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The Choir of St Peter's continues to sing at least five services a month at St Peter's and one at All Saints' in a range of liturgies that includes Matins, Eucharist, Evensong and Compline. Alongside this principal commitment to the opus Dei of the parish, regular visits and concert work continue to form an integral part of the choir's schedule. 2013 began, as has become the custom in recent years, with a cathedral visit, this time to sing Evensong at Coventry Cathedral on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ - it was a thrill indeed to sing Howells and Elgar in such a sumptuous acoustic. Back at home, and during the temporary closure of St Mary's, the St Peter's Choir sang for the High Sheriff's Legal Service. During Lent, a concert performance of Stainer's Crucifixion was very well received, with particular thanks due to Alastair MacIntosh and Richard Ward for their solo roles. The choir was once again privileged to be invited to sing for the Diocesan Chrism Eucharist during Holy Week, and after the usual round of Easter services, the Spring Term ended with a joyous trip to Lincoln Cathedral on Easter Monday. During the first weekend of July, we were delighted to welcome back a number of choir alumni to participate in a celebratory Coffee Break Concert (marking twenty-five years of this ever-popular series) as well as a suitably festal service of Matins the next morning. The choir enjoyed a visit to sing Evensong at St Mary's Church in Plumtree, as well as a collaboration with the Choir of St Wulfram's Church in Grantham. In August, a splendid weekend was had singing at Ripon Cathedral where the choir's singing was greatly appreciated by both congregation and clergy, who made us feel most welcome.
The year started with a memorable visit to Durham Cathedral, where the choir was in residence Friday 6th – Sunday 8th January. So soon after Christmas, rehearsal time was very limited, but the choir (along with a number of former choristers, always welcome back for such visits) rose to the occasion most admirably. Compliments on the quality of singing and organ playing abounded from the cathedral's clergy and laity, and the whole visit had an absolutely delightful sense of camaraderie, epitomised by a splendid dinner at St Chad's College (where former chorister James Randle was then Director of Music). It was also excellent for a number of us to catch up with former Rector of St Peter's, Canon Leslie Morley.
The increasingly popular Third Thursday Organ Recitals continue on 18th August, 1.15pm at St Peter's. These concerts are an opportunity to hear the new organ at St Peter's, with the next given by Peter Siepmann, Director of Music at St Peter's, whose performance will include music by Bach and Vierne. On 15th September, Paul Hayward (Nottingham Cathedral) will perform music by Guilmant, Thalben-Ball, Sweelink, Howells and Lefebure-Wely.
The recitals last for half an hour and are free of charge, with donations towards the church music fund. For more information about music at St Peter's and across the parish, click here.
The original organ at St Peter's was probably built by Lincoln in 1812 and lived on the gallery under the tower until 1878, when it was moved to the chamber on the north side of the chancel. By 1952 it had deteriorated badly and Fenton Wragg overhauled it, adding much material from the organ of St Columba's Church, Mansfield Road. Further overhauls and additions were made by Henry Willis in 1964 and Hill, Norman & Beard in 1983, but by the end of the 20th century there were further problems as much of the mechanism was wearing out. The additions over the years had not solved the problem of the organ being enclosed in a chamber with only two small arches to let the sound out. In particular, the pipes of the Pedal division were tucked away at the back of the chamber and could not be heard properly. When the electronics in the console failed in November 2007 it seemed unwise to spend any more money on the instrument.
The February 2011 series of St Peter's Coffee Break Concerts are devoted to celebrating the church's magnificent new organ. All concerts start at 11am and last for one hour, with coffee & biscuits available from 10.15am. Admission free, with donations to the music fund welcome. Please see also the church music list, for details of the service music during this month of celebration of the new organ.
Despite setbacks over the past few months, work on the new organ for St Peter's is now in its final stages, and we hope that the organ will be used for the first time during the church's Christmas celebrations. Come and see and hear this remarkable new instrument for yourself!
Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm
For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page
All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW
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