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Music at Services at the Cathedral of St.Machar.


Music at Services at the Cathedral of St.Machar.


Full details of the music to be heard at each Service are included in the Order of Service and are published on accompanying pages of this website.


Music at Services at the Cathedral of St.Machar – May 2018


Choral Music

There is a thriving choir of over 30 members, including Choral Scholars, that sings at the Sunday morning Service at 11.  The Choir has an extensive repertoire, ranging from medieval plainchant to pieces which have been written in the twenty first century. The Choir usually makes two contributions to the Service - an Anthem and a Motet during the Offertory collection.  Three items are included at the monthly Communion Service on the last Sunday of the month.


During the month of May we shall be singing anthems and motets from varied ‘schools’, reflecting some of the breadth of repertoire which we cover at the Cathedral.


.The French composer Gabriel Fauré will be featured on the first Sunday in the month, with an early and a late motet.  The remarkably mature Cantique de Jean Racine which was written when the composer was still a student, will be contrasted by the much later Ave Verum corpus., a meltingly beautiful work for upper voices and organ.


Herbert Howells, that great doyen of the English cathedral tradition will be featured with the Magnificat from his most celebrated Service for King’s College Cambridge. The Offeertory motet will be by the seventeenth century French composer Arcadelt. That Service will end with the third movement - Transports de Joie - from Messiaen’s cycle of four Symphonic Meditations for the Ascension.


Two recently composed anthems will be sung on the third Sunday of the month – a Service that will end with Jeu et Clarté an extrovert toccata taken from Messiaen’s vast cycle of pieces Les Corps Glorieux.

May 6   

   

Organ voluntaries:


 



May 13

  

Organ voluntaries:


  

   


May 20 Whitsunday

   

Organ voluntaries:



Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine:  

Offertory: Ave verum corpus:

Before the Service:

Regina Pacis

After the Service:

Maria Mater Gratiae


Anthem: Magnificat(Collegium Regale):

Offertory: Ave Maria:

Before the Service:

Consolatrix afflictorum.

After the Service:

Transports de joie


Anthem:  Let all the world:

Offertory: Listen sweet Dove:

Before the Service:

Antienne

After the Service:

Joie et Clarté

G.Fauré

G.Fauré


J.Langlais


J.Langlais


H,Howells.

J.Arcadelt


J.Langlais


O.Messiaen


R.B.Williams.

Grayston.Ives.


Nagi Hakim


O.Messiaen

At King’s Chapel

May 27- Trinity Sunday For this week the congregation of St.Machar’s will join with the University Service at King’s College Chapel, Old Aberdeen.


June Services will be held in the University Chapel of King’s College, Old Aberdeen.

Director of Music and Organist Dr. Roger B.Williams, M.B.E. May 2018