Dear St. Peter’s Choir,

As we approach the end of the church year, it’s time to start preparing for Advent and Christmas and the beginning of Year C where there is focus on the Gospel of Saint Luke. Such a joyous time and rich with music.
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If you haven’t noticed it already we have – many thanks to Phillip – a grand piano which now belongs to the parish and is installed in the Parish Centre. We are doubly blessed with another beautiful practice piano in the second meeting room on long term long from Kristian. Thank you, Kristian.
This is a call out to all choir members for the following events:
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Thursday 1 November is ALL SAINTS – Tony, are you able to cantor please and please note there will be a choir rehearsal after or after mass depending on the time of mass TBC. The wonderful picture above is from The Communion of Saints from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, recommended to us by Tony after his visit there.
Rehearsal 8 November at 7 pm
Mass 9.30 am Sunday 11 November the choir will be singing for Remembrance Day
Rehearsal 15 November at 7 pm
Concert at 3 pm on Saturday 17 November to Bless the Grand Piano (bring a plate)
Mass on 21 November – no choir
Rehearsal 22 November at 7 pm
Mass 9.30 am 25 November the Choir will sing for Christ the King
I’ll post an updated roster for cantors and individuals posts for each of these special events. Music will be emailed in advance and available for collection from me at the back of the church in advance.
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Please pencil in Saturday evening, 15 December for a special concert of the entire O Antiphons as set by M. Charpentier of 1690(pictured below left). This concert will feature soprano Helen Gagliano and countertenor Hamish Gould and viola da gamba player Laura Vaughan.
You can learn about the O Antiphons from this great post from St. Peter’s Church in Los Angeles:  https://stpeterparish.com/news/o-antiphons .
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After discussion with Father Brendan, we have revised the program for the Blessing of the Grand on 17 November. Here’s what we propose:
Concert program
The program is opened by the blessing of the piano by Fr Brendan
Proposed program of serious and silly music:
Brahms, Op 10 Ballades 1 & 2 (Daniel)
Brahms, Lullaby for SATB
Ros sings some chanson
‘Sing a merry madrigal’ by Gilbert and Sullivan

Solo from G&S solo by P.Hamilton, Solo piano work of Cole Poter or Ivor Novello, Stand by me for SATB or another popular choral work, Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John PDQ Bach

Look forward to hearing from you, please provide comments and feedback below, to me via email danielpebrace@gmail.com or see me before or after mass.
Best wishes,
Daniel the organist