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St Machar Cathedral

Music for June 2021

Music at the Cathedral Church of St. Machar.

With the recent lifting of some of the restrictions of the Covid pandemic, and further relaxations anticipated in the near future, the planned music for the morning Services, as follows, is somewhat provisional. With the restoration of a small choir, we will be permitted to sing some motets and anthems once again.  

The organ music to be heard before, during and after the Services, will be taken from some of J.S.Bach’s works- slow movements from the Trio Sonatas, and Chorale Preludes from The Little Organ Book as Introits. Music for contemplation will be short pieces from the Belgian-born, French organist and composer, César Franck. The Recessionals will be a series of triumphant Trumpet tunes.

Anthems will be taken from a series of recent compositions, specially written for St. Machar’s Cathedral, designed for virtual rehearsals via zoom. These include the contemplative Blessing - The Lord Bless you and Keep you - by undergraduate Anthony White, and the setting of Psalm 113 by American Sarah Rimkus, taken from her recently completed commission The St.Machar Songbook.  Both Anthems will be receiving their first public performance. Philip Moore, Francis Jackson’s successor at York Minster, has written a simple, but effective setting of the words Lord be thy word my rule - which we shall sing for the final Service this month.

June 6

 Music before the Service:  Adagio e dolce (Trio Sonata no. 3 BWV527): J.S.Bach(1685-1750)

          Introit: Chorale Prelude: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 631: J.S.Bach

          Opening Hymn:  No. 182: Now thank we all our God.

          Anthem: Panis Angelicus:     R.B.Williams (fl.2021)

          Music for Contemplation: Moderato (Sept Pièces):   C.Franck (1822-1890)

          Closing Hymn: No. 160: Praise, my soul the King of Heaven

          Recessional Voluntary: Trumpet Voluntary:    J.Clarke(1674-1707)


June 13

 Music before the Service: Largo (Trio Sonata no. 2 BWV 526):  J.S.Bach(1685-1750)

Introit: Chorale Prelude: Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 632:   J.S.Bach  

          Opening Hymn:  

Anthem: Ther Lord bless you and keep you:    Anthony White (fl.2021)

Music for Contemplation: Prière (Sept Pieces):    C.Franck (1822-1890)

Recessional Voluntary: Trumpet Tune in D:   H.Purcell (1659-1695)


June 20

 Music before the Service: Adagio (Trio Sonata no. 1 BWV 525):  J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

         Introit: Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot, BWV 635:   J.S.Bach

Opening Hymn:

Anthem: Psalm 113 (St.Machar Songbook):    Sarah Rimkus(fl.2021)

Music for Contemplation:  No. 5 (Sept Pièces):    C.Franck (1822-1890)

Recessional Voluntary: Tuba Tune:     C.S.Lang (1891-1971)

June 27

 Music before the Service: Var.X (Sei Gegrüsset):    J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

          Introit: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619:    J.S.Bach

          Opening Hymn:

Anthem: Lord be thy Word my rule:     Philip Moore (b.1943)

Music for Contemplation: No. 4 (Sept Pièces):    C.Franck (1822-1890)

Recessional Voluntary:  Trumpet Tune in C:    H.Purcell (1659-1695)  


(Director of Music and Organist:

Roger B, Williams, M.B.E., D.Mus, Ph. D.,  B.Mus., FRCO, FTCL,ARCM