Bexley District Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association




Saturday 24 February 2018


St Mark with St Margaret



Daniel Moult

General information,

Set pieces,

Solo words and rules


Closing date for entriesWednesday 14 February 2018

AdjudicatorDaniel Moult

Competition SecretaryMarilyn Davey

5 Pinewood Road

Abbey Wood

SE2 0RY0208 310 8894


Entry fees:Junior solo classes 1-7 £ 4.00

Junior group class 9 £25.00

Adult soloist class 8 £ 5.00

Adult groups classes10-11 £30.00

AccompanimentA piano and three manual organ will be available

An official accompanist is available; arrangements must be made in advance. Please contact Marilyn Davey (Competition Secretary)

who will coordinate this.

RobesChoirs may robe if they wish; good presentation is


Rules See accompanying sheet


Each class has two test pieces, one set piece (listed below, except for classes 9 & 10) and an “own choice”. After all the competitors/groups for a class have sung both pieces, they will be presented with a certificate and the adjudicators written comments. Winners of classes 1 to 7 will additionally receive a book token. At the end of the day, five trophies will also be presented – to the solo competitor with the highest marks from classes 1 to 7, the solo competitor with the highest marks from class 8 and the winners of classes 9, 10 and 11.


Below are the Set Tests Pieces for the competition. The hymn book noted is the new Ancient and Modern for reference, but the set pieces are to be found in most standard church hymn books. Please use the words attached so all competitors are singing exactly the same.




1.Boys/Girls 9 and underThere is a redeemer

Verses1 & 3Tune composed by Melody Green

Key: E♭ majorReference: A & M 805

2.Boys/Girls 10-11 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

Verses; 1 & 3 Tune: Mannheim

Key:E Major Reference:A & M 702

3.Boys/Girls 11 and under Peace, perfect peace in this dark world of sin

who have sung in any Tune: Song 46

choirfor less than one year Key: F major

and are a RSCM probationer Verses: 1 & 4

or equivalent. Reference: A & M 764

4.Boys 12-14 (trebles) Be thou my guardian and my guide

Verses:1,34 Tune: Abridge

Key:D Major Reference: A & M 116

5.Boys 12-17 (Non-Trebles) Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Verses: 1 & 4 Tune: Picardy

KeyAny Reference: A & M 452

6.Girls 12 – 13 Be thou my guardian and my guide

Verses: 1, 3 & 4 Tune: Abridge

Key D Major Reference: A & M 116

7.Girls 14 – 17 Praise to the Holiest in the height

Verses: 1, 2 & 4 Tune: Gerontius

Key GMajor Reference: A & M 763

8. Adults 18 and over O worship the king, all glorious above

Verses: 1, 5 & 6 Tune: Hannover

Key Any Reference: A & M 754


9.Boys and/or Girls 18 and under Two contrasting pieces which should have

some two part singing

10.Mixed Groups Two contrasting pieces which should have

some part singing.

11.SATB Choirs Teach me O Lord

Key: E♭ major Composer: Thomas Attwood

Reference: Anthems for choirs 1 (OUP)

This piece should be accompanied

Class 1 Boy/Girl 9 and under
There is a redeemer,
Jesus, gods own son,
Precious lamb of god, messiah,
Holy one,
Thank you oh my father,
For giving us your son,
And leaving your spirit,
till the work on earth is done.
When I stand in glory,
I will see his face,
And there I’ll serve my king forever,
In that holy place.
Thank you oh my father,
For giving us your son,
And leaving your spirit,
till the work on earth is done. / Class 2 Boy/Girl 10/11 years
1. Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o'er the world's tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.
3. Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy:
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.
Class 3 Probationers
Tune Song 46
1. Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
4. Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne. / Class 4 Boy Trebles 12-14 years & Class 6 Girls 12/13
Tune: Abridge
1 Be thou my guardian and my guide,
and hear me when I call;
let not my slippery footsteps slide,
and hold me lest I fall.
3 And if I tempted am to sin,
and outward things are strong,
do thou, O Lord, keep watch within,
and save my soul from wrong.
4 Still let me ever watch and pray,
and feel that I am frail;
that if the tempter cross my way,
yet he may not prevail.
Class 5 Boys 12-17 non-trebles
1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.
4. At His feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord most high!” / Class 7 Girls 14/17
Tune: Gerontius
1. Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depth be praise:
in all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.
2. O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
a second Adam to the fight
and to the rescue came.
4. And that a higher gift than grace
should flesh and blood refine,
God's presence and his very self,
and essence all-divine.
Class 8 Adults
Tune: Hannover
1. O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
4. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail.
thy mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
5. O measureless Might, ineffable Love,
while angels delight to hymn thee above!
thy humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
with true adoration shall sing to thy praise!