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John Rutter





Soul of the world (Hail, Bright Cecilia!)

Domine fili unigenite (Gloria)

Hostias (Requiem)

The heavens are telling (The Creation)

Fling wide the gates (The Crucifixion)

He watching over Israel (Elijah)

And the glory of the Lord (Messiah)

Dona nobis pacem (Mass in B Minor)

The Shepherd’s Farewell (L’Enfance du Christ)

The Lord is my Shepherd (Requiem)

Nobody knows the trouble I see  

Go down, Moses (A Child of our time)

The spirit of the Lord is upon me (The Apostles)

Blest pair of sirens


Somerset Chamber Choir

Richard Pearce

Graham Caldbeck




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Dear Soul of the World / member, Celestial Concert Society [Somerset Branch]


Congratulations on binding the scatter’d atoms and making one perfect harmony yesterday!


As you all worked so hard in rehearsal, we were able de morte transire ad vitam. When the heavens weren’t telling it how it is in rain, they certainly told of the glory of God, via the music of Henry, Antonio, Wolfgang-Amadeus, Franz-Josef, John S, Felix, George-Frideric, Hector, John R, Michael, Edward & Hubert, not to mention Bill & Louis. Generally speaking, all musical points were never unperceivèd and were ever understood.


Then on to the end, my choir and my Friends, with thy banner lifted high…..


Whenever you were a little sluggish he did quicken thee and ‘slumbering and sleeping’ weren’t too much in evidence during rehearsals. All flesh generally both saw it and sang it together and ‘peace at the last’ came just before the interval. It was good that so many left their humble dwellings to be with us.


On Sunday it was a pity that some of the local pubs were not able to prepare a table before me (or, indeed, anyone else!), but the cups were as full as the wallets empty at various times. We covered a lot of ground very fast and rehearsals were, as a result quite tiring. Occasionally there were some who were oppressed so hard, they could not stand.


Richard’s Carillon singing [well-known Ealing comedy film?] chimed with us all and on a day when we all may be feeling rather tired, I should like to present him (and everyone else) with a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness and, now that the concert’s over, to be able to preach deliverance to the captives.


Many thanks indeed to Claire, John B, Simon F and Nick B for their solo singing, and to Kate W for her beautiful oboe playing - very well done!


So, sphere-born harmonious sisters and earth[l]y harmonious brothers (voice and worse?!) – many congratulations and thank you for all your hard work. O may we soon renew that song …..


May all your diapasons be perfect


Best wishes


Sunday 1 October 2006

All Saints’ Church, Martock

‘Great choruses from oratorios’


Post-concert letter to choir from Graham: