Simojoki Family Concert

This happened today: A lunchtime concert at Holy Trinity church in Fareham. Music by Frank Bridge, Joseph Haydn and J.S. Bach. I'm very proud of the children (not to mention Sarah!), not just for their wonderful playing in today's concert, but all the hard work that has enabled them to develop their God-given talents. Hanna…

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Chants for the Reformation Lessons

After the lecture on Music and the Reformation last Friday, we celebrated choral vespers. To get a sense of an earlier time in the Lutheran church, the readings (Epistle & Gospel for Reformation Day) were chanted according to Luther's directions in Die Deutsche Messe. Here's the music (text from ESV®). The Epistle:   The Gospel:…

Seven theses on church music

From a presentation I was honoured to give yesterday at Luther-Tyndale Memorial Church in London, as part of their annual Reformation Festival. I. Music is the chief vehicle for the proclamation of the Word of God in the Church. II. Therefore, the task of church music is to proclaim the Word of God. III. As…

The purpose of music in the church

Here's an extract from the episode of Sunday Cantata on 25 August 2013 on Lutheran Radio UK. You can listen to the whole programme here. The first part of the programme demonstrates how these words apply to the cantata of the day, BWV 33. One of the important questions for all church musicians—and indeed for…

God Is Gone Up!

Happy Ascension Day! God is gone up with a triumphant shout! The Lord with sounding Trumpets' melodies: Sing Praise, sing Praise, sing Praise, sing Praises out, Unto our King sing praise seraphicwise! Lift up your Heads, ye lasting Doors, they sing, And let the King of Glory enter in. Methinks I see Heaven's sparkling courtiers…

An absolute gem…

…from Salomo Franck and J.S. Bach. I have just finished the script for next Sunday's Sunday Cantata on Lutheran Radio UK, on Bach's cantata BWV 132, Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. (If you haven't heard the earlier episodes yet, visit the programme page to catch up! And send…

God is gone up!

Anthem for the Ascension of our Lord. Music by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956). The words are by Edward Taylor (1642-1729), drawing on Ps. 47. Performed by the finest of all English boys' choirs, the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge. The Finzi anthem is the second on this clip and it starts at 3:20. God is…