Friday, February 7, 2014

Thanksgiving for University Title

5 February 2013

EntranceAs a fire
CanticleMy soul rejoices (Owen Alstott)
ReflectionAve Maria (Chris Rolinson)
Final HymnO God beyond all praising

We are now St Mary's University and on Wednesday there was a short service of thanksgiving in the Chapel. The University Choir (as they are now known) came and with a trumpet, the organ and member of staff sang the Rolinson. The final hymn we use for graduations but it indicated the need to find things that people would sing. In preparing for a service for a mixed group of staff, students, governors and beyond from a variety of backgrounds the best you can do, I think, is pick melodies that people know with appropriate words. So the final hymn was Thaxted and the first (we are learners, we are teachers) was sung to Ode to Joy.

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