MUSIC NOTES – JULY 2023
NEWS OF THE CHOIR
Among Gerry’s titles he is an Honorary Fellow of the North and Midlands School of Music. This month he has been joined by two of our choristers, Eleri Roberts and Alice Williams who have taken the Associate examination of the College. At the end of the exams, the examiner told me that both had passed comfortably, although he had not yet added up the marks. He felt, and I do applaud this approach, that there is no point keeping candidates in suspense for several weeks waiting for paperwork to appear when it is patently obvious that the candidate has passed. We will look forward to an official presentation when the results are in but, meanwhile congratulations to these very talented young ladies who do so much to provide the highest standard of music with which to adorn our services.
ADOPT A CHORISTER This is the last opportunity to contribute to our ‘Adopt a Chorister’ scheme this year. The scheme supports the funding of the choristers attending the RSCM Summer School in Bath during August. If you derive benefit from the quality of music at our services, please consider making a donation to the scheme. Any amount, however small, will help support the training of our choristers who give so much to St. Oswald’s. There is more information on the music pages of the Church website or you can send your donation to:- M Donkin – Adopt a Chorister, Cae Bach, Llanfechain, Powys SY226UT or see me after any service. Please make cheques payable to St. Oswald’s PCC and write ‘Adopt a Chorister’ on the reverse.
MAGNIFICAT & NUNC DIMITTIS BY GERRY HOWE On Trinity Sunday the Choir sang the first performance of the Evensong Canticles especially written for us by our Organist, Gerry Howe. There was a better congregation than usual but it was disappointing that there was not more support for Gerry. The Mag and Nunc are lovely and I will put them on next term’s music schedule to be sung at Harvest Evensong on Sunday 1st October. I hope that more people will take the opportunity to come along and hear these l delightful pieces. Mike Donkin, Director of Music