"For me, it's all about the music. That shouldn't come as a surprise, given my training as a classical composer. After two years of near silence from professional and amateur musicians alike, save for pre-recorded virtual performances, what I am most looking forward to this spring is the return of live choral and congregational singing -- especially during Holy Week. I love the soundtrack of Holy Week. Starting with the hymn 'Ride On, Ride On in Majesty' (Common Praise, 182) and ending with the majestic 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today (CP 203), it's a time to pull out all the stops, literally. Article includes inset entitled "Sacred music for a sacred week" with a listing of 13 hymns/compositions. "All the pieces I have listed here can easily be found online on the usual platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. One of the benefits of this digital age is that we have access to music that in earlier times might have been heard only once in a lifetime. We have the luxury of compiling our own soundtracks for Holy Week, whether it be hymns, spirituals, choral music or orchestral works. May we have ears to hear in a new way this year".
Author is "executive director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada and a member of Exultate Chamber Singers, Toronto. An award-winning composer, he holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto".