Dear Friends, July 2014
I hope that you are all enjoying this summer season? I certainly am. I am reminded of the old hymns – Summer Suns are glowing, When morning guilds the skies, Jesus loves me for a sunbeam – who all remembers these? Of course with the first one we talk about sun in a sense in that all at times the sun is shining somewhere. This is a reminder that God’s love also shines every. The suns light provides warm and of course God’s love provides us with spiritual warmth, love and protection If you are holidaying, in the UK or abroad, I hope you’ve had a good spell of weather and travelled safe.
If you have managed along at all during the summer months you will have heard our Summer Choir – back after a year’s break. We’ve met each week at 10am in the session house to learn something easy but tuneful! We’ve introduced these items as introits, anthems and as sung blessings. There have been many kind remarks about what we’ve sang and we all thank you for that. Many of you have commented how nice it is to sing the blessing at the end – and this is of course a blessing we should sing to each other as our service ends. There will be a few more Sunday’s before “summer” ends and if you want to come to Summer Choir then please do so. Everyone is welcome.
Our Church Choir resumes practices on Thursday 21st August at 7:30pm in the Session House. This is a few weeks earlier than usual due to your Organist/Director of Music having the first two weeks of September in Spain! This means that there is no Thursday practice 4th and 11th September. New members are of course very welcome – and we have spaces in all sections. Just come along and we will give you a very warm welcome.
Looking forward to the new session I am full of enthusiasm to work with the choir after my spell away. When I came back things were winding down for the summer, but we enjoyed a few Thursday evenings before our end of session dinner. The plan is to look at some anthems on the theme of “Love” in September. We have a nice setting of Love Divine by John Stainer which some of you may know, also a nice setting of How Deep the Fathers Love for us by Stuart Townend and a new setting of Love Divine by Howard Goodal. Our first batch of music looks towards Remembrance Sunday and it’s my hope to have the choir sing Wherever you are by Paul Mealor, of the Military Wives fame. After than we have Christmas, Lessons and Carols and the new year to look to. So, it’s going to be a busy session.
Over the course of the summer, there have been issues pertaining to the organ, which at the time of writing as still being investigated and looked into. The Allen (UK) organ company have visited 4 times and have been asked back to assist more. Fortunately I have been able to play it each week (with the exception on one) and the issues haven’t interfered too much with our Sunday services. I hope that things will be rectified soon, so that the problems don’t impact on the choir music come September.
It may interest some of you to know that for most of June and July, I have only had around 1/2 the organ available to me each week which severely limits the sounds, tones and texture that are available. The latest issue seems to be a tuning problem in that the two “sides” or “computers” of the organ are out of tune with each other. I’ve not let you hear this on Sundays but it’s a little like a harmonium which isn’t all that pleasing to the ear! As I say, fingers crossed, the issues should be all sorted soon.
Christmas? Christmas? What do you mean, talking about that already – I can hear some of you shout! Well, all I want to say is that if anyone wants to join the choir for our Christmas celebrations you will be made most welcome. We will likely participate in a Lessons and Carols Service of some shape or form in December, and help lead the singing at Watch night etc. I had always hoped to go carol singing around Aidan’s Brae and hopefully we can start that this year, and also bring some lighter and fun Christmas songs to the people there.
Looking to 2015……….
I would hope to do, as in previous years, something that everyone can join in with. I have a few ideas that I soon want to run by Linda and Eric (or even a new minister?) some are more serious than others. Two of the ideas would fall at Easter – one is a coming together of local church choirs and a presentation of “Stainer’s Crucifixion” and the other is much more upbeat and family orientated called “Resurrection Rock” which might be suited to an Easter Day service. Watch this space to see how my ideas progress.
I want to close by thanking you all for your continued appreciation and good wishes for what we get up to musically at Williamwood. On a personal level the welcome I received back to you was truly wonderful and was indeed a “coming home” feeling. I’m glad to be back!!