‘As the Deer’

The choir of St Giles’ Church Durham will sing ‘As the Deer’ during the Ash Wednesday service on February 18th. This setting of verses from Psalm 42 was the winning entry in the St Giles’ Durham 900th Anniversary competition in 2012 and is scored for SATB and organ. The anthem was published by GIA in 2014 and can be found by following the links in the Choral section of this site.

‘Author of life divine’

This setting of ‘Author of life divine’ by the hymn writer Charles Wesley was written in 2003 for Michael Haynes and Hexham Abbey Choir, and is scored for unaccompanied solo treble and SATB choir with divisi. A revised and updated version is now available in the Choral section of this site.

‘Come down, O love divine’

Paul Ritchie has signed a contract with GIA for the publication of his anthem ‘Come down’ O love divine. This large scale work was originally written at the request of Andrew Robinson for the RSCM Ripon and Leeds Area Festival held in Ripon Cathedral on 7th June 2014. It begins and ends with a choral fanfare based on a traditional African prayer, and these movements frame the hymn sung to Vaughan Williams’ wonderful tune ‘Down Ampney’. The work includes linking passages for organ, a fauxbourdon setting for verse two, and a descant over an alternative harmonisation for verse four.

Partita on ‘Stuttgart’

Shaun Turnbull will play the organ Partita on ‘Stuttgart’ as the concluding voluntary following Choral Evensong in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 11th January at 4pm. ‘Stuttgart’ is the tune most readily associated with the Epiphany hymns ‘Bethlehem, of noblest cities’ and ‘Earth has many a noble city’, and in some churches it is also sung to the Advent hymn ‘Come thou long expected Jesus’.

Partita on Psalm 136

The first public performance of the ʻPartita on Psalm 136ʼ will be given by Shaun Turnbull, Assistant Director of Music, during the 1pm lunchtime organ recital in Blackburn Cathedral on Wednesday 7th January 2015.

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

In 2014 Andrew Robinson commissioned a fauxbourdon setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which will be given its first performance during Choral Evensong by the choir of St Giles Church Durham on Sunday 18th January 2015.

A Christmas Lullaby

The choir of St Gilesʼ Church Durham sang ʻA Christmas Lullabyʼ during their Carol Service on Sunday 21st December conducted by Andrew Robinson by whom it was commissioned in 2013.

The Tree of Life

ʻThe Tree of Lifeʼ was sung at the conclusion of the Advent Carol Service on Sunday 30th November by the boys and men of Bradford Cathedral Choir under their Director of Music, Alexander Woodrow, and again on Tuesday the following week at Choral Evensong.