A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service) is a service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ, with music by Bruckner, Byrd, Grier, Lotti, Handel, Weelkes, Stainer and Bach.
This service of Eucharist was sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir while the choristers were on their half term break. It takes as its setting William Byrd's Three-Part Mass, with Duruflé's setting of the ancient antiphon Ubi caritas et amor serving as the Introit.
This week's webcast is of the Eucharist held on All Souls' Day, which commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed; that is, the souls of Christians who have died. The setting of the Requiem Mass is Maurice Duruflé's monumental Op. 9, published in 1948.
Purcell wrote several anthems at different times for John Gostling's extraordinary basso profondo voice, which is known to have had a range of at least two full octaves, from D below the bass staff to the D above it.
This service of Choral Evensong was sung last term on the second Sunday after Easter. It features the second movement from J. S. Bach's Cantata BWV 12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, which he composed in Weimar for Jubilate, the third Sunday after Easter.
From the archives, this webcast of Choral Evensong features Cyril B. Rootham's Evening Service in E Minor and Neil Cox's setting of Psalm 17:8, 'Keep me as the apple of an eye'. In this service, Psalm 122 vv.
The Choir began work today on a recording of Michael Finnissy's Anthems and Voluntaries, to be released on the St John's label in 2020.
First premiered by the Choir at a special service in June 2019, the work has been three years in the making, Composer-in-Residence Michael Finnissy collaborating closely with the Choir on each of its nine movements.