Tickets for our annual Concert of Carols and Festive Readings are now for sale here. The tickets cost €25, which drops to €20 if you purchase three or more in the same transaction. Due to popular demand, we’re going to run the same programme on Sunday, 9 December and Sunday, 16 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 once again by the delightfully charismatic Tim Thurston. Afterwards, all attendees are invited to a reception with wine and mince pies.
We are delighted to welcome the German choir “amante della musica menden,” which will be performing a joint concert with the Irish choir Cantairí Avondale at Saint Bartholomew’s on Tuesday, 16 October at 8.00pm.
The programme includes a mix of international folk songs and classical literature pieces. This concert is part of a seven-day tour of Dublin led by choir director and organist Stefan Risse, which will also see the German choir sing at a lunchtime recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The concert at Saint Bartholomew’s is a free event and all are welcome!
The services for Harvest will take place this Sunday, 7 October and donated food will be given to the Dining Room in Dun Laoghaire, which works to feed those in need throughout the year. If you would like to donate tinned and non-perishable food, you may leave it in to the church at any time between now and Harvest. If you wish to donate fresh fruit and vegetables, the church will be open to receive goods on Saturday, 6 October from 10.30-11.00am. Alternatively, you may drop them in immediately before the 11.00am Sunday service on 7 October.
Mark your calendars for Culture Night, which this year will feature a programme at Saint Bartholomew’s entitled Johann Sebastian Bach: A Life in Chorale Preludes. Presenter Tim Thurston and organist Andrew Johnstone will survey the life of the great German composer through a 40-minute chronological selection of his 200+ organ preludes on Lutheran chorales. The show will begin at 6:30pm. This event is free and part of a nationwide celebration of the arts, culture, and heritage.
Join us this Heritage Week for two special presentations on the architecture of Saint Bartholomew’s:
Hidden Stories in Stained Glass: Saturday, 18 August at 11.00am
Twenty-one windows flood Saint Bartholomew’s Church with coloured light and each one tells its own story. What tales are told in the pictures in the glass? What do they reveal about the history of our church? Join Professor Alistair Rowan as he delves into the stained glass tradition of Saint Bartholomew’s, exploring who made these windows, how they were crafted, and how they came to be such an integral component of the church’s character.
If Stones could Speak: Wednesday, 22 August at 8.00pm
Every historic building has a story to tell—built, you could say, into the very fabric of its walls. Who built it? Why is it there? Who designed it, and why does it look the way it does? How did Saint Bartholomew’s, with its richly painted interior and intricate mosaic floors, become one of the most unique and colourful buildings within the Church of Ireland? Join Professor Alistair Rowan as he decodes the narratives within the church’s extraordinary interior.
No tickets or pre-booking are required for these events–simply show up and be prepared for an interesting discussion!