AAM president Paul Ellison directed his 25th Advent Liturgy in December. Ellison instigated this service in 1991 and has directed all but two of them over the years. An expanded Schola Adventus sang, the organist was George Anton Emblom, and the officiant Fr Paul Allick, rector of Church of the Advent in San Francisco. Musical highlights of the service included Handl’s Duo seraphim, Ledger’s A Spotless Rose, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, and Palestrina’s Magnificat Primi Toni.
St Paul’s Cathedral Choristers are preparing for a major eight-venue tour of the USA in April 2018. The tour is part of the Cathedral’s 60th Anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel – a tribute to US servicemen who gave their lives in the Second World War. The chapel was created by Eisenhower and Churchill, and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1958.
The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s: “In 1953 St Paul’s was the first UK cathedral choir ever to tour the United States. It did so as a ‘thank you’ to the American people following our joint efforts in the Second World War. Over six decades on we are thrilled such a strong connection remains, and that we are able to honor the Special Relationship through music.” Continue reading
Peter Niedmann had several new anthems released recently, including Heir of the Highest Heaven (Augsburg Fortress), which was commissioned by Kevin Jones and First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio. Also recently published is Come, Let Us Sound with Melody (The Sacred Music Press). Both pieces are SATB voices & organ. These can be seen and heard at peterniedmann.com. Peter is a Connecticut composer, currently the Dean of the Greater Hartford Chapter AGO.
Bruce J. Barber II has been appointed Director of Music at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville, Delaware. Prior to his work at Christ Church, he served as Director of Cathedral Music of St. James Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois, from March 2004 until February 2015; he served as Canon Precentor and Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 1994 until March of 2004; and he served as Parish Musician at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Connecticut, from July 1984 until May 1994. Bruce becomes the fifth Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church since 1890, and follows the most distinguished thirty-two-year tenure of Dr. William Owen.