April 8, 2016

Waikato ahead

Dave Brookes reports on Waikato and especially Matamata events ahead.
On Saturday 29th October at All Saints Church Matamata a Choral Festival will be held, organised by the Royal School of Church Music- Waikato Branch.

Arrangements have been made with Ralph Cullen- Keyboard Music Systems LTD for the use of a Makin Thirlmere 2-30 digital organ for this Festival. This 2 manual, 32 note pedal board and 30 stop organ has recently been developed and manufactured especially for church use by Makin Church Organ Builders of Shaw, UK., and has an English Specification. It has a nine-channel audio system with an exceptional high quality range of sound. It has been voiced to a very high standard by Professor Ian Tracey of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. This organ delivers that very true English organ sound, and is equivalent to a 35 rank pipe organ.

The organ will be used in the Festival for the opening Workshop, followed by a Concert, in which 2 organ solos will be played . Individual choirs will present anthems in the concert, and the combined choirs will sing the Anthem which was studied in the workshop. The public are invited to attend the Concert to enjoy hearing the choristers singing with the organ accompaniment, and the organ solos.

The organ will also be used the following day for the Sunday 8am Eucharist service in All Saints, with organ music before, during and at the conclusion of the service, and to accompanying the singing of four traditional hymns. The organist for this service will be David Brookes.

Further information regarding the full programme of the Festival and the time of the concert will be available soon.

The newly formed Evensong choir will present Evensong at All Saints Matamata on Sunday 3rd July at 4.30pm, when they will be joined by the choir of St Mark’s Church Remuera, giving a combined choir of 30 choristers. The Croft pipe organ will be used for this service, and will accompany the hymns, Psalm, Responses, Canticles and the Anthem: ‘Lead me lord’ by S.S. Wesley. Refreshments will be served for all in the church hall after the service.