Knights of the Pain Table

A Camelot for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

Andrew Johnston’s Melodious “Pie Jesu” on “Britain’s Got Talent”

Andrew Johnston

The joust of “Britain’s Got Talent” hath begun.  Last year our dear Welsh Minstrel, Paul Potts fought his competitors by brandishing a sword welded of passion, and great talent.

This year Andrew Johnston, a young undaunted 13 year old squire, rode onto the stage to sing “Pie Jesu” to this year’s anxious crowd.

The road to this joust was difficult for our young squire.  Taunted by his peers for singing in a choir at Carlisle Cathedral in the north of England, he had to endure to protect his gift.  Andrew chose never to submit or yield or let sadness eclipse his talent.

Clad in a mantle of courage he finally could reveal his sword made of grace.  From the first note Andrew Johnston’s voice ascended with unconfined wings.

Listen to Andrew Johnston.

Fear no more, dear lad, for your gift can now protect you, for you chose the nobler weapon in the joust of life.  Andrew Johnston, you hath enchanted Queen Guinevere and all in this mystical land of Camelot.

May luck be with thee.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of The Knights of the Pain Table News
Camelot

Watch Andrew in the Semi Finals of Britain’s Got Talent
Visit  Britain’s Got Talent
Listen to Paul Potts

Pie Jesu

The Requiem Mass, a mass honoring the deceased, is usually sung on the day of burial, the following anniversaries, and on the third, seventh and 30th days following interment.

The earliest known practice of honoring the dead in the celebration of the Eucharist dates back to the late 2nd century.

A Requiem is a setting of Latin text of the Mass for the Dead, which begins with the word requiem, meaning rest. For many centuries the texts of the requiem were sung to Gregorian melodies.

The Requiem Mass consists of (but may not include):

Requiem Aeternam (Introit)
Kyrie Eleison
Lacrimosa
Dies Irae # Domine Jesu (Offertorium)
Sanctus
Benedictus
Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
Lux Aeternum
Libera Me
In Paradisum

The Dies Irae is a medieval Latin hymn describing Judgment Day  (literally ‘day of wrath’).    The Pie Jesu combines and paraphrases the final verse of the Dies Irae and the Agnus Dei and is normally a part of the Requiem Mass.

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem.   Dona eis requiem sempiternam.
(“O sweet Lord Jesus, grant them rest;  grant them everlasting rest.”)

This devotional motet, “Pie Jesu”, is from the “Requiem” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and combines this text with that of the Agnus Dei from later in the Requiem.

We thanketh Andrew Lloyd Webber for creating this hauntingly beautiful piece of music.

Pie Jesu

By Andrew Lloyd Webber

Pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Holy Jesus, holy Jesus
Pie Jesu, pie Jesu
Holy Jesus, holy Jesus
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Who takes away the sins of the world
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest

Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei
Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Who takes away the sins of the world
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Who takes away the sins of the world
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest
Dona eis requiem
Give to them rest

Sempiternam
Perpetual
Sempiternam
Perpetual
Requiem
Rest
Dies Irae

Read more about Requiems

Listen to Faryl Smith on Britain’s Got Talent


About The Author

Comments

2 Responses to “Andrew Johnston’s Melodious “Pie Jesu” on “Britain’s Got Talent””

  1. Lady Sharon says:

    Update on Andrew Johnston

    Andrew Johnston has signed a £1 million deal with Simon Cowell’s record label. He will begin working on the album once the “Britain’s Got Talent” tour has finished.
    He will release his first album later this year.

    Andrew’s performances on the show have been viewed over 15 million times on YouTube.

    Congratulations Andrew

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    I do not know the catalyst that directed Andrew in “Britain’s Got Talent”. He was singing in a choir so perhaps someone suggested he try out, since he has such a gift.

    Andrew Johnston has just released his album “One Voice” which includes the song “Pie Jesu”. He also recently performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 60th Birthday in Hyde Park.

    Andrew has a website now.
    http://www.andrewjohnstonmusic.com/
    A MySpace Page
    http://www.myspace.com/andrewjohnstonmusic
    And a YouTube Video Page
    http://www.youtube.com/andrewjohnstonmusic

    Andrew is brilliant and we will continue to ride with him.

    Thank you Anonymous for riding by.

    Lady Sharon
    Scribe of Camelot