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In Winter 2020 the St Jude’s Chamber Choir performed Hymns and Anthems of Charles and Sebastian Wesley. The Rev. Canon Ivan Head, a member of the parish, introduces the program and brings a short address from Romans 8, a passage that ties together themes central to the hymnody of the Wesleys.
The words can be found here.
St Jude’s Singers The St Jude’s Singers is a four part choral group of some thirty singers founded in the later 1990s with the goal of singing the traditional service of Choral Evensong and other liturgical works. In early March the Singers present either Maunder’s “Olivet to Calvary” or Stainer’s “Crucifixion”. On Good Friday they sing Bach’s “St Luke Passion”. Choral Evensong is sung in June and September and traditional Advent and Christmas liturgies are sung on Advent Sunday and the Sunday before Christmas. Apart from the Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols, which is sung at 7.30 p.m., these services are generally held at 3.00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.
In addition, the Singers are joined by others to sing at the Bowral Autumn Music Festival Service in March; a “Requiem” on the eve of ANZAC Day; and a “People’s Messiah” (Handel) on the Saturday closest to St Simon and St Jude’s Day in October.
Anyone interested in singing the classical choral repertoire is invited to join the Singers and should contact the Director, Dr Allan Beavis, on 02 4862 4383 (9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Monday to Friday) or on 0448 009 434 at other times.
In 2001, Patsy Gordon, a member of the St Jude’s congregation and a former member of the St Andrew’s Cathedral Orchestra, together with a number of her senior musician friends decided to form an orchestra whose goal would be to present concerts during the day and to raise funds for local charities.
Beginning with a core of ten enthusiastic string players, the orchestra made its debut at a Red Cross function at Farnborough in Moss Vale. Shortly thereafter, on a Friday morning, it presented its inaugural concert in St Jude’s Church with proceeds going to Anglicare.
Noticing that many of those present at this first concert went from the Church to local coffee shops, it was decided to provide a light luncheon following the orchestra’s second concert. From this developed what is now the orchestra’s main format – M&L (Music and Lunch) Concerts in St Jude’s Church on four Friday mornings throughout the year.
The orchestra is currently led by Allan Rooke and Danielle Koek. Conductor of the orchestra is Allan Beavis, the Director of the Classical Music Program and Principal Organist at St Simon’s and St Jude’s. In addition to its four M&L Concerts per year, the orchestra accompanies the annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah”.
The charities supported have included Anglicare, Youth off the Streets (YOTS), Triple Care Farm (The Sir David Martin Foundation), The Rural Fire Service Canteen, The Rodmell Fund for Aged Care Nurse Education, the Braille Music Camp, The Southern Highlands Hospice and the St Jude’s Music Association (under whose auspices the orchestra now performs).
The Orchestra rehearses each Friday morning at St Jude’s 10:00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
New members are welcome and should contact
Dr Allan Beavis
Ph: 02 4862 4383 or 0448 009 434
The magnificent pipe organ located in the church has provided praise to God for over a century, and is still used today in our 8am Service of Holy Communion and 10am Morning Prayer/Holy Communion services, along with other services and performances throughout the music calendar.
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