What tempo Stanford in C?

We are singing Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C at our next Evensong, 5pm Saturday 9 July. Here’s an interesting recording of Barry Rose conducting the Choir of Magdalen College Oxford in the 1970s. If you’ve ever thought you’d heard a rendition that was a little on the slow side, have a listen! And... Continue Reading →

The significance of Stanford

At our next Evensong (5pm, Saturday 9 July) we’ll be singing Stanford’s Evening Service in C.  Stanford was a prolific composer who enjoyed great success with the British public, but whose works – apart from his sacred compositions – have been largely forgotten. For some, Stanford may have the reputation for being a bit pedestrian,... Continue Reading →

We’re getting ready for another evensong!

Here we are about to process in at Wells Cathedral, being entertained by a cheeky verger, also out of sight on the other side of the cathedral. Can anyone guess or does anyone remember what he was doing? Join us for Stanford’s Evening Service in C at 5pm, Saturday 9 July. 

Evensong, 5pm Saturday 18 June

The more settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis we learn, the more we are struck by one central mystery: how the same two New Testament songs can be set over and over again with so much variation.  Mary’s song of joy upon discovering she is to give birth to the Son of God, and... Continue Reading →

Ešenvalds: Magnificat

Here is the Choir of Merton College singing a recent evensong featuring the Magnificat that was written for them by Ēriks Ešenvalds (starting at 17:53). We’ll be singing this beautiful setting, along with the Nunc dimittis that goes with it and Howells’ much-loved anthem ‘Like as the hart’ at our Evensong service at 5pm on... Continue Reading →

Ešenvalds: Merton College Service

At our next Evensong (5pm Saturday 18 June) we’ll be singing the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by contemporary Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977). Ešenvalds was commissioned to write this setting for the 750th anniversary of Merton College, Oxford (pictured), which was celebrated in 2014. Merton College has a claim to be the oldest college... Continue Reading →

Singing an Ešenvalds solo

The Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Ēriks Ešenvalds, which we’ll be singing at our next Evensong, 5pm Saturday 18 June, both feature a stunning solo for female voice in the gloria. At a recent choir practice we asked our soloist, Pilgrim choral scholar Riana Chakravarti, what they like about the Ešenvalds settings, and what it... Continue Reading →

Organ recital: David Drury

For those of you who missed David Drury's organ recital, you're in luck, because it was streamed! Here is his program of Bach, Langlais and Alain, interspersed with two improvisations.

Choir workshop with David Drury

Sydney organist David Drury will be arriving in Adelaide later this week. You can experience his magic either at our 11am service on Sunday, 29 May or at his free lunchtime recital on Thursday 2 June at 1pm.  But the main reason he is coming is to take a choir workshop this coming Saturday, in... Continue Reading →

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