. Farnell)
2:00pm-5:00pm: afternoon open workshop on John Rutter "Requiem"
6:30pm: Special Evening Service for Remembrance Sunday (JOINT CHOIRS)

Sunday November 19th: Second Sunday Before Advent

10:00am: Parish Eucharist (SINGERS)
708: Lift Up Your Hearts!
356: All Nations of the World
788: (Solo thencong): Take This Moment
477: Go Forth and Tell!
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Anthem: Lord I Trust Thee (Handel)
6:30pm: Evensong (ROBED CHOIR)
11: As Now the Sun's Declining Rays
226i: Come and See the Lord
15 (om5): Glory to Thee, My God, This Night
Responses: Ferial; Psalm: 89 (19-37)
Mag.: 1; Nunc: 3
Anthem: I Am Alpha (Stainer)

Sunday November 26th: Christ The King

10:00am: Parish Eucharist (ROBED CHOIR)
160: Make Way, Make Way!
557: Beauty for Brokenness
453: Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
232: The Head That Once Was Crowned With Thorns
Setting: Osborne / Warren
Anthem: Above All Praise (Mendelssohn)

Sunday December 3rd: Advent Sunday

10:00am: ROBED CHOIR
6:30pm: SINGERS

Dear All,

We are now approaching the run towards Christmas (would you believe it!)

When we're in November there will be the usual swopping round of services for various reasons: Singers covering All Saints morning (Nov 5) and Robed Choir Remembrance (Nov 12). Singers will also cover December 3rd Evening (Advent Carols). Your usual forbearance and good humour will be welcomed!

Robed Choir Trebles: I'd be really grateful if parents could note the morning swops - especially Remembrance Sunday which will be special.

There will be the usual All Souls Service on the evening of November 5th. This will be at St Anne's at 5:00pm. However, I'm aware that it clashes with the Symphony Hall concert with which many of our folk are involved. Hazel and I will dispense with a choral presence and leave it to Christopher Cipkin to provide suitable organ music for the occasion.

Remembrance Sunday, November 12th. As usual, we will have our afternoon workshop and joint evening service. This year we revisit Rutter's “Requiem”—melodic, affecting and sincere a work. Do invite friends, choir colleagues and others to join us for the afternoon rehearsal (a £5.00 charge for visitors): 2:00pm – 5:00pm with refreshment break; 5:30pm run through and Evening Service at 6:30pm.

The November Saturday Coffee Concert will be ourselves providing seasonal music for the Benefice Christmas Fair. Please note the date: November 25th and make yourselves available if at all possible.

Regarding this:

Philip Simons has put out a plea for contributions towards the Music Team's Chocolate Tombola Stall together with volunteers to man this periodically during the event (apart from when we’re singing, of course!). Can we please factor this in for him?

There will be the usual “birthday celebration” on the evening of Friday December 1st this year to which both Singers and Robed Choir are invited. This is because we shall need our Thursday 30th rehearsal to prepare for the Advent Service on Sunday December 3rd. This will be led by Rev Frank. Note: Singers, 5:30pm rehearsal that day.

We have also been invited to sing carols at the QE Hospital. We have been given some dates and slots. In speaking with Singers, it appears that a lunch time slot (exact timings tbc) would be preferable to evenings (the QE tells me that lunchtimes are better for audience too).

The dates available are: (all December dates) Tuesday 5th, Friday 8th, Friday 15th, Monday 18th, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd. Any available Robed Choir welcome too!

I have yet only had fewer than a handful of people let me know—could we please rectify this asap?

Robed Choir Christmas events should be: Friday 8th December (Kings Heath) and Monday 18th (Leamington).

All the best,