Henry Purcell: Evening Hymn
Helen Charlston and Toby Carr perform Henry Purcell’s ‘Evening Hymn’ as part of London Sound Gallery.

Orlando Gibbons: Drop, drop, slow tears
True Voices Cape Town

Featured in our Good Friday 2021 virtual celebration of the Lord’s Passion: https://youtu.be/81Rw2M1NAi8?

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When I survey the wondrous cross
Adapted by Edward Miller (1731 – 1807)
Words by Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Sung by True Voices Evensong Choir
Recorded virtually in March 2021

When I survey the wondrous Cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his Blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson like a robe,
Spreads o’er his body on the Tree;
Then am I dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

True Voices Evensong Choir (* core group):
Soprano: Janine Alexander, Colleen Breytenbach, Susan Carletti*, Anna Grieve, Maryanne McLachlan, Erin Poulter, Nicholas Poulter, Stephanie Pulker*
Alto: Helene Cooke*, Rouzanna Coxson, Bryony Poulter*, Jocelyn Taylor*, Katie Worthington-Smith
Tenor: Levi Alexander, Damian Newell* (solo), Matthew Poulter*, Len Worthington-Smith
Bass: Simon Chapman, Patrick Cordery*, Graham Molyneux, Johan Swanepoel*

Organ: Dr Diederick Basson

Mixed and edited by Matthew Poulter

This recording © 2021 True Voices
All rights reserved.


(Side note: I had thought it was time to let Sunday music go, but I guess I’m just not quite ready to do that. So I will try to continue for now, but I have given up searching for women composers, and my format from now on will simply be to copy and paste whatever the YouTube pages has for the notes.)

Steal Away
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Patrick Dupré Quigley
Performed by The Utah State University Chorale
Danielle Casós, soloist
Jeremy Adriano, piano
Directed by Cory Evans

Video Credits
Camera: Logan Kelley
Video Editing: Cory Evans
Audio Engineering: John Carter, 13/8 Productions
Recorded in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park, Utah on March 10, 2021
Special thanks to Mary Garrett, Donald Fiesinger and everyone at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Well, not a woman composer for this evening, but I find this so lovely and thinks it deserves to be heard. Plus, truth be told, finding more women composers is getting challenging, and I found next to nothing for Easter.

Sung by Emmanuel Choir, Wylde Green
Conductor: Richard Mason, Director of Music

‘During this season of Easter, we are pleased to share with you our first social-distancing performance of the well-loved hymn, ‘This Joyful Eastertide’, arranged by Charles Wood.’ – Richard Mason, Director of Music

Amidst these difficult times, all at Emmanuel Choir hope that you, as well as all your friends and family, are keeping well and staying safe.

Join Us: http://www.emmanuelchoir.co.uk/?

Check out our other recordings and look out for more!

Yes, I posted another of this same song a short time ago, but I think it’s good for today.

Suzanne Toolan: I am the Bread of Life
This virtual choir cover is a collaboration between Harmony Choir, Unity Through Christ Choir, and the Thursday Club Choir, all resident choirs of Holy Family Catholic Church, Artesia, CA.

This is new to me, and had I discovered it earlier I would have posted it yesterday … but here you go:

Here is a translation I located:

If the voice of a child could reach up to you,
O my Father,
To be heard by Jesus… kneeling before You,
A prayer!
If you have chosen me to teach your laws
On Earth,
I would know how to serve you, august King of kings,
O Light!
On my lips, Lord, place the salutary Truth,
So that those who doubt, with humility will
revere you!
Do not abandon me, but give me the Grace necessary to
overcome evils, and to relieve pain
& misery!
Reveal yourself to me, Lord in whom I believe
and hope!
For You I want to suffer and die on the Cross,
on Calvary!

A bit early, but I’m not posting music during the week.

Rachel J. Burckardt: Psalm 51 Miserere Mei Deus
St. Cecilia Parish Choir

My a cappella setting of the psalm for Ash Wednesday:
“Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”

The setting is for SATB choir.

The recording features members of the St. Cecilia Parish choir, Boston, Massachusetts. Recorded and mixed by Eric Alper at Ugly Duck Studio, LLC, Brighton, Massachusetts.

Composed by Rachel J. Burckardt
(c)2017, 2021 Rachel J. Burckardt. All Rights Reserved.
W o o d H a r b o r M u s I c woodharbormusic.net

Patricia Van Ness: Birds of the Air
Capella Clausura; Amelia LeClair, Director

Cappella Clausura, Live at Lindsay Chapel, December 2017

Psalm 104 (Birds of the Air)
Beside your springs the birds of the air make their nests
And sing among the branches.

Sopranos: Adriana Repetto (soloist), Shannon Larkin, Janet Ross, Courtney Elf Rowe
Altos: Lisa Haldey, Teri Kowiak, Claire Shepro, Jennifer Webb
Tenors: Fausto Miro, Ethan Rowe, Peter Schilling, James Williamson
Basses: Thaddeus Bell, Lawson Daves, Anthony Garza, Will Prapestis
Director: Amelia LeClair


God Is Seen, arr. Alice Parker
Concordia Choir; Michael Culloton, Conductor

God is Seen – arr. Alice Parker

Through all the world below God is seen all around,
Search hills and valleys through, there He’s found.
The growing of the corn, the lily and the thorn,
The pleasant and forlorn all declare: God is there,
In meadows dressed in green, God is seen.

See springing waters rise, fountains flow, rivers run,
The mist that veils the sky hides the sun.
Then down the rain doth pour, the ocean, it doth roar
And beat upon the shore; And all praise, in their ways,
The God who ne’er declines His designs.

The sun with all his rays speaks of God as he flies,
The comet in her blaze, ‘God’, she cries;
The shining of the stars, the moon, when she appears,
His awful name declares; See them fly through the sky,
And join the solemn sound all around.