February 2014

What’s on at St Michael’s, Mount Dinham – February 2014

Our thanks to Matthew Wright for the Recital Series which he is running at St Michael’s to complement the Lecture Series run by David Beadle and his helpers; these are both bringing new people to our beautiful Church mid-week. 

This month our own Church Choir is in Concert on Wed 19th singing a wide variety of sacred music around the theme of “Light”.  We shall also sing a similar concert in the Victorian Gothic splendour of William Gibbs’ Chapel at Tyntesfield near Bristol on Sat 22nd

Sunday 2nd February – Candlemas – The Presentation of Christ in the Temple.  10.45am. Blessing the candles for the new year.  Setting: Charles Wood’s lovely Mass in F.  Motet: Lux aurumque, Eric Whitacre.

Lux, calida gravisque pura velut aurum et canunt angeli molliter modo natum.

Light, warm and heavy as pure gold and angels sing softly to the new-born babe.

Photo by RichardBarnes

Madonna and Child

Also First Sunday, 2nd Feb, Evensong and Benediction at 6pm.  Office Hymn NEH 54, Psalm 132, Reading Responses, Palestrina double choir Magnificat, Wood 6-part Nunc Dimittis, O Salutaris by Elgar, Tantum Ergo by Fauré and the Candlemas Anthem, “When to the Temple Mary went” by Johannes Eccard (1533–1611).

Singers who like a good Choral Evensong are welcome to join us on the 1st Sunday of the month to rehearse the music beforehand at 4:45 pm; regular choir practice is Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm.

Sunday 9th February, 4 before Lent, 10.45am.  Mass.  Setting: Mass in E, Darke.  Motet: Our conversation is in heaven, by Exeter born Walter Bond Gilbert (1829-1910).

Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm.  St Michael’s Lecture.  Telling stories about Intersex and Christianity.  Dr Susannah Cornwall (Dept of Theology and Religion, Univ of Exeter).

Sunday 16th February, Septuagesima, 3 before Lent, 10.45am.  Mass.   Missa “O Quam Gloriosum” by Victoria was sung at short notice at Epiphany, so we may use Stanford in C&F today.  Motet: Ubi Caritas, Duruflé.

Wednesday 19th February, 7.30pm. St Michael’s Recital.  Our own Church Choir in a Concert of sacred motets on the theme of “Light”. (Free, donations welcome.)

Saturday 22nd February, 5.30pm in Tyntesfield Chapel.  St Michael’s Choir sings a Concert at this National Trust property at Wraxall, near Bristol, BS48 1NX. (Tickets £10 from NT.)  The spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival House and Chapel were created by William Gibbs (1790-1875) who funded the building of both our own glorious church and the chapel of Keble College, Oxford.

Sunday 23rd February, Sexagesima, 2 before Lent, 10.45am.  Mass.  Setting: Missa “Lauda Sion”, Palestrina.  Motet: Ave verum corpus, Byrd.

Sunday 2nd March, Quinquagesima, Next before Lent, 10.45am.  Mass.  Setting: Missa Brevis “Laetatus Sum”, Nigel Browne.  Motet: O Lord Thou art my God, by Exeter composer Kellow John Pye (1812-1901).

Sunday 2nd March, 6pm.  Evensong and Benediction.  Responses: Smith, Psalm: 84, Office Hymn: 241, Canticles: Walmisley in D minor, Anthem: Verleih uns Frieden, Mendelssohn. O salutaris, Liszt.  Tantum Ergo, Liszt.

Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich, Herr Gott, zu unsern Zeiten.  Es ist doch ja kein andrer nicht, der für uns könnte streiten, denn du, unser Gott, alleine. (Martin Luther)

Give peace in our time, O Lord.  Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God. (Thomas Cranmer) 

Wednesday 5th March, Ash Wednesday, 7.30pm.  Mass with Imposition of Ashes.  Setting: Mass in A minor, Casciolini.  Motet: Thou knowest Lord the secrets of our hearts, Purcell.

A reminder that we do now have a “MyDonate” fundraising account.  The link is:

We would appreciate donations towards the running costs of the Peregrine webcam or the cost of maintaining the high standard of music at St Michael’s; there are options for either.  Thank you.

Photo by Richard Barnes

HLF Acknowledgement board

HLF Project.  Thanks too to all who have helped with the Organ, Peregrine and Heritage Project over the past year.  Our half-way reports to the Heritage Lottery Fund have been accepted and I am pleased to be able to say that the next tranche of grant money has been received.  Work continues and many activities are planned for June 2014.

Richard Barnes.

Our Concert Programme includes

Advent – Madonna – Candlemas

*    Byrd – Vigilate
*    Lloyd – The Call
*    Howells – A Spotless Rose
*    Grieg – Ave Maris Stella
*    Tallis – O Nata Lux
*    Eccard – When to the Temple
*    Wood – Nunc Dimittis


Light – Remembrance – Evening

*    Harris – Holy is the True Light
*    Kendrika – Domine Lux Tui Amoris Lucet/Fulge Jesu Fulge
*    Victoria – O Quam Gloriosum
*    Cornelius – Requiem Aeternam
*    Nunc Dimittis, in English – Purcell in Gminor
*    Rheinberger – Abendlied
*    Tallis – Te Lucis Ante Terminum
* Wood – Hail, Gladdening Light!