Music at First Presbyterian Church

Suddenly, here it is November, and the FPCNH music program is in full swing. The Children’s and Youth Choir sang for the first time on Reformation Sunday, offering a lively rendition of a South African praise song. The adult choir has been contributing to worship since mid-September, singing introits and anthems from Renaissance motets to a Brazilian Alleluia for World Communion Sunday.

November will be a month of giving thanks, with a Thanksgiving song as our Song of Praise all month, and a new contemporary anthem by Hal Hopson (the composer of many of our Psalms) on November 18, which will be our Thanksgiving Sunday.… Continue

Music at FPCNH, Fall 2012

Our Choir

Our choir has begun rehearsals for the fall season, and we sang in the worship service for the first time on Sunday, September 16. We have welcomed two new singers into the choir this fall, and we encourage anyone else who has a love of singing and wants to participate in a lively and devoted group to join us. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday mornings at 9:30. Choir members who can’t come to the Wednesday rehearsal come for the full rehearsal on Sunday; those who do come to the Wednesday rehearsal come at 10:00 on Sundays.… Continue

Join the Choir!

The First Presbyterian Church Choir will begin its rehearsals for the fall season on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. We will not have the usual Sunday morning rehearsal next Sunday, September 9, since the Elm City Girls’ Choir will be singing.

But we will rehearse again on September 12, and sing in the worship service for the first time on September 16.

We always welcome new singers! We enjoy learning an eclectic range of music, from Renaissance motets to Bach to spirituals and contemporary music in various styles, and bringing these different voices to our worship services.

As in previous years, we will present our Advent and Christmas music on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, and we welcome anyone who would like to sing during this season, even if you cannot commit to being with us for the whole year.… Continue

Organ Update

The First Presbyterian Church organ has been dismantled and is undergoing its first complete rebuild since it was installed 40 years ago.

 You are welcome to walk into the sanctuary this morning following worship; you will find a stack of organ pipes being stored in the Copeland Room, and a see-through organ… quite an interesting sight!

The work on the organ is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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Choir Music During Lent

Joining in with the Lenten theme of prayer, our choir will be singing anthems each week that are themselves prayers.

We began on February 26 with a contemporary arrangement of the well-known Prayer of Saint Francis. This week, on March 4, we sing a motet, Lord, Let My Complaint Come Before Thee by the early seventeenth-century English composer Adrian Batten.

The anthem for March 11 is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God, Have Mercy Upon Us) and Dona nobis pacem (Grant Us Peace) from Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major.

On March 18 we will sing Prayer to Jesus by the Victorian British composer George Oldroyd.… Continue