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Blessings (Set 1) : four choral blessings

by Brett McKern (2011)

Work Overview

The Cathedral Singers, a Sydney-based choir, toured to the UK to sing in cathedrals in August 2011. One of the Choir's committee members, Madeleine Rowles, thought it would be a good idea to have a blessing the choir could sing a sort of musical 'thank you' to those who had been kind to the choir or given hospitality or the like. With that, author Dr Rita Crews and composer Dr Brett McKern were approached. Although a simple verse was all that was envisaged, Dr Crews kindly supplied several options. Rather than one, two were selected (Blessings 1 and 4) for use by the choir, but Dr McKern was delighted with the texts and has set all four of them as a set. It is this set that is presented here.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: SATB a cappella.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: A welcome blessing -- Take His hand -- Eternal peace and joy -- The circle of His love.

Commission note: Blessings 1 and 4 commissioned by The Cathedral Singers for their UK Cathedrals Tour, August 2011.

First performance: by The Cathedral Singers — 10 Aug 11. Bunyan Free Meeting Church, Bedford, UK


Performances of this work

17 Jun 12: St John's Church, Balmain, NSW. Featuring The Cathedral Singers, Jim Abraham.

22 Aug 11: Leicester Cathedral, England. Featuring The Cathedral Singers.

10 Aug 11: Bunyan Free Meeting Church, Bedford, UK. Featuring The Cathedral Singers.

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