At the final gathering in the church year last Sunday 23 November, we relished Psalm 100 in various forms and much more, including Josquin des Prez and the Old Hundredth. We sang If ye love me by Thomas Tallis for the induction of Elders, who have our full support in their demanding role.
Year B and Advent open afresh. We have sung our way through all the psalms in the liturgical calendar over the last three years. We continue to find new tunes and inspiration. Those unfamiliar with the liturgical calendar need to crack the code to know what it all means, as in the current film on the Enigma code during World War II. No, it’s not that hard.
This crystal ball is a brief sketch of the Advent season and a call to singers to rejoice in the rich and varied music in Advent.
- Advent 1, 30 November: Psalm 80. PFAS 80A Restore us again. All singers welcome (communion)
- Advent 2, 7 December: Psalm 85. Show us your mercy, a home-grown four-part arrangement with sung verses available for all singers. Cantors invited.
- Advent 3, 14 December: Psalm 126. And our hearts are filled with joy, an Orthodox chant setting suitable for male voices, rehearse Saturday 13 @ 5.
- Advent 4, 21 December: Magnificat, to be sung by female voices. Rehearsal Saturday 20th 4:00pm at Prescott St.
- Advent 5, 25 December. Psalm 96. RevR’s last day 😦
- On 28 December we meet at Yarralumla
- We host Yarralumla and St James the following week, 4 January 2015 – singers needed again.
Please participate. Singers will be advised of more details, but let me know when you can (or cannot) sing!