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Nov 16

Music Notes - December 2016

Welcome to our busiest month! Before we look forward to the musical delights in store this December, we cast our glance back over the last two months. In October, the concert Songs of Fire and Ice was well-received. The Choir certainly revelled in the chance to sing such wonderful music, especially the glorious 12-part Brumel mass. This is the first time it has been performed at St James’ (and probably even in Australia), and it was a revelation, not just in the cleverness of it’s complexity, but in its sheer beauty. Having sung this rarely performed 15th Century masterpiece, in November the choir then had the great pleasure of revisiting a 20th Century masterpiece - the Duruflé Requiem - sung for the service of All Souls. The same month contained another rare event: the combined choirs of St James’, St Andrew’s Cathedral, and St Mary’s Cathedral singing a service together. The occasion was the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music, held at St Mary’s Cathedral. This was a grand occasion, with the massed choirs filling the vast space with glorious sound. At the end of November, the service of Advent Lessons and Carols ushered in the new church year with varied music ranging from new works such as June Nixon Advent responsory and Paul Spicer There is a rose of such virtue to favourites like Handel And the glory of the Lord.

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