Reflections on the Bach Concert held in April 2011 – By Choir member, Rev Harry Wiggett (bass)
I have a tale to tell:
For Jean and me it was a very special event:
Some years ago Archbishop Desmond Tutu made it possible for our younger son, David, to complete his schooling – standards nine and ten – at Bishops provided he went as a boarder. Quite a challenge for a teenage boy to join such an established fraternity of scholars at that stage of his schooling. But, it paid dividends inasmuch as David became afire for education and now, on the eve of his 39th birthday has been appointed Head of Aurora Independent School in Johannesburg.
At the beginning of his matric year he was appointed head-of-choir at Bishops and we had the immense joy of worshipping in the Bishops Chapel and hearing the Magnificat (but not the Bach!) sung as part of the Evening Service. And so it was very special for Jean and me to be singing – to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for David”s new appointment online casino – in a venue that was influential in his spiritual formation and his wholeness as a person.
On the day before the concert I put my back out, and, because of the increasing discomfort felt, at one stage, that I might not be able to sing. The fact that it was likely that the choir would be required to stand throughout the performance weighed heavily in favour of my not singing.
However, Jean asked two of her prayer-friends to pray about this. I meanwhile donned concert raiment and we made our way solemnly to Bishops.
You can imagine my deep down joy when I discovered chairs being moved into the sanctuary area for the choir! I knew all would be well. My back would last the rigours of the Wachet Auf and the Magnificat.
And so, as the singing of the Verdi Requiem in the City hall with the Orchestra under Victor Yampolski was a dream come true; so Sunday afternoons’ performance of the Magnificat in the Bishops Chapel (with our very dear friend Marion Lewin playing her cello) and Alexander conducting those superb musicians and soloists was a dream come true and a fitting act of gratitude for what the Bishops Chapel has meant to us for many years.
Just thought you”d like to share our joy!