I’ve left the March Music List to the last minute to allow maximum exposure on the blog for David’s excellent posters for the next two exciting St Michael’s Lectures.
St Michael’s Choir and friends spent a most enjoyable day visiting the home of our benefactor William Gibbs (1790-1875). Our thanks to Tyntesfield’s staff and volunteers. Tyntesfield (National Trust) Our concert in the glorious French-inspired chapel was well received and we rounded the day off with Fish’n’Chips in Weston-super-Mare.
With Lent approaching fast we have one more Sunday of jollity.
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 is Martin Luther’s translation of the Latin Introit for Pentecost XVIII, or as Thomas Cranmer put it in the Responses: Give peace in our time, O Lord. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
Tuesday 4th March, Shrove Tuesday, 8.30pm. After 6pm Vespers and 7pm Choir Practice, hopefully the traditional Pancakes will be cooked at the back of the church.
For Lent our music becomes more austere and subdued, an exception being our Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation on Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm.
If you want something extra, “Stations of the Cross” is prayed on Wednesdays during Lent at 6pm; Plainsong Vespers continue to be sung at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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, by Purcell.
Sunday 9th March, Lent I, 10.45am. Mass. The Litany: Setting: Sarum Mass, Plainsong. Motet: Hear my prayer, O Lord, by Purcell.
Wednesday 12th March, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Lecture. Evolution, Suffering and the Creative Love of God. Dr Bethany Sollereder (Dept of Theology and Religion, Univ of Exeter).
Sunday 16th March, Lent II, 10.45am. Mass. Setting: Anglican Folk Mass, Martin Shaw. Motet: God so loved the world, Sir John Stainer.
Sunday 23rd March, Lent III, 10.45am. Mass. Setting: Merbecke (NEH 542). Motet: Jesu dulcis memoria, by Charles Wood (Jesu, the very thought of thee is sweet).
Tuesday 25th March, Annunciation, 7.30pm. Mass. Setting: Missa “Ave Maris Stella”, Victoria (Hail, Star of the sea). Motet: Magnificat, Sweelinck.
N.B. Thursday 27th March, 7.30pm, Recital. The Exeter Police Choir. (Entrance free.)
Mothering/Laetare Sunday 30th March, Lent IV, 10.45am. Rose Red Vestments. Mass. Setting: Missa de Angelis, Plainsong. Motet: Oculi Omnium, Wood (The eyes of all look to thee, O Lord, and thou givest them meat in due season).