Organists' Workshop - Saturday 7th October 2017

2.30 – 5.00pm

All Saints Church, Shaftesbury Road,
Luton LU4 8AH

Players – £5, Observers – free

Directed by Roger Carter, Acting Area Chairman

Keen to improve some aspect of your organ playing? Already enjoyed elsewhere, here is an informal opportunity to receive advice from Roger on any aspect of service playing. The afternoon will be tailored to the needs of the participants and individual advice will be given whilst playing this lovely organ.

Roger Carter studied the organ initially with Christopher Scarf and Richard Popplewell, gaining Fellowships from the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College of Music. He also participated in courses in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands to gain specialist knowledge of various sections of the organ repertoire. Performing widely as a soloist and accompanist in this country and abroad has offered him the experience of playing many different types of organs. He has been Director of Music at St John’s Church, Harpenden for many years and teaches for the Royal College of Organists, and Queenswood and The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Schools.

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Bedford Deanery Choral Evensong

Sunday 15th October at 6.30pm
Elstow Abbey, MK42 9XT

Preacher: The Rev’d Nicola McIntosh
Responses: Smith
Canticles: Stanford in C
Introit: Ubi Caritas (Duruflé)
Anthem: Make a joyful noise (Mathias)
Sung by the Elstow Abbey Singers

Visiting Choirs at St Albans Cathedral August 2017

St Albans Cathedral are seeking visiting choirs to sing for Cathedral services during the following weekends in August this year:

5th & 6th August
26th & 27th August

Our weekend services are: Choral Evensong at 4pm on Saturday, Choral Eucharist or Matins at 11.15am on Sunday and Choral Evensong at 6.30pm on Sunday.

If you are interested in filling one of these weekends, or for further information, please contact our Music Secretary, Lizzie Smyth, on lizzie.smyth@stalbanscathedral.org or 01727 890245.

Please do share this post with any choirs who you think might be interested!

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition.

Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite.

The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:

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Reform and Renewal - a 'come and sing' workshop

St John HSt Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area

Reform and Renewal

St John’s Church, Harpenden

Saturday 23 September 2017 at 2-5pm

This ‘Come and Sing’ workshop event, for singers of all ages* and abilities, will be led by Christopher Muhley and members of our Area Committee, rehearsing items from the latest RSCM Festival Book –
Reform and Renewal.

A copy of the book is included in your £6 fee for the event.  (if you have a copy already, your fee will be £3). Places are limited. St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Harpenden AL5 1DJ          www.stjohnsharpenden.org.uk

 

 

Ref and Ren

Reform and Renewal celebrates the renewal of the church over the centuries, from Martin Luther to Counter-Reformation, Wesley to Vatican II. The book includes works by Palestrina, Ireland, Bairstow, Stanford, Weelkes, Mathias, Margaret Rizza, John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, and Peter Nardone, as well as plainchant. It also includes an anthem specially written by Richard Shephard, and a Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis for parish churches by Malcolm Archer. 

The book includes a wide selection of hymns and worship songs, and a choice of choral items suitable for full SATB choirs as well as those with more limited resources. Equally suitable for Area Festivals and smaller local services, the collection can be enjoyed by churches of all sizes.  Click HERE for details.

Download a poster – click HERE

*Please note that if you are bringing under 18s with you, they must be under the supervision and responsibility of an adult in your group.  You should ensure that they fill out and bring this form – click HERE, which the responsible adult will need to keep with them. 

The fee for this event is just £6 per singer, including the Reform and Renewal book.
Additional copies can be purchased for £4.50 (RRP £6.50)
The closing date for bookings was Friday 15 September 2017, but we can take a few more singers – please apply below..

Please book your place (limited availability) using the form below and send cheques to
Peter Garner, Treasurer, 34 Moorland Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1NH

Cheques should be made out to ‘RSCM St. Albans Area

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*Please note that if you are bringing under 18s with you, they must be under the supervision and responsibility of an adult in your group.  You should ensure that they fill out and bring this form - click HERE, which the responsible adult will need to keep with them. 

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Luton Choral Society Concert

Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Luton, LU1 3JF

Mozart – Sparrow Mass, Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens, Rutter – Magnificat
Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 children available through the website, choir members and on the door

Further information via the website: www.lutonchoralsociety.org.uk

Jennifer Bate Organ Academy

We have been asked by the course director of the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy to publicise this course, aimed at young women organists and aspiring organists.

The 13th Jennifer Bate Organ Academy
For young women organists aged 13 – 21
St Catherine’s School, Bramley
Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd April 2017

Supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

http://www.stcatherines.info/JBOA

Whether you are considering a university or conservatoire organ application, an RCO or ABRSM exam, or have just started taking your first steps as an organist, JBOA will help you explore wider performance skills, broadening your experience and helping you achieve your musical goals. Classes are offered in

  • Repertoire
  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Service Accompaniment
  • Choral Direction

Tutors this year include:

  • Jennifer Bate OBE international recitalist: 20th Century Repertoire
  • Stephen Farr prizewinning soloist, continuo player and conductor: Baroque repertoire
  • Katherine Dienes Williams Organist and Master of the Choristers, Guildford Cathedral: choral direction
  • Ronny Krippner Organist and Director of Choral Music, Croydon Minster: improvisation

This is a residential course, hosted at St Catherine’s, School, Bramley, and is known for its warm, friendly and constructive atmosphere.

Course alumna, Anna Lapwood, former Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Director of Music, Pembroke College, Cambridge, writes:

I first attended the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy back in 2011 when I had only been playing the organ for a year and a half. As a new, rather nervous organist, the course gave me the opportunity to explore my organ playing and conducting with world-class tutors, giving me the confidence to pursue the organ more seriously. Jennifer served as a fantastic role model for female organists both on the course and after it had finished; I know I am not alone in having kept in regular contact with her, and have seen her for several organ lessons since. I have no doubt that the skills developed over two years of attending her Academy were instrumental in me being awarded the Organ Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, the first female to have attained this position. I would thoroughly recommend this course to any young female organist; whatever your standard, it is not only a valuable musical experience, but an opportunity to make new friends and contacts within the organ world.

Means – tested bursary assistance is available, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Joseph McHardy BMus, LRAM, Pg Dip (RAM), ARAM, FRCO
Director of Chapel Music, Course Director JBOA
email: joseph.mchardy@stcatherines.info

tel: 01483 899647

Sharing Ideas

Our Regional Music Advisor, Frances Novillo, has put together a discussion document on ideas and approaches adopted by various parishes which have helped music in worship blossom and bloom.

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral. The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition. Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite. The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:

Calling Young Organists

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Olney is delighted to introduce an Organ Scholar Programme aimed at existing keyboard players who are interested in learning to play the organ as part of worship in church. The scheme will be particularly beneficial to people who have passed grade five on the piano, or who are at that standard.

For more information on the Olney Organ Scholar Programme, see this PDF file.