At St Peter's Church on Shaftesbury High Street we are looking for someone to be our Music Director and Organist. This is a paid part-time post covering three Sunday morning services a month, a weekly choir rehearsal and a number of special services through the year. St Peter's is a church that loves music from a wide range of traditions. We have a regular congregation of about 100 people of all ages. Full details are in the job description below.
Do you know someone who's a great organist and experienced choir director who might be interested? Please pass these details on! Does this sound like you? We'd love to hear from you! Details of how to apply are in the job description.
Four professional singers from Germany will be performing at St Peter's, a programme including Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, and a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.
The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.
The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May,
From Thursday 10th May until Sunday 20th May the parishes in our team are taking part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is a special time of year as we remember Jesus ascending into heaven after appearing to his disciples following his resurrection. We then wait to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which we celebrate this year on Sunday 20th May.
Thy Kingdom Come is a period of encouraging people to pray using many different methods. We are encouraging people to engage in a pilgrimage around the churches in our Team that are open during the day. You can find out which churches these are by using the ‘Passport’ which you will find on each of the stations.
Once you have prayed at a station place one of the coloured stickers from that station on your passport. Take the passport round with you and at the end reflect on which way of praying suited you best.
Think about other ways you can pray now you have experienced some new forms. If you would like new ideas you can visit the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
“Heavenly Sounds” in Shaftesbury - Singers from Germany with romantic church music and spirituals
On Wednesday 23rd May four professional singers from Germany will fill St Peter's church with the glorious sound of romantic church music. Their programme includes works by Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, together with a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.
The group have been singing together for 12 years. Jana Stehr has made a name across Europe with her vibrant soprano voice – she has been a soloist with the Prague opera, a regular singer in the Cologne Philharmonie. Her colleagues Maren Tröndle (mezzo-soprano) and Frank Rinsche (tenor) are both known in Westfalia as interpreters of church music. The baritone Peter Griffith is actually British (as one might guess from his name), but he has been living in Germany for over 30 years. Peter's humorously informative introductions to the songs are an integral part of “heavenly sounds”. The fifth member of SONGS is the pianist Bettina Casdorff, who holds the ensemble together, with energy and musicality; a highly successful chamber musician and accompanist, and gives concerts all over Germany with her trio “Tityre”.
The group's repertoire is wide, extending from classical part-songs to scenes from Mozart operas, and from Viennese operetta to Gershwin musicals. For their “Heavenly Sounds” programme in May, they have chosen a rich selection of English, French and German religious music from the romantic era, including Fauré's exquisite “Cantique de Racine” and Elgar's magnificent “Ave Verum”. These are followed by a sequence of spirituals both lively and emotional, ranging from old favourites like “Deep River” to less familiar works like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. All four singers are accustomed to performing as soloists, and the programme includes not only works for four voices, but also solos, duets and trios.
The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May.
A reminder that Little fishes is a toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers with their parents or carers, and runs fortnightly at St Peter’s – Little Fishes resumes on Thursday 19th April at 10.30am and for more information please ring Karen Dickson on 01747 855343.
The Safeguarding C1 Training Session (Foundation) that was planned for Monday 16th April at 10am in St John's Church Hall, Enmore Green has had to be postponed. As soon as a new date is found we will publish the date here on the website and on our pew sheets. For further information please call the Team Office 01747 853060.