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St Machar’s Cathedral – Autumn 2022:     

 Music for the month of October.

This month we shall sing a wide range of items from different periods and schools of composition.   One of the choir’s highlights will be the world premieres of specially commissioned compositions by Sir James MacMillan, Professor Paul Mealor and Dr. Sarah Rimkus on October 2nd.

Before the Services this month organ music will comprise a selection of Chorale Preludes by J.S. Bach, and for the last few weeks of the month, music from the great musical family Praetorius, from Hamburg, will be played at the end of the morning Services.

2nd. Music before the Service:

Liebster Jesu BWV 731:                                                   J.S.Bach (1685t-1750)

Introit: I will lift up mine eyes:                                           Walford Davies (1869-1941)
Anthem: If ye love me:                                                     T.Tallis (c.1505-85)

Music after the Service:
Toccata:                                                                          Flor Peeters (1903-1986)


2nd 3 p.m. A Special Afternoon Service to celebrate 500th anniversary of Bishop Dunbar’s ceiling and its restoration.

Praise ye the Lord:                                                           James MacMillan (b.1959)*

The Firmament of his Power:                                             Paul Mealor (b.1976)*

Make a joyful noise:                                                          Sarah Rimkus (b.1990)*

*World premieres specially commissioned for this Service.


9th. Harvest Festival

Music before the Service:

Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737                                J.S.Bach (1685-1750)  
Introit: Jubilate Deo                                                          W.A.Mozart(1756-1791)

Anthem: Thou visitest the earth                                         M.Greene (1695-1755)

Music after the Service:

Master Tallis’ Testament:                                                   H.Howells (`1892-1983)



16th. Music before the Service:

Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend,BWV 709                      J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Introit:  Praise God within his holy place:                            William II (1598-1662)  

Anthem: The Lord bless you and keep you:                        A.White (b.1998)

Music after the Service:

Magnificat Germanice:                                                       J.Praetorius (1586-1651)


          22nd. (Saturday at 11 am) Special Service to remember, and give thanks for the life of Queen Elizabeth II.  

          Music before the Service: Erbarm dich, BWV 721                 J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

          Introit: Nunc Dimittis (Service in C)                                   C.V.Stanford (1852-1924)

O be joyful in the Lord (Service in B flat)                            C.V.Stanford

          Music at the end of the Service:

          Fantasia in c minor, BWV 562                                           J.S.Bach (1685-1750)


23rd. Music before the Service:

Vater unser, BWV 636, 683:                                            J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Introit: I will lift up mine eyes                                            H.Clucas (b.1941

Anthem: Exsultate Justi                                                   A.Viadana

Music after the Service:
Vater unser(v.4) J.                                                          Praetorius (1586-1651)


30th. Music before the Service:

Wer nur den lieben Gott, BWV 642                                   J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Introit: God be in my head                                               M.Dalby (1941-2018)  

Anthem: O Sacrum Convivium                                          G.Croce (1557-1609)

Communion: Lord, be thy word (no.2)                              P.Moore  (b.1943)

Music after the Service:

Kyrie Apostolicum:                                                          H.Praetorius (1560-1629)


30th. Special Evening Service to remember all who have died in the last twelve months.

Music before the Service: Erbarm dich, BWV 721                J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Nunc Dimittis (Service in C)                                              C.V.Stanford (1852-1924)

The Lord bless you and keep you                                      Anthony White (b.1998)

Music at the end of the Service:

Herzlich tut mich verlangen ,BWV 727                               J.S.Bach


Director of Music and Organist: Dr Roger B Williams, MBE,  October 2022