MEMBERS OFTHE CHURCH FAMILY at St Michael and All Angels, Bramhall know already that we’re greatly blessed here with the gift of some seriously good musicians — Michael Smith and Jonnie Gait are fabulously sensitive organists and the Church Choir and the Music Group Singers — encouraged by their leaders — bring so much of glory to our liturgical worship. Some will have heard me recall more than once that Bishop Michael Marshall has said that “Music is the bicycle of the Liturgy”. Literally! – it transports our prayer.
‘Transport’ of that kind was certainly provided for me recently by a setting of the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) the like of which I’ve never heard before — and very greatly look forward to hearing again soon. And only a week or two after that hearing I was ‘transported’ again by an instrumental version of the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy) that has been a particular favourite of mine for many years. Kyrie eleison — cried the blind man — Lord have mercy: grant me sight. These settings have granted me something of what must surely be both the sight and sound of Heaven. That kind of sight and that kind of sound has obviously been granted to (sparing his blushes!) the prayerful arranger / composer: our own Douglas Brooks-Davies. Laudate!