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Bob’s Blog Feb/March 2016 — Mus­ings about every­thing Musi­cal at Sharon-Hope U.C.


Sec­ond Blog folks! Hope every­one had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to read the first edi­tion explain­ing why I am now a Blog­ger.

Month­ly Musi­cal Wrap-up with Thanks

I recy­cled two pre­vi­ous­ly sung East­er can­tatas as part of the Choir’s giv­ing some­thing up for Lent (LOL — no new music – part of the 2016 ‘No Music Bud­get’ year). East­er came ear­ly this year giv­ing the Choir less time to pre­pare this year’s East­er Can­ta­ta ‘Jesus Changed Every­thing’ (arranged by Mark Brymer). Thanks for giv­ing your best Cel­e­bra­tion Choir, Nar­ra­tors: Grace Vieira-Pea­cock, Glen Lang­ford, Musi­cians: Don­na Cor­bett, Adam Allen and Guest Vocal­ists: Sarah Pat­ter­son, Manuele & Jenn Mizzi. Even though win­ter returned with a vengeance between Palm Sun­day and East­er Sun­day, Sarah Parkin was able to arrive from Eng­land to share her gift of music along with our Choir – a real treat bet­ter than eat­ing choco­late East­er Eggs!


Blog Thoughts….

With spring approach­ing there is the antic­i­pa­tion of new begin­nings includ­ing those ‘tying the knot’. For many years the church was the place where vows were spo­ken while dressed in a white gown and rent­ed tux. Today wed­dings take place on a Caribbean beach or in a grassy mead­ow bare­foot, oth­ers pre­fer the golf course club­house or spend thou­sands on a glit­ter­ing ball­room. Despite the changes, music is still an essen­tial part of most ‘get­ting hitched’ cer­e­monies.


Brides and grooms from yes­ter­year most often request­ed Wagner’s ‘Bridal Cho­rus’ bet­ter known as ‘Here Comes the Bride’, or Bach’s ‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desir­ing’, and Clarke’s ‘Trum­pet Vol­un­tary’ for the pro­ces­sion­al. ‘O Promise Me’, ‘Ave Marie, ‘O Per­fect Love’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ the old­er ver­sion, were sung by the soloist to enter­tain the guests while the cou­ple retreat­ed else­where off­site to sign the reg­is­ter. When the min­is­ter pro­nounced them hus­band and wife and they usu­al­ly exit­ed to the strains of Mendelssohn’s ‘Wed­ding March’.


By the 70’s and 80’s wed­ding music began to change.  Folk and pop­u­lar music was influ­enc­ing cou­ples choic­es. No longer was the organ the instru­ment of choice – it made way for the gui­tar and piano. I can’t tell you how often I was asked to play  ‘Wed­ding Song -There is Love’ by Paul Stookey (yes, that Paul from Peter, Paul and Mary fame). It was even played at my own wed­ding! The Car­pen­ters ‘We’ve Only Just Begun ‘ and ‘Close To You’ were the oth­er lead­ing con­tenders. Cat Steven’s ‘ Morn­ing Has Bro­ken’ based on a Gael­ic hymn was also quite pop­u­lar. I also had some unusu­al requests ‘The Love Theme’ from the God­fa­ther movie, ‘Send in the Clowns’ from a Sond­heim musi­cal, plus coun­try singer Lynn Anderson’s ‘I Nev­er Promised You A Rose Gar­den’ and Bil­ly Idol’s ‘White Wed­ding’ – I said “no” to play­ing those songs! Hmmm, won­der if those mar­riages last­ed?


The Prayer’ a duet by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocel­li was the hot num­ber in the 90’s and ear­ly 2000’s. ‘Heav­en’ and ‘ Every­thing I Do’ by Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie’s ‘End­less Love’ and ‘Hel­lo’, to Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from the Lion King were the most request­ed wed­ding music. The trend to have pop­u­lar music that meant some­thing to the cou­ple con­tin­ues to grow. Today strains of Tay­lor Swift’s ‘Love Sto­ry’ and ‘Our Song’ played from a cell phone; MP3 Play­er or disc jock­ey is tak­ing over from church musi­cians.


Sit­ting at the piano I have the best seat in the house to watch cou­ples say their vows. Ques­tion for all you mar­ried folk — Do you remem­ber the wed­ding music you chose and why? Please share! Might play a few tunes in June…


Keep the Date on April 8th for the next House Con­cert. ‘Heil­lig Manouevre’ will be per­form­ing – a jazz four­some (piano, sax­o­phone, bass & drums) often fea­tured on Jazz FM (91.1) In fact – you might hear Sharon-Hope U.C. men­tioned in one of their upcom­ing radio ads for the con­cert!

There will also be a show and sale of visu­al art cour­tesy of East Gwillim­bury Group of Artists. We have appre­ci­at­ed EGGA’s involve­ment with the House Con­cert Series from the start. We are very glad that we have been able to pro­vide a venue for our local visu­al artists. Many of you will remem­ber that our own Doreen Howard cre­at­ed and encour­aged the EGGA. April 8th pri­or to the inter­mis­sion we will hon­our Doreen with a short trib­ute. Hope you can be there!

Tick­ets are $20 in advance – please speak to a mem­ber of the Out­reach Team, Choir, or myself


Jan­u­ary 2016

Hi Every­body! Wel­come to Bob’s Blog – a month­ly syn­op­sis of every­thing musi­cal hap­pen­ing at the church in 2016. Also a walk down mem­o­ry lane shar­ing the past 150 years of music mak­ing at Sharon Hope U. C. I need your help how­ev­er with this year­long musi­cal blog project. Any pic­tures, videos, tapes, and print­ed mate­r­i­al you might have hid­den away in your attic or for­got­ten in a cup­board, please dust it off and share it. I’m sure we’ll laugh at the Senior Choirs 1960’s hair­styles (women & men!!!) but, we’ve ‘come a long way baby’. Let’s share the mem­o­ries, enjoy the present, plus a few glimpses of future musi­cal offer­ings to cel­e­brate our endur­ing faith.

Let’s kick it all off remem­ber­ing Decem­ber 2015. The Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tion Choir sang their hearts out offer­ing up ‘Wings of Joy’ (Low­ell Alexan­der, Robert. Stir­ling). Hum­ble thanks to every­one for end­ing off 2015 with a great musi­cal per­for­mance.

Our Senior Choir is the best!!!! Each Thurs­day evening, despite rain, snow and high winds this com­mit­ted bunch of vocal­ists gath­ers to prac­tice. Come Sun­day they share with every­one, lead­ing the con­gre­ga­tion­al singing and pro­vid­ing an anthem or two. Recent­ly the Senior Choir vot­ed to retire the dusty old green choir robes – part of mov­ing for­ward.

So who is the Cel­e­bra­tion Choir you ask? The Senior Choir + any­one who wants to join us for a few brief weeks. Our vocal ranks in pre­vi­ous years have swelled to more than 30 voic­es dur­ing Christ­mas and East­er – we cov­er the whole stage!!! If you have a yen to sing and a few weeks to spare, then come out and join us. East­er Can­ta­ta prac­tices got under­way last week (Feb.11th). Our 2016 can­ta­ta ‘Jesus Changed Every­thing’ (Mark Brymer) will be per­formed Palm Sun­day (March 20th) fea­tur­ing our own Sarah Pat­ter­son and return­ing vocal guests Manuele & Jenn Mizzi. Don­na Cor­bett will again play the ivories and Adam Allen joins us on bass gui­tar.

Thanks to Susanne Lau­ton for pro­vid­ing a musi­cal pre­lude Valen­tine Sun­day. Any­one else who has a musi­cal tal­ent to offer is wel­come to do the same. Catch up with me fol­low­ing the wor­ship ser­vice and let’s set a date.

Jan­u­ary every­one was in bud­get mode. To do our part there will be no music pur­chased in 2016. Instead, I have vol­un­teered to sharp­en my pen­cil and com­pose. Jan­u­ary 10th with help from the Senior Choir ‘Light shine, O Let Your Light Shine’ (Robert Leonard) was pre­miered dur­ing the wor­ship ser­vice. More to come….

The Spring House Con­certs Series (com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness project in part­ner­ship with Sharon Hope U.C.) returns April 8th fea­tur­ing ‘Heil­lig Manoeu­vre’ Advance tick­ets ($20) are avail­able…

Any­thing to share??? Con­tact or cell: 905–505-1552

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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