Music in St Giles'

Music at the Sunday Parish Eucharist in April 2024

 

 

7th April Second Easter 2 (Low Sunday)

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                         

Common Worship 

Service by Ayres

BASS GRADUAL J.S. Bach Der Friede sei mit dir  Peace be with you.  BWV 158

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone and sat upon it, Alleluia!

BASS COMMUNION Plainsong for Low Sunday After eight days, the doors being shut, our Lord being entered in, said unto them: Peace be to you, alleluia!

ORGAN PRELUDE Mme Bertault-Eckendorff Pastorale sur un vieil air vendéen

ORGAN POSTLUDE Maria Antonia Walpurgis Overture to ‘Talestris’

HYMNS 156 Woodlands (362); 489 Vienna; 300 Evelyns (86); 154 O filii et filiae vv. 1, 5-8

 

14th April Easter 3

Service by Ayres

Common Worship 

PSALM 4 with Chant 27

CHOIR GRADUAL Bell This I know   He lives, he lives, who once was dead!

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia!  Alleluia! Christ who hath redeemed us with his blood is risen and hath appeared unto us.

CHOIR COMMUNION Whitlock Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face (Text at Hymn 304)

ORGAN PRELUDE Vaughan Williams Prelude on Rhosymedre

ORGAN POSTLUDE Walther Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag

HYMNS 149 Lasst uns Erfreuen vv. 1,9,10,13; 281 Rhosymedre; 161 Vruechten
                                              

21st April Easter 4

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                          

Service by Ayres

Common Worship

CHOIR GRADUAL Schubert The Lord is my Shepherd

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of Mine.  Alleluia!

CHOIR COMMUNION Aston I give you a new commandment

ORGAN PRELUDE Whitlock Préambule (on Ps 23 v2)

ORGAN POSTLUDE Hunt Toccata Giocosa

HYMNS 208 vv. 5-8 Westminster Abbey 593 Surrey; 304 Magda; 453 Great is Thy faithfulness

 

28th April Easter 5

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                          

Service by Ayres

Common Worship

PSALM 22. 25-31 with Chant 1

CHOIR GRADUAL S.S. Wesley Blessed is the God and Father    Love one another with a pure heart, fervently.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION It behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and thus to enter into His glory.  Alleluia!

CHOIR COMMUNION Gail Randall The Call   Come my way, my truth, my life.

ORGAN PRELUDE Juliette Folville Communion

ORGAN POSTLUDE Peeters Festival Toccata

HYMNS 442 Blaenwern (301); 331 Dies Dominica; 514 Lux Eoi

With a professional quartet of singers at services, regular concerts in the Church, three outstanding pipe organs, a Steinway B grand piano and its use for recording sessions and broadcasts, music is a major part of the life of the Church. Since 1992 this church has been the headquarters of a major movement to recruit and train organists; lessons and classes in organ playing for all ages continue here throughout the year.

The Director of Music

Anne Marsden Thomas

(Director of Music)

Anne has been Director of Music at St Giles' since 1980. She founded St. Giles International Organ School in 1992 and directed it until January 2012 when it became part of the education programme of RCO Academy. For many years she also directed the annual RCO Academy Summer Course for Organists in the City of London which regularly attracted 60-75 students from around the world. She is widely known for her work as organ teacher, concert organist and church musician. Her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Japan, Europe and all over the UK, and she has made several commercial recordings. She has written and edited many books for organists, published by Oxford University Press, Cramer Music and the Royal School of Church Music. She has wide experience of examining grade examinations and diplomas. As well as teaching students of all standards, Anne enjoys training organ teachers.

Elizabeth Day (Organist)  

Elizabeth was educated in Scotland and attended Dundee University where she read mathematics as well holding the post of Assistant Organist of Dundee Cathedral. After graduating she trained as a primary school teacher and has taught in schools in Dundee, Edinburgh and Switzerland.

Whilst working in Edinburgh, she started taking organ lessons with Anne Marsden Thomas.  She has given many solo recitals including at Oxford Town Hall, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Lichfield Cathedral as well as at several churches in London. 

She lives in South London with her husband and daughter.

Inga de Vegvar (Organ Scholar) 

is currently a Year 12 student at Francis Holland School, and has been passionate about playing the organ since she first started four years ago. In addition to her organ lessons with Anne Marsden Thomas, Inga is a student at the Royal College of Music, where she learns viola and piano. She is hoping to pursue both the organ and her musical studies at university. Outside of music, Inga enjoys her school studies and playing tennis. She has very much enjoyed her first year as Organ Scholar and being part of the St Giles' Community.  

The Choir

The professional vocal quartet sings two anthems and leads the congregational singing at the Sunday morning service. The choir is also available for special services (weddings, funerals, memorials, livery and carol services).

Penny Sharpe (soprano)

Penny was born in Tasmania where she trained at the Conservatorium. After singing in the Lyric Opera Company, Brisbane, she joined the Song Company (an a capella ensemble specialising in early and contemporary music) in Sydney. With the Song Company she was involved in festivals, concerts, recordings, children's concerts and live broadcasts on national radio, plus tours of South Korea and New Zealand and throughout Australia. Currently she earns a regular salary working in market research, primarily in wine and spirits, while taking professional singing engagements on a part-time basis. Her clear, warm voice is supported by a flawless technique and perfect intonation

Amanda Dean (alto)

Amanda began singing in choirs as a          child, conducted by Ronald Corp and Ralph Allwood.  She read Music at Cambridge University where she was a choral scholar at Trinity College. 

Since then she has sung mostly contemporary classical music. Stage projects include roles in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch as part of 2012’s Cultural Olympiad (with helicopters and a camel) and Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for the Royal Opera House (drenched in stage blood). Amanda continues to enjoy ensemble and choral singing. She has sung on many film soundtracks with London Voices, including several of the Star Wars and Harry Potter films.

Amanda also has a qualification in tax, and about half her working time is spent writing about tax, and preparing tax returns for clients working in the arts. She is happy with either a music score or the latest tax legislation. She also composes when she has time (so not very much) and runs a girls’ choir at a local school.

Amanda is an impeccable sight-reader and instantly adapts her vocal quality to whatever repertoire she is singing, whether it is Palestrina, McDowall, or anything in between.

Robin Whitehouse (tenor)

Robin studied voice and horn for a year at the Royal College of Music before reading maths at Oxford University. Whilst at Oxford he sang and played with all the major university choirs and orchestras, and continued to sing with the choir of St Mary the Virgin (the University church) until taking up his post at St Giles.

Operatic roles have included Alfredo (La Traviata), Abinadab (world premiere of Sam Hogarth’s David and Goliath with New Chamber Opera and most recently Prince Ramiro (La Cenerentola).

Solo engagements have included Evangelist in Bach’s Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s Serenade, Nocturne and St Nicolas, as well as Strauss’s 2nd Horn Concerto and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.1. He was recently invited to take part in a public masterclass on Mahler songs with the Oxford University Orchestra, taken by Ian Bostridge. He currently studies with Ann de Renais. Robin has an extraordinary dynamic range throughout his wide vocal compass. 

Louis Hurst (bass baritione)

Louis was the Winner of the Audience Prize at the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize 2019 and a Finalist for the Wagner Society of England's Singing Competition. Selected to participate in ENO’s Opera Works Programme and with British Youth Opera.

Mancunian-born Louis gained his MMus with Distinction from the RNCM. His studies were made possible by the generous support of Michael Oglesby, the Drapers Guild, and the Musician's Benevolent Fund. 

Louis joined St Giles’ choir in 2022, a year in which his roles included Don Pasquale for Hurn Court Opera, Escamillo Carmen for Regents Opera and Sciarrone Tosca for Diva Opera. Louis has worked with many prominent companies including English National Opera, Britten Sinfonia, Zurcher Sing Akadamie, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Organs

There are three organs at St Giles'.  The grand organ and the chancel organ are in the body of the church; the practice organ is in the vestry. 

The Grand Organ 

The Grand Organ, mounted on a gallery, has three manuals, a radiating/concave pedalboard, mechanical action, 39 speaking stops, balanced Swell pedal and a full range of modern accessories including a sequencer. This organ is ideal for solo work, and for accompanying musicians in the west gallery. Organ history: Jordan & Bridge 1733, Willis 1872, Jones 1902, Mander 1970. It was cleaned and restored in Autumn 2008.

 

Specification:

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GREAT
Double Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason 8
Stopt. Diapason 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Larigot 1 1/3
Mixture lll
Fourniture lV-Vl
Mounted Cornet V
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4
Great Reeds on Choir
Swell to Great 

 

SWELL (enclosed)
Open Diapason
Stopt. Diapason 8'
Viola 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture lll
Contra hautboy 16
Cornopean 8
Clariaon 4
Tremulant

 

PEDAL
Open Diapason 16
Bourdon 16
Octave 8
Flute 8
Gemshorn 4
Mixture lll
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal

 

CHOIR (unenclosed)
Stopt. Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Principal 4
Nason Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Spitz Flute 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Mounted Cornet V (from Great)
Cymbel lll
Cremona 8
Tremulant
Swell to Choir

 

COMPASS
Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Radiating Concave

 

ACCESSORIES
8 general pistons, arranged above the Swell manual, with 16 memories
5 department pistons to Swell, Great, Choir.
5 combination pedals to Pedal department (right of centre)
5 combination pedals to Swell department (left of centre)
All couplers available as reversible pistons
Swell to Great, Great to Pedal also available as reversible coupler pedals
Rocker switch for Great and Pedal Combinations Coupler,
Rocker switch for Generals on Swell Combination Pedals
Independent sequencer, with three 'Next' pistons, one 'Next' pedal, and one 'Back' piston General cancel piston
Fully adjustable bench
Independent lights for manuals and pedals.

 

Mechanical action to manuals and pedals, with electrical stop action and electrical assistance on Swell to Great.

The Chancel Organ 

The chancel organ was installed 2008, has two manuals, a straight/concave pedalboard, mechanical action, 15 speaking stops, a balanced Swell pedal and a full range of modern accessories including generals and a stepper. This organ is ideal for accompanying musicians on the large chancel, to which it is adjacent.  There are unique carvings on the woodwork

 

Specification:

 

GREAT
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV 11/3
Trumpet 8
Swell to Great

 

SWELL
Gedackt 8
Principal 4
Chimney flute 4
Recorder 2
Sesquialtera II 22/3
Oboe 8
Tremulant

 

PEDAL
Bourdon 16
Principal 8
Trumpet 8

Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

 

COMPASS
Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Straight Concave

 

ACCESSORIES
6 divisional pistons/toe pedals and 8 general pistons served by 66 memories
Stepper
Gt and Ped combinations coupler
Generals on Swell toe pistons
Adjustable toe pedal to give Swell to Pedal/Stepper Advance/Stepper Reverse
Fully adjustable bench

 

DISABLED-FRIENDLY FEATURES
Adjustable music stand
Talking stops device
Rings on the stop shanks to aid identification of tonal families

 

Mechanical action to all departments

The Practice Organ

Organ by Kenneth Tickell 2008 situated in the church office. For the exclusive use of students of Royal College of Organists Acredited Teachers. Please email AMT@organschool.com for details of how to book and pay for practice on this organ.

 

Specification:

 

MANUAL I (LOWER)
Stopt. Diapason 8
Principal 4

 

MANUAL II (UPPER)
Chimeny Flute 8
Spitz Flute 4

 

PEDAL
Open Flute 8

 

TOE PEDALS
Tremulant
Manual 1 to Pedals.

 

Direct suspended action to the upper manual.
Balanced action to the lower manual.

 

COMPASS
Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Straight Concave

 

DISABLED-FRIENDLY FEATURES
A single ridge on the stop shank to identify the Principal stop by touch.
An adjustable bench with an exceptionally wide range of positions.

The Steinway B Grand Piano

We have a beautiful and well-maintained Steinway B Grand Piano.  If you would like to use this piano please contact, Jake Kirner the 

 Bookings and Events Co-ordinator, Buildings Supervisor 

Phone 07766 202731 or 

                                            jake@stgileschurch.com 

The Bells

There is a ring of twelve bells hung for change ringing with a tenor weighing 34cwt and tuned to C-sharp. They are augmented by a sharp-second which provides a light ring of eight, tenor 11cwt in G-sharp. Full details of these bells, and their predecessors, are published at St. Giles' Cripplegate Ringing is arranged by the Ancient Society of College Youths and details are on their website ASCY. Visiting ringers are very welcome. To arrange a visit please contact the Tower Secretary Richard Pullin grandsirerich@googlemail.com

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Sunday 

8.30- 8.50 Morning Prayer

10.00-11.10 Parish Eucharist with Children's Sunday Club

4.00-4.45 Choral Evensong on 1st Sunday of the month.  

4.00-4.45 Little St Luke's Church at St Luke's CofE Primary School on 2nd Sunday of the month 

4.00-4.20 Evening Prayer

on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays in the month. 

 

Monday

8.00 - 8.20 Holy Eucharist
8.30 - 8.50 Morning Prayer    
5.30 - 5.50 Evening Prayer
 
Tuesday

8.30 - 8.50 Morning Prayer 

5.30 - 5.50 Evening Prayer

6.00 - 6.20 Holy Eucharist

 
Wednesday
8.30 - 8.50 Morning Prayer 10.00 - 10.20 Holy Eucharist and coffee 
12.30 - 1.00 Bible Study in the Rectory
5.30 - 5.50 Evening Prayer
 
Friday 
8.30 - 8.50 Morning Prayer
12.30 - 12.55 Holy Communion BCP 1662       
5.30 - 5.50 Evening Prayer

 

Wednesday 

24 April                    

Lectio  Divina on Zoom  at 7.30pm.

Please contact Susan Royce for details   susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

2024 Dates for Silent Prayer from 1-1.30 pm and Cleaning Angels from 1.30-3pm with tea and cake, on first Thursday of the month.

You are invited to join others in church on  the first Thursday of the month.

If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

  • 2 May,
  • 6 June,
  • 4 July
  • not in August
  • 5 September
  • 3 October
  • 7 November
  •  5 December.
     

2024 Dates for Standing Committee Meetings - held in the Rectory at 6.15pm

  • 3rd June
  • 1st July
  • 16th September
  • 4th November

 

2024 Dates for PCC Meetings

(please note the themes for each meeting in Dark Blue) held in the church at 7.30pm but in the Rectory when with Supper 

 

  • 12th May (APCM + PCC)
  • 20th May (Supper) Mission
  • 3rd July 
  • 7th October   Safeguarding

 
Parish Office Hours

For the Parish Administrator 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-4pm

Phone 07535 442955 or 

tola@stgileschurch.com 
 

For the Bookings and Events Co-ordinator, Buildings Supervisor 

Phone 07766 202731 or 

jake@stgileschurch.com 


Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith. We are all made unique and in the image of God.

‘Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance’ John 10 v 10.

St Giles’ works to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Please click the ‘safeguarding' tab on this website for more information.

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