Today’s anthem was sung by a quartet of voices rather than the choir – just for a change. The piece started life as an 18th century flute tune before I set to work on it! I don’t think the congregation had ever heard a harpsichord effect, on the Clavinova before – I thought it was remarkably effective for accompanying four singers in a tune from that era. So, what we had was an Anglo-Scottish flute tune called ‘The Bonny Scot’, first published in London in the early 1700s, turned into a sacred anthem by an Englishwoman for performance in Scotland. Work that one out!
Someone asked me afterwards what the piece was. I summarised by explaining that the soprano sang the original flute tune, the alto and baritones sang my accompaniment, and the words were taken straight from another hymn with a suitable meter!
- Midi audio file (not live!) of Come, Holy Ghost