"Now Safely Ashore" by George Bayley Sung
in Scotland and England in June 2009
|St. Columba's Cathedral, Liverpool UK
Bayley was honored as the composer of "Now Safely Ashore" in Scotland in June, 2009. "Now Safely Ashore"
was sung at The Royal School of Church Music Triennial Festival on June 6 in St. Columba's Cathedral, Oban, Scotland.
Libby Bayley, who sings in the St. Peter's Choir in Lewes Delaware, joined the choir to sing the anthem at St. Columba's.
It was conducted by Timothy Noon, Organist and Master of the Choristers at The Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool,
text of "Now Safely Ashore," translated from the Gaelic, is a thanksgiving for St. Columba's safe
trip from Eire to Alba, that is, from Ireland to Scotland where they finally landed on the shores of Iona. The recording of the St. Columba choir is played on the home page of our web
site. On the recording o, all the verses are sung in parts by the massed choir and the refrain sung in unison by the congregation
and choir. In the new Deerwood Hymn-Anthem Book, verses are set for various combinations
of voices with the addition of a vocal or instrumental descant.
"Now Safely Ashore" was also sung by the
Dunblane Cathedral Choir under the direction of the cathedral organist Matthew Beetschen in Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland
on June 7, 2009.
Organ Case and Angel, Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland