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Dragon school Oxford : Make me a channel of your peace

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December 31, 2013

The choir of The Dragon Preparatory School, Oxford (for 8-13 year olds) singing 'Make me a channel of your peace' during the 2011 School Choir of the year competition. As we come to the end of the year perhaps a pause for reflection is in order.

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The Madeleine Choir School: ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ 2012 – YouTube

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December 24, 2013

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'A Ceremony of Carols' (1942) -performed by The Madeleine Choir School of Salt Lake City. (5th through 8th Grades) Conducted by MCS Ms. Melanie Malinka with Janet Peterson on Harp. Performed in The Cathedral of the Madeleine 'live' in December of 2012.

-After 3 very successful years in America, Britten boarded a Swedish Cargo vessel, the Axel Johnson, on March 16, 1942 to Britain from the US. It was a month long journey. U-boat activity was at its height. During the voyage the vessel berthed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Britten came across a book of medieval poems. Some of these he set during the voyage as 'The Ceremony of Carols.' It was originally written for a boys choir and harp only. Here the internationally performing Madeleine Choir School (the only co-ed choir school in North America) performs Britten's masterpiece.

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Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): Hosanna To The Son Of David – Palm Sunday 2013

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March 24, 2013

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Since I first heard it I've thought that Weelkes' dramatic evocation of St. Matthew's account of Christ's "triumphal" entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday ( Matthew 21: 1–12) to be a remarkably fine musical depiction of the crowd acclaiming Jesus. He manages to portray their unity in welcoming him while at the same time weaving in a slight undertone of darkness to remind us that this same crowd who we hear crying 'Hosanna' throughout the anthem would soon be baying for Jesus' blood.

The way in which he anchors the rather high tessitura of the treble parts to the basses gives a pleasingly wide range of sonority that tempers the brightness of the sound that confirms Weelkes' mastery of his art and further justifies his reputation as one of the most skilled and resourceful early seventeenth century English composers. It's sung below by the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas. Happy Palm Sunday. Enjoy :-).

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Music of The Pater Noster: The Lord’s Prayer – Kenneth Leighton (1929 – 1988)

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March 11, 2013
This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Music Of The Pater Noster

For my final posting in this series I've picked Leighton's setting of the Lord's Prayer. It's surprisingly tranquil and has always been one of my favourite modern settings.  It's sung below by The Choir of The Abbey School Tewkesbury. Enjoy :-).

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Music of the Pater Noster: Pater Noster – John Caldwell (b1938):

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March 4, 2013
This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Music Of The Pater Noster

Choir of the Abbey School Tewkesbury captionedThis week's entry in my series of settings of the Pater Noster is the setting composed by the English academic, musicologist, and composer John Caldwell. Caldwell composed it in 2001 it's mostly chordal with some counterpoint at the end and reflects Caldwell's interest in  medieval and renaissance music. It's sung below by the Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury. Enjoy :-).

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