Epiphany Hymn: The growing limbs of God the Son

Christopher Dearnley (1930–2000) was the organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, between 1968 and 1990. A talented composer in his own write he set ‘The growing limbs of God the Son’ to the tune known as ‘St. Chad’. It’s a warm and affectionate piece of music, with a wonderfully fluid melodic line.  It’s sung below…

Saturday Chorale: Byrd – Senex puerum portabat

Byrd’s four-part anthem Senex puerum portabat was published in 1607 in the second book of Gradualia. It’s a beautifully expressive piece of music in which Byrd manipulates the vocal lines to convey the joy felt both by Simeon and by the Virgin Mary. Thus at the end of the first line – "Senex puerum portabat", …