Thursday, 5 June 2014

the beginning of our observation of the WWI Centenary Anniversary

In every corner of the land people are preparing to mark the outbreak of World War 1 (WWI) on the 28th July. Here in Southport we anticipated the assassination of the Arch Duke by holding a service at Holy Trinity Parish Church

marking the beginning of our observation of the WWI Centenary Anniversary
Voluntary:      Elegy - G. Thalben-Ball
Introit:           For the fallen – D. Guest
Responses:     Reading
Psalm:            47
Office Hymn: I vow to thee my country
Canticles:       Lang in Bb
Anthems:       Greater love – J. Ireland
                      We will remember them - E. Elgar arr.IT
Final Hymn:   Abide with me arr.IT
Voluntary:     Crown Imperial - W. Walton
We are delighted to welcome Professor Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral who will be accompanying this service

The choir sang John Ireland's dramatic setting of Greater Love. I have pinch a clip from Youtube of an unnamed choir performing the same piece (anyone identify the Cathedral?). The treble solo is well worth waiting for.
At the end of the service the organ magnificently thundered out Walton's march Crown Imperial written for George VIth's coronation

But it was the singing of 'I vow to thee my country' sung to Gustav Holst's tune Thaxted that brought to mind an incident which happened during the local election. An elderly lady came into the polling station. She had in her hand a letter we had sent to many women voters. Outside UKIP drove passed blaring out Rule Britannia followed by I vow to thee my Country. The lady scowled and shook her head and said, 'those German composers coming over here and writing hymn tunes, taking work away from our own people' .Were it not for the twinkle in her eye I might have thought she had be taken in by the propaganda of Mr Farage's fans

1 comment:

  1. Hi.
    Any form of remembrance taking place for us Libdem’s who are of no faith, or do established religions have a monopoly on remembrance?


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