Thank You For The Music

Hymn sheet music

If you’re on holiday over Easter, I hope you’re enjoying your break – but the dedicated PF team is in the office working hard on the next issue of your favourite magazine!

Of course, we had our weekend off, though, and we all had our own ways of celebrating. As a member of the church choir, this is one of the most important times of the year for me.

The season of Lent and all its attendant devotions can be difficult but ultimately rewarding – and Easter Sunday, of course is a time of rejoicing and celebration.

What I enjoy most about this time is the music. Give me something in a minor key – the gloomier the better – and I’m happy!

The choir sings some beautiful anthems during Lent and on Good Friday, composed by people like John Stainer (1840-1901), John Goss (1800-1880) and Richard Farrant, who was born in 1525 and died in 1580.

Just think – during Farrant’s lifetime Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, came to the throne of their respective countries! Yet we are still singing the music he wrote all those hundreds of years ago, and it is still as moving and relevant today as it was then.

I think it’s safe to say that we won’t still be singing One Direction hits in 400 years’ time!

I’m sure composers like Richard Farrant, Thomas Tallis and Henry Purcell never dreamed of how life different would be hundreds of years later. Think what they would have made of the vast array of digital technology available to musicians these days.

And I’m sure they never imagined their works would still be loved and sung in churches and concert halls in this strange modern world.

It just shows that no matter how much our way of life evolves, people, and the things they care about, remain the same. If something is worthwhile, it will stand the test of time – just like the “Friend”!

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Judey Struth