Exploring Anglican Church Music

On Wednesday 18th April, the Zwolle Anglican Church held the first of two evenings focused on understanding the riches and development of Anglican Church Music! It was a special, informative and participative evening. It was led by Christiaan Winter, who had served for over 20 years at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. He was assisted by Bob van der Linde (one of the organists who serves at services in Zwolle), and the Dutch Church Music Choir ”Anthem”, (who have sung Anglican Church Music since they were formed in 1979)..

Christiaan began his evening with an overview of howAnglican church music – both liturgical music, choral, and hymns – has become increasingly valued within Dutch church music and part of the Dutch Protestant hymnals. He shared about the growth of interest in Anglican music in the Netherlands over the past century.

He then proceeded to consider the English church musical traditions and styles before the English Reformation, and the moved on to the Book of Common Prayer, renaissance and baroque composers, such as Tallis, Byrd, Blow, Purcell). We also discussed the development of the Anglican chant and the early hymn. There was a mixture of lecture, pieces by Anthem, organ pieces by Bob, and some joint singing by the audience.

It was a very interesting evening. The full lecture notes by Christiaan, later this month (in May), will be uploaded onto the congregation websites at Utrecht, Zwolle and Amersfoort, for those who would like to read more. It would be well worth your time.

The second evening will be held on Wednesday 16th May, from 8pm – 10pm. This will cover the developments of Anglican Music from the last 17th to the modern day. Do come along if you can, it will be an informative and special evening. Our poster attached has more information.

Revd Grant Crowe