All Souls’ Service of Remembrance

At our Service of Remembrance next Sunday evening (30 October at 6pm) we’ll be singing some beautiful music to accompany our traditional candle-lighting service devoted to the memory of loved ones who are no longer with us.  Works include Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine (‘Give peace in our time, O Lord’), Charles Wood’s ‘Never weather... Continue Reading →

Never weather beaten sail

Another piece we’ll be singing at our Service of Remembrance (6pm Sunday 30 October) is the setting of ‘Never weather beaten sail’ by Charles Wood (1866-1926).  This poem by Thomas Campion (1567-1620) has been set by several other composers, including Hubert Parry, Richard Shephard, and the poet himself. English scholar David Richardson describes what the... Continue Reading →

Pärt Da pacem Domine

One of the works we will be singing at our Service of Remembrance (6pm Sunday 30 October) is the setting of Da pacem Domine by Arvo Pärt (1935-).  Pärt wrote this work in 2004 for a peace concert organised by Jordi Savall in memory of the victims of the Madrid terrorist bombings of 11 March... Continue Reading →

Preparing for our 2022-23 tour of England

At our next evensong, 5pm Saturday 8 October, we'll be singing repertoire from our forthcoming tour of England. In this video Peter Kelsall, our Organist and Choir Director, talks about our tour preparations, and what the tour means for us.

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 →

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