Alongside the usual Hilary Term traditions, there were two new services signposting its beginning and its close. The first, a candle-lit Epiphany Carol Service; the last, a Sequence of Music and Readings for Passiontide. Both were well attended, and made for a a reflective and interesting break for the regular cycle of Evensong Services.
Our first public concert with Jeremy Summerly was a great success. Jeremy’s programme centred around Faure’s remarkable setting of the Requiem. The programme was also devised in such a way as to complement the ‘Father’ Henry Willis Organ at St Peter’s, which we are fortunate to have as our principal instrument for the accompaniment of Services.
Fantastic Fauré Requiem from @SPC_Choir this evening. Now listening to the Duruflé. I know which has my vote.
— David Quinn (@DavidEdwinQuinn) February 27, 2016
We also welcomed Paul Spicer back for a workshop with the Choir. Paul has been a big supporter of the Choir for many years, and we always take so much from the time he spends with us.
Term rounded off with a celebration of Red. Billy Watson’s 90th Birthday, for which he had requested an all-Bach organ recital. To celebrate both Billy’s milestone year, and the four year anniversary of its consecration four years previously, we used both of Willis and the Barron Chamber Organ, donated by Billy’s successor, the late Christopher Jones. For more, see the Master’s Blog.
We are looking forward to welcoming those interested in apply for Choral and Organ Scholarships to St Peter’s on the 30th April. Booking is helpful, but not essential. More information is available from the Music Faculty Website.
Also, tower time is coming up…there is news of a brass band this time…