The Rutter Requiem, April 19, 2015.

The Combined Senior Choirs of St. Paul's and St James' Churches and Friends in Performance.

This photo does not include the childrens' choir (around 30 young voices) which sang to  great acclaim in the second half of the concert.
The adult choir chose to wear black because John Rutter's choirs traditionally wear black when performing the Requiem. We also wore large round pins bearing the colourful graphic from Annie Dalton's poster. Sadly, this is the only photo taken during the performance which has been made available for the website.

Rehearsal Photos

The combined adult and children’s choirs of St. Pauls’ United Church and St. James Anglican Church and Friends (seen here in rehearsal) performed a program of music by the British Composer John Rutter on Sunday April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church in Perth. See the beautiful poster by Annie Dalton.

 The program began with John Rutter’s Requiem, performed by the forty-voice adult choir and accompanied by a six-piece orchestra of flute, oboe, cello, harp, organ and percussion, under the direction of St. Paul’s Director of Music, Brad Mills. The Rutter Requiem was completed in 1985 and first performed in California with Rutter conducting.  It is reminiscent of Faure’s Requiem and is considered one of the most popular choral compositions of the last thirty years.

 The second half of the program opened with a children’s choir of over thirty voices joining the adults in the performance of four of Rutter’s delightful springtime pieces including “I Believe in Springtime” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.  Valerie Leavitt leads the St. James children’s choir and the “Friends” children’s choir is led by local Music Therapist Rebecca Worden, who conducted the children’s pieces.  Other pieces featuring the adult choirs, conducted by St. James organist Peter Woodwark, included a beautiful setting of “Amazing Grace”, and the energetic “O Be Joyful in the Lord”.

The combined choirs of St. Paul's and St. James  rehearsing  on a snowy February evening.

Peter Woodwark is directing  in this number and Brad Mills accompanying.

Both photos by David Zimmerly

The combined St. Paul’s United Church and St. James Anglican Church and Friends have been performing spring concerts annually for many years.  Previous works have included “Missa Gaia”, the Brahms “Requiem” and the “Mass in b Minor“ by J.S. Bach.