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STAINER’S THE CRUCIFIXION


Burghclere Parish Church of the Ascension Palm Sunday 16 March 6.00pm Thatcham Parish Church of St Mary Good Friday 21 March 7.30pm by kind permission of the Churchwardens

Newbury Chamber Choir (musical director: Edward Lambert)

St Mary’s Church Choir, Thatcham

Geoffrey Pogson (tenor) Ian Caddy (bass) Stephen Holmes (organ, March 16) Tim Cooke (organ, March 21)

The Newbury Chamber Choir is pleased to collaborate with local church choirs to present these performances of John Stainer’s The Crucifixion during Holy Week 2008. We are joined by two soloists who enjoy an international reputation on the concert platform and operatic stage.


John Stainer (1840 - 1901) Having received early instruction from his schoolmaster father, Stainer became a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral before entering Oxford University in 1859 where a string of appointments followed. In 1872 he became organist at St Paul’s and rose to pre-eminence as a church musician, musicologist and composer. When his eyesight began to fail, he returned to Oxford as professor of music but his services and anthems were fashionable throughout the Anglican church for a long time while he remains venerated today as an influential pioneer of English musicology. The Crucifixion was first performed in St Marylebone Church on February 24, 1887.


Organ Introit: On a Bass 1.

And they came to a place named Gethsemane

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The Agony

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Processional to Calvary

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And when they were come

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The Mystery of the Divine Humiliation (The audience is invited to sing the hymns while remaining seated)

Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow, Where the Blood of Christ was shed, Perfect man on thee was tortured, Perfect God on thee has bled. Here the King of all the ages, Throned in light ere worlds could be Robed in mortal flesh is dying, Crucified by sin for me. This - all human thought surpassing This is earth’s most awful hour, God has taken mortal weakness! God has laid aside His Power! (choir only) Who shall fathom that descending, From the rainbow-circled throne, Down to earth’s most base profaning, Dying desolate alone.


From the “Holy, Holy, Holy, We adore Thee, O most High,” Down to earth’s blaspheming voices And the shout of “Crucify”. 6.

He made Himself of no reputation

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The Mystery of the Divine Humiliation

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And as Moses lifted up the serpent

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God so loved the world

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Litany of the Passion

Holy Jesu, by Thy passion, By the woes which none can share, Borne in more than kingly fashion, By Thy love beyond compare: Crucified I turn to Thee, Son of Mary, plead for me. By the treachery and trial, By the blows and sore distress, By desertion and denial, By Thine awful loneliness: Crucified I turn to Thee, Son of Mary, plead for me. (choir only) By the path of sorrows dreary, By the Cross, Thy dreadful load, By the pain, when, faint and weary, Thou didst sink upon the road:


Crucified I turn to Thee, Son of Mary, plead for me. By the Spirit which could render Love for hate and good for ill, By the mercy, sweet and tender, Poured upon Thy murderers still: Crucified I turn to Thee, Son of Mary, plead for me. 11.

Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them’

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So Thou liftest Thy divine petition

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The Mystery of Intercession

Jesus, the Crucified, pleads for me, While He is nailed to the shameful tree, Scorned and forsaken, derided and curst, See how His enemies do their worst! Yet, in the midst of the torture and shame, Jesus, the Crucified, breathes my name! Wonder of wonders, oh! how can it be? Jesus, the Crucified, pleads for me! Jesus is dying in agony sore, Jesus is suffering more and more, Jesus is bowed with the weight of His woe, Jesus is faint with each bitter throe. Jesus is bearing it all in my stead, Pity Incarnate for me has bled; Wonder of wonders, oh! how can it be? Jesus, the Crucified, pleads for me!


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And one of the malefactors

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The Adoration of the Crucified

I adore Thee, I adore Thee! Glorious ere the world began; Yet more wonderful Thou shinest, Though divine, yet still divinest In Thy dying love for man. I adore Thee, I adore Thee! Thankful at Thy feet to be; I have heard Thy accent thrilling, Lo! I come, for Thou art willing Me to pardon, even me. I adore Thee, I adore Thee! Born of woman yet divine: Stained with sins I kneel before Thee, Sweetest Jesu, I implore Thee Make me ever only Thine. 16.

When Jesus therefore saw His mother

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Is it nothing to you?

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The Appeal of the Crucified

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After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished


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For the love of Jesus

All for Jesus - all for Jesus, This our song shall ever be; For we have no hope, nor Saviour, If we have not hope in Thee. All for Jesus - Thou wilt give us Strength to serve Thee, hour by hour; None can move us from Thy presence, While we trust Thy love and power. (choir only) All for Jesus - Thou hast loved us; All for Jesus - Thou hast died; All for Jesus - Thou art with us; All for Jesus Crucified. All for Jesus - all for Jesus This the Church’s song must be; Till, at last, her sons are gathered One in love and one in Thee. Amen. Organ Voluntary: Impromptu in E (The audience is invited to contribute to the costs of this concert by giving generously to the retiring collection)


Geoffrey Pogson was a Cambridge choral exhibitioner before appearing in the 1977 Edinburgh Festival “Carmen”; he then joined English National Opera for whom his debut role was Cavaradossi (Tosca). He has subsequently appeared with Scottish Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival Opera amongst others in a repertoire of some 60 roles ranging from Monteverdi to contemporary and newly commissioned works, operetta and musicals. He has toured Russia, appearing at the Bolshoi and Kirov theatres and has recorded for EMI, Deutsche Grammaphon and other labels. He has an extensive career outside opera in the Concert, Oratorio and Recital fields having appeared in Promenade Concerts, with major choral societies, at festivals and on radio and television. His recital repertoire embraces German, French, Italian and Spanish song and he has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Hall and for music societies all over the country. Ian Caddy studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and subsequently with Otakar Kraus. As a principal soloist, he has performed with opera houses, festivals, orchestras and ensembles, radio and TV around the world. Last season he sang Elijah, Messiah, Jephtha, B Minor Mass, Bizet’s La Maison du Docteur, Mozart’s Alcandro, lo confuso. He sang and presented a series of Gilbert & Sullivan concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This season he sings Messiah, Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Magnificat, Verdi’s Requiem, Dream of Gerontius, Side by Side by Sondheim, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte with Castleward Opera, and cantatas by Bach, Fasch and Telemann, along with recitals in Dublin, Belfast, Halle, Graz, Limburg and London. Ian Caddy is a world-authority on Baroque Acting Technique, directing ‘baroque’ productions in London, across Europe, and for film and TV. Last season he performed Il maestro di Cappella by Cimarosa; he directed a concert-staging of Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo - the very first opera - in Newbury. In addition, he works extensively with the music department of Queen’s University, Belfast, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the European Association of Dance Historians. [www.BaroqueGestures.com]


NEWBURY CHORAL SOCIETY Bach – St Matthew Passion Saturday, 5th April 2008 at 6.30pm St Nicolas Church, Newbury Tickets £15, (£12 Senior Citizens; £2 Children under 16) from Newbury Corn Exchange (01635 522733) or members www.newburychoral.org.uk


The Newbury Chamber Choir has a long and illustrious history in the West Berkshire/North Hampshire area. Until recently known as the Newbury Baroque Singers, (at one time it was the Phoenix Singers), the choir sings music of many different kinds while focusing on its core repertory of Baroque and Classical masterpieces. It always performs with the appropriate instrumental ensemble or orchestral accompaniment drawn from the many superb performers who live in the area. Recently the choir has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Liszt’s Missa Choralis, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schütz’s Christmas Story, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and works by de Mondonville, Charpentier, Lalande, Durante, Buxtehude, Haydn, Holst and Monteverdi - not to mention ‘The Wreck of the Hesperus’ by Thomas Anderton, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and two works commissioned from local composers. In November 2005 the choir gave a rare semi-staged performance of Cavalieri’s The Drama of Body and Soul - the world’s first opera, and in May last year Beethoven was the featured composer in a performance of the Mass in C, with Hannah Medlam the soloist in the Violin Concerto. Besides giving concerts in Newbury and Andover, the choir has recently visited Hungerford, Lambourn, Chieveley, Burghclere, Chute and Abbotts Ann. The choir was awarded a grant for the purchase of a small chamber organ which is ideal for continuo work, and which is available for hire.

Next concert: Saturday 7 June 2008 St Nicolas’ Church, Newbury at 7.30pm Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle with David Owen Norris (piano)

Joanne Soane (soprano), Jeanette Ager (contralto), Ben Alden (tenor), Callum Thorpe (bass) New choir members welcome: no auditions rehearsals Tuesday evenings at 7.30 at Thorngrove School, Highclere Telephone the Secretary 01635 580833 www.singnewbury.co.uk Newbury Baroque/Newbury Chamber Choir charity number 280434


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