Indepentent review of Choir CD

From David Shephard of Wootton Bassett

Holy Trinity Church Choir, Southport
Wells Cathedral Tour 2010

DoM Ian Wells

The choir sang services over 7 days at Wells back in July. There are 12 tracks on the CD, the first and last being organ voluntaries (the first being the rather nice `Gabriel's Oboe' from the soundtrack of the film The Mission), which together take up 10 minutes of the 42 minutes running time, leaving 10 tracks by the choir.

Gabriel's Oboe– Morricone
Give us the wings of faith – Bullock
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – Sumsion
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A minor-Harris
Jubilate Deo in C– Britten
God be in my head – Rawsthorne
Blest are the pure in heart – Archer
Nunc dimittis in E flat – Wood
Psalms 126, 127 – Garret, Atkins
O Thou the central orb – Wood
Toccata from 5th Symphony - Widor

Bullock's Give us the wings of faith was sung at the Evensong that I attended, which I left with a very positive impression of this choir, and the rest of the CD does not disappoint. If you want evidence of the quality to be found amongst our remaining parish church choirs, then this recording provides it; this is a serious outfit. And for only £5 plus postage, you can't go wrong.


Holy Trinity Church Choir, Southport, Liverpool Echo Carol Concert 10th December 2010

The choir are again taking part in the Liverpool Echo Carol Concert at Liverpool Cathedral on FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER at 7.30pm. The choir will sing two solo spots as well as joining with the choirs of St Mary, West Derby, St Anne, Stanley, St John, Walton and the Liverpool Youth Choir to sing the winning entries in this year’s Liverpool Echo Carol Competition, and to lead the audience in some of the best known traditional Christmas carols. Ian Tracey will be on the organ. Ian Wells will be conducting the mass choir items and the audience carols. The Narrator will be Joe Riley.


Holy Trinity Church Choir, Southport at Liverpool Cathedral 20th November 2010

The choir will be singing Choral Evensong at Liverpool Cathedral on the eve of Christ the King, SATURDAY 20th NOVEMBER at 3.00pm. Everyone is most welcome to attend and your support will be greatly appreciated. The music will be:-

Introit:          Blest are the pure in heart - M. Archer
Responses:  Ellis
Psalm:          100
Canticles:     Higginson in G
Anthem:        Lift up your heads, O ye gates - W. Mathias


Music for 24th and 31st October and 3rd November

SUNDAY 24th OCTOBER 2010 10.15am Parish Eucharist

Setting: Shephard ‘Addington Service’

Motet: If ye love me - T. Tallis

Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in D BuxWV 139 – D. Buxtehude

WEDNESDAY 27th OCTOBER 2019 7.15pm


SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER 2010 10.15am Parish Eucharist

Setting: Sumsion in F

Motets: Give us the wings of faith – E. Bullock
              O be joyful – B. Britten

Voluntary: Toccata - H. Andriessen

We are very pleased that Organist Emeritus David Williams will be joining us to accompany the motets and play the final voluntary at today's service.

WEDNESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2010 7.15pm Choral Evensong

Responses: Neary

Psalm: 18 (vv1-6)

Office Hymn: 224

Canticles: Noble in Bm

Anthem: Give us the wings of faith – E. Bullock


Music for services on 17th and 20th October 2010

SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER 10.15am Parish Eucharist

Setting: Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena - Healey-Willan

Motets: Verily, verily I say unto you - T. Tallis
             Blest are the pure in heart - M. Archer
Voluntary: Toccata in Seven - J. Rutter

WEDNESDAY 20th OCTOBER 7.15pm Choral Evensong

Responses: Reading

Psalm: 104

Office Hymn: NEH 246 (Tune 367 2nd)

Canticles: Stanford in C

Anthem: Evening Hymn - H. B. Gardner


Music for services on the 10th and 13th October

SUNDAY 10th OCTOBER 2010 10.15am Parish Eucharist

Setting: Rawsthorne in F

Motets: Exsultate Deo - G. P. da Palestrina
              (Rejoice in God our helper, sing aloud to the God of Jacob.
              Take the psalm and bring hither the timbrel: the merry harp with the lute.
              Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even on our solemn feast day).

               Locus iste a Deo factus est – A. Bruckner
               (This place was made by God)

Voluntary: Pasticcio (Organ Book 1956) – J. Langlais

WEDNESDAY 13th OCTOBER 2010 7.15pm Choral Evensong

Responses: Reading

Psalm: 70

Office Hymn: 357

Canticles: Wood in D

Anthem: O thou the central orb – C. Wood


Programme for the Trinity Concert - Sing for Joy

7pm Sunday, 10th October 2010

1. Organ - Grand Choeur Dialogue – E Gigout
2. Hymn - All people that on earth do dwell   - Old 100th arr R Vaughan Williams
3. I was Glad - C H H Parry
4. Sound the trumpet – Purcell
5. King of all ages, throned on high – P Isom
6. My heart ever faithful – J S Bach
7. The Lost Chord - A Sullivan
8. The Baritones - Offenbach et al
9. Simple Gifts – Trad. Shaker tune.
10. Nunc Dimittis - Stanford in Bb
11. O Be Joyful – N Rawsthorne


1. Te Deum in Bb - C V Stanford
2. The Kindly Voice of Mother Nature - Mozart
3. Exsultate Deo – Palestrina
4. The Holy City - S Adams
5. Say goodbye now to pastime and play - Mozart
6. Je veux vivre - C Gounod
7. Teardrop Prelude Op 28 Chopin
8. Heavens are telling - J Haydn
9. Au fond du temple saint - G Bizet
10. Easter Hymn – P Mascagni
11. Now thank we all our God – J S Bach
12. Te Deum Prelude – M A Charpentier


Music for 3rd and 6th October 2010

3rd October Family Harvest Eucharist 10.15am
Setting:      Shephard 'Addington Service
Motets:     Thou visitest the earth - Maurice Greene
                   For the beauty of the earth - John Rutter
Voluntary: Nun Danket alle Gott - S. Kerg-Elert

6th October Choral Evensong 7.15pm
Responses:    Reading
Psalm:            32
Office Hymn: NEH 245
Canticles:       Harris in A minor
Anthem:         O Lorde, the maker of al thing - John Joubert