Sunday's Morning Prayer Service
Tune in to the Morning Prayer video to see our choir gathered virtually around the Advent wreath to sing "O Come, Emmanuel," which also inspired the organ voluntaries by Hampton and Pinkham.
Tenor Sam Rosner will sing "Comfort Ye" from Handel's Messiah in reflection of Joy's sermon message, and at the end of the service, we will sing this week's hymn from the Advent devotional, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus."
Visit our First Week of Advent Page to sing along with the King's Chapel Choir's version of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!"
Monday Meditations will be on a hiatus for the month of December. Instead, we offer an Advent calendar of seasonal choral gems on the King's Chapel Choir Facebook page. We hope you will make it part of your daily routine to spend a few minutes listening to some beautiful selections from all around the world, as we prepare for Christmas celebrations.
Listen to the playlist of the Monday Musical Meditations on our YouTube channel.
Talk About Music!
Next week's Talk About Music features choir member Emily Bieber-Harris who will talk about some of her home recording projects during quarantine and lockdown. You can see a bunch of them here.
And a word of fair warning: Our final Talk About Music of the year, on December 15, will be a very special edition of Talk About Music I Love. You are all invited to talk about your favorite Christmas carol - tell us all which carol you love the most, and why!
You can watch the recordings of the past Talk About Music sessions on our YouTube channel.
Last Sunday's Virtual Recital
In case you missed last Sunday's YouTube premiere of French Competition: A Flute and Piano Recital:
Our Music in the Time of Covid project is complete - last month, Graham Gordon Ramsay and Heinrich recorded the 5th and final Introspection. You can watch it here:
Here are Graham's program notes for the end of the series:
Completed on August 10, 2020, the fifth introspection is the last in the series that began last April. I started work on this movement on July 16 during a short personal retreat in Rockport, Massachusetts. Removed from my urban Cambridge home and distanced slightly from the tensions related to the pandemic and political strife, I embarked on this trip with the goal of bringing my mind into a more peaceful state.
Marked “Poignantly, rubato throughout”, this movement picks up from the previous one (which ends with a low pedal note C), beginning in C major with a sparse and simple melody that recurs as the main theme throughout. Acting as the denouement for the entire work, this movement serves as a self-reminder that there is always resolution after conflict, that positive change is inevitable after times of discord, and that there will always be things bigger and more important than my own personal angst. Perspective is difficult during times of strife, but I believe it is essential, particularly during the bad times, to remind ourselves of the beauty and wonder of the world.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to Heinrich Christensen for his constant friendship and musical support throughout this project (and so many others). His willingness to take risks with new and unknown works is a gift of immeasurable value. Tak skal du have.
--G.G.R., November 10, 2020
In the love of truth, and the spirit of Jesus Christ, we unite for the worship of God
and the service of all.
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