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Past concerts

Organ Recital: Sunday 19th August 2012: 9pm – 10pm: David Hamilton, Glasgow: Director of Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton, and Organist of Strathclyde University.

21st June 2012: ‘The Olympics’: St Peter’s Singing Club:
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

10th May: ‘The Goblin Next Door’: St Peter’s Singing Club:
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

Good Friday: Friday 6th April 2012: 7.30pm:
Choir of St Peter’s, Rupert Forbes: Conductor, Sheila Robertson: Organ

‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’: Théodore Dubois
On Good Friday, the St Peter’s Choir performed Dubois’ Sacred Cantata ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’. Possibly best known for his organ works, Dubois composed this in 1867. Surprisingly, it is not well known and rarely performed in Britain. Reflecting on the final utterances of Jesus on the cross, the music is bursting with beautiful harmonies, and used the organ to the full.

Wednesday 21st March 2012: 7.30pm: Concert
Edinburgh University Singers, John Kitchen: Conductor, Jeremy Cull: Organ

  • Programme included: Vierne: Messe Solennelle
  • Duruflé: Four Motets
  • Widor: Tantum Ergo
  • Villette: Hymne à la Vierge
  • Saint-Saëns: Prelude and Fugue in B major

The Edinburgh University Singers presented a concert of French choral and organ music. The main work was Vierne’s spectacular Messe Solennelle, originally written for choir and two organs, and given its first performance in St Sulpice, Paris, in 1900. The programme also included shorter choral pieces, such as Duruflé’s Four motets, Widor’s Tantum ergo, and Villette’s Hymne à la Vierge. Jeremy Cull also played the Prelude and Fugue in B major by Saint-Saëns.

Wednesday 14th March 2012: 7.30pm: Organ Demonstration by Geoffrey Coffin
Geoffrey Coffin, the Managing Director of Principal Pipe Organs, York, spoke and demonstrated the newly refurbished organ. Through a series of stunning photographs, plus many different objects which were passed around for everyone to handle, touch and blow, Geoffrey described and illustrated many fascinating aspects of what was done during the refurbishment of our organ.

4th December 2011: ‘Babushka’: Christmas Tree lighting ceremony which included the community drama.
Director: Vreni Fry, Script & Drama: Karen Docwra,
Music: Rupert Forbes, Sheila Robertson

2nd December 2011: Opening Organ Recital Series: Susan Landale (Paris)

  • Sonata no.3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • Prelude, Fugue & Variation César Franck (1822-1890)
  • Improvisation on the Te Deum Charles Tournemire: (1870-1939)
  • Two Communions: Languedocien & Ecossais:  Félix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Offertoire “Joseph est bien marie”
  • Two Chorals: (Dorian & Cistercien) Jehan Alain (1911-1940)
  • Berceuse sur Deux notes qui cornent
  • Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

18th November 2011: Opening Organ Recital Series: Michael Bonaventure (London)

  • Dum Committeret Bellum (2009)   Nicholas O’Neill (b. 1970)
  • Games (1977) Paul Patterson (b. 1947)
  • Lullaby (2007) Huw Morgan (b. 1975)
  • Passacaglia in d BuxWV 161 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Prelude and Fugue in g BuxWV 149
  • Rondeau (2004) Michael Bonaventure (b. 1962)
  • Berceuse (24 Pièces en style libre) Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • Fantasia in G (‘Pièce d’Órgue’), BWV 572      J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Cofion Cynnes am Davies (2009)   Huw Morgan (b. 1975), The boy on the high stool, The loom turns…, The barrow, On this rock, The old man in the moonlit cabbage patch
  • Carillon (2000) David Bedford (1937-2011)

4th November 2011: Opening Organ Recital Series: Michael Harris (Edinburgh)

  • Fiat lux Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)
  • Concerto del Signor Taglietti J. G. Walther (1684 – 1748), Grave – Vivace – Adagio – Allegro
  • Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Rhapsody on a Ground Heathcote Statham (1889 – 1973)
  • Jésus accepte la souffrance (La Nativité du Seigneur) Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
  • Symphonie III Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)(iii) Intermezzo, (iv) Adagio, (v) Finale

3rd November 2011: ‘Katie Morag’ St Peter’s Singing Club:
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

21st October 2011: Opening organ Recital Series: Dr John Kitchen (Edinburgh) 

  • Magnificat en a mila #3: Plein jeuDuoTrio, Récit de trompetteMusetteGrand jeu: Michel Corrette (1707–1795)
  • Der Tag der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605: J. S. Bach (1685–1750)
  • O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross, BWV 622
  • Heut triumphiret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630
  • Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Master Tallis’s Testament: Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
  • Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit: Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
  • Coronation March from Le Prophète: Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864)
  • Two pieces based on the sound of bells:
  • Holsworthy Church Bells: S. S. Wesley (1810–1876)
  • Magdalen Chimes: Bernard Rose (1916–1996)
  • Choral varié sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’: Op. 4 Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)

2nd June 2011: ‘Ocean Commotion’: St Peter’s Singing Club:
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

22nd April 2011: Olivet to Calvary: J. H. Maunder
St. Peter’s Church Choir – Director of Music: Rupert Forbes, Organ: Sheila Robertson

25th February 2011: Music for the Church year
With choral music being so important in St Peter’s, it was considered appropriate to celebrate the completion of the major organ rebuild with a concert given by the choir of St. Peter’s.
Director of Music: Rupert Forbes, Organ: Sheila Robertson

Advent to Christmas

  • I Was Glad Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • O Thou the Central Orb Charles Wood (1866-1923)
  • Magnificat Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856)
  • Motet pour le jour de Noël   Louis Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
  • Adeste Fideles / O come, all ye faithful: Choir & Audience

Epiphany to Easter

  • The Three Kings Peter Cornelius (1824-1874) Nunc Dimittis Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856)
  • Ave Verum Corpus         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Blessed Be the God and Father       Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)

Ascensiontide to Trinity

  • God Is Gone up with a Merry Noise     William Croft (1678-1727)
  • If Ye Love Me Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
  • I Saw the Lord Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)

Praeludium in g, BuxWV 147 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Harvest to Advent

  • Thou Visitest the Earth Maurice Greene (1696-1755)
  • Justorum Animae     William Byrd (1543-1623)
  • Greater Love Hath No Man               John Ireland (1879-1962)
  • I Was Glad Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848-1918)

5th December 2010: Tree Lighting Ceremony: An exploration of Christmas traditions such as Advent Calendar, Christmas Presents, Christmas Cards, Christmas Wreath and Christmas Candles, with input from: the St. Peter’s Choir, Junior Choir, Singing Club, Youth Group and Youth Worker, Social Committee, Ministry Team, the 72nd City of Edinburgh Guide Company, and the Salvation Army.
Director: Vreni Fry, Script & Drama: Karen Docwra,
Music: Rupert Forbes, Sheila Robertson

11th November 2010: ‘The Peace Child’: St Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra
Music: Mark & Helen Johnson, Lyrics: Sue Langwade

6th November 2010: Tenor and Baritone in concert: Robin Whike and Dan Docwra led an evening in which musical contributions were made by The Bohemians, St Peter’s Singing Club, St Peter’s Church choir, and friends.

20th June 2010: Peter! Many members of the congregation took part in this specially written play about the life of St Peter, to celebrate 150 years of St Peter’s Church.
Director: Vreni Fry, Scriptwriter: Karen Docwra,
Music composed by: David Jenkins, Roger Jones, Norman Luboff and others
Musical Directors: Vreni Fry, Rupert Forbes, Organ: Sheila Robertson

2nd April 2010: Requiem: Gabriel Fauré
Director of Music: Rupert Forbes, Organ: Sheila Robertson

  • Lord, let me know mine end: Maurice Greene
  • Cantique de Jean Racine: Fauré

1st April 2010: ‘Eddie the Penguin Saves the World’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

December 2009: ‘Miss Partridge’: A community tree lighting event marking the start of Advent, with input from: the Choir, Junior Choir, Singing Club, 72nd City of Edinburgh Guide Company, and the Salvation Army.

Director: Vreni Fry, Musical Director: Rupert Forbes,
Organ/Piano: Sheila Robertson, Drama: Karen Docwra

20th June 2009: ‘The Sleeping Lion’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra, Music: David Jenkins

10th April 2009: The Crucifixion: John Stainer St. Peter’s Church Choir
Director of Music: Rupert Forbes, Organ: Sheila Robertson

26th March 2009: ‘Ballooning round the world’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

13th February 2009: Charity Concert: A celebration of the musical talent of St Peter’s, it incorporated instrumentalists and singers of all ages from St Peter’s.

6th November 2008: ‘Harvest Rock’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra, Music: Sheila Wilson

20th March 2008: ‘Happy Hat Land’: St Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

22nd February 2008: A concert to open the Organ fundraising Fund. Anthems, arranged in groups of four according to style, were auctioned to the audience, the two in each group raising the highest bid being subsequently performed. The final anthems voted for included:

  • Zadok the Priest: Handel
  • O nata Lux: Tallis
  • Rejoice in the Lord, alway: Purcell
  • All things bright and beautiful: John Rutter
  • Panis Angelicus: Franck
  • How lovely are Thy dwellings: Brahms
  • Ragtime Carol: Christopher Tambling
  • Evening Hymn: Gardiner
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium Regale): Howells

St. Peter’s Church Choir, Director of Music: Rupert Forbes,
Organ: Morley Whitehead, Organ/Piano: Sheila Robertson

29th November 2007: ‘The Bumblesnouts save the world!’:
The Singing Club, with Junior Choristers
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

8th June 2007: ‘Wildfire’: Based on the story of St Stephen, a concert version of Roger Jones’ musical was performed by members of the St Peter’s Singing Club, choir, and congregational members.
Musical Directors: Rupert Forbes & Vreni Fry

22nd March 2007: ‘The King’s Magic Cloaks’: St Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

16th November 2006: ‘The Selfish Giant’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

March 2006: ‘Build Up’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

Autumn 2005: ‘Harvest Time’: St. Peter’s Singing Club
Musical Director: Vreni Fry, Drama: Karen Docwra

 

 

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