Calling all singers – Stainer’s Crucifixion

On Palm Sunday, 24 March, the choir of St Mark’s will be performing Stainer’s much loved work The Crucifixion.

The scores have been hired, and we’re about to start rehearsing this fantastic work. So I’d like to invite you to be a part of it, either because you’ve been continually involved with the fine choral tradition we have a St Mark’s, or because you’ve been involved at some point over recent years. We’d love to have an enormous choir to do the work justice, and so it would be wonderful if you could join us.

Our regular rehearsals are on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8pm, in the Parish Room, and we’ve 6 left before the big day. So, what I’m proposing is that the choir rehearse the Stainer for the last 50 mins of each of these rehearsals, allowing the first 40 mins to be dedicated to music for our weekly services. It’d be great if you could get as long to as many of these rehearsals as possible, but if you’d like to be involved and will have difficulties with regular attendance, just drop me a reply ( I’m sure we can work something out!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Director of Music, St Mark’s.

The Choir of St Mark’s perform Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Palm Sunday, 6pm.

The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer is an oratorio composed by John Stainer in 1887. It is scored for a SATB choir and organ, and features David, Peter and James Ryder as soloists. The text was written by W. J. Sparrow Simpson. Its first performance was as part of a series of Lenten services, and this was the way Stainer intended it to be performed. While displaying some Victorian sentimentality there are moments of true beauty and significant choral writing skill, ‘God so loved the world’ being a popular anthem in its own right. The work also features 5 of Stainer’s 170 hymns, and will require you for audience participation and devotion.

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