Gaudete Singers Concert: Saturday, 9 March

The Gaudete Singers return to Saint Bartholomew’s this Saturday for a concert of beautiful nineteenth century Romantic sounds from the German and Austrian traditions.

Tickets on the door: €20; concession €15; students €5 with ID, all including a glass of wine or soft drink afterwards.

Mendelssohn is often considered the greatest child prodigy after Mozart. He began taking piano lessons from his mother when he was six years old.  At age eight, he studied composition with Carl Friedrich Zelter in Berlin and probably made his first public concert appearance at the age of nine. He was also a prolific composer as a child, and wrote his first published work, a piano quartet, by the time he was 13.

“His exposure to Bach led to a fondness for learned counterpoint as well as to his conducting the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 – an immensely influential performance that took Bach out of the exclusive hands of specialists and into a more general public consciousness. He began to perform throughout Europe as a conductor and as a pianist to great success. In 1829, he made his first trip to England where his composing and playing found a rapturous audience. Indeed, one can say that Mendelssohn dominated English music in the 19th century as completely as Handel had done in the 18th.” —Steven Schwartz

The influence of Bach can be heard in the two works in this concert that were written near the end of his short life. The Drei Psalmen were composed in 1843/4 and Die Deutsche Liturgie in 1846. Both works were composed for church services in Berlin Cathedral using a simpler style of church music for the new order of worship in Prussia.

Brahms was also influenced by Bach and the Two Motets were published in 1878 with a dedication to the great Bach scholar, Philipp Spitta.

Warum ist das Licht gegeben? was composed during the summer of 1877, at a time when the composer was putting the finishing touches to his Second Symphony. The first performance was given in Vienna on 8 December 1878.  O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, in four parts, was composed earlier, between 1863 and 1864.

Rheinberger is probably the least known of the three composers and his Abendlied is likely the best known piece performed in this concert. Rheinberger was also something of a prodigy and began playing the organ and composing at the age of seven.  At 12, he was admitted to the Academy of Music in Munich where he studied with Franz Lachner, a close friend of Franz Schubert, and by the age of 15 he was gainfully employed as an organist.  He spent 33 years as professor of counterpoint and organ at the Royal School of Music in Munich where the Drei geistliche Gesänge were composed in 1855.

We hope to see you this Saturday, and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service: Friday, 1 March

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Saint Bartholomew’s is proud to host this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer service on Friday, 1 March at 3.00pm. This service is part of a global event held annually on the first Friday in March.  The Women’s World Day of Prayer is the largest ecumenical movement in the world organised by women, and the churches in Ballsbridge/Donnybrook take turns hosting the event in our area each year.  The service for 2019 has been written by the Christian women of Slovenia and its theme is “Come—Everything is Ready!”  All parishioners—not just women!—are warmly invited to attend.  The service will be followed by refreshments in the parish room, to which everyone is welcome.  It has been five years since Saint Bartholomew’s had the honour of hosting this special event, so do please come along and show your support! 

For more information, please visit https://worlddayofprayer.net/slovenia-2019.html.

Bake Sale this Sunday

Join us after the morning Eucharist this Sunday in the parish room for a homemade baked goods sale and a book/DVD/CD sale to aid our fundraising efforts.  With Valentine’s Day upon us, there will be chocolate covered strawberries on offer, so be sure to drop in!  We greatly encourage the congregation to help with these monthly fundraisers, whether by showcasing your culinary expertise or by donating your used books, CDs, or DVDs.  These sales run on the second Sunday of the month and all proceeds go directly to the restoration fund.  Our next sale will be after the 11.00am service on Sunday, 10 March.

Encore Voices Concert: This Saturday

Saint Bartholomew’s is pleased to welcome back Encore Voices, who will perform Puccini’s Messa di Gloria this Saturday, 9 February at 7.30pm.

Led by conductor John Doyle, the singers will be accompanied by a quartet and Maria Geheran on piano.

Tickets cost €15 (student/OAP/unwaged €10; child €5) and may be purchased at the door.

Update on Kenneth Milne’s The History of Saint Bartholomew’s Book

We want to update and thank the congregation and supporters of Saint Bartholomew’s for your continued patience as we work to realise the publication of Dr. Kenneth Milne’sThe History of Saint Bartholomew’s–1867-2017.

The research and writing stages are now complete and we have moved on to the editing, design, and proofreading of the final layout.

Some exciting information uncovered during research in the National Archives includes the location of the parish school (which had 76 pupils at one stage).  From the Lambeth Palace Library in London comes the text of the sermon Archbishop Ramsey preached at Saint Bartholomew’s in 1967. Newspaper cuttings show the courtesies extended by John Charles McQuaid,the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, to Dr. Ramsey.  The appendices listing office holders have been updated through the work of the RCB Library committee.

When the first edition of Dr. Milne’s book was published, the National Archives did not exist. The flowering of historical scholarship over the last 50 years, not least by Dr. Milne himself, has provided a wealth of source material not previously available. The first edition text has been modified in some places to take account of these new insights. All of this material, together with Alistair Rowan’s treatment of the building from an architectural and art historian’s viewpoint, has now been integrated into a single text.

It is hoped that the book will be ready in the first half of 2019, perhaps by Easter.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact the parish administrator at admin@stbartholomews.ie or call 01-668-8522.  For €25, you will receive a copy of the book.  For €50, you will receive a copy of the book signed by the author and your name will be included in a list of supporters.

Bake, Book, and DVD Sale this Sunday

The next monthly bake and book fundraiser will follow the 11.00am service this Sunday, 9 December.  The Christmas baking season is upon us, and we would love to see as many parishioners as possible donate their homemade baked goods, from cakes to tray bakes to festive cookies!  Now is also a good time to clear your shelves—your old books and DVDs may make the perfect Christmas gift for someone else. All proceeds go directly to the restoration fund.  These sales run on the second Sunday of the month and are certainly the most delicious way to help out the church, so please get those ovens going!

All items to be sold can be dropped into the parish room before the service.

Jubilate Choir Concert: Saturday, 10 November

The Jubilate Choir comes to Saint Bartholomew’s on Saturday, 10 November at 3.00pm to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Duruflé’s Requiem in a performance conducted by Amy Ryan and featuring Judith Lyons (soprano), Aisling Lakes (mezzo-soprano), and David Scott (baritone).  David Grealy will accompany them on the organ.

The Jubliate Choir is highly experienced, having performed major works including Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, and most recently the Irish premiere of Graun’s Passion: Der Tod Jesu.

Tickets are €20; €10 for under 18s, and may be purchased at the door or at eventbrite.ie.

Christmas Concert Tickets on Sale Now!

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.