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In Topic: Music That We'd Rather Not Play

22 June 2017 - 03:55 PM

By some coincidence the hymn list at St.P's for this Sunday has Lord, Jesus Christ, you have come to us, scheduled. I don't find this at all offensive and actually quite like the harmonies. I must conclude that something within me finds S,JS to be junk. It's all subjective.


What has caught me whilst playing the hymns over at home is that the big orange book has many hymns in lower keys than those to which I'm accustomed. After heaven knows how many years of playing "Richmond" in G Major it took an effort of will over muscle memory to play it in F. Fingers crossed, figuratively at least...

In Topic: Messy Church

21 June 2017 - 04:51 PM

Our benefice has held a Messy Church since just before Christmas 2016. The intention is to draw children from a large new housing development and has, by any measure been successful. I'm not involved as they have their own musicians but here is a link to the benefice's site; Messy Church being a little way down.



In Topic: Music That We'd Rather Not Play

05 June 2017 - 08:16 AM

That's a good point, thank you innate. I judged the response from the churchwarden and choir to reflect most views but may have been wrong.


There are 2 distinct congregations at St. P's. The 09.30 service, for which I play, is the traditional communion service with by and large the older villagers who have been attending that service for years. The 11.00 service is a more evangelical event with a music group consisting of piano, flute and guitar and sometimes drums. They have their own quite separate attendees not just from the village but from the surrounding area too and although sometimes using the same hymn book, along with Mission Praise and various other odds and ends, sing those which are, to my mind, more worship songs than what I regard as hymns. I should have thought that S, J S fitted more easily into their services. I will though happily admit to being a bit of a fossil in my musical tastes...


Tony, I did speak to the incumbent organist, who picks the hymns and who is also a friend, earlier in the week to ask her opinion. She told me that I should feel free to alter anything I wanted and that S, J S probably wasn't the best choice for the 09.30 - on a previous occasion the congregation didn't sing it all leaving the choir to perform  almost as an anthem.


I choose the hymns for my own church and always use a lectionary as well as the "Hymns suggested for Sundays" index to ensure their relevance to the service.


 Stainer's Crucifixion? A real Marmite of the musical world. I'm a fan!

In Topic: Youtube

27 April 2017 - 07:19 AM

Speaking as one who detests anything to do with football I watched the clip with some reservation but found it quite inspiring. The Scottish tune came as a bit of a surprise and made me wonder how it came to be used by a football club but both the playing and the instrument were excellent.


I must seek out some more conventional recordings of the organ.

In Topic: Easter highlight

18 April 2017 - 09:29 AM

I heard it too - a very fine arrangement of the song.




...should find it.


Another sort of tweet follows the service - the yellow wagtail on the BBC "Tweet of the Day" programme!