Jubilate Choir: Saturday, 30 November

We are delighted to welcome back the Jubilate Choir, who will perform Rossini’s Messa di Gloria on Saturday, 30 November at 3.00pm under guest conductor Clare Dixon.

The Jubilate Choir was founded in 2010 by 16-year-old Killian Farrell, who created the choir to celebrate the jubilee of St. Pius X parish in Templeogue with a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.  He led the choir for its first five years, performing pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Haydn.  Now under the direction of Amy Ryan, the choir’s repertoire has expanded to include works by Fauré, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Dvorák, Britten, and Mozart.

Tickets are €20 and will be available at the door.

Walk of Light in lieu of Evensong this Sunday

Please note there will not be an Evensong service this Sunday, 24 November.  Instead, the parish is invited to join in the 15th annual Walk of Light, an event in which we come together to express our hope and prayer for light in dark times.  In light of recent climate events, this year’s theme is Walking Together for our Common Home.

This year’s walk begins at St. Finian’s Lutheran Church on Adelaide Road at 4.00pm.  It continues to the Church of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners in Rathmines and concludes at Holy Trinity Church in Rathmines.  As the pilgrimage unfolds along the route, we will explore in the three host churches what this theme means for people of faith in God.  All three stops combine to make one liturgy.  The pilgrimage has been prepared by local groups from different traditions in the area.

All are most welcome to join in this ecumenical journey, whether for all of it or just a part of it.

Christmas Concerts

Have you bought tickets for our annual Concert of Carols and Festive Readings yet?  No?  Go!  Hurry!  Tickets are available here.  The tickets cost €25, which drops to €22.50 if you purchase three or more in the same transaction.

Due to popular demand, there are two performances this year: Sunday, 8 December and Sunday, 15 December, both at 7.00pm.

The show will feature the combined choirs performing a variety of traditional carols, which will be interspersed with seasonal readings presented by Tim Thurston. Afterwards, all attendees are invited to a reception with wine and mince pies.

Combined Choirs Concert: Friday, 8 November

Friday, 8 November

7.30pm

Venue: Sandford Church

Our choir will join that of Sandford, St. Philip’s for a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. Fauré’s work sets a selection of the traditional texts from the Mass for the Dead, but unlike many settings (notably those of Mozart and Verdi), Fauré dwells not on images of hell and judgement, but rather on heaven and consolation.

This work, which will be performed between All Saints (1 November) and Remembrance Sunday (10 November), is especially appropriate for the season of remembrance.

A retiring collection will be made in aid of the Alice Leahy Trust to support those affected by homelessness.

More information about the concert venue may be found here.

M’ANAM in Concert: Thursday, 7 November

Thursday, 7 November

8.00pm

Saint Bartholomew’s is excited to host M’ANAM’s first ever performance in Dublin!  M’ANAM (“My Soul”) grew naturally from the legendary ANÚNA and is one of the most exciting new vocal ensembles to emerge in recent years.  Comprising singers from the islands of Ireland and Iceland, M’ANAM’s repertoire spans centuries. They are just as comfortable singing an elegy for a dead Viking in Icelandic (“Deyr Fé”) as they are reinterpreting the classic English folk song, “The Sheep Stealer.”

Tickets are €15 and may be purchased here or at the door.

Included in the price is a copy of their brand new album.

Parish Office Closure

Please note that the parish office will be closed from Thursday, 31 October through Tuesday, 5 November.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

For all administrative and pastoral queries during this time, please contact the vicar at 01-269-4813 or vicar@stbartholomews.ie.

Kings College School, Wimbledon Chamber Choir Concert: Wednesday, 23 October

We are delighted to host the chamber choir from King’s College School in Wimbledon for a concert on Wednesday, 23 October at 7.30pm.  Conducted by Daniel Phillips and accompanied by organist Will Ford, the 45 singers of the boys’ choir will perform a set of both sacred and secular pieces.  Admission is free, so come early to nab a good seat!

ABOUT THE CHOIR:

King’s College School was founded in 1829 as the junior department of King’s College and moved to its present site on Wimbledon Common in 1897.  In 1912, King’s College Junior School was opened.  Today, the two schools educate some 1400 pupils.  Music was well established at King’s in the 1920s and has flourished in recent years. The school boasts a particularly strong choral tradition.

The trebles of the chamber choir are all pupils at King’s College Junior School; the altos, tenors, and basses are drawn from the senior school. Currently, there are about 45 boys in the choir. The chamber choir has won a reputation for itself in London and has performed on tour both in the UK and abroad.  In recent years, their travels have taken them to sing in the Duomo in Florence, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Notre-Dame in Paris, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

Back at home in the UK, the choir regularly sings Evensong in the cathedrals of St. Paul’s, Winchester, Chichester, Salisbury, Guildford, and Southwark; as well as in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.  The past few years have also seen the choir perform in Tewkesbury Abbey, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, and the Royal College of Music.

In addition to a number of carol services each year, the choir performs a popular Christmas concert at St. James’s Church in Piccadilly. Together with the King’s Choral Society, they have also taken part in joint performances of Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s St Nicolas, and Mozart’s Requiem.

The choir records regularly: its most recent CD, Light above light, was released in 2018 to great acclaim and, this November, the trebles will be taking part in the highly prestigious Wimbledon International Music Festival.

For more information about the choir, click here.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our Harvest Thanksgiving will take place this Sunday, 6 October. In the past we have sent all the produce to the Dining Room and other food banks in Dun Laoghaire.  Unfortunately, these outlets are not accepting mixed food parcels this year, so we are asking you instead to decorate the church with fresh fruit and vegetables. These will be collected after the service by John Slattery, who will transform them into jams and chutneys to be sold at our monthly bake sale the following week.  The church will be open from 10.30am—11.30am on Saturday, 5 October to receive the food and decorate the church.  You may also bring fresh fruit and vegetables to the Sunday morning service.