We have now reached the Christian holiday of Pentecost, or Whitsun as it is widely known in this country. This is the time when we remember the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise that the Apostles would receive the Holy Spirit. The account we have in the Acts of the Apostles speaks of tongues of fire and a great deal of noise as all in Jerusalem heard the good news of Jesus Christ being delivered in their own language. It has always struck me as a little ironic that much of the music composed for this season which marks 49 days after Easter is of a rather quiet and even contemplative nature, somewhat different to the explosion of confidence demonstrated by the Apostles as told to us by Luke.
I hope you enjoy this small selection of pieces suitable for this liturgical season.
Director of Music
https://youtu.be/pLh0_p_Rx_g Listen sweet dove - Grayson Ives
https://youtu.be/bfZ7LAdEpls Litany to the Holy Spirit - Peter Hurford
https://youtu.be/QQyOiO_Y7NE Come Holy Ghost - Thomas Atwood
https://youtu.be/PMAc-OwyigY If ye love me - Philip Wiley
https://youtu.be/IwV2eDyKZkw The Spirit of the Lord - Edward Elgar
Since Advent Sunday last year, we have followed the earthly life of Jesus Christ from his birth, his three year ministry among us, his arrest, trial, death, resurrection and Ascension to the Father. We have witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and finally we have reached Trinity Sunday. The doctrine of the Trinity, that there are three persons within the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, where each of these three persons have equal status and are equally divine, has been one of the most difficult to understand in all theology. I shall therefore leave it to those more qualified and with greater insight than me to expand upon this subject! The liturgical period described as Sundays after Easter is also referred to as Ordinary Time and during the period following Trinity Sunday we are no longer marking the historical events of Jesus’ life, but we continue to mark and remember the lives of Saints, martyrs and holy people until the year turns again and we look toward Advent once again.
I have made a small selection of pieces suitable for Trinity Sunday, and will continue to select pieces for each of the succeeding Sundays. I wish you happy listening.
Director of Music.
Hymn to the Trinity – Tchaikovsky
The Cherubic Hymn – Rachmaninov
I saw the Lord – Stainer
14.6.20 – Trinity 1 (Corpus Christi)
Panis Angelicus – Franck
Let all mortal flesh keep silence – Bairstow
O sacrum convivium – Tallis
21.6.20 – Trinity 2
Greater love – Ireland
28.6.20 – Trinity 3 (St Peter & St Paul)
Tue s Petrus – Duruflé
5.7.20 – Trinity 4
Be thou my vision - Chilcott
12.7.20 – Trinity 5
Blessed be the God and Father – Wesley
19.7.20 – Trinity 6
Teach me, O Lord - Attwood
26.7.20 – Trinity 7
Blessed city, heavenly Salem – Bairstow
2.8.20 – Trinity 8
Like as the hart - Howells
9.8.20 – Trinity 9
Beati quorum via - Stanford
16.8.20 – Trinity 10 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Ave Maria – Bruckner
23.8.20 – Trinity 11
Holy is the true light – Harris
30.8.20 – Trinity 12
Christus factus est – Bruckner
The date for when the choir were due to sing at Rochester Cathedral is quickly approaching and we are sorry to say that it has been cancelled due to the virus.
These are the pieces we were due to sing:
‘Lord, thou hast been our refuge’ : Vaughan Williams : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vdOyc5Nnc
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittus in A Flat, Harwoodhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LNdXjn_XcSY
Please have a listen
Thinking of you all and your family’s!
St John’s places a high value on music as an important part of our regular worship. We have a strong tradition of choral music dating back many years and are fortunate to support two choirs, offering everyone interested in singing the opportunity to participate to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the commitment they are able to offer.
Who are we?
Our Church Choir is a group of about 15 adults and children who sing at all but one of our Sunday morning services as well as a “Cathedral style” Choral Evensong on the second Sunday evening of each month. We also sing at the special services around Christmas and Easter, as well as at other important times throughout the church’s year.
What do we do?
We aim to bring of our best to worship and so our Church Choir works hard to bring music of a high standard in support of our church’s liturgy. The Choir’s musical repertoire is broad, ranging from plainsong through to the flowering of British choral music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, right up to contemporary compositions. We prepare an anthem each Sunday morning as well as more extensive musical contributions during our Carol Services at Advent and Christmas, and of course our Choral Evensongs.
Who can join?
Our Church Choir welcomes junior members aged seven and above. We broadly follow the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for life training programme and we encourage all our younger singers to enter external examinations for RSCM Bronze (Dean’s) Award or RSCM Silver (Bishop’s) Award (the green and purple ribbons awarded by the Diocese of Southwark). Training and requirements for these exams include:
- Musical skills and understanding - sing a psalm, hymn and anthem where they are tested on interpretation and musicality and also undertake an aural test;
- Choir in Context – answer questions on the bible, liturgy and ministry, belonging to the choir;
- Testimonial by the Director of Music on the candidate’s commitment to the choir.
We also welcome adult singers of any age, particularly those with previous singing experience and a love of church music, to form our Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass parts.
When we rehearse:
The Church Choir rehearses in the Choir Vestry each Thursday evening from 1930 – 2030. There is also a warm-up rehearsal before each service.
Who are we?
The Come and Sing Choir are very friendly and enthusiastic group who welcomes anyone who enjoys singing. We sing on our own at the fourth Sunday morning service of each month and join with the Church Choir on the second Sunday morning. No previous experience or training is necessary! This choir is particularly suitable for those who love singing but are unable to offer the commitment for membership of the Church Choir. Members sing whenever they can, we don’t keep a register!
Are there any rehearsals?
There is also a warm-up rehearsal in the Choir Vestry at 9.30 am before each service.
If you would like to hear our traditional choir in action, come along any Sunday morning at 10am, exept the 4th Sunday of the month
Or why not join us for one of your special choral services.
If you or a member of your family are interested in joining either of our choirs or would just like to have a chat about what is involved, our Director of Music Ian Brentnall would be delighted to hear from you. He may be contacted on 0208 290 6594 or via e mail at email@example.com.
Born in Brighton in 1961, Ian Brentnall spent his formative years in Orpington during which time he studied the Organ under Peter Moorse, completed his schooling, and forged a career by following his father into the London Insurance market.
Ian’s potential as a singer was spotted and he was duly invited to study singing at the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music under Brenda Stanley and thereafter with Michael Maurell and Dennis Wicks. This led to work with a number of professional opera companies and the BBC, as well as solo concert engagements.
Ian has been active as organist at churches in South east London area including St. Paul’s, Crofton, St. Mary’s, Shortlands and St. John the Evangelist, Sidcup.
He resumed the role of Director of Music at St. John the Divine, Selsdon in September 2014 after a break of some thirty years, having trained the choir and ultimately led them to sing a week of services at Chester Cathedral in 1986.
Jonathan Musgrave studied at the Royal College of Music as an undergraduate, postgraduate and Junior Fellow, gaining a first class honours degree and a Master of Music with distinction. In a solo role he has performed concertos by Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven, and taken part in masterclasses by Bryce Morrison and Artur Pizarro. As an accompanist he has worked with instruments and voices of every kind, and his duo partnerships have led to engagements from the Kirckman Concert Society and Park Lane Group, to critical acclaim. He is also in demand as a repetiteur. As well as innumerable appearances in London (venues including the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall) and around the south of England, he has also performed at music festivals in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Jonathan has been an Organist at St Johns since 2003.