QUOTE(Seer_Green @ Jan 6 2012, 06:10 PM)
For several years, we alternated between Olivet and Stainer as that's all they were capable of, then we went over to a service of selected anthems, hymns and readings for Palm Sunday, which was, inevitably easier to organise. The last one I did before I was ill took the themes from the hymn 'At the name of Jesus', so each section was 'Jesus the King of Glory', 'Jesus the voice of creation etc.' - we found a suitable hymn, anthem and reading/poem for each section and then finished by singing it all the way through. Worked well and we ended up doing 'God so loved' anyway!).
The RSCM have published a number of services of selected anthems, hymns and readings for passiontide - oh heck will I ever remember what they were called? Grey one - the Cross of Christ; Buff one God so loved the World (Goss (? or one of those) not Stainer); maroony purply one Behold your King, more modern in feel with "carol" type choral works rather than anthems. Ooh just looked on RSCM website; these are all still available, with about 3 others to choose from. It's worth taking a look; the schutz "praise to thee lord jesus" is a FABULOUS piece and the Palestrina "we adore thee lord jesu" as well. Of the Victorians, my favourites are "o saviour of the world" and "Is it nothing to you". Oh and there's a rather good amen based on the tune to "praise to the holiest" - the one that starts with a rising phrase - in one of these as well.
This year we're planning Vierne's Messe Solennelle and some Bruckner, it seems!
(just reached Epiphany, and already the hot cross buns are 2 for 1 in Sainsbury's)