Music Notes - April 2017

Music Notes – April 2017

Come & Sing Handel’s Messiah

As a change from our usual Palm Sunday performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion we will be singing the Passiontide and Easter sections of Handel’s most famous oratorio ‘Messiah’.  We will sing the following choruses:-

  • Behold the Lamb of God
  • Surely he hath borne our griefs
  • And with his stripes we are healed
  • All we like sheep have gone astray
  • He trusted in God that he would deliver him
  • Lift up your heads
  • Hallelujah
  • Since by man came death
  • Worthy is the Lamb
  • Amen

I will be using the Watkins Shaw edition but any standard edition of the work is acceptable.

Please come knowing the notes. If you are unfamiliar with the work or just want to brush up your knowledge you can hear your voice part on Cyberbass. Just key in

There is no charge but we will take a collection to help defray the expenses of providing tea and any excess will be used to support the music at St. Oswald’s

All are welcome to sing. Just turn up for rehearsal although it would help to know if you are coming. Please contact me on 01691 649933 or via e-mail at  

Adopt a Chorister

Once again we are opening our Adopt a Chorister Scheme to raise money to send the choristers to the Royal School of Church Music Summer School in Bath. The choristers receive a week of intensive vocal training from some of the country’s top choir trainers and sing the weekend services in the fabulous setting of Bath Abbey.  This year we have 9 choristers enrolled which means that, even taking advantage of an early bird booking at £375 per chorister we need to raise £3,375.

As we have said before, this is one of the key training events in our choir calendar and does much towards the high standard of singing which the choir regularly produces.  Forms are available in church or can be downloaded from the website.

Any donation, however small, will be gratefully received.

Trip to Lichfield

On Saturday 3rd June this year the Choir will sing Choral Evensong in Lichfield Cathedral. We shall be running a coach to Lichfield and anyone who would like to join us to enjoy an afternoon in our lovely cathedral city finishing with Evensong in the cathedral please sign up using the form by the south door

I understand that, for those who are interested, the Cathedral authorities will arrange a special ‘Hidden Places’ guided tour for us when you will be taken behind the scenes and shown parts of the cathedral not normally open to the public.

The cost for the coach trip will be £10 per person and I expect to leave Oswestry around 12 noon and return by 8.00pm.

Samantha Lewis

On Sunday 12th March our Assistant Choir Trainer, Samantha Lewis, gave a recital to a packed house in the Parish Centre. She sang a varied programme in both the period and style – everything from Baroque and Classical to Modern Song; from Purcell to Benjamin Britten and all sung with assured professionalism. The clarity of articulation in the rapid passages of Purcell’s ‘From Rosy Bowers’ was stunning and the audience was delighted with the humour in Britten’s ‘As it is plenty’. The final piece, Michael Head’s ‘On Lavender Pond’ led to a standing ovation. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment. Sam has prepared the recital for her ATCL exam and we wish her success in her endeavours.

The Veronica Donkin Memorial Organ Recital

The annual organ recital in memory of Veronica will be on Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm. This year it is being given by our own Organist, Gerry Howe. Full details will be given in next month’s magazine but please put the date in your diary now.

Mike Donkin  -  Director of Music

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