Prelude Recital and Choral Evensong
Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 pm
Word of mouth is the best way to get information out. If you read this please let me know that you saw it? Then, please pass the word on to friends and family that violinist Tim Bilodeau, a member of our parish, will perform with flutist Gretchen Hedrich in a thirty-minute Prelude. The duo will offer music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, before the Parish Choir sings the traditional service of sung Evening Prayer. In this sung service, the officiant and choir offer prayers on behalf of the parish in a musical dialogue; a tradition that has been carried out in Anglican and Episcopal parishes for hundreds of years. Read more about the performers below. Our Parish has another opportunity for Choral Evensong on Sunday, June 4 at 5 pm when our Youth Choir will sing.
Timothy Bilodeau is a classical and multi-style violinist living in Boston. He regularly performs in chamber music and solo recit-als at the Harvey Wheeler Center in West Concord, in addition to organizing outreach and community events in the greater Boston area. Delving into genres beyond classical, such as jazz and celtic fiddling, he has performed and recorded with artists Mari Black, Kenny Werner, Eugene Friesen, and Austin McMahon. He is currently a member of the folk-soul band SHAH.
Gretchen Hedrich is a flutist, composer, and visual artist based in the greater Boston area. She performs regularly in a variety of genres ranging from Baroque classical music to jazz and third stream. She has performed with and composed for various artists around New England, including Jerry Sabatini, Todd Brunel, Pamela Hines, and Aldo Abreu. Her compositions have also been premiered on WGBH, and in performances at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University.
Music as Part of our Worship
Music plays an important role in our Liturgy. Every Sunday throughout the year, (even in the summer with a pick-up choir) Hymns, Psalms, Canticles and Anthems are sung with choir and organ at the 10:00 AM Eucharist Service. Vocal solos and instrumental music are included regularly in worship services, offered by members and friends of the parish.
Music is prominent at weddings, funerals and other special services and the choirs sing a Service of Lessons and Carols at Epiphany, and offer Choral Evensong frequently during the year.
The Service of Choral Evensong is a dialogue that has been given life by singers and composers since 1549, when Archbishop Thomas Cranmer organized our liturgies into The Book Of Common Prayer. As the beauty of this experience has continued for centuries, it has fostered the creation of an immense body of music written solely for this service. A first-time participant may feel as if he or she has joined in a conversation already begun, but eventually the wash of music and liturgy carries one into a new sense of God’s presence in the rhythm of daily life. Choral Evensong is sung daily in many cathedrals and parish churches in England and throughout the Anglican Communion. Consider the possibility that at any given moment, somewhere on the earth, someone is offering up a voice of sung prayer as this miraculous conversation continues between the Creator and the created.
Music as Performance
Recognizing the contribution that live music offers to the life of a community, Trinity regularly presents various performing individuals and groups as part of our worship or as events by themselves. We have presented groups as varied and diverse as The American Boy Choir, The Dortmund Boys Chorus, The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, several English choirs and various Early Music ensembles. We are home to two Ensembles in Residence: Concordia Consort (Recorders) and BALA (Brass). Trinity also provides regular rehearsal space to Recorders/Early Music West, Concord Women’s Chorus and Spencer Brook Orchestra. The Concord Chorus, Concord Chamber Music Society and Boston Symphony Orchestra Ensembles, also use our facilities and we regularly host touring choral groups.
The Choir Program
The Parish Choir for adults and high school students rehearses on Thursday nights, September through June and sings in the 10:00 AM Liturgy throughout the year. They, as well, sing Choral Evensong roughly three times each year and are contemplating an extended trip in the future, having traveled to Grace Episcopal Church in New York City, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont. This group of over forty members has a tremendous spirit of commitment and fellowship, and they take pleasure in their music making, with the feeling that hard work can be fun while producing exciting results.
The Junior Choir for beginning singers (grades two to four) in weekly Thursday rehearsals learns how to sing and to read music, and learns about the traditions of the church. It is mostly a preparatory experience for the Youth Choir. This group sings in the 10:00 AM Liturgy when ready, on the first Sunday of each month (October-June), and for special services such as Christmas and Easter.
The Youth Choir for singers in grades 4 to High School participates every Sunday in the 10:00 AM Liturgy (October-June). They sing an anthem on the first Sunday of each month and for special services at Christmas and Easter and other occasions, as well as singing the Service of Choral Evensong twice each year. We are currently working on plans for a future trip and the group takes a summer overnight retreat. The Thursday rehearsals are designed around the RSCM program, teaching musical skills and vocal technique in the context of our Liturgical tradition. The group frequently has lively discussions on the meaning of the texts.
The Music Program is aligned with the Church School program to emphasize learning about liturgy and music. Music and visual arts are also featured in many Adult Education programs here at Trinity. The educational structure of the Royal School of Church Music Chorister Training Program, with its emphasis on individual achievement, forms the basis of the Youth and Junior Choir program.
Robert Barney, Music Director came to Trinity in 1994, and is, in addition, Artistic Director for Youth pro Musica, Boston’s oldest choir program for young people, and teaches private lessons in Piano, Voice and Organ. Robert is also heard regularly in solo performances as an organist, harpsichordist and singer.
In May of 2014 Robert was elected to a two-year term as Sub-Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He sings with, and serves as an artistic advisor for the Seraphim Singers. He has performed organ recitals in the U.S. and Europe and for conventions of the AGO, Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), and the Organ Historical Society (OHS). Several documentary recordings of OHS conventions include his playing and he has been featured in the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams.
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
(subject to change)
3/1 Ash Wednesday
(7 am, 12 noon, 7:30 pm)
3/5 Recital/Evensong 5:00 pm
4/11 Women of the Passion 7:30 pm
4/12 Lessons of Tenebrae 7:30 pm
4/13 Maundy Thursday 7:30 pm
4/14 Good Friday 12 noon
(music at 1:30 pm)
4/15 Great Vigil of Easter 7:30 pm
4/16 Easter Eucharist 8 & 10 am
4/29 All Parish Recital 4:00 pm
5/7 Recital/Evensong 5:00 pm
5/25 Ascension Thursday 7:30 pm
6/4 Youth Evensong 5:00 pm
2016 PAST MUSIC EVENTS
12/4 Youth Evensong 5:00 pm
12/24 Christmas Eucharist
3:30 pm Pageant
5:30 pm Soloist
10:30 pm prelude music with choir & instruments
1/7/17 Lessons & Carols 5:00 pm