On Saturday 1st June 2013, St Stephen’s Choir sang Choral Evensong in Southwark Cathedral, opposite London Bridge railway station on the South Bank of the River Thames. Music included Stanford’s Canticles in A and Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, composed for the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton two years ago. Paul Mealor was unable to be at the service, but later heard a recording and said that it was a ‘Fantastic rendition!!’.
The Bishop of Southwark was at the service and complemented the choir on their singing – and kindly joined us for a photograph afterwards, although declining to take part in the traditional ‘silly shot’!
To see photos from our day, and a video of Paul Mealor’s anthem, click here. Thank you to everyone who took part in the service. St Stephen’s Church Choir will be returning to London on 31st December this year to sing in Westminster Abbey.
This coming weekend, 16-17 February, St Stephen’s Church Choir are singing the choral services in Winchester Cathedral.
Music on Saturday has a Tudor flavour, with the canticles and anthem by Orlando Gibbons. On Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent, music at the Sung Eucharist includes Palestrina’s ‘Missa Brevis’ and ‘Sicut cervus’. The responses throughout the weekend are by Ayleward, who was a chorister at Winchester in the 1630s and who went on to be organist of Norwich Cathedral.
It always feels like the Christmas season starts properly when we sing carols at our local pub, Ye Olde Beverlie, after our last rehearsal before Christmas and this year was no exception. A splendid evening of singing carols (including the Carol of the bells, as requested by Paddy, the Beverlie’s manager!) with a packed supportive audience, who even joined in where they knew the words! There are some photographs from the evening in the album below – click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
On Friday 21st December, St Stephen’s Church Choir will be seen on BBC South East Today, the local news programme for Kent and East Sussex broadcast on BBC1 at 6.30pm.
The choir spent an enjoyable evening at the beginning of last week recording the carol several times over so that the crew could shoot it from different angles without appearing in shot! For the braodcast several other local groups of nurses and soldiers will be mixed into the final cut – hopefully in tune and in time with us!
If you missed the broadcast, it’s sadly no longer available on iPlayer, but I have put our little bit up on YouTube so that you can see it below – I hope the BBC won’t mind too much! Do have a look at some of the photos below too of stills from the broadcast and those taken during filming.
It would be lovely to hear your feedback afterwards!
Below is a list of rehearsal and service times over the Christmas week. I know that is a very busy time of year for everyone but please try to be at as much as possible; your musical contribution to the worship at St Stephen’s is enjoyed and appreciated by so many people.
Friday 21st December 2012
Broadcast as part of BBC South East Today
Full Choir Practice
Carol Singing in Ye Olde Beverlie
Sunday 23rd December 2012
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Full Choir Practice
Monday 24th December 2012
Community Carol Singing (Meet in Cathedral Chapter House)
St Stephen’s Choir in Portsmouth Cathedral following Evensong on Sunday
Last weekend, 3-5 August, St Stephen’s Church Choir sang the services at Portsmouth Cathedral. Music included canticles by Stanford, Ireland and Brewer, anthems by Wood, Peeters and Goodall and Widor’s setting of the Mass on Sunday Morning. The weekend also included the world première of ‘Hail, gladdening light’, composed by Stephen Barker, Organist and Choirmaster of St Stephen’s. Full details of the music sung, together with photographs are available on the trip webpage.
Feedback from the Cathedral clergy was very positive, and the Dean asked us not to leave it four years before returning again (it’s four years since our previous visit).
Following our singing at Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral last week where the music included plainsong psalms, fauxbourdons by Thomas Morley and my setting of ‘Teach me, O Lord’, I received a very complimentary letter from the Precentor today. It reaffirmed what was said on the day, that ‘…the music, and your performance of it, went down a storm with the Dean and Chapter!’
Leading up to our participation in this year’s Top Choir Kent competition, one of our pieces was played on BBC Radio Kent this morning – click here to listen again on iPlayer (we’re on around 21 minutes in)
St Stephen’s Church Choir sang Choral Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 16th February, the on which the Cathedral commemorates Saints and Martyrs of our own time. The quality of singing was excellent and the choir received many positive comments from the congregation. Well done to everyone who was involved. Below is a recording of Psalm 84 sung during the service: