"Music in the Old Church", a choral concert series established as part of Immanuel's music ministry and outreach efforts, began in 1997 as an opportunity to invite members of Immanuel and their community friends and neighbors into the church to share good music and fellowship.
The ministry quickly grew in vision, scope, membership and popularity. In recent years, about 75 professional Richmond area soloists, musicians and a choir that includes singers from Immanuel and representatives from about two dozen area churches have combined their talents for the production.
The concert also outgrew Immanuel's seating capacity and had to be moved to larger venues. Hundreds of people now attend performances staged at various locations in the Richmond area in the fall.
In 2004, the concert moved into the city of Richmond to the Church of the Holy Comforter, where we produced a concert featuring the music of Paul Halley. For the next three years, we performed Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), and in 2008, we featured John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. We were very excited to perform the Richmond premiere of Steve Dobrogosz’s Mass at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the fall of 2009. We performed at Grace and Holy Trinity again in 2010. The concert featured the Virginia premiere of Eternal Light, a requiem by Howard Goodall and anthems by Paul Halley.
CD recordings of the concerts may be ordered through the church office at 779-3454.
We're ordering music and getting ready to start rehearsals for the next Music in the Old Church concert, Songs for the Soul. It'll be held on October 15, 2016 at 4pm at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond.
This year's concert will include music from a variety of composers, and features the beautiful Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. The choir will be accompanied by a ten piece professional orchestra. If you have questions, or would like to sing, please contact Minister of Music Jimmy HIcks to learn more. Rehearsals begin on Sunday evening, September 11.