Llandaff Cathedral’s Director of Music, Stephen Moore, has given himself a challenge for Lent this year. Stephen will record and publish online one piece of Lenten organ music for each of the 40 days. Asked about the project, Stephen said “It seemed like a good way to mark the forty days of Lent. It also will bring to light some of the wonderful repertoire that is available to organists at this time of year. It has been difficult to know what to play and I hope people will enjoy various pieces that I publish. It’s also my hope that this will promote the wonderful Nicholson Organ we have at the Cathedral.”
The pieces are all being published on YouTube with a short background explanation of each. The list is below, and these will be added to daily. Watch the videos and follow Stephen’s account by clicking here
Day 1 – Jeanne Demessieux Attende Domine
Day 2 – Olivier Messiaen Jesus accepte la souffrance (from La Nativité du Seigneur)
Day 3 – David Bednall Toccata on ‘Aberystwyth’
Day 4 – Peter Hurford Prelude on ‘Caswall’
Day 5 – Marcel Dupré Vexilla Regis (from Le Tombeau de Titelouze)
Day 6 – Jacques Ibert Choral in C-sharp minor
Day 7 – J S Bach Erbarm dich, Herre Jesu Christ, BWV 721
Day 8 – Francis Jackson Hymn Prelude on ‘Love Unknown’
Day 9 – Kenneth Leighton Rockingham
Day 10 – Dietrich Buxtehude Durch Adams Fall
Day 11 – Johannes Brahms Herzlich thut mich verlangen I
Day 12 – Marcel Dupré Cortège et Litanie
Day 13 – Herbert Howells Psalm Prelude Set 2 No.1
Day 14 – J S Bach O Mensch, bewein dein sunde gross, BWV 622
Day 15 – Leo Sowerby Were you there?
Day 16 – Johannes Brahms Herzlich thut mich verlangen II
Day 17 (The Annunciation of the Lord) – Jean Langlais Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella
Day 18 – Philip Moore Hymn Prelude on ‘Horsley’
Day 19 – Herbert Howells Psalm Prelude Set 1 No.1
Day 20 – Ashley Grote Hymn Prelude on ‘Cross of Jesus’
Day 21 – J S Bach Herzlich thut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Day 22 – Cesar Franck Choral in E major
Day 23 – Johannes Brahms Herzliebster Jesu
Day 24 – Herbert Howells Psalm Prelude Set 2 No.2
Day 25 – Dietrich Buxtehude Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder
Day 26 – Kenneth Leighton Prelude (from Prelude, Scherzo and Passcaglia)
From day 27 onwards, Stephen performs John Hosking’s 14 Stations of the Cross.
Day 27 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross I – Jesus is condemned to death
Day 28 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross II – Jesus receives his Cross
Day 29 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross III – Jesus falls for the first time
Day 30 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross IV – Jesus meets his Mother
Day 31 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross V – Jesus is assisted by Simon the Cyrene
Day 32 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross VI – Jesus meets Vernonica
Day 33 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross VII – Jesus falls for the second time
Day 34 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross VIII – Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Day 35 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross IX – Jesus falls for the third time
Day 36 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross X – Jesus is stripped of his clothing
Day 37 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross XI – Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Day 38 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross XII – Jesus dies on the Cross
Day 39 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross XIII – Jesus’ body is removed from the Cross
Day 40 – John Hosking 14 Stations of the Cross XIV – Jesus’ body is laid in the tomb and covered in incense
EASTER DAY – Iain Quinn Toccata on ‘Victimae Paschali laudes’
The Cathedral Shop is well-stocked for Lent and Easter as well as Mothering Sunday (March 31st).
Lent Books are now available: “Lent Pilgrim; the Beatitudes” (£2.75) is the Church of England’s official Lent guide, with readings, reflections, prayers and suggestions for action for each of the 40 days (and will be followed by “Easter Pilgrim: The Lord’s Prayer” covering the period from Easter to Ascension Day). Meanwhile, “Reflections for Lent” (£4.99) follows the traditional pattern of reading, reflection and prayer, and is designed to refresh and inspire moments of personal prayer.
Please buy your Mothering Sunday (March 31st) and Easter Cards (April 21st) from our range. All now in stock along with plenty of more general items suitable for gifts and souvenirs. We have a wide selection of jewellery at very reasonable prices, as well as love spoons, books and CDs.
The Cathedral Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and after services on Sundays. It is situated to the right of the West Door, beneath the Pritchard Tower, and is run by a wonderful group of volunteers.
On Saturday 23rd March at 1.00pm Llandaff Cathedral’s Director of Music, Stephen Moore, will give a recital of Organ music for Lent.
Come and hear works by Bach, Bednall, Brahms, Ibert, Franck, Leighton to name but a few!
Admission to the recital, which will last around 45 minutes, is FREE with a retiring collection. All are welcome.
This year’s Lent Appeal is for Embrace the Middle East (formerly known as ‘BibleLands’), a Christian charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East. In addition to a strong presence in Israel and Palestine, including Gaza, the charity provides support in the Lebanon, particularly for refugees, in Egypt, and, most recently, in Iraq and in war-torn Syria.
Embrace raises around £7m each year but urgently needs more to meet the region’s expanding demands. A collection will be taken at the back of the Cathedral each Sunday during Lent and proceeds from the Lent Lunch will also go to Embrace.
We’re delighted to be supporting this charity for our Lent Appeal this year so please give generously using the gift aid envelopes provided.
More information is available on the website: www.embraceme.org