Music at St Mary's

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Just to keep you fully informed, this is a round up of all the concerts taking place in St. Mary's between now and Easter.

Sunday March 25th  3.00  Corineus String Quartet playing Schubert G major quartet
Sunday March 25th 7.30  Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir

Wednesday March 28th  7.00  Buxtehude 'Membra Jesu Nostri' perfromed by Abendmusik.

Saturday March 31st  6.00  Bach solo cantatas 'Ich habe genug' and 'Vergnugte Ruh' performed by Colin Wilson, counter-tenor with the Heinichen Ensemble.

And although it's not in Penzance, may I also mention the Helston Chamber Choir's performance of Bach's St. John Passion in St. Michael's Church, Helston on Saturday March 17th at 7.30.

Nigel Wicken

Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima - The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus, is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Buxtehude in 1680.

The seven sections each address a different part of Christs body: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart and face.

The text is from the Medieval hymn 'Salve mundi salutare' and in each part biblical words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.

The work is for five voices, strings and continuo and the members of Abendmusik are Elizabeth Scott and Stephanie Thomas (sopranos)

Colin Wilson (counter-tenor) Steve Penhaligon (tenor) and Steve Webber (baritone) Ian Raymer and Claire Harris (violins) Antony White (bass viol)

Patrick Gale (cello) and Nigel Wicken (organ)

We will be performing this little masterpiece in St. Mary's Church Penzance on Wednesday March 28th at 7.00pm. Admission is free.