The Singers


Selected Programmes


Saturday 21 September 2002, 4.00 pm

St Thomas Singers
conducted by Donald Halliday

with Ian Keatley, organ

Julius Harrison (1885 - 1963)
Open Thy gates

Open thy gates to him, who weeping waits,
And might come in, but that held back by sin.
Let mercy be so kind to set me free,
And I will strait come in.

[words: R. Herrick]

William Smith (1603 - 1645)

Psalm 119
verses 33 to 40
Chant by S. Elvey

Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein is my desire.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
O stablish thy word in thy servant, that I may fear thee.
Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of: for thy judgments are good.
Behold, my delight is in thy commandments: O quicken me in thy righteousness.

verses 89 to 96
Chant by C. E. Miller

My soul hath longed for thy salvation: and I have a good hope because of thy word.
Mine eyes long sore for thy word, saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
All thy commandments are true: they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
They had almost made an end of me upon earth; but I forsook not thy commandments.
O quicken me after thy loving kindness; and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924) in B flat

Charles Villiers Stanford in B flat

William Smith

Henryk Górecki (b. 1933)
Euntes ibant et flebant
For unaccompanied choir in 3 to 12 parts
Sung in Latin

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
(Psalm 125, v. 6)
O come let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
(Psalm 94, v. 6)