2015 Festival Books now available

Festival Book 2015Do join us for what promises to be another fantastic annual choirs festival.

The theme this year is ‘Magna Carta’, and we will be lead by Christopher Allsop.

Music for the service will include ‘The Beatitudes’ (Chilcott), ‘Veni, Sancte Spiritus’ (Archer), Stainer in B♭, and responses by Ebdon with Lord’s Prayer by Farmer. Available now, at a cost of £5.00 per copy. To order your copies, please contact Mark Wilson on
Tel: 01905 353939, or Contact Form: Mark Wilson.

Download the booking form here: Area Festival Form 2015

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CANCELLED – Summer Singing

We are sorry to report that the Summer Singing event scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at Elmley Lovett is cancelled due to lack of support.

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David Tomlinson

We are sorry to report that David Tomlinson, past member of the committee and ex chorister of St Thomas’, Stourbridge passed away earlier this evening in Russells Hall Hospital.

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Goodbye to a good friend

We are sorry to report that Ian Bell, Worcester Cathedral Lay Clerk for over 30 years passed peacefully away on Sunday evening.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Further details and a recording of one of his last performances can be found on the diocesan website or by following this link.

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How shall we sing the Lord’s song?

Ever wondered what to do for a new hymns? Come along to the Song School at Worcester Cathedral on May 7th and and experience an entertaining evening of hymnody led by Peter Nardone. There is a £5 charge for this event. More details on the Event Page.

Further details to follow shortly.


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A small gathering for and under performed work.

A select few gathered together at St John in Bedwardine, Worcester yesterday evening for a musical treat. The Come & Sing Olivet to Calvary was enjoyed by all who came and the area extends its thanks to Piers Maxim for conducting, John Brierley for playing the organ, and our soloists Russell Painter and Alan Sheldon. This often under-rated piece by JH Maunder deserves more performances, some members of the scratch choir had never heard the piece and where surprised by the good tunes!

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Come & Sing – Olivet to Calvary

Why not join us for a Come & Sing event at St John in Bedwardine on Tuesday 24th March? Full details on our events page.

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1st November event CANCELLED

We are sorry to report that the event at Stourbridge on November 1st will not take place due to lack of numbers.

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Small but perfectly formed?

Although the weather was not kind on Saturday 20 September, dashing hopes of picnics on the grass outside All Saints, Evesham, a number of members and visitors enjoyed a very enlightening session with Rosemary Field, RSCM Deputy Director.

Come & Sing at Evesham

Come & Sing at Evesham

The Come  & Sing Evensong based around the 2004 Festival Book was attended by 17 people: St Mary’s, Oldswinford (adult and junior); Evesham; Bengeworth; St George’s, Kidderminster; and Amblecote. The small number attending were in receipt of invaluable guidance from Rosemary in relation to technique and good singing practice and after a lighthearted but well run rehearsal the assembled company sang a respectable evensong.

Discretion being the better part of valour meant discarding the Shepherd introit and Sanders responses but the Mawby psalm, Sumsion setting and Stanford anthem were well executed. There was some rearrangement of parts and unexpected changes driven by the numbers with the designated organist (William Peart) and yours truly becoming Altos for the day and Robin Walker taking the organist role.

On behalf of the Area Committee I would like to thank: Rosemary Field for her help and encouragement during the day; All Saints, Evesham for hosting the event and providing tea and coffee; William Peart and Robin Walker for playing; and most particularly those members an friends who turned up and sang.

Small? Yes, perfectly formed? Perhaps not. Enjoyable and enlightening? Without any shadow of a doubt!

Mark Wilson

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2014 Festival Books available now!

Festival Book 2014

Do join us for what promises to be another fantastic annual choirs festival.

The theme this year is ‘Praise ye the Lord’, and we will be lead by Christopher Allsop.

Music for the service will include ‘Sing we merrily’ (Campbell), ‘Hear my words, ye people’ (Parry), Tarleton Service (Davis), and responses by Adrian Wall, and is available now, at a cost of £5.00 per copy. To order your copies, please contact Mark Wilson on
Tel: 01905 353939, or Contact Form: Mark Wilson.

 

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