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Category Choirs & conducting

Stocken’s Prayer of St Richard of Chichester, live this Wednesday

Frederick Stocken’s setting of the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester will be broadcast live on BBC Radio3 this Wednesday, as the Introit to the service of Choral Evensong from Chichester Cathedral, at 3.30pm GMT. This piece was originally commissioned for the installation of the new Dean of Chichester earlier this year, and I was privileged to be there – more about the commission, the composer, and the first performance,

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The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

One thing you can say for the Anglican church, it does a good procession.  So I was expecting the best, back in February, when I arrived at Chichester Cathedral with an invitation to the Installation of the new Dean of Chichester, Stephen John Waine.   En route to my seat (one of the best in the house, I must say, in the coveted pink ticket area in the Choir) I spotted

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Faith, Love, Hope – three new organ pieces from Frederick Stocken

Faith, Love, Hope for organ by Frederick Stocken have just been published by Banks.   These three short pieces already have a strong pre-publication story: I first heard them at St Lawrence Jewry, where Frederick gave their premiere – the Jewish connection was particularly appropriate as his next performance was in the small town of Bechhofen, Germany, at a recital for the unveiling of a memorial to the Jews of Bechhofen

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Living the life of an organ scholar

Next week 38 teenagers* are gathering in Cambridge to ‘live the life of an organ scholar’ on the RCO’s ‘The Organ Scholar Experience’ course (TOSE). They will have tuition in repertoire and keyboard skills and will also sing, accompany and conduct two services of choral compline and two of choral evensong.  Quite a responsibility.  All the services plus the four recitals by the tutorial team are open to the public (and you can see

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I was Glad – Sacred Music of Stanford and Parry

If you’ve only experienced Stanford’s settings of the Canticles with organ accompaniment, can I heartily recommend this CD? New editions of the orchestral scores to Stanford’s four settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis have been created by Robert King, for performance by the King’s Consort, and they provide a whole new dimension to this music, so familiar to anyone brought up in the Anglican tradition:  showcasing Stanford’s deftness with

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RCO choral conducting workshop with Patrick Russill

Temple Church, which serves two of the Inns of Court in London, was a location for the Da Vinci Code film, and is often full of Dan Brown enthusiasts.  We had it to ourselves for a day in May, while Patrick Russill gave us a masterclass in choral conducting. Some of us (me included) were already conducting choirs but felt rather diffident about our technique.  The myth of the conductor

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