Music in April

Music will be central in all of our worship services between now and Easter. Here is some of the music that the choir will be singing:

Sunday, April 2

Our service on this Sunday will be enriched by special music by Mendelssohn. Most importantly, the choir, with our own Rory Latham, will present Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, a short cantata for soprano and chorus written in 1844 and premiered in London in 1845. There is a long tradition of the soprano solo being sung by an unchanged boy’s voice, and we are fortunate to have Rory Latham, an 8th-grade student at the Foote School, and son of Fiona Scott-Morton and Steve Latham, as our soloist. You may have heard Rory sing in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the New Haven Symphony in October, or with our choir a few weeks later.

Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday)

After the organ prelude, the choir will open the service with an energetic “Hosanna!” setting by the American composer Daniel Moe, followed by the congregational singing of “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” with a processional by our children. After the service turns from the raising of the palms to the Passion, the choir’s anthem will be “He Trusted in God That He Would Deliver Him,” from Handel’s Messiah.

Thursday, April 13 (Maundy Thursday)

The choir will offer two pieces: “Bread of Heaven,” by the British composer Ian Brentnall, as the introit; and “For God So Loved the World,” by the German composer Hugo Distler, for the anthem.

Friday, April 14 (Good Friday)

A Tenebrae service featuring the reading of the Passion story, with Mattie Long singing “Were You There” at the end of the service.

Sunday, April 16 (Easter)

Special music for the whole service—we begin with prelude music by our trumpeter Joshua Gailey. Then during the service we’ll have Easter hymns; a joyous psalm; an introit (“Christ Is Risen, Shout Hosanna”) and an anthem (“Sing Together, the Lord Is Risen”) by the choir; and the “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah, with congregation, choir, and organ, all together, to send us on our way.

-Pat McCreless, Music Director