Friday, 30 July 2010

Music for Strathallan

Below are some rehearsal aids for our forthcoming residential rehearsal weekend at Strathallan School.  Some of the following, and much more, will form the basis of our next few events.

I couldn't find clips of Sir John Stainer in B Flat Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, John Bertalot Fauxbourdons, John L Bell's There is a Place, Frikki Walker's Prayer for Peace, or John Madden's We will remember them.

The first video below contains only the first part (I couldn't find the second part) of the Thomas Morley Responses, which can be found about 50 seconds into the clip.  Be aware though that they perform the 1662 Prayer Book version in which the priest sings "Glory be to the Father ......." followed by a response from the choir, whereas we'll doubtless be doing the correct version as set by Morley!  If none of that makes sense don't worry, all will be obvious on the day.

The video below is of the William Byrd Praise our Lord all ye gentiles, and it's an apt one because it was recorded (albeit not by the Cathedral choir) in the very beautiful Wells Cathedral where our own Musical Director Frikki Walker was a Vicar Choral in the choir for a few years (and you wondered how he got to know so much about singing!).  Having sung there a few times with one of Frikki's former choirs The Marian Consort, I can safely say it's one of my favourite cathedrals, and in fact one of my favourite English cities.  Great pubs!

Below is Samuel Sebastian Wesley's Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.

John Ireland's Greater Love hath no man than this is below.

Edgar Bainton's And I saw a new heaven, with powerful words from the Book of Revelation, is one of my absolute all time favourite anthems, is very near the top of the exceptionally long list of things I want sung at my funeral, and can be found below.

Also near the top of my funeral list is Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow's atmospheric anthem Let all mortal flesh keep silence, which a very important person in a former life of mine always described as my anthem because whenever she heard it she apparently always remembered me singing the tenor solo in it, and which is below.

Lastly, but by no means leastly, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck's Gaudete Omnes is below.

Enjoy them all!


  1. Why not get a camcorder setup for Frikki's piece for posting onto YouTube?

  2. That'd be up to Frikki, but if we were doing that I'd maybe suggest doing it for all the pieces not just that one. Thanks for your suggestion Pencefn, we'll see how it goes.

    Anyone in the choir have a camcorder?

  3. I'm not sure why the first video (Morley) doesn't seem to be loading in my browser and I don't know if it's just me who can't see it, so if you have a problem you can go direct to and view it, although the music is very very very simple so I wouldn't worry too much!

  4. Oh wait, I think I've fixed it by editing the HTML, should be OK now. Sorry!