The choir in St. Albans Cathedral
MUSIC OF THE SERVICES
Maundy Thursday - 8.00pm
Introit hymn All for Jesus
Gradual hymn Glory be to Jesus
During washingof feet Ubi Caritas Duruflé
Offertory hymn I come with joy, a child of God
Communion Anthem God so loved the world - Stopford
No communion hymn
Final hymn Of the glorious body telling
Psalm 22 Plainsong
Setting Grayston Ives for the Gloria
Merbecke for the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei
Good Friday - liturgy from 1.30pm
Psalm 22 responsorial version
Gradual hymn Drop, drop slow tears
Hymn before Proclamation of cross Who is this so weak and helpless
Reproaches John Rombaut
Hymn O sacred head
Anthem for procession of the blessed sacrament Ecce quomodo moritur – Jakob Gallus
Easter Vigil - Holy Saturday 9.00pm
Starting with the bonfire and concluding with fireworks
Processional hymn Paschal Feast! upon the cross – tune St. Albinus
Psalm 33 verses 1 – 9 Chant 69
Psalm 16 verses 8 – end Chant 25
Canticle – The Song of Moses Chant 64
Psalm 42 verses 1 – 7 Chant 90
Gloria Grayston Ives
Offertory hymn Christ is the King, O friends rejoice
Communion Anthem The Easter Song of Praise Richard Shepherd
Final hymn Alleluya! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise
Easter Sunday - 9.30am - all-age Eucharist
Introit Hymn Jesus Christ is risen today
Gradual Hymn Morning has broken
Offertory Hymn Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Communion Hymn A brighter dawn is breaking
Anthem This joyful Eastertide
Final Hymn Thine be the glory
Setting Grayston Ives
St. Mary’s Welwyn has been very fortunate to be able to maintain a strong musical tradition for many years. The choir has been invited to sing in cathedrals and large parish churches and the number of regular choir members has always been in excess of 20.
In the recent past the choir has consisted mainly of adult members, male and female. However, we have a choir for young people - Welwyn Tune, who sing with the main choir for some Sunday services. They also sing for some services on their own. They are under the direction of Barbara Young and you can find more information about them here.
The main choir sings at the 9.30am Eucharist service in St. Mary’s every Sunday morning and two/three Evensong Services each month, one of which is Choral, incorporating settings of the responses and canticles.
An anthem is sung during the communion at every Sunday morning 9.30am service.
Over the last few years, the choir has been invited to sing at several cathedrals and has sung Evensong at St. Albans Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and a Choral Eucharist at St. Albans Cathedral. In 2015 the choir will sing the service of Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday May 16th at 3.30pm. Plans are in place for the choir to sing at Westminster Abbey in April 2016.
The choir jealously guards the tradition of high quality English Church music but this includes works by modern composers such as Tavener, Chilcott, Laurisden, Philip Stopford and Ola Gjeilo as well as the more traditional Stanford, Wesley and others.
The choir is there to support the worship and liturgy of the church and strives to produce music of the highest possible standard.
All of this musical offering to the church is well supported by the congregation and is supplemented by a fine two-manual Nicholson organ which is less than 20 years old and a talented sub-organist. For technical infomation on the organ, click here.