COME & SING EVENSONG at St Nicholas Harpenden

Sunday 28 July 2019 – join us for rehearsal, tea and Choral Evensong; 3.30pm for 6.30 service.

Experienced singers and music readers are invited to come and sing choral evensong on the day!

Churches around the country have been organising come and sing events for evensong, aimed at people who don’t have the chance to sing evensong regularly but do have the interest or ability to do so. They have proved very successful and enjoyable, so we are having one at the end of term. Anyone who would like to sing a one-off evensong, please do come and bring your friends. It’s free. Please pass on info to other local choirs and choral societies.

You can book online via our website where you can also find printable music and links to performances to listen to. The music is planned to include Parry’s I was Glad (composed for the Coronation of King Edward VII – see picture below) and Stanford in C Evening Canticles, so we will have a really good sing! No robing – wear what you like.

Tea and cake will be provided and if anyone could offer a cake or to help serve tea at about 5.30, please let Marie Price know.

Contact for any more info or to offer help.

Award for Andy Benoy

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We are delighted that Andy Benoy, our former Area Committee Member, will be awarded a Certificate of Special Service, which will be presented later in the year. The announcement in the March issue of CMQ reads:

Andrew Benoy made a significant contribution to the work of the RSCM St Albans, Hertford & bedford Area over more than 35 years. He fulfilled a number of key roles on the committee as well as leading musical events and serving as an Area Examiner. He was also organist of St Michael’s Church, North Watford for 41 years. Now living in Sidmouth, he is organist and choirmaster at a local RSCM affiliated church.

Choral Workshop at St Mary’s, Northchurch, July 20th

The major work will be Mussorgsky’s St Nicholas Mass – a work made up of some lesser known fantastic choruses set to the words of the mass by Philip Lane. Other works include the ever popular Beatus vir by Monteverdi, as well as choral works by Rachmaninov and Chesnokov. The workshop will be led by inspiring choral director Richard Grylls from Tring and the accompanist will be Jonathan Lee, an outstanding local organist based at St Peter’s, Berkhamsted.

The workshop will be run from 1-6pm on Saturday July 20th with breaks for refreshments and afternoon tea. There will be an informal performance of selected items which have reached a satisfactory standard at 6.30pm to which families and friends are most welcome at no charge. The fee is £12 to include music hire and refreshments and music will be available from July 3rd. All enquiries and bookings should be sent to or telephone 01442 822915. Under 18s can attend free of charge if a responsible adult remains throughout.

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition.

Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite.

The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:


Sponsor A Pipe in the Harrison & Harrison Organ at St Albans Cathedral

Christopher Muhley – St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

The great organ at St Albans Cathedral was restored and tonally enhanced in 2009 and now is once again fully operational. A major programme of restoration and development by the original builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham – was initiated in August 2007 when it could be delayed no longer.

For over forty-five years the organ had been used every day for rehearsal, practice, services and performances. Such heavy usage had, however, paid its toll. The mechanism had become worn and unreliable and it became clear that a full refurbishment could be put off no longer.

The programme of work comprised the complete restoration, repair, cleaning and adjustment of the instrument. At the same time some sensitive tonal enhancements consistent with the organ’s essential character were made including the addition of a 32-foot reed.

Through donations to the organ restoration fund and other gifts, the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust has been able to allocate some £690,000 towards the scheme. This enabled the contract to be signed and the work carried out. However the need to close the gap on the total cost of £830,000 is urgent.

One way of helping is through the “Sponsor a Pipe” scheme, which has been launched by the Music Trust. You can sponsor a pipe in memory of a departed friend or relative, in thanksgiving for a special event, as an unusual gift, or simply for yourself. Families, schools and groups can help too by sponsoring a pipe jointly.

A separate brochure (see link to pdf below) explains how you can take part, and what you will receive in return.

Please be generous in your support so we can also celebrate the raising of the full cost.

Further details: Sponsor A Pipe Brochure (PDF file)

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