Music Lists


Sunday 4th October 2020

This Sunday, our Harvest Festival Family Communion Service will be sung by the St Barnabas choristers:

253, For the beauty of the earth, tune i (England’s Lane) – Introit

270, Come, ye thankful people, come - Gradual

John Bell, I will sing a song of love – Anthem after the sermon

Hubbard, O Holy Spirit – During communion

273, We plough the fields and scatter- Final hymn



Gerald Raphael Frinzi

Sunday 24th May 2020

For this Sunday I bring you two works to celebrate the Ascension, one more familiar to you as a congregation and one which is not (yet) in the church's repertoire. I will be performing the Philips at the morning service.

Peter Philips (1560-1628) - Ascendit Deus

Peter Philips is one of the greatest composers, alongside William Byrd, of the Counter Reformation. He was born and educated in Britain (he was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral




Saturday 11th April 2020

Holy Saturday is a difficult day for which to choose music. We are between the drama of the Crucifixion and the Vigil service, where we celebrate the light of Christ once again. For me, the message in this short space of time is one of hope: we return to a similar place to where we were in Advent, waiting for the coming of Christ to bring his glory and healing to us. In these unusual times we need hope, courage, and faith more than ever.


Gerald Raphael Frinzi

Thursday 21st May 2020

For the feast of the Ascension we return to 20th-century England, to one of the finest British composers of his generation.

Gerald Raphael Finzi (1901-1956) - God is gone up

Gerald Finzi is one of Britain's most-loved composers. His specialism was in the form of the art song, where he focused on setting his favourite poets




Friday 10th April 2020

For today's music list we have two contrasting works, each showing the horror of the crucifixion in their own way.

Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) - Crucifixus

A staple of music lists of many Cathedrals and churches up and down the country, Lotti's famous setting of the Crucifixus is not actually a stand-alone setting. It is from a larger work, Credo in F, which in turn was placed by Lotti into a full mass setting, his Missa Sancti Christophori. The piece has



Sunday 17th May 2020

For this Sunday's musical offering we return to the world of Tudor England, and to one of its most famous sons, Thomas Tallis.

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) - If ye love me)

Thomas Tallis is one of England's most successful composers. He began his career as a jobbing organist, a career which took




Thursday 9th April 2020

We are offering two pieces of music for Maundy Thursday, an Offertory motet and a Communion motet.

Offertory motet: Maurice Duruflé - Ubi Caritas

Maurice Duruflé's (1902-1986) oeuvre is relatively limited: he was, as many musicians are, a perfectionist, and one who frequently scrapped many of his compositions due to them not being good enough in his eyes.




Sunday 10th May 2020

For this Sunday's anthem we travel to northern France, to a composer who is often overlooked in favour of the two musical giants of his era, Josquin and Palestrina.

Jean L'Heritier (c.1488-1552) - Surrexit Pastor Bonus (The good shepherd has arisen)

L'Heritier was born in northern France, in the Pas-de-Calais, in the late 15th century. Little is known about his upbringing, aside from him being a pupil of the famous composer Josquin




Wednesday 8th April 2020

Thomas Tallis - The Lamentations of Jeremiah

We begin our musical Holy Week with the service of Tenebrae (darkness). It is the most austere of the services of Holy Week, made up of Psalms, readings, and responsories. The readings are based around the liturgy of one of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday, with the service held the day before. For today's Music List we will use the




Sunday 26th April 2020

GF Handel - Worthy is the Lamb (from The Messiah)

This Sunday's anthem is one of the finest final choruses in the history of music. I will never tire of performing The Messiah: in my opinion it's one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

George Frideric Handel is one of Britain's stand-out composers, in spite of the small issue of him being German




Sunday 5th April 2020

As the choir would have sung two pieces in church for this week’s Palm Sunday festivities, I have chosen two works for today’s Music List.

Arr. Shaw - Ride on King Jesus
We begin with a piece which our choir have sung every Palm Sunday in recent times, an arrangement of the Negro Spiritual “Ride on, King Jesus”.



Sunday 19th April 2020

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - Easter (part 1 - Rise Heart, thy Lord is risen)

Ralph Vaughan Williams is another of my musical heroes. He attended my secondary school (Charterhouse) as a pupil, so his influence was all around me as I was growing up. The music building at the school is still called the Ralph Vaughan Williams building. His writing encapsulates and builds upon


James Macmillan


Sunday 29th March 2020

My choice for this morning’s music list is one which may not be familiar to you: it is a piece I have performed many times, and one which never fails to enthrall audiences, congregations, and performers alike: James MacMillan’s Miserere mei, Deus.

I have had the privilege of working closely with James on a number of occasions over the past few years. He is an



Sunday 12th April 2020

Happy Easter! We celebrate Jesus rising again with two gloriously joyous pieces of music, with one very special change to previous music lists (at the end of the page, for those who want to get there without reading my notes first!!).

Norman Caplin - Gloria in Excelsis Deo (from Missa Omnium Sanctorum)

Norman Caplin was an extremely talented organist and


 Sunday 22nd March 2020

Given the difficulty with using music in church services at the present time, I shall draw up a weekly 'music list', drawing on the liturgy to choose one piece of music suitable for each Sunday and major festival. We begin this Sunday with one of my favourite pieces of music. It is a work which means a lot to me personally, and also encapsulates the joy of celebrating Mothering Sunday: Ave Maria, by Robert Parsons.

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