St Michael’s Choir Recital

St Michael’s Choir Recital – Wednesday 19 February 2014

Photo by Richard Barnes

Our own church choir will perform in February.

Yes, it’s our own 20-strong Church Choir in Concert on Wednesday the 19th at 7.30pm singing a cappella sacred music on the theme of “Light”.  Recitals at St Michael’s, Mount Dinham, EX4 4EB, are free, with refreshments and a voluntary retiring collection to cover costs. Come and enjoy some of the best music from 4 of the past 5 centuries.

Photo by Richard Barnes

Advent Wreath – Five Candles

The arc of the 1st half is Advent – Mary – Candlemas

Manz – E’en So, Lord Jesus; Byrd – Vigilate; Lloyd – The Call

Howells – A Spotless Rose;  Britten – Hymn to the Virgin;  Grieg – Ave Maris Stella

Tallis – O Nata Lux;  Eccard – When to the Temple Mary went;  Wood – Nunc Dimittis

Whitacre – Lux Aurumque  (a live recording from our Candlemas Service is at )

The themes of the 2nd half are Light – Remembrance – Evening

Harris – Holy is the True Light; Lloyd – View Me, Lord; Kendrika – Domine Lux Tui Amoris Lucet

Victoria – O Quam Gloriosum; Cornelius – Requiem Aeternam; Elgar – Lux Aeterna

Purcell – Nunc Dimittis ; Rheinberger – Abendlied; Tallis – Te Lucis Ante Terminum; Wood – Hail, Gladdening Light

The concert is typical of the bimodal distribution of our weekly liturgical repertoire, concentrating on 16th century Renaissance polyphony and the 20th century flowering of Anglican music, with traces of 17th century Baroque and 19th century Romanticism.

Photo by RichardBarnes

Paschal Candle and East Window

“Domine Lux Tui Amoris Lucet” is an original Latin setting of “Shine Jesus shine” by the unknown 16th century composer Giovanni di Kendrika, reconstructed for St Michael’s Choir by Alex West, thus spanning the whole timeframe of the concert.

We are also singing a similar concert in the Chapel at Tyntesfield near Bristol, BS48 1NX, on Saturday 22nd February at 5.30pm.  (Tickets are £10 from the National Trust there.)  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.

The other Recitals in this series will be:-

Thursday March 27th, 7.30 p.m. – Exeter Police Choir

Wednesday April 9th, 7.30 p.m. – Tim Othen (piano)

Wednesday May 21st, 7.30 p.m. – Alex West (organ)

A special inaugural recital on the newly installed St Jude’s/Clayesmore pipe organ will be given by David Briggs on Monday June 16th at 7.30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time.

St Michael’s Church is a place of Christian worship and a lively centre for musical, cultural, heritage and conservation activities at the heart of the city of Exeter.


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The Peregrine webcam in the spire was damaged in January’s lightning strike and has had to be replaced.   Thank you.