Herbert Norman Howells CH CBE was an English composer, organist and teacher; most famous for his large output of Anglican church music. Died on this day in 1983. https://viralsacredmusic.blogspot.com/2020/10/herbert-howells.html

Happy Birthday to Handel, born 23rd Feb in Halle, in Brandenburg-Prussia. You can read more on the blog Viral Music here https://viralsacredmusic.blogspot.com/2020/05/music-for-bank-holiday-stay-at-home.html

#ChoralEucharist for #AshWednesday will be live-streamed from our Facebook page tomorrow at 6.30pm. Music is "Mass for Four Voices" and "Miserere Mei" by William Byrd.

This Sunday is Quinquagesima or Shrove Sunday, the Sunday before Lent. There is a #HolyCommunion BCP service at 8am you may attend & #ChoralEucharist at 10.30am, livestream only via Facebook.

Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of Father Willis. The press announcement read “On the 11th February, at Argyle Villa, Bartholomew Road, N.W., HENRY WILLIS, Organ Builder (FATHER WILLIS), in his 80th year, deeply mourned by all who knew him.


"The Way of the Cross" - an online choral course for Holy Week and Easter from @RSCMCentre. Booking is open and rehearsals start this Saturday. https://buff.ly/3p8mxKr


This Sunday is Quinquagesima or Shrove Sunday. The blog "Viral Music" considers the implications of the week ahead for us as Christians, particularly at this time - from a lay perspective. https://viralsacredmusic.blogspot.com/2021/02/shrovetide-transfiguration-and.html

Today is the Second Sunday before Lent, also known as Sexagesima & Creation Sunday. The liturgical theme is the Word of God, sent to renew the face of the earth. Our relationship with God will determine whether or not the seed of His Word bears fruit in our lives.

Today, the Second Sunday before Lent, there is an 8am BCP service of Holy Communion with "in person" attendance, and a service of Choral Eucharist at 10.30am; both live-streamed via Facebook.

Tomorrow is the Second Sunday before Lent, also known as Sexagesima & Creation Sunday. (Sexagesima means "sixtieth", it falls approximately 60 days before Easter.) There is an 8am BCP service with "in person" attendance, & 10.30am #ChoralEucharist both live-streamed via Facebook

Born 31st Jan 1797, Schubert produced a vast body of work during his short career. He bridged the Classical and Romantic periods, although his music was rooted firmly in the classical mould. Last year we recorded his Sanctus. Read more on Viral Music here https://buff.ly/3pWSQO1

This Sunday is Candlemas, when Jesus was presented in the Temple. It is the threshold over which we look back 40 days to Christmas, and forward to the approaching seasons of Lent and Passiontide.
There is more on Candlemas from Wakefield Cathedral here https://youtu.be/qeXSfyctH0I

John 2.1-11 is on the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus first inaugurates the new wine/new life of resurrection link. This resonates with yesterday's anthem on the "sacred banquet", and our celebration of the Eucharist.

Our anthem today is Grayston Ives' "O sacrum convivium". You can read about the composer and the music on the blog "Viral Music" https://buff.ly/366ATEK

Tomorrow is the Third Sunday of Epiphany. There is a live-streamed BCP Communion Service at 8am open to "in-person" attendance, and a live-streamed #choral #Eucharist at 10.30am without congregation.

NEWS: Cathedral Music Trust has opened applications for its 2021 grant programme. Any choral foundation eligible and in need of financial assistance to support their music is encouraged to apply.

Full details >> http://bit.ly/CMTRevenueGrants

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. This year the week of prayer & services are online. You can participate by visiting the Twitter wall here https://buff.ly/3qotbxk #wpcu2021

1 Samuel 3.10
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
As Jesus began his public ministry, he summoned his first disciples. Have we listened for, and responded to God's call to us?

Our anthem today was "O Taste and See" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. His immersion in English folk song, hymn tunes, the philosophy of accessibility & Elizabethan Tudor music combined to produce the most unique output of any composer in recent times. https://buff.ly/2LTMQ9p

This morning's #ChoralEucharist setting is Herbert Sumsion's Holy Communion Service in F. You can read more about Sumsion here on the blog "Viral Music" https://buff.ly/2XK7jjR

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