Music Update for the Week of October 25

The Gentlemen of the Choir sing choral services on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Music for the 11am Choral Eucharist and 4pm Choral Evensong on Sunday, October 25, will include works by Wills, Weelkes, Sheppard, Ashfield. Morales, and Tomkins. Also for October 25, please note that the weekly Sunday organ recital, played this week by Acting Organist Benjamin Sheen, will be webcast.

Sunday Ocotber 25

11am Choral Eucharist

  • Service: The Short Service, Arthur Wills (b. 1926)
  • Psalm: 126 Plainsong (Tone IA2)
  • Anthem: O how amiable, Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
  • Anthem: I give you a new commandment, John Sheppard (c. 1515-1560)

4pm Festal Evensong

  • Responses: Robert Ashfield (1911-2006)
  • Psalm: 103 Plainsong (Tone V3)
  • Magnificat: sexti toni, Cristóbal de Morales and (c. 1500-1553)
  • Nunc dimittis: (Tone III) – Plainsong
  • Anthem: Remember me, O Lord, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

5:15pm Organ Recital

  • Played by Benjamin Sheen, Acting Organist at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.
  • Benjamin will perfrom works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Herbert Howells, Louis Vierne and Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke.

Tuesday, October 27

5:30pm Choral Evensong

  • Introit: God grant with grace, he us embrace, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
  • Responses: Robert Ashfield (1911-2006)
  • Psalm: 126, 127, 128 Plainsong (Tone IA2, Tone II1, Tone IIIA5)
  • Magnificat: primi toni a 8, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
  • Nunc dimittis: a 5, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Anthem: In manus tuas Domine, John Sheppard (c. 1515-1560)

Wednesday, October 28

5:30pm Festal Eucharist

  • Service: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
  • Anthem: Constitues eos Principes, William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)

Thursday, October 29

5:30pm Choral Evensong

  • Introit: ‘God grant with grace’, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
  • Responses: Robert Ashfield (1911-2006)
  • Psalm: 142, 143 Plainsong (Tone VIB, Tone VII1)
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis: The Magdalen Service, Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
  • Anthem: In pace, in idipsum, Grayston Ives

Notes on Sunday’s Repertoire

Arthur Wills was born in Coventry, England, and studied at the College of St. Nicholas in Canterbury. Almost his whole professional career has been associated with Ely Cathedral, first as Sub-Organist and then as Organist from 1958-1990. He also held a Professorship at the Royal Academy of Music from 1964-1992. A prolific composer of choral and organ music, his Short Communion Service was composed in 1961. As the title suggests, the work is a concise and practical setting of the Mass, scored for men’s voices in three parts. The reduced scoring lends the music an austere and ethereal quality, notable for its economy of gesture.

Sunday Organ Recital: About the Artist

Benjamin Sheen, Acting Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School and is also a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the 2011 recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal. As a concert organist, Mr. Sheen has performed throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and also, recently, in Hong Kong and Singapore. He has performed with notable orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia and appeared on BBC radio and television several times. Recent highlights have included several complete performances of J. S. Bach’s ClavierÜbung III, including live on New York’s classical radio station WQXR in November 2014.

This coming season at St. Thomas Church, Mr. Sheen will perform Marcel Dupré’s Le Chemin de la Croix on April 21st (6.30pm) as one of the Holy Week Meditations, J. S. Bach’s complete ClavierÜbung III on June 18th (4pm) in honor of the late John Gavin Scott and two further post-Evensong recitals on May 1st and May 15th (which will be the last recital on the Arents Memorial Organ before it is removed).

For more information and upcoming performances, please visit Mr. Sheen’s website. Mr. Sheen is exclusively represented in North America and Canada by Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

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