St Paul’s Church, Kinlochleven

Once known mainly for its position on the road between North Ballachulish, and Glencoe, before the Ballachulish Bridge by-passed it, Kinlochleven was the sun-lit setting and St Paul’s Episcopal Church the venue for our  afternoon Evensong service, on 10th April, lleading up to Easter, led by Rev Donald Davidson. We were  joined by some of the Community Choir and other folk, and Kerr Jamieson was at the keyboard. The small church was packed, and we were able to process into the Sanctuary where there was only-just enough room.

Music was:-

Mozart….Psalm 148 from Missa Brevis

Hymns:- Praise My Soul

                  At even, ere the sun was set

                  The day Thou gavest

Psalm 84:- O how amiable are Thy dwellings

Anthem:- ‘All in the April Evening’, Roberton/Tynan

Vesper:- ‘Go now in love, go now in peace’  Patrick Liebergen

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!!