I know that my Redeemer liveth

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To celebrate the Reign of Christ and the triumphant end to the Church year, let’s listen to a great Handel aria! At Handel’s burial place in Westminster Abbey, there is a statue of him with pen … Read More

Advent every day

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The season of Advent isn’t here yet, but choirs have already been preparing for some time. Preparing for the season of preparation. Expectantly acting towards the season of expecting. We all work ahead of each … Read More

The Art of Hymn Playing

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I heard some of our team of musicians chatting about how they map out organ registration in order to engage the congregation when we sing hymns, and I asked Michael Watkins to share some of … Read More

Alive sound

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Have you noticed that a church is not a concert hall? I confess I often blur the two in my mind when I think about sound, envisaging that to get a good sound for music … Read More

In the midst of generations

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Once, I heard the diplomat Kishore Mahbubani speak with music performers and scholars, and his words became part of what I hold up to my everyday work and play. Kishore Mahbubani has served many years … Read More

My Sister’s Hands, reaching

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During our lectionary series on the book of Ruth, we’re enjoying Sally DeFord’s “My Sister’s Hands.” This song gets a lot of its emotional traction from the leaning notes (appoggiaturas) and the wide melodic intervals … Read More