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I first came across Thomas Troegers inspirational text We need each others voice to sing at the 1988 Hymn Society conference in Bristol. Members of the Hymn Society are excellent sight-readers, but the tune to which it had been set proved at one point too complicated for them, and I decided to attempt one myself.
Checkendon is named after a village in the Chilterns, 30 miles west of London. One of the features of the New Catholic Hymnal (1971) was the inclusion of fourteen beautiful texts by Father Brian Foley, including All things that are praise God by what they are, a paraphrase of Psalm 148. The melody of Upton Scudamore, a village near Westbury in Wiltshire, uses the pentatonic scale. The tune was written for this text.
Gavin Reids Empty he came, first published in Psalm Praise (1973), is a paraphrase of Philippians 2:511. My tune, written in the 1980s, looks unpromising on the page, starting and ending in D minor with a middle section in Bb minor; but congregations seem to be able to pick it up. Bekesbourne is named after a village in a part of Kent where, in the late 1970s, I used to join my parents for a few days summer holiday.
South wark Cathedral Choristers Peter Wright Director of Music Stephen Disley Director of the Girls Choir The earliest mention of any musical activity at South wark is in 1365 (then an Augustinian Priory) when one Nicholas Le Clerk was appointed to teach boys to sing and read.
In 1456, the parish records include a payment made to the theatrical children at St Saviours (as it was then known). The first direct reference to professional singers is in 1569 when a certain Brian Pattinson, one of the vestry clerks, helped himself to the huge sum of 20 from funds to pay the Choir. He was dismissed and replaced by a successor who shall be a good bass. At the same time, the Choir also advertised for a tenor, that the choir may be better served.
|1||04:28||We need each other’s voice to sing||Thomas Troeger|
|2||02:55||All things that are praise God||Brian Foley|
|3||02:32||Empty he came||Gavin Reid|
|4||02:26||The stars declare his glory||Timothy Dudley-Smith|
|5||03:07||No words, O Lord, can tell the wonder of your love||Paul Wigmore|
|6||03:12||This is our harvest||Paul Wigmore|
|7||02:33||Lord of all power||Jack Winslow|
|8||02:21||Of all the Spirit’s gifts to me||Fred Pratt Green|
|9||02:43||God whose love is everywhere||Timothy Dudley-Smith|
|10||02:28||New light has dawned||Paul Wigmore|
|11||02:24||I’ll praise the Lord for ever and ever||Paul Wigmore|
|12||03:14||When you prayed beneath the trees||Christopher Idle|
|13||01:42||Lord, in our lonely hours||Fred Pratt Green|
|14||03:20||Go forth and tell||James Seddon|
|15||02:50||In our darkness light has shone||Timothy Dudley-Smith|
|16||02:20||Sing, all creation||James Quinn|
|17||03:00||Come, let us worship||Frank Allred and Michael Saward|
|18||02:24||How widely now does Christ stretch out||Paul Wimore|
|19||01:53||Down to the lords of earth||Paul Wigmore|
|20||02:56||I met the Lord||Paul Wigmore|
|21||01:49||Timeless love||Timothy Dudley-Smith|
|22||02:50||This is the threefold truth||Fred Pratt Green|
|23||02:32||God of my life||Christopher Idle|
|24||03:36||Christ triumphant||Michael Saward|