Winchester connections

We're preparing for our next evensong! On Saturday 8 October at 5pm we'll be singing the Stanford in C evensong setting, along with S.S. Wesley's 'Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace' as the anthem. The photos are from Winchester Cathedral - we are rehearsing for evensong in front of the screen because of restoration... Continue Reading →

Duruflé rehearsal at Pilgrim

Rehearsing Duruflé's Messe Cum Jubilo with the men from St Peter's Cathedral last night for our 11am communion service on Sunday - this is the ending of the Gloria. We think it's sounding fantastic! Special thanks to guest conductor Anthony Hunt, Director of Music at the Cathedral (who didn't quite make it into the picture... Continue Reading →

The genius of Maurice Duruflé

Most church musicians hold a special place in their hearts for Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986). Though only leaving to us a tiny number of compositions (he only approved 14 for publication, painstakingly revised until perfect), for many of us he is one of the truly great composers of organ – and choral – music.  While much... Continue Reading →

Rehearsing Duruflé Messe Cum Jubilo

The Duruflé Messe Cum Jubilo was sounding fantastic last Friday at our joint rehearsal with the tenors and basses of St Peter's Cathedral, in preparation for the choral eucharist service there last Sunday. We can't wait to sing it again in a communion service at Pilgrim, 11am Sunday 25 September. Here are some snaps from... Continue Reading →

Duruflé’s love of plainchant

The combined tenors and basses from the choirs of St Peter’s Cathedral and Pilgrim Uniting Church will be singing Duruflé’s exquisite Messe Cum Jubilo within the context of eucharist services at the Cathedral on Sunday 18 September at 10:30am, and at Pilgrim on Sunday 25 September at 11am. It is clear that Gregorian plainchant has... Continue Reading →

Duruflé mass at Pilgrim and St Peter’s

The tenors and basses from the choirs of St Peter’s Cathedral and Pilgrim Uniting Church will be joining forces to sing Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo in choral eucharist services at 10:30am, Sunday 18 September at St Peter’s Cathedral and 11am, Sunday 25 September at Pilgrim Uniting Church. We caught up with Anthony Hunt, Musical Director... Continue Reading →

Maurice Duruflé: Messe Cum Jubilo

The tenors and basses from the choirs of St Peter’s Cathedral and Pilgrim Uniting Church will be joining forces to sing Duruflé’s exquisite Messe Cum Jubilo in choral eucharist services on successive Sundays in their respective homes.  In the Messe Cum Jubilo, Duruflé envelops a unison baritone line with his characteristic rich harmonies and colourful... Continue Reading →

Stanford Nunc dimittis in G

We are singing the Stanford Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G at our next evensong, 5pm Saturday 10 September. While this setting is best known for the soaring soprano solo in the Magnificat, the Nunc dimittis with its baritone solo is also one of the most beautiful and moving settings of the second evensong canticle.... Continue Reading →

Meet the soloists for our next evensong

The G major Evensong setting by Stanford features a soprano solo in the Magnificat soaring high above choir and organ, and a glorious baritone solo alternating with introspective choral phrases in the Nunc dimittis.  At our next evensong, the soprano solo will be sung by Suzanne Pederson, and the baritone solo by Andrew Turner. We... Continue Reading →

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