Category: Worship Music

Music to End the Day Sunday, 11 April 2021

Hello, everyone. Our music this evening continues to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection! We begin with a short improvisation that I created at home just before Easter on the ancient French carol melody ‘Noel Nouvelet’. In France the tune is well-known as a popular Christmas carol, but in England we more often associate it with...

Music to End Easter Day 4 April 2021

Hello, everyone, and Happy Easter! The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!! We begin this sequence with Bach’s great choral prelude ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’ based on one of the finest resurrection hymns of the Lutheran Church. The chorale melody is underpinned with a driving contrapuntal motif, passed between alto, tenor and pedal. In...

The Stations of the Cross

  First Station Jesus is Condemned to Die Second Station Jesus Accepts His Cross Third Station Jesus Falls for the First Time Fourth Station Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother Fifth Station Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross Sixth Station Veronica Offers Her Veil to Jesus Seventh Station Jesus Falls for the Second Time Eighth Station The Women...

Additional music for Maundy Thursday

Adrian provided the following music, which wasn’t used in this evening’s service so it is posted here for your benefit. Gradual Psalm 116 – The Cup of Blessing Words from Psalm 116 put to a melody by Malcolm Archer Choral Reflection – Lenten Motets ‘Tristis est anima’ and ‘Pater Mi’ from the responsory of the Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday, first and second...

Choral Reflection for Holy Week

This Service is presented on YouTube. The link for the Choral Reflection is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JZmQhirOP8. There is also a link for a playlist of the individual pieces: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHJ62hUVxuf5oeIeTCZczD5Ck0tCFEqrD. The numbers on the right below each heading show the time at which the item starts in the complete recording. Minister: Revd Tim Norwood Prelude: Andante Tranquillo Op. 23...

Music to End the Day Sunday, 21 March 2021

Warm greetings, all. I have crafted this offering of music around the key of F (major and minor), which I hope will lend unity and integrity to the sequence as a whole. We begin with one of the beautiful chorale preludes from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, written for the Church in Weimer around 1716.  The chorale melody, gently elaborated,...

Music to end the day Sunday, 14 March 2021

Greetings, all. On Mothering Sunday our thoughts turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus. The first item in our sequence of music for this day is Healey Willan’s Chorale Prelude based on the fourteenth-century German tune ‘Quem Pastores’. Many of us will associate the tune with Percy Dearmer’s beautiful text Jesus, good above all other gentle Child...

Music to End the Day Sunday, 7 March 2021

Warm greetings, Friends. In the Lutheran Church, the singing of a hymn is introduced not by a simple ‘play over’ of the tune, but more often by a complex elaboration of the melody, either composed or improvised.  Bach wrote several hundred such chorale preludes, covering the complete spectrum of the liturgical year.  ‘Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein’...