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Music for January 2023.

The choral music during January will feature many recent compositions – several written during the Covid Lockdown.  The organ music will be based on music from Germany of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Two composers will be featured – Heinrich Scheidemann – pupil of the legendary Sweelinck and a member of the celebrated family of organists who lived in Hamburg – and the nineteenth century, Munich-based Joseph Rheinberger.   

Sunday Jan. 8th – Epiphany.

Music before the Service: Chorale Preludes: How brightly shines the morning star    G.P.Telemann (1681-1767)

The Star proclaims the King is here    Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

 Introit: How brightly shines the morning star   P.Nicolai (1556-1608)

 Anthem: Three Kings from Persian lands afar   P.Cornelius (1824-1874)

 Music at the end of the Service: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern    G.P.Telemann

Sunday Jan. 15th.

 Music before the Service: A Solis Ortus Cardine  H.Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

 Introit: Put thou thy trust in the Lord    Philip Moore (b.1943)

 Anthem: I will praise Thee     R.Barrett-Ayres (1920-81)

 Music after the Service: Fughetta in E Flat, Op. 123  J.Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Sunday Jan, 22nd.

 Music Before the Service:  Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet   H.Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

 Introit: Lord, be thy word my rule    Philip Moore (b.1943)

 Anthem: Benedicite (St. Machar Songbook)   Sarah Rimkus (b.1990)

 Music after the Service: Fughetta in c minor Op. 123 no. 2 J.Rheinberger (1839-1901)  

Sunday Jan 22 – Special Evening Service at 6 pm.

The Three Cathedrals to celebrate Christian Unity.

 Music before the Service: Praeludium in e minor; H.Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

Praeludium in d minor

 Introit: Put thou thy trust in the Lord    Philip Moore (b.1943)

 Anthem: Agnus Dei (Mass in four voices)   W. Byrd (1540-1623)

 Music after the Service: Magnificat in mode (ix)   S.Scheidt (1587-1654)

Organist: Matthew McVey.

Sunday Jan 29th – Communion.

 Music before the Service: Kyrie Domenicale  H.Scheidemann (c.1595-1663)

Introit: Panis Angelicus      R.B.Wiliams (b.1943)

Anthem: Alone Thou goest forth   Mike Thomson (1949-2016)

Communion motet: Kyrie (Mass in four voices)   W.Byrd (1540-1623)

Music after the Service: Fughetta in F Major Op. 123 no. 5    J. Rheinberger (1839-1901)


Sarah Brown: Minster.

Dr. Roger B. Williams, MBE, Music Director and Organist

(RBW 4.1.2023)