The Choir of St. Peter’s (high school through adult)

The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, September to June, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm, and sings at the 10:00 am Sunday Eucharist. Like all music in the  Episcopal Church, it functions as a “handmaiden of the Liturgy” by reflecting, underscoring, and amplifying the Readings of the Day and the season. We draw on the entire great repertoire of the Church, from chant to contemporary works by English and American cathedral composers, Latin and English, a cappella and accompanied. Highlights of our year include Christmas Eve, Lessons & Carols, Holy Week Services, and occasional Evensongs. We are a friendly and committed group, and we warmly welcome singers from the community. If you are interested in participating, please contact Choirmaster Fred Backhaus for an audition:

Office            203-874-8562

Choral Music for Lent, 2018 – Year B

Feb. 14   Ash Wednesday, The First Day of Lent
    At the Imposition of Ashes: Psalm 51 (Tone IV)
    Call to remembrance - Richard Farrant

Feb. 18   First Sunday in Lent
    Voluntary: Aus tiefer Not a6 - Johann Sebastian Bach
    The Great Litany in Procession
    Call to remembrance - Richard Farrant

Feb. 25   Second Sunday in Lent
    Voluntary: Passacaglia in D Minor - Dietrich Buxtehude
    Ave verum Corpus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

March 4  Third Sunday in Lent
    Voluntary: Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot - Johann Sebastian Bach
    Lead us, O Father (Song 22) - Orlando Gibbons

   Evensong by Candlight at 4:30
      Voluntary: Fugue in A-flat minor - Johannes Brahms
      Hymn: Abide with me (Eventide) - descant by Gerre Hancock
      Preces and Responses (St. Martin) - David Drinkell
      Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D - Herbert Brewer
      Psalm 31 - Anglican Chant (A. H. Mann)
      Forty days and forty nights - Harrison Oxley
      Hymn: The duteous day now closeth (O Welt, ich muss dich lassen)
      Voluntary: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen - Johannes Brahms

March 11   Fourth Sunday in Lent (Rose Sunday) 
    Voluntary: Sei gegrusset (10th var.) - Johann Sebastian Bach
    I have longed for thy saving health - William Byrd

April 2    Fifth Sunday in Lent
    Voluntary: O Gott, du frommer Gott - Johannes Brahms
    God so loved the world - John Stainer

March 25   Palm Sunday
    Liturgy of the Palms - Hosanna to the Son of David -  Bartholomäus Gesius
    Adoramus te, Christe - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

March 29    Maundy Thursday at 7:30 pm
    At the Foot-washing  - Maundy antiphons & Ubi caritas - Maurice Durufle
    Ave verum Corpus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Psalm 22 - Tone II (At the Stripping of the Altar)

March 30    Good Friday at 7:30 pm
    Adoration of the Cross: Adoramus te, Christe - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and
    Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (Pange lingua)

 April 1    Easter Day
    Voluntary: Trumpet Tune in D Major - David N. Johnson
    The Easter Song of Praise - Richard Shephard