After last year's successful Singing on Saturday: Byrd Songs and other English Anthems, we are organising another Singing on Saturday at St. John'& St. Philip's in The Hague on Saturday 17 February 2018.
The theme is 'The Matins Project'. The idea is to explore the form and history of the Matins service, and to sing English music from the first years of its development (mid-16th century to early-18th century).
In addition to the canticles, we'll do some anthems, so it will hopefully be useful for people looking for repertoire ideas for their own choirs. Christina Edelen will again be leading this day.
10:00 Welcome and coffee/tea
10:30 Intro, warm up and Singing session 1
12:15 Lunch (bring your own, but coffee and tea provided)
13:15 Singing session 2
14:45 Coffee and tea
15.15 Singing session 3
15.45 Finish with a sing-through of all the repertoire for the day
16.15 End of day
Costs for the day: €12.50 for members of affiliated choirs,
€15.00 for non-affiliated singers. Music to be printed by participants after receiving the necessary links. The music list will be sent round to all singers soonest.
If interested, post a comment or pm me.
Diary date: Saturday 9 June, Choral Festival, Brussels
The choir of St John’s Ghent sang in the park behind their church in a special service to commemorate 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation.
On Sunday 29 October several churches in Ghent jointly celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in a 'traditional' open air manner. This gave the choir of St John’s Anglican Church an opportunity to use the RSCM Reform & Renewal festival book to sing Rutter's arrangement of 'A Mighty Fortress' (Ein feste Burg), one of the best known hymns by the reformer Martin Luther. Countries represented in the choir were Belgium, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, India, Sweden and the Netherlands, with a Hungarian Protestant pastor dressed as Luther sitting alongside. They were accompanied by a portable pedal-pumped harmonium.
In the 16th Century, Protestants were not allowed to conduct worship services within the city bounds. They would gather outside the city for an "Open-air Sermon" (in Flemish 'hagepreek'; hedge sermon). To commemorate this, the commemorative celebration was held in the park in Ghent's Old Beguinage. More than 100 people gathered under clear blue skies as the service began with a visit from ‘Martin Luther’, posting his 95 Theses to the door of the church next to the park. This was the St Elisabethkerk, formerly Roman Catholic, which is now the home St John’s parish. Naturally, there was also a rousing sermon in the fresh air.
Evensongs in Houten, the Netherlands, and London, UK
RSCM affiliate Protestantse Gemeente Houten (the Protestant parish of Houten) plans two evensongs in Houten and one in London.
Sunday 24 September at 17.00 the choir of the Protestantse Gemeente will sing an an ecumenical Evensong in the Houten Roman Catholic church. The music is from the RSCM festival book “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done”.
Sunday 1 October at 17.00 there will be an Evensong service at the Protestant “Opstandingskerk” in Houten, with the Samen op Weg Youth Choir. Again the music is from the RSCM festival book. This youth choir will sing the same pieces at an Evensong service in London on Sunday 15 October at St John the Baptist, Holland Road, at 17.00.
Clergy, church singers and musicians and others interested in the relationship of music and liturgy, spent an interesting day together with John Bell of the Iona Community. The workshop was held at St John's in Gent and attracted more than 40 attendees who listened, sang and enjoyed a good lunch.
Graham Look shared a link to the group: RSCM NW Europe & European Cathedral Singers.Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 5:07pm
John Bell on Music & Liturgy: 6 May in Ghent
Registration deadline is 1 MAY
St John's Church, Ghent, will host a one-day workshop on Music & Liturgy led by John Bell of the Iona Community on Saturday 6 May 2017. This is in cooperation with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) North-West Europe Region.
John Bell is known for his work as a hymn-writer, a member of the Iona Community and a broadcaster. He is a Fellow of the RSCM.
The day begins at 10.00 and is scheduled to finish at 16.00.
The cost is EUR 20, which includes refreshments and lunch.
Registration is via, https://stephenmurray.typeform.com/to/G13bUl or at email@example.com, which can also be used for further information.
The event will be at the Sint Elisabethkerk,
Begijnhofdries 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium,
which is the home of St John's.
This is a rare opportunity to combine music, liturgy and tourism in one of the outstanding cities of Europe: see www.visitgent.be.