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Music at St Michael’s (18/02/2024) 

The motet at Eucharist this morning is “O vos omnes” by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1549-1611). It reminds us that all suffering is shared by Christ: “O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see, if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow”. Victoria was the most significant composer of the late Renaissance in Spain, and one of the best-regarded composers of sacred music at that time. His music reflects his personality, expressing the passion of Spanish mysticism and devotion.

At evensong (6.30pm) the responses are by William Smith (1603 – 1645), and the canticles in Em, are by Daniel Purcell, Henry’s lesser known brother. The anthem is “Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake,” usually attributed to English composer, dramatist, and Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal, Richard Farrant (1530-1580), though it may be by either the elder or younger John Hilton, who were also composing at this time. The text, from “Lidley’s Prayers” (1566), is a plea for forgiveness, mercy, and that “we may walk in a perfect heart before thee.”

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We sing  Choral Eucharists Evensongs, Carol Services,

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We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7.30–9.00pm (6.30–7.45pm for younger singers) and before services. The choir doesn’t sing at St Michael’s immediately after Christmas and Easter, or during the school summer holiday, when cathedral visits are sometimes arranged.

Director of music: Andrew Hanley
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The Choir and COVID-19

During  COVID times, it was hard to keep singing! Yet as a choir, we found it more important than ever. We worked hard to keep a choral sound available, and keep practising. Virtual anthems and hymns were produced for services. We ran a “virtual pub” after Zoom-based choir practices, complete with the occasional “pub” quiz, and birthday and special occasion celebrations. From the first service featuring our recordings (Palm Sunday, 2020) through to the end of the second lockdown in May 2021, well over 100 recordings of our hymns, anthems, and psalms were used in our services.

You can view the recordings of these virtual anthems on the YouTube “NSABparish” channel. virtual anthems on YouTube