Please join us as we welcome Gordon Appleton to New Jersey this May 5 and 6 for workshops, rehearsals, and a concluding Evensong. Mr. Appleton is a well-known teacher and conductor, and most recently retired after nineteen years as a staff member of the Royal School of Church Music in the UK. He has directed choral festivals throughout the UK and in Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. He has also directed annual RSCM National Summer Schools in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Saturday, May 5
On Saturday, May 5, Mr. Appleton will lead two sessions for area choir directors, organists, and singers at Historic Christ Church in New Brunswick, NJ. In the morning session, he will introduce us to new choral music from the RSCM and discuss rehearsal and teaching techniques. After lunch, there will be a session on teaching and accompanying Anglican chant using the church’s Richards, Fowkes and Company pipe organ, opus 12. Organ majors from local universities, including the Mason Gross School of the Arts, will play as well as area organists.
Sunday, May 6
On Sunday, May 6, Choral Evensong will be sung at St Paul’s Church in Englewood, NJ. Area choirs will gather for rehearsal at 3 p.m., a short break follows, then the service at 5 p.m. Repertoire includes Howells’ Collegium Regal canticles, Craig Philips’ Preces and Responses (accompanied), Appointed Psalms, and Philip Wilby’s setting of If Ye Love Me.
About Mr. Appleton
Mr. Appleton’s wide experience in working with church choirs in many parts of the world has influenced his approach which is, above all, as an encourager. He loves the traditional music of the church but also affirms the use of music of the world church in our worship. Gordon believes that the experience of worship is enhanced by music performed to the best of our ability and he looks forward greatly to visiting New Jersey and to sharing music, experiences and Christian fellowship.
About Christ Church and St. Paul’s
Christ Church, New Brunswick is accessible via bus and train (Northeast Corridor, NJ Transit) and St. Paul’s, Englewood is near the George Washington Bridge and accessible by bus as well. Everyone is welcome to join us for either or both of these events. There is a cost of $25 per participant for the entire two-day program; $15 for just one day participation. The event is sponsored by the St Paul’s Choir School, Englewood and Trinity, Asbury Park Chorister Program. Members of Region II of the Association of Anglican Musicians are especially welcome to join us! For more information and to register, call Mark Trautman at St Paul’s, Englewood (201.568.3276) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.