EXETER – Close your eyes and you can hear the organist tease resonating notes from cool air on the finicky pipe organ or feel the sound vibrate through your seat and into your bones from the digital organ during a lunchtime concert in the sanctuary of Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter.
Open your eyes and let the hymns by great composers such as Brahms, Handel and Bach become background music
to the sights in this magnificent church, built in 1888 and funded by Thomas Trivitt, Justice of the Peace in Huron County – the sun shining through stained glass scenes from the bible, Neo-Gothic architecture of tall narrow windows with pointed arches at the top and arched ceilings accentuated by wooden beams, the majestic bells that represent a full octave, which have temporarily been removed from the five-storey bell tower and line the church aisle.
It’s your choice how to best appreciate 40 minutes of organ music in the church sanctuary.
Every Friday until the end of Lent (the end of March), Trivitt’s organist and music director Dr. Richard Heinzle will present a lunchtime concert, inviting any and all to take a seat in pews usually reserved for the choir and enjoy their own brown bag lunch while he plays the pipe organ and the digital organ. (Just a note based on my own experience: A crunchy apple is probably not the best choice for lunch.)
Since early 2014, Richard has been music director and organist at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter and music director of the South Huron Community Choirs, part of outreach efforts by the church. He is also a board member of the Bach Music Festival of Canada, which will take place in Exeter this summer.
Richard introduces each hymn, telling us, for example, before he plays Bach’s Jesus, My Joy that most works were improvisational but the composer put together this piece in order to teach students how to improvise and to explore the different ways pieces could be put together.
There are just two visitors to this first concert, but Richard was undaunted and hopes word will spread and more cushions will be filled in the coming weeks.
He also wants people to know about the upcoming Hymn Sing Marathon planned for Saturday, Feb. 28 at the church. People are invited to drop anytime from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to make a cash or food donation to the Exeter and Area Community Food Bank and sing along as he plays through one verse of each song in the hymn book. He says many of the hymns in the Anglican hymn book are the same as in other hymn books, so you’ll be able to sing some familiar hymns as well as some new ones.
For more information on Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, visit this website.
What: Organ Concert At Lunch, a brown bag concert series
When: Every Friday through Lent, until March 27, starting at 12:15 p.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m.
Where: Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church’s sanctuary, 264 Main St. S., Exeter
How much: Goodwill offering. Suggested $5
What else: Dress warmly