St Martin's, Brasted

MUSIC


FAURÉ'S REQUIEM

Good Friday, 19th April

with soloists Sarah Fenn and Paul Weaser, organist Marilyn Harper and conductor Gloria Toplis

Chorus rehearsal at 5 pm

Performance at 6.30pm


We invite all who would like to join us to sing - or listen to - this well-loved choral work, which forms part of our Easter programme. We shall be rehearsing the chorus parts at 5pm on the day, but if you have not sung the work before we welcome you to our rehearsals, to be held at the church on Thursday evenings during March between 7.30 and 8.30pm (enter by the side door). Please bring a score if you have one; if you would like to borrow one from us please contact Gloria Toplis using the details below.

There is no charge for this event – if you do not wish to sing simply come along and join us for the 6.30 performance.

Fauré’s Requiem was first performed in Paris in 1888. Since then it has been one of the most frequently performed works of the choral repertoire. Though the composer originally wrote it for soloists, choir and orchestra it is very often performed from later arrangements made for choir with piano or organ accompaniment.

The composer wrote about his work that it was ‘dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest’.* No doubt it was Fauré’s ability to encapsulate this very deep feeling into a succinct work (it occupies little more than 40 minutes), utilising his undoubted compositional skills and imaginative powers, which have led to its enduring popularity.

* Michael Steinberg (2005) ‘Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48’ in Choral Masterworks: A Listener's Guide. Oxford: OUP

gloria.toplis@outlook.com 07751 173800


ORGAN RECITAL

Sunday 4 August at 7pm


Organ recital by Alexander Trigg; programme to feature a variety of music including works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Duruflé. A former chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, Alex is currently a music scholar at Tonbridge School. He is co-founder and Director of Music of The Tudeley Singers, and is well known in Kent as an orchestral player, soloist and accompanist.




MUSIC REPORT for 2017


Music at Brasted Sunday morning services, as well as the monthly services of Evensong, are led by our choir which rehearses on Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 8.30p.m. Our music is largely traditional, consisting of hymns and some psalms and canticles, and we have a repertoire of anthems which we sing at some of the evensongs, and as appropriate for particular services such as the Harvest Festival. We are few in number but a jolly group, and would offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us.

At Christmas and Easter the choir is augmented by visitors so that we are able to perform special music. On Easter Sunday of 2017, we sang movements from a Haydn mass to the accompaniment of a string quartet and timpani. At Christmas of that year a choir from Bromley sang with us for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. On Good Friday of 2018, in addition to two visiting soloists a large number of singers joined us for a ‘come and sing’ performance of Stainer’s The Crucifixion.

Our fine mechanical-action organ, built by the firm of J.W.Walker and Sons Ltd., was installed in 1992. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its inauguration, in December 2017 a recital was given by international organ recitalist James McVinnie. James’ programme, which contained pieces taken from the organ repertoire of the renaissance to the present day, allowed the many different tone-colours of our instrument to come to the fore and delighted the large audience.

Many visitors to our church comment on its excellent acoustic, the large performance space in the chancel and the fine instrument. Within our area our church is in a unique position to host musical events. We welcome visitors who wish to join us in providing the music for our worship, and we welcome performing groups who would like to hire the church for their own concerts.

Gloria Toplis (Director of Music)