A sad loss

We must record the passing of Rev Canon Roy Ferguson Flatt, at a relatively-young age. He was Rector at Christ Church, Lochgilphead in Argyll, where we went in October 2007, for a Choral Evensong. It was the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, and the whole service was built round nature and animals.

It was wonderful fun and is still vivid in our memory. Can one forget the great spread in the Rectory afterwards? Rev Roy so enjoyed that evening that if you find the website of the church you will see Angelus Singers outside the building just before the service…..shown below

Some of us will be going up to a gathering in Lochgilphead to celebrate the work he did for the local community. Our sympathies go out to his wife Andrina and their two sons.

A New Generation of Singers

Tonight I attended a concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It was held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, and consisted of the RSAMD Chamber Choir under the unforgettable Frikki Walker. It being Lady Day and our cathedral being dedicated to St Mary, there was a leaning towards music dedicated to her.

It started with the magnificent Haydn ‘Te Deum in C’, which is not  normally sung during the season of Lent, but was a fitting opening piece. Geoffrey Woollatt at the organ gave us a Charles Tournemire  ‘Improvisation on the Te Deum’, showing us his virtuosity.

Grieg’s ‘Ave Maris Stella’ by the choir, followed by the organ piece by Jean Langlais, ‘Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella’, and Gorecki’s  delightful ‘ Totus Tuus’ made a lovely little group.

The music of Bob Chilcott (whose Jazz Mass we have heard in the Cathedral) featured next as we heard his ‘Missa Cantate’….a strange piece, involving extempore singing….

A thumping ‘March Triomphale’ by Dubois, and samuel Sebastian Wesley’s ‘Ascribe unto the Lord’ brought to an end an event that went to prove that music is alive and kicking, and that the RSAMD is doing a fine job!!