15th January to 16th February 2015

The formal opening of the national “Heart For Art” Exhibition at House for an Art Lover in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park took place on Thursday 15 January 2015, with Peter Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of CrossReach, the Project’s sponsors, performing the ceremony.  The project encourages people to express themselves through art often unlocking their emotions with people living with dementia among the participants.  The work of over 40 artists from various centres across Scotland, including Dundee, Glasgow, Garelochhead, Kirkcudbright and Stonehaven have been brought together for the Exhibition which runs until 16 February 2015.  Our Minister attended the Opening at which Dianne Stafford provided background music on the clarsach.  One of our own project tutors, Colin Warden, received high praise in his absence for his considerable work in having framed all the paintings on display.  Among our own artists whose works are represented are Jim Carson, Billy Johnstone, Lena Laidlaw and William Milligan.  Their work is among the best on show and features on the Exhibition Invitation and Programme illustrations shown.


An Invitation to All Readers and Friends to Sing or Join the Audience! “Messiah for All” at Kirkcudbright Parish Church on Saturday, 7 March 2015.

Over 150 singers have already signed for up for this ‘Come and Sing’ event, likely to be a roof-raising and exhilarating performance of this master piece by the German composer George Frederick Handel.  The cost to each participant for the Workshop and taking part in the performance is £10.  Non-singing members of the audience will also be charged £10 admission, all net proceeds going to St Cuthbert’s Trust in furtherance of the aim to convert the 1838 William Burn’s Kirkcudbright Parish Church into a Community Hub which the congregation itself will access along with other users.

Bookings for both participants and audience, with payment in advance, should be made to David McHale by Monday, 16 February 2015.  David will issue all tickets, including tickets for the buffet being prepared by our members Campbell and Sheila Blair.  Your remittance should be made payable to “St. Cuthbert’s Trust” (Scottish Charity No. SC 044173 for your information) and be accompanied with a S.A.E. sent to David McHale, whose contact details are c/o Church Office.

Members of the audience, who have not pre-booked, will still be able to pay on the night.

Programme for the Day

Participants should arrive between 12.40pm - 12.50pm.  In the Church, you will be directed to where your ‘voice part’ is sitting and you will be able to choose a seat in preparation for the beginning of the workshop.  Please keep your belongings with you at all times and store them safely on or under your seat when they are not in use.  Please bring with you:

1. A copy of the Novello Edition of Messiah edited by Watkins Shaw: Copyright 1959.  The cover colours are in both orange and dark green.  Each person should have their own copy to sing from.  The editions of “Messiah” that are compatible are the Watkins Shaw editions from 1959 onwards, including the 1981 edition.  To keep costs down for participants, you should think about hiring copies from your choral group(s) or libraries in the first instance.  However, new copies are available to purchase on Amazon, with copies purchased recently from Amazon by two participants at a cost £8 each.  Please note that editions by other publishers are not suitable, including the modern edition by Ebenezer Prout

2. A pencil and a rubber for marking your copy during the workshop.  With borrowed copies of music, it is usually standard practice to be allowed to lightly mark your copy with pencil and rub it out before handing it back.

The workshop will begin promptly at 1.00pm with a vocal warm-up.  There will be coffee/tea breaks in the Church Hall mid afternoon with sopranos and altos going first for their break, to allow a practice time with tenors and basses first.  This will be followed by a change round allowing practice time with sopranos and altos, while tenors and basses have their coffee/tea break.  Exact times will be announced on the day.  Please make your way back to your seat in the Church at at the specified time for the second half of the workshop from 3.20pm – 5.00pm.  The workshop will finish at 5.00pm.  Toilet accommodation will be available in the Town Hall, Parish Church Hall and at the Church by WC in Fields.

A buffet supper will be available in the Parish Hall, 5.00pm – 6.30pm. On the Menu:
Chicken fillet strips in Tomato and Basil sauce or Casserole of Beef in red wine sauce or Vegetable Ragout (vegetarian option) served with buttered new potatoes, green salad and crusty bread. Cost £6.00. Additionally, tea or coffee with homemade shortbread available. Cost £1.50 Wine, soft drinks by the glass at the bar.

At 6.30pm people make your way to your seats for the performance, ensuring you are seated by 6.45pm.

Dress code

Afternoon workshop:
Casual, comfortable attire.  There will be some standing required; therefore it is advisable to wear flat and comfortable shoes. As the weather can still be cold in March, please bring a warm top or jacket to wear in the Church should it be needed.
Evening performance:
As this is a performance to the public, it is important that we look smart.  The following is recommended.
Ladies: White blouse, black cardigan, black trousers, black full length skirt, or black skirt with black tights, flat black shoes Gentlemen: White shirt, black trousers, black shoes
If black attire is not readily available, dark navy or a dark grey is allowable for both sexes.
Male and female changing accommodation will be provided in the Church Hall between 5.00pm and 6.30pm.

Preparation for the Day

It is advised that participants are familiar with their part of each movement before the day, this will enable us to work on refining the movements.  A good way to become familiar with the notes is to play a CD or tape of Messiah, whilst singing or following your part from your copy of Messiah.  Please find below a list of the Chorus parts that will be included in our workshop and performance.

Edward Taylor, Assistant Organist and Director of the Youth Choir, Carlisle Cathedral is thoroughly looking forward to working with us on Saturday, 7 March 2015.  Make his day and yours by coming along.

List of Omissions and Performance Instructions (Watkins Shaw edition)

The Chorus parts that we will be working on during the workshop and performing are marked ‘Chorus’ and highlighted in bold, black font. Versions are clearly marked to enable to you follow the correct movements during the performance.

1. Sinfonia (Overture). Grave only (with repeat)
2. Comfort ye
3. Ev’ry valley
4. And the glory of the Lord. Chorus
5. Thus saith the Lord
6. But who may abide. Version I (Alto)
7. And he shall purify. Chorus
8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive
9.  O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion. Alto Air and Chorus
10. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
11. The people that walked in darkness
12. For unto us a child is born. Chorus
13. Pifa. (1st section only)
14. There were shepherds abiding in the fields
14  And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them
15. And the angel said unto them
16. And suddenly there was with the angel
17. Glory to God. Chorus
18. Rejoice greatly. Version I (4/4)
19. Then shall the eyes. Version II (Alto)
20. He shall feed his flock. Version II (Alto/Soprano)
21. His yoke is easy. Followed by Interval. Chorus
22. Behold the Lamb of God. Semiquaver upbeats (single dotted) Chorus
23. He was despised
24. Surely he hath borne our griefs. Chorus
25. And with his stripes. Chorus
26. All we like sheep. Chorus
27. All they that see him laugh him to scorn
28. He trusted in God. Chorus
29. Thy rebuke hath broken his heart
30. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
31. He was cut off
32. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
33. Lift up your heads. Quaver upbeats (‘and be’, ‘ye everlasting’ etc) Chorus
34 – 37 inclusive omitted
38. How beautiful are the feet. Version I
39. Their sound is gone out. Version I. Chorus
40. Why do the nations. Version I (complete)
41. Let us break their bonds asunder. Chorus
42. He that dwelleth in heaven
43. Thou shalt break them
44. Hallelujah Chorus
45. I know that my redeemer liveth
46. Since by man came death. Chorus
47. Behold I tell you a mystery
48. The trumpet shall sound. No middle section or da capo
49 – 52 inclusive Omitted
53. Worthy is the Lamb (Complete). Chorus

Kirkcudbright Parish Church

At the heart of Kirkcudbright, having Kirkcudbright at heart!

About our Church by Reverend Douglas Irving, Parish Minister

I am Douglas Irving and have been Parish Minister here for sixteen years, following fourteen years in my first charge - Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk in North Ayrshire.  I lead a progressive congregation with a passion for the very special and vibrant community of Kirkcudbright which we seek to serve in Christ’s Name.  I seek to encourage each member of our congregation to put God-given talent to use that God’s Rule might be established among us.  We seek to be full partners with other community groups within our town.  In particular, we work closely with our sister congregations here under the banner of Kirkcudbright Churches Together. 

It’s my privilege as Parish Minister to extend an invitation to you to join us as opportunity affords you.  

On Sundays and throughout the week, our congregation offers you a variety of opportunities for fellowship and service, whatever your age or background.  We welcome others of faith and of no faith to join us in journeying with Christ, He who has promised to be with us always.  We are all at different stages of our journeying and a good number of us discover particular friendship and companioning in our four Home Fellowship Groups which meet weekly. 

We have a fine, light and spacious church building dating from 1838 designed by the Scottish Architect William Burn; also a fine purpose-built church hall, with a well equipped kitchen, which provides a meeting place for not a few church and community groups.   A current congregational initiative is looking at the possibility of releasing our fine, but under-used, 175 year-old church building into 7 day-a-week use under local community ownership which we would continue to use alongside other community co-users.  Plans have been drawn up for the development of the building for such multi-community use and discussions with all interested parties are ongoing at the moment.

You, whom God sends our way, however, are our main concern.  Should you consider that we might be of service to you, please be in touch.  If I can’t help you personally, I will endeavour to put you in touch with someone who can!

Douglas Irving