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.

Bake Sale this Sunday

Our monthly bake and book fundraising sales resume this Sunday after the 11.00am service and will thereafter be held on the second Sunday of each month.  We love to indulge in the culinary creativity of our parishioners at these sales, and so we invite you to donate homemade cakes, tarts, tray bakes—or whatever else you enjoy baking!  (pssst…Great British Bake Off just started its new season if you’re looking for inspiration!) (psssst again…this week the theme is biscuits!)  All goods may be dropped off before the service to the parish room.

Saint Bartholomew’s Day

We celebrated our patronal festival yesterday with a custom cake made by chef (and our parishioner!) Amos McGrath, which featured an edible image of El Greco’s 17th century portrait of Saint Bartholomew. Not a crumb was left!

We were delighted with the large turnout for the service, which even included a four-legged parishioner!

Our thanks go to Amos and everyone who contributed to the beautiful service and the reception afterward.

Patronal Festival: Sunday, 25 August

We will celebrate our patronal festival of Saint Bartholomew on Sunday, 25 August with a said Eucharist at 9.00am and the solemn Eucharist at 11.00am.  Refreshments will be available after the latter in the parish room.  This is an important event in our calendar as a parish, and as such it is an ideal opportunity to invite your family and friends to join and celebrate with us!

Everyone, Look at the Tower!

Finally, finally, FINALLY!  As more and more of the scaffolding comes down, we are able to get a sense of just how enormous an undertaking the tower’s renovation has been.  The work crews’ skill and dedication (not to mention their fortitude on especially windy days) have rewarded us with a beautifully restored tower.  The stonework and clock faces are positively gleaming.  We are beyond grateful for all of the support we have received in funding this massive project.  The bells will be ringing again before you know it!

Corpus Christi: Thursday, 20 June

The feast of Corpus Christi this year falls on Thursday, 20 June.  The service will begin at the slightly earlier time of 7.00pm and will be followed by the annual parish BBQ.  This is a great event for family and friends, but we can’t do it without your help and support.  If you can bring food or drink to the event, please write your name and what you intend to bring on the sheet at the back of the church.  Thank you!