Mar 01

The wilderness and the solitary place (Isaiah 35:1-2,4,6,8,10) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

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The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The wilderness and the solitary place (1832), composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban Choir

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The Wilderness

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Feb 15

Ye people, rend your hearts; If with all your heart (Joel 2:12-13; Deuteronomy 4:29, Jeremiah 29:13, Job 23:3) – Felix Mendelssohn

Elijah reviving the Son of the Widow of Zarephath by Louis Hersent

Joel 2:12-13; Deuteronomy 4:29, Jeremiah 29:13, Job 23:3

12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Ye people, rend your hearts; If with all your heart – recitative and air from Elijah, Op. 70, composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) and English version first performed in April 1847


Performed by Westchester Oratorio Society
Benjamin Nieczyk, Conductor

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Mendelssohn: Elijah: Air (Obadiah) – “If with all your hearts”

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Elijah – Vocal Score, Complete (SATB). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). For Choral, Piano (SATB). Choral Large Works. Oratorio. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Vocal score. Choral notation and piano reduction. 198 pages. G. Schirmer #ED43. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50323790).

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Feb 08

A song of peace (Isaiah 11:1-6,9-10) – Charles Villiers Stanford

Stanford in 1921

Isaiah 11:1-6,9-10

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of theLord, as the waters cover the sea.

10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

A song of peace, from Bible Songs and Six Hymns, Op 113 (1910), composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Performed by The Girls and Men of Norwich Cathedral Choir (Girls only)

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Stanford: A Song of Peace (Girls Only)

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A song of peace composed by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). For unison voices, organ. Royal School of Church Music. Sacred. Easy. Text language: English. 12 pages. Published by GIA Publications  

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Feb 01

Like as the hart (Psalm 42:1-3) – Herbert Howells

White fallow deer near Argonne National Laboratories

Psalm 42:1-3

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Like as the hart (1941), composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)


Performed by The Milton Abbey Festival Chamber Choir. Directed by David McKee with Luke Bond playing the organ.

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Like as the Hart / St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge / From the Album St. John’s Magnificat – Choral Works by Herbert Howell

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Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks composed by Herbert Howells (1892-1983). For SATB choir & organ. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 8 pages. Duration 5′. Published by Oxford University Press