Month: December 2011

Carols for Peace 2011

Last year, musicians and congregation had to fight their way through the snow to attend the Annual Carols for Peace service organised by Glasgow Churches Together and hosted by Glasgow City Council. This year the weather was much more accommodating and the City Chambers Banqueting Hall was full for the service, with extra chairs having to be brought in. People were greeted by piper Willie Park playing outside and Carissa Bovill on clarsach, John Allen on whistle and Clare O’Neill on violin inside the Chambers. Music for the service itself was provided by Rutherglen Salvation Army Band, instrumentalists John, Carissa, Clare, Annette, Pauline, Marie Claire, Monica and Monica, children from the Southside Fiddlers, and members of the St. Mungo Singers. Before the service began, the St. Mungo Singers sang the joyful 14th Century carol “Resonet in Laudibus” in the setting by Jacobus Gallus, then, in complete contrast of style, a solo cantor declaimed the Christmas Proclamation, the text of which seeks to fix the birth of Christ firmly in historical time, with its references to secular as well as salvation history. As the church and civic leaders entered, the choir led the congregation in singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. Baillie Cathy McMaster, representing the Lord Provost, welcomed those present to what she described as time out from the rush of Christmas preparations. For some this season is a...

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The St Mungo Festival 2012

The Festival this year marks the 14th centenary of the founding of the City of Glasgow, whose roots can be traced to the presence of Mungo at the site of the present Cathedral, near the Molendinar Burn. Mungo, (or Kentigern), died between 604 and 612.               1 The Vita Kentigerni at the Mitchell Library Saturday 7th January 2012 at 12.00 To hear Bailie Catherine McMaster, (on whose initiative the Festival has developed), being interviewed by Dr Irene O’Brien (Chief Archivist at the Mitchell Library), with excerpts from the music of ‘City of St Mungo’ (Ian Davidson, sung by children of St Timothy’s Primary) and ‘Let Glasgow Flourish (sung by the St Mungo Singers) please click on audio below. information / audio 2 Ecumenical Evening Service: 8th January 2012 Glasgow Cathedral at 6.30 To hear Dr Laurence Whitley, Minister of the Cathedral, being interviewed by Dr Irene O’Brien, with harp music by Sister Maureen, excerpts from the music of ‘City of St Mungo’ (sung by Ian Davidson), the ‘Glorification of St Kentiger’ sung by Russkaya Cappella, ‘Let Glasgow Flourish (sung by the St Mungo Singers), and the St Mungo Rhyme sung by children of St Patrick’s, Anderson, please click on audio below. information / audio 3 Services in the Cathedral on Friday the 13th January at 11.00 and 12.00 information 4 Events in the...

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Advent at Nazareth House

As the St. Mungo Singers can tell you from their experience at Nazareth House, the small and less formal services can be just as wonderful as the more formal events at this time of year. Some of the choir joined members of St. Joseph’s Tollcross choir to take part in an Advent service with the residents and their carers. The service started with the Amazing Grace setting of the Magnificat. Then a cantor sang the words of Isaiah 55 “Seek the Lord while he is still to be found”, followed by a lovely harp reflection by Noel Donnelly. The choirs then led the singing of the beautiful carol “The Angel Gabriel”. In the first reading, Fr. Des Broderick presented the story of the Annunciation from St. Luke’s Gospel in a way which really made everyone listen and hear the words anew. Cantor Kay Dick then led the choirs in singing Frank Docherty’s setting of the Prologue from St. John’s Gospel. Before the next reading, the Nativity story from St. Luke, everyone sang the well-loved carol, “Away in a Manger”. The reading was followed by further gentle and reflective harp music and the singing of Dr. Donnelly’s setting of the “Hail Mary” by cantor Maria Leonard and the choirs. After another communal carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, the choirs sang the Celtic Invocation before the service ended with “Adeste...

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A Christmas Proclamation

The Christmas Proclamation                 The Christmas Proclamation places the birth of Christ in a religious and a secular time frame, from creation to Exodus to the foundation of Rome to the reign of Augustus Caesar. This is a simple chant setting with a lyrical ending. For the music and text and for the sound file click below Sheet music /

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Artists and musicians’ Christmas gift to Mary’s Meals

Artists and musicians’ Christmas gift to Mary’s Meals By BILL HEANEY Monday, December 12, 2011   Scotland’s artists and musicians handed over a very special Christmas cheque for £9,000 to one of the country’s favourite charities today (Monday). The money, which was raised during the group’s highly successful Festival of the Arts in Glasgow last month, will be spent by Argyll-based Mary’s Meals on a new project to feed and educate poor children in a Third World country.   It will be the second feeding shelter to be financed from cash raised by the group, who have given their time, talents and artwork free to raise money for Mary’s Meals, whose accountant, Monica Lynas from Bothwell in Lanarkshire, picked up the cash at House for an Artlover in Glasgow. Volunteer Mrs Lynas, whose family own a well known carpet business in Hamilton, said: “This group have been extremely generous over a number of years now, and Mary’s Meals really appreciates all the effort and talent that has gone into raising this money which will be put to good use. It’s a fantastic Christmas gift.” Their first shelter, the Chilingani Centre in Khombwe in Malawi, is already up and running and doing tremendous work, according to Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE., chief executive of Mary’s Meals, who feed and educate more than 580,000 children in 16 countries across the world. The Artists...

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