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June 22, 2015

Waikato celebrates Music Sunday

RSCMNZ Waikato Branch has chosen Sunday 28 June to celebrate.
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Choral Evensong at St Peter’s Cathedral Hamilton will feature an address by the branch Chaplain, Revd. Peter Lord Cowell and music specially selected for the occasion.
The hauntingly beautiful Feral Responses. The Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis) will be Stanford in Bb. The introit is Locus Iste (Bruckner), and the Anthem, Evening Hymn (Balfour-Gardiner). Rehearsal commences on the Sunday in question at 2.00pm prior to Evensong starting at 5.00pm. All choristers from all churches and schools etc., plus members and friends of the RSCM are invited to perform if possible or at least attend the Service.
Wear usual choir robes and any academic hoods or dress according to custom for such events.

Choristers can download and print the music (free of copyright) using the following links:

http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Magnificat_and_Nunc_dimittis_in_B_flat,_Op._10_(Charles_Villiers_Stanford)

http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Balfour_Gardiner

http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/bruckner/bruc-001.pdf

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) launched Music Sunday in 2010.

RSCM is an international charity that promotes and supports music in all styles of Christian
worship.

The Director of RSCM at the time, Lindsay Gray, saw the annual event as a way to bring
together a celebration of music and help with fundraising.

The term 50:50, associated with Music Sunday, refers to a sharing of any donations in connection with local events between a relevant RSCM Branch and a church involved.

Music Sunday is also an opportunity to give thanks for the dedication and work of church musicians, whether choristers, instrumentalists, cantors, organists, or choir directors.

“Church musicians play an important part in church worship, and along with clergy they are often the ‘first-in and last-out’ on a Sunday, with a lot more preparation going on behind the scenes at other times,” said Lindsay Gray at the time.

He continued, “Music Sunday is an excellent opportunity to give thanks for the ‘craftsman’s art and music’s measure’. ”

Visit rscmnz.org.nz and/or www.facebook.com/rscmnz.org.nz to read more.
Also Visit www.rscm.com/musicsunday to view (as at 12 June 2015 and onwards sine die) a video featuring Revd Richard Coles speaking about the importance of music in worship (a second video contains his sermon).