Committee News & 2018 Events

Here is a list of events which are planned for 2018, so that you can get them into your diaries. Fuller information about each event will appear on the website nearer to the time.

Sunday 22nd April – Regional Evensong at Holy Trinity, Leverstock Green, 2:30pm to 6:30pm (service at 5:30pm).

Wednesday 2nd May – Instrumental Workshop with Miles Quick at The Holy Child and St. Joseph, Bedford, evening.

Sunday 10th June – Safari Evensong based at St. Paul, Chipperfield, 2pm to 5:30pm.

Saturday 13th October – Area Choirs Festival at St. Albans Abbey, 2pm to 6:15pm (service at 5pm). Details of regional rehearsals to follow.

Saturday 17th November – White and Lite training day at the Abbey School, St. Albans, provisionally 10am to 4pm.

Please note that under 18s attending any event must be under the supervision and responsibility of an adult in their group.

Repertoire for the Regional Evensong and the Area Choirs Festival, and probably also the Safari Evensong, will be drawn from the King of Glory, King of Peace book which has just been published by RSCM Press. This includes a good range of music suitable for all choirs. We shall be able to offer advantageous purchase terms in conjunction with bookings for these events – details to follow. A flipbook of the publication is on https://www.rscmshop.com/s0176.html if you wish to whet your appetite meanwhile.

Awards sessions will be held at St. Michael, Watford on Saturdays 3rd March and 3rd November, and at St. Andrew, Bedford on Saturday 23rd June. Further information will be published on the web-site shortly. We understand that there will be some changes to administrative arrangements (but not syllabuses), of which we are awaiting details.

The RSCM Chamber Choir will be singing at St. Alban’s Abbey on Saturday 10th February (Evensong at 4pm), Saturday 8th September (Evensong at 4pm) and Sunday 9th September (Eucharist at 11:15am and Evensong at 6:30pm).

J S Bach - Johannes-Passion

Saturday 17th March 2018 at 7.30pm
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, AL1 1BY

J S Bach – Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (St John Passion)
St Albans Bach Choir, Conductor Andrew Lucas
Soloists
Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist)
Thomas Flint (Christus)
Rowan Pierce (soprano)
Helen Charlston (mezzo)
Peter Mitchell (tenor)
Benjamin Bevan (baritone)

Sinfonia Verdi

Tickets at www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/music/st-john-passion

Luton Choral Society

Saturday 17th March 2018 at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Luton, LU1 3JF
Bach: St Matthew Passion

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 children

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

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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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.

Sponsor A Pipe in the Harrison & Harrison Organ at St Albans Cathedral

Christopher Muhley – St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

The great organ at St Albans Cathedral was restored and tonally enhanced in 2009 and now is once again fully operational. A major programme of restoration and development by the original builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham – was initiated in August 2007 when it could be delayed no longer.

For over forty-five years the organ had been used every day for rehearsal, practice, services and performances. Such heavy usage had, however, paid its toll. The mechanism had become worn and unreliable and it became clear that a full refurbishment could be put off no longer.

The programme of work comprised the complete restoration, repair, cleaning and adjustment of the instrument. At the same time some sensitive tonal enhancements consistent with the organ’s essential character were made including the addition of a 32-foot reed.

Through donations to the organ restoration fund and other gifts, the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust has been able to allocate some £690,000 towards the scheme. This enabled the contract to be signed and the work carried out. However the need to close the gap on the total cost of £830,000 is urgent.

One way of helping is through the “Sponsor a Pipe” scheme, which has been launched by the Music Trust. You can sponsor a pipe in memory of a departed friend or relative, in thanksgiving for a special event, as an unusual gift, or simply for yourself. Families, schools and groups can help too by sponsoring a pipe jointly.

A separate brochure (see link to pdf below) explains how you can take part, and what you will receive in return.

Please be generous in your support so we can also celebrate the raising of the full cost.

Further details: Sponsor A Pipe Brochure (PDF file)

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