Tag Archives: Church music

Spinarseholes!

I spent most of my teenage years in York and was fascinated by the Minster organ. I occasionally got to play it (outside services) and the exhilarating experience would be something like flying a fighter jet! I knew John Rothera … Continue reading

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Bach’s Cantata on Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

Quoted from the You Tube page: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (1731) Boy Soprano: Alan Bergius Tenor: Kurt Equiluz Bass: Thomas Hampson Chorus master: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden Tölzer Knabenchor Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Concentus musicus Wien I. Chorus: Wachet … Continue reading

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Mega Churches

It is an American phenomenon above all. It’s rather frightening. The mega church (or these two words joined together) is a term used to describe a Protestant, Evangelical or Pentecostalist church of more than a couple of thousand worshippers at … Continue reading

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Gregorian Chant

I have just left a comment on Patrick Sheridan’s In answer… on a number of questions of church music. I was brought up in the Anglican tradition at St Peter’s School and a number of parishes in York gravitating around … Continue reading

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Sarum Chant

This recording has been around for a number of years and is now on Youtube. With a Canterbury cap tip to Rad Trad, I reproduce this link. See Sarum Christmas Mass. I made the observation over there: I was in … Continue reading

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And the House was filled with smoke!

My statistics page indicates that someone was looking for an anthem containing the words “And the house was filled with smoke”, which I believe come from the Prophet Isaiah. It is none other than John Stainer’s I saw the Lord. … Continue reading

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The Liturgical Organist

The craft of the church organist is an old one. I first accompanied a hymn in my school chapel in 1973 – and made a mess of it. I was totally nerve-racked and little less than racked by my housemaster … Continue reading

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