Stainer's "The Crucifixion" at Heacham Church

Heacham Stainer 295 ARSt Mary’s Church in Heacham was packed last Wednesday for a performance of Sir John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” by a choir of around eighty voices.

As Easter approaches, choirs and choral groups across the land have traditionally presented Stainer’s setting of the Revd. J. Sparrow-Simpson’s ‘Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer’, known as “The Crucifixion”, ever since its first performance in 1887.

Such a performance enthralled the congregation who had gathered in St Mary’s Church to enjoy the concert given by a choir drawn from church members of the parishes of the Deanery of Heacham and Rising. The evening commemorated Desmond Greef MBE who did much to foster music in the deanery.

The soloists were George Braun (Bass) and John Bennett (Tenor), the organist was Adrian Flower (St Mary’s, Heacham) and the conductor was Max Dolby (St Edmunds, Hunstanton). The collection was in support of the Bishop’s Lent Project helping to empower women of Papua New Guinea.

“The organisers were anxious that the work should be seen as a meditation for the congregation as well as the musicians, and so everyone was asked to arrive early to practise the hymns that were included” said Lois Carrick from St Mary’s. “Considering that the choir had just five rehearsals the performance was of a very high standard and it is hoped that it will be the first of many joint ventures.”

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