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Sunday’s Music – 5th Oct 2014

Not surprisingly, today’s organ music and anthem from the choir has a ‘Harvest’ theme!

We Plough the Fields “Wir Pflugen” (Joseph Prentiss)
Now thank we all our God “Nun Danket” (Lani Smith)
We gather together to ask the Lord’s Blessings “Dutch folk tune” (F. Ritter)

These three preludes are based on the Hymn Tunes associated with Harvest Hymns. They come from a complete set of Liturgical settings for the Church Organist. The first two familiar tunes feature solo reeds and a nice accompaniment. At the mid-way section we hear the hymn tunes as we are used to, before the solo and variations come back.

The third prelude is based on a lovely Dutch folk tune. The tune itself is quite reminiscent to the same lilting slow-ish Scotch Snap rhythm that the Skye Boat song has. The words are quite nice too, and are probably more associated with American Thanksgiving and have references to praise and thanksgiving for all seasons and events… such as asking a blessing on us as we gather for worship, that we should sing praises to his name, and he doesn’t forget his flock. Moving on we think about God creating and maintaining his kingdom, and that he defends it for which we praise him. This may be the physical kingdom on earth we remember at Harvest or the spiritual heavenward kingdom that we enter in Salvation.

OFFERINGVariations for Thanksgiving (Colin Curtis)

This is a lovely gentle piece for flute stops and the softer Clarinet stop. It’s in the calming triple time signature and features the tune alternating between the bass and treble. This is an arrangement of the Dutch folk tune that is set to the words ‘We gather together’.   It’s not very familiar to us here in the UK but quite catchy and I’m sure you will hum along!

RECESSIONALFestival Postlude (Nelson)

We are today celebrating our ‘Harvest Festival’ so what way better than to finish off with a flourish? This Festival postlude has a solo reed introduction with quite a few quaver notes, followed by an almost responsive four part phrase. The middle section is a little more subdued with a new theme being introduced. Finally, we return to the joyous and uplifting flourish that we began with, taking us to a final and grand coda section for full organ.

ANTHEMGod who made the earth

This is a Korean folk melody and text arranged by John Bell for CH4. The music is gentle and lilting and has an almost Celtic air about it. Unison verses are followed by the harmonic chorus. The text reminds us a little of the bible passage for everything there is a season… moving on to spring new life and harvest cultivation being likened in parallel to the Passion, Death and Resurrection… ‘though dead and fallen, burst to life and rose up again!’

Enjoy the music! Alan Mathew, Organist.

Doors open day!

Williamwood is gearing up to take part in East Renfrewshire’s annual doors open day on Saturday 13th September

The church is open from 10am to 4pm

Information on the architecture, history and activities at Williamwood Church are available, along with guides from the congregation to walk you through the building

At 11am there will be music provided by young singers from Williamwood Church and instrumentalists from our friends at Williamwood High

At 2pm there will be organ music and choir music from our organist/director of music and church choir. The organ at Williamwood is also historic and a brochure about it can be downloaded here

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day, but in the morning take advantage of the annual guild coffee morning taking place in the church hall.

A warm welcome awaits you!


Doors Open Day–13th September

Williamwood Church is taking part in East Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day (Doors Open Website)

The Church will be open from 10am until 4pm



Stewards will be on hand with information literature with details of our church building and will be pleased to point out some of our architectural features.

Music events will take place at 11am and 2pm


singers from Williamwood Church’s youth group and soloists (vocal and instrumental) from Williamwood High School


our Organist and Director of Music will present organ music on our historic Allen Digital organ, with music from the Church Choir also.

The Guild Coffee Morning also takes place 10am – 11:45am, so come along and enjoy tea/coffee and “buns” the only way the the Guild know how to!  In the afternoon tea/coffee is available on request.

Scotland’s Churches Trust website

Williamwood Church website

Come and Sing Messiah in Lanark





Please come along and enjoy a day with us singing one of the most popular pieces of choral music at Christ Church in Hope Street, Lanark to raise funds for a small local charity L.E.S.G.

For more info about the charity look on (

This will be an opportunity for enjoyment and exercising of our vocal chords and the delight of fulfilment in our performance, as we will be conducted by soloist and choral tutor Anne Dawson and accompanied by organist Phil Hotham

The format of the day will include:

  • 1 – 5pm – Rehearsals, including a 30min refreshment break
  • 5 – 6pm – Break for snacks and refreshment and rest
  • 6 – 7pm – Concert

Singers’ tickets cost £10 and will include hire of music score, if required. Audience tickets cost £8 (£6 for concession)

Please complete booking form and return it with payment to:

Lanarkshire Epilepsy Support C/O Mrs Helen MacDonald, 37 Goremire Road, Carluke,  ML8 4PQ

Tickets will be sent to you by e-mail reply after purchase

Click here for the booking form