We meet on the third Tuesday monthly at the Church at 2 pm. We enjoy a varied programme with speakers, some showing us pictures, we talk about our hobbies and experiences, share quizzes and have a time of fellowship together. We always end with refreshments and plenty of chatter.
At our meeting in September Peter Willett led us in a musical afternoon. This was based on Psalm 23. We started by singing "The Lord's my shepherd" to the familiar tune of Crimond (Singing the Faith 480).
Peter explained that the Old Testament psalms were sung, but we have no idea how it was done. The Parish Psalter has chants for all the 150 psalms, and we sang (successfully) Psalm 23 to Anglican chant.
The irregular phrasing of the psalms makes them difficult to sing, so some have been rewritten to a regular pattern (called a metrical version) and we sang two examples; "The God of love my shepherd is" (Hymns & Psalms 43) and "The King of love my Shepherd is" (Singing the Faith 479).
Peter explained that another way to sing psalms is for the congregation to sing a simple "Response" with a cantor or choir singing the verses. "The Lord is my Shepherd" by Norman Warren has taken the text from the Good News Bible and used the first verse as a response, "The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need, I have everything I need". This too we successfully sung with Peter taking the role of cantor.
Peter mentioned that there are a number of anthems based on the 23rd Psalm, possibly the best or most well known being by Howard Goodall, and has been used as the theme tune for the television series "The Vicar of Dibley".
By way of entertainment, Peter played two pieces of organ music; Rheinberger's "Cantilene" and Nigel Ogden's "Penguins' Playtime".
We finished by singing "The Lord's my shepherd" (Singing the Faith 481) a modern version written by Stuart Townend, more in the style of a contemporary worship song. Thank you Peter.
We next meet on Tuesday 21st November at 2.00pm when we will be joined by Revd Carina Shergold, who makes costume jewellery.
All are welcome to join us.