Three Rivers and Three Sermons: Choral Evensongs from 2nd February

The compositions of Peter Jezard, Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Bridport include two hymn tunes named after the River Brit and the River Asker. He has recently completed a new tune named after the third Bripdort river, the Simene. The three tunes will be sung at a series of three Choral Evensongs on the first Sundays in February, March and April at 4 p.m. The series will feature sermons by three local Spiritual Directors on the subject of “Great Prayers from the Bible”. The Reverend Dan Shackell starts the series on Sunday 2nd February with a prayer of Jesus in John 17. Drawing on his 20 years of experience working with homeless people in London, Dan will suggest that prayer should flow from a unifying context justice and compassion, and that praying is not just saying the prayer.

Peter Jezard recently celebrated his 80th birthday and to mark this, St Mary’s Choir published a volume of all his compositions titled “Jubilate Deo”, including the completed “River Trio”. Peter says that all his pieces have been composed for the choirs and churches of his appointments. In his 60 years of directing church music he has served at ten churches. The compositions fill nearly 200 pages in the book and include music for choirs, congregations and organ volunataies. These voluntaries include “Phantasia Eclipsis” composed in Cornwall for the 1999 eclipse, a voluntary written in 2003 for the 750th anniversary of the Bridport Charter, followed in 2005 by another to mark 200 years since the news of the Battle of Trafalgar passed through Bridport.

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