Catch Up: Podcasts – reflections in words and music

This week: Ascension (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Thomas Couper
Organ music from L’Ascension – O Messiaen (Jonathan Dods)
Reading from Acts (Andrew Maud)
Picture from East window of St Michael’s (David Beresford)

Rogation Sunday (click here to listen)

Led ny Fr Thomas Couper
Ut re mi – Byrd (Jonathan Dods – organ)
Reading from John 14 – Cathie James
Homily – Anne Mower
The spacious firmament on high – St Michael’s virtual choir
Prayer – Fr Thomas Couper

– The way, the truth and the life (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Thomas Couper
If ye love me – Tallis (St Michael’s choir)
John 14: 15-21 (Cathie James)
Come my way from Five mystical songs – Vaughan Williams (Tom Dupernex)
Plein Jeu from Suite du Premier Ton – Bedard (Jonathan Dods)

The Good Shepherd (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Thomas Couper
Risen Lord by Barry Rose, sung by St Michael’s virtual choristers
Reading, John 10 1-10 – Coco Faust
Never weather-beaten sail by CHH Parry, sung by St Michael’s choir
Organ voluntary – Wilfred Morris

Road to Emmaus (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Thomas Couper
Organ – Jonathan Dods
Reader – Mary Pears
Be thou my vision – St Michael’s Choir

Peace be with you (click here to listen)

Prelude on Rhosymedre – R Vaughan Williams (Jonathan Dods)
Reading from John chapter 20 – Gabi Couper
Homily – Fr Thomas Couper
Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis – GP da Palestrina (St Michael’s Choir)
Rhapsody no.1 H Howells (Jonathan Dods, organ of Sees Cathedral)

Easter Vigil (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Kevin Morris
Exultet – Jonathan Dods
Alleluia – Randall Thompson – St Michael’s Virtual Choir
Gospel Reading – Christina Balmer
Homily – Fr Thomas Couper
This joyful Eastertide
Blessing – Fr Kevin Morris, Fr Thomas Couper, Fr Neil Evans

For Good Friday (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Kevin Morris
Sarabande from Partita in a minor – JS Bach BWV 1013 – Katharina Spreckelsen
Matthew 27 15-16 – John Clark
Mark 15 33-39 – Christina Balmer
Matthew 27 59-60 – Anne Mower
Meditations – Fr Kevin
Prayers – Fr Thomas
My song is love unknown – St Michael’s Virtual Choir

For Maundy Thursday (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Kevin Morris
Ubi Caritas – Durufle – St Michael’s Singers
John 13: 1-15 – Judy Miller
Homily – Fr Kevin Morris
If ye love me – Tallis – St Michael’s Virtual Choir
Pange lingua – Jonathan Dods

– For Palm Sunday (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Thomas Couper and the Choristers
Benedictus from Messe Basse – Faure
Reading from Matthew 21: 1-11 Freddie Maud
Homily – Fr Thomas
Hymn – It is a thing most wonderful
Prayer – Fr Thomas
Fugue in d minor from Bach’s Well tempered clavier BWV 875 – William Brooke

– Organ Music from the archive (click here to listen)

Clair de Lune from Pieces de Fantasie by Louis Vierne, played by Jonathan Dods on the organ of St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, London W4

For Passion Sunday: Action and Passion (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Kevin Morris
Adagio from Suite Modale by Flor Peeters – Jonathan Dods, organ
Reading: Matthew 20 vv 17-34 – Edward Williams
Hymn: When I survey – St Michael’s virtual choir
Homily and prayer – Fr Kevin Morris
Andante from Sonata for solo violin no.2 BWV 1003 by JS Bach – David Juritz

For Mothering Sunday (click here to listen)

Led by Fr Kevin Morris
Laetare Jerusalem (Gregorian Chant) – Jonathan Dods
Isaiah 66 vv 10-14, reader – Helen Dods
A grateful heart (Plumstead) – Beatrice Bradley
Prelude on Rhosymedre ‘Lovely’ (Vaughan Williams) – Jonathan Dods

Where Love Is, God Is there (click here to listen)

– Reflection and music led by Fr Kevin Morris with St Michael’s Singers, conducted by Jonathan Dods.

How they are recorded

The podcasts are planned and recorded entirely remotely by Jonathan Dods, Director of Music at St Michael & All Angels (left).
Readers and solo musicians record their contributions at home. The choir members record separately at home to a click track and their recordings are edited together. Below: Photos of the 11 singers (+1) who performed on the Passion Sunday podcast.

Jonathan writes: Once Father Kevin and I have decided what will go in them, readers and solo musicians record their contributions, often just on their phones, and send them to me to be stitched together. For the choir to sing together is a little more tricky; being able to hear each other is a fundamental part of making music. Everything has to be done to a metronome. I record an accompaniment with a metronome, a ‘click track’, while listening to the click track on headphones they record themselves singing on their phones, trying to stick as closely to the click as possible, and send me the recordings. Using editing software I layer each of the voices, align them with the click track, balance and edit out some of the problems, remove the click track, add a little reverb so it sounds like we are all together in one room, and stitch that into the podcast. The organ music is from my collection of recordings, mostly of practice sessions.