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.
Please note there will not be an Evensong service this Sunday, 27 May. Instead, please join us for the choir summer concert, Vivaldi Gloria, at 6.00pm. The event is free and will be followed by a sparkling wine reception.
Evensong services resume next week.
Anúna and members of the Anúna International Summer School are once again generously giving a charity concert in which all proceeds will go towards our restoration fund. The concert begins at 6.00pm on Saturday, 9 June at Saint Bartholomew’s. Please click here to purchase tickets!
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the latest Music @ Saint Bartholomew’s magazine! This issue is packed with articles and photos of the choirs’ various activities and events over the past (almost!) two years, including full reports on the boys’ trip to Belfast in May 2017 and the girls’ trip to Vienna in December 2017. Our assistant director of music, Dr. Andrew Johnstone, has also contributed an extremely well researched piece on how church music survived the Tudor reform. The magazines are available at the back of the church.
The Gaudete Singers return to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 March at 8.00pm for Songs of Farewell: Music by Parry, Stanford, and Wood. The concert will be directed by David Leigh and will feature music to mark both the centenary of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s death in October 1918 and the end of the Great War in November 1918.
Tickets are available at the door for €15, €10 concession, and €5 for students with ID. Included in the ticket price is a glass of wine or soft drink after the show.
Songs of Farewell C Hubert H Parry (1848 – 1918)
Justorum animae Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
Coelos ascendit hodie Charles Villiers Stanford
Beati quorum via Charles Villiers Stanford
Hail gladdening light Charles Wood (1866 – 1926)
Nunc Dimittis Charles Wood
Parry, along with many of his generation, was devastated by the huge loss of young life during the war. For Parry, who held German music and its traditions in the highest esteem, it was especially agonising to see the war decimate the population of up-and-coming composing talents at London’s Royal College of Music.
Most of the Songs of Farewell were written in 1915, and the first performance of five of the six motets was in May 1916. Sadly, Parry did not live long enough to hear the entire set performed as a group; he died of influenza in October 1918. One of his motets— There is an old belief—was sung at his funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he is buried.
Parry’s Songs of Farewell are widely acknowledged as masterpieces of unaccompanied choral writing and are a fitting tribute to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.
We hope you’ll come to soak up the sounds of this masterful music in our beautifully refurbished church!