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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church

The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since at least 1143. It is now an active Anglican/Episcopal Church and is located in that part of London known as The City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, is popular because of the large number of restaurants, bars and pubs both north and south of the Market. At the heart of it all is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II. In the late 19th century it was substantially renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project. Drawing on its nearly 900-year history, the Church is noted today for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.

The area around the church is now in the process of changing significantly, and this is expected to make the area even more active than it has been until now. To the north of the church, the new Crossrail Farringdon Station is being built. Crossrail expects that 140 trains per hour will travel through the new interchange, which will link Thameslink, Crossrail and the Underground networks. It will also be possible to reach three of London's airports from there. Farringdon will be one of London's busiest stations, and is likely to increase visitors to the area very considerably. To the south of the church, Helical Bar and The Baupost Group of Boston will be re-developing former hospital buildings on Bartholomew Close and Little Britain. When finished, these are expected to comprise 236 new apartments, 230,000ft2 of office space, and 23,000ft2 of retail space.

The church has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Muppets: Most Wanted, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes, Jude, The End of the Affair, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown, and the BBC's Edwin Drood, and even in the T-Mobile Royal Wedding Advertisement, with more shows and films currently in post-production.

Communion on Easter Day

The Quire of the Priory Church.
Photo: Andrea Liu

The Policy of the Priory Church

26th April 2015 – Easter IV
All services in St Bartholomew the Great
except where indicated


09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

10:00 Family Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less

11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Trahe me post te – Victoria
At the Offertory: Surrexit pastor bonus – Victoria
Voluntary: Sarabande for the Morning of Easter – Howells

18:30 Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction
Canticles: Evening Service in C – Kelly
Anthem: Sing joyfully – Byrd
At Benediction: O salutaris & Tantum ergo – Laloux
Voluntary: Mors et resurrectio – Langlais

Click here to see more details about these services

The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC is the 25th Rector since the Reformation

Christopher Green

Our picture (above) of the church from the North Ambulatory by the remarkable artist Christopher Green has been away to be framed, and is now back and looking wonderful in the Cloister Café near to the piano. We are extremely grateful to the artist for having generously contributed much of the costs of the framing. The church now needs to raise the remaining costs of this.
If you feel you might be able to contribute, no matter on what scale, please contact the Parish Office.

More information about Christopher Green can be found by clicking this link


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A date for your diary: 9th September 2015
Celebrating 20 years of life in the Priory Church

On 9th September 2015, it will be 20 years since the Rector, Dr Martin Dudley, came to the Priory Church. We intend to mark this with a celebration of the life and work of the priests and people of the Priory Church over this period. We will start with Choral Evensong in the church at 18:00, at which the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, will be preaching. (The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey are the Patrons of the Living, and so very involved in the appointment of Rectors of the Priory Church.)
Everyone is very welcome to join us at Evensong.

This will be followed by a dinner held in Haberdashers' Hall, over the other side of the square. This will be a formal, ticketed event in evening dress (black tie), starting with a reception and continuing with a three-course dinner. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the very talented Harpist, Olivia Jageurs, who is familiar to us from having accompanied Britten's Ceremony of Carols in our special weekday carol service of the same name before Christmas.

If you would like to join us, you can click on this link to download a letter about all the anniversary events and
you can also click on this link to download the application form for the dinner.
Please either send the form to the Parish Office, or else scan and email it to administrator@greatstbarts.com

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Nigel Short's Final Services as Director of Music

Our Director of Music, Nigel Short will be leaving at the end of May. He has put together a wonderful selection of music for his final three Sundays, which will be the 17th, 24th, and 31st May, much helped by the fact that these Sundays are, respectively, Feasts of the Ascension, Pentecost and the Holy Trinity. (We have, incidentally, already had a fantastic taste of what is to come in Low Sunday, for which the music was just breath-taking!) The music for the first of Nigel's last Sundays in May includes Victoria's Missa Ascendens Christus, Tallis's Loquebantur, Stanford's Evening Canticles in A, and Finzi's indispensable Ascensiontide anthem God is gone up. The following Sunday, we will hear the Messe Solonelle by Langlais, one of the most powerful French settings of the mass, coupled with the beautiful and intense O Sacrum convivium by Messaien, both pieces with all the other-worldly qualities associated with Catholic music from that part of the world over the past 120 years. In the evening the St Paul's Service by Howells is paired with The Spirit of the Lord by Elgar, two of the most dramatic works in the choral repertoire. Nigel's final Sunday, 31st May, will have Schubert's Mass in G in the morning, coupled with O Lux beata Trinitas by Will Todd, a composer very much still with us and writing wonderful music, a great deal of which Nigel has recorded with Tenebrae. Evensong that evening will be Nigel's last service, and for this we will have Stanford's great C major setting of the Evensong Canticles, and then Elgar's majestic anthem Great is the Lord. There will, of course, be opportunities to mark the end of Nigel's remarkable time at the Priory Church on that day, and we will post further details about this here as soon as possible.

We hope very much that everybody who has enjoyed Nigel's work here will take every opportunity
to hear his last services with us, and will especially join us at Evensong on May 31st.

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Little Spaniel Theatre is now Scena Mundi: The Death of Kings Season

The Little Spaniel Theatre Company has changed its name, and is now Scena Mundi. The company, which specializes in classical theatre, has now been resident at the Priory Church for over a year. They will be back with us from May 8th to July 3rd 2015 with two plays performed in rep under the umbrella title of The Death of Kings Season. The plays will be Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, two accounts of the tragedy of power and the conflict between the private drama of the ruler and the public drama of state affairs. Two monarchs whose private passions get in the way of their political duty, Marlowe's Edward II and Shakespeare's Richard II lose their crowns at the hands of ambitious rivals. A reflection on the tragic fate of falling rulers, the season will find a contemporary echo in our year of general election. You can click on the thumbnail on the right below to see a larger version of the poster for the season.

The dates are as follows:

Richard II
At 19:30 in May: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29; in June: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24; in July: 3
At 14:30 in May: 16; in June: 13, 20
Schools Matinées at 12:30 in May: 20, 25; in June: 3, 17

Edward ll
At 19:30 in May: 15, 16, 19, 21, 26, 30; in June: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, 30; in July: 1, 2
At 14:30 in May: 23, 30; in June: 6
Schools Matinées at 12:30 in May: 27; in June: 10, 25; in July: 1

Booking is open now on Ticket Source at: www.scenamundi.ticketsource.co.uk or via the Scena Mundi website.
Scena Mundi
The Death of Kings Series

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Enmeshed I & II: Pictures by Aude Hérail Jäger

Enmeshed I and Enmeshed II can be found (respectively) hung on the back of Prior Rahere's tomb and in the Lady Chapel.

Aude Hérail Jäger: Enmeshed I Aude Hérail Jäger: Enmeshed I
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Aude Hérail Jäger was born in France. She has lived and worked in London since 1987. Aude studied at Central St-Martin's College of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Arts, and recently completed a post-graduate course at The Royal Drawing School. Aude is a sculptor, draughtsman and installation artist. She has been exhibiting in the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions include ING Discerning Eye; UNEARTHED; from here to here, the geographical self; The London Group Centenary in Pitzhanger Manor; QUE DU PAPIER in Lieu d'Art Contemporain, Sigean, France; from David Bomberg to Paula Rego in Southampton City Arts Gallery. Aude is an elected member of The London Group and The Chelsea Arts Club. Her work is held in private collections here and abroad.

Aude writes about these pictures as follows:
  The subject matter of my artwork is boundlessness. One method I have used to explore boundlessness has been looking at its opposite in the series ENTRAPMENT and ENMESHED. The latter includes two large drawings Enmeshed I and Enmeshed II currently on loan at St-Bartholomew the Great.

ENMESHED illustrates human beings' interwoven-ness with each other and/or their story. The biblical theme of the Lamentation has fascinated me for some years. In ordinary circumstances the group surrounding Christ would argue, plot, come together, fight, shout, laugh, etc. The Lamentation is the one moment when everyone and everything comes to a still-stand around the dead Christ. The figures become welded together and their cluster is the embodiment of grief.

The Lamentation theme also exemplifies another form of enmeshment, that between people who picked a scapegoat among them and the victim who offered himself to them. They are now grief stricken; yet they murdered him.

Both drawings also encompass recurrent themes in my work, such as the family and the theme of descending-ascending. In addition they are based on a new working method, which uses observational drawing in National Museums to extract particular aspects from Old Masters' work, which are then appropriated and transformed in large-scale drawings in the studio.

More information about Aude Hérail Jäger and her work can be found by clicking on this link

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Rector's Sabbatical

The Rector is currently on study sabbatical in Finland. His email address, for personal communications, is martin.dudley@helsinki.fi. In the meantime, any matters of church business should be addressed to Ilaria at the Parish Office, administrator@greatstbarts.com.

The Revd Bill Wilson has joined us for the duration of this sabbatical with the title of Sub-Prior. He is working with Fr Mark to ensure the smooth running of the church during this period. Fr Bill is usually in church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Fr Mark on Thursday, Fridays, and Sundays.

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2014/2015

Monthly Church Diary
NB These diary files are correct as at the time the printed version (available at the entrance desk) goes to print.
Please check the live diary below for any new bookings or changes to the church's schedule.

Click the link below to view:
Church Diary for April 2015
Church Diary for March 2015
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PRIORY CHURCH


Church Diary 27th to 2nd
Mon 27th
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Tue 28th
09:30 We welcome a visit by a group from TAUCK Film Locations
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10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
11:00 Memorial Service for George Pollock
       
Wed 29th
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
12:00 Marriage Blessing
Kazuto & Chiho Kita
       
Thu 30th S. Erconwald, Bishop of London, c.693
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 1st Ss. Philip & James
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Sat 2nd
10:00–16:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       

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Sunday, 3rd 2015, Fifth Sunday of Easter
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Phillippus II Rex Hispaniæ – Escobedo
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: Christus resurgens – Lassus
Voluntary: Résurrection from Symphonie-Passion Op.23 – Dupré
12:30 Holy Baptism of Samuel Sadler
16:00 We welcome a visit by a group from the North Staffordshire National Trust Association
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16:30 We welcome a visit by a group from Brit Movie Tours
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18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in Bb – Stanford
Anthem: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem – Stanford
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
Voluntary: Marche Heroïque – Brewer

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Church Diary 4th to 9th
Mon 4th Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK. We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy time

Today is also the Feast of S. Monnica, mother of S. Augustine, 387
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Tue 5th
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Wed 6th
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Thu 7th
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00–17:00 Scena Mundi rehearsal in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 8th
10:00–17:00 Please note, the Church will be closed from 10:00 this morning for the rest of the day for the final Scena Mundi rehearsals and preparations before their season opens in the evening. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were thinking of visiting us then, and hope we can welcome you on another occasion instead
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Sat 9th S. Gregory of Nazianzus, 389
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Sunday, 10th 2015, Sixth Sunday of Easter
In many countries of the world, today is Mother's Day
We wish everyone celebrating this day a very happy time
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Tempore Paschali – Gombert
At the Offertory: Surrexit pastor bonus – L'Héritier
Voluntary: Te Deum – Langlais
12:30 Holy Baptism of Theadora Harris
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Stanford
Anthem: Thou wilt keep him – Wesley
Voluntary: Fantasia in D minor – Stanford

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Church Diary 11th to 16th
Mon 11th The Holy Abbots of Cluny
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Tue 12th
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Wed 13th
17:15 St Bartholomew's Hospital View Day Service
19:00 PCC Meeting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch
       
Thu 14th Ascension Day
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
13:30 Scena Mundi Technical Rehearsal
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Fri 15th
09:30–13:00 Please note, the Church will be closed from 09:30 this morning for a Scena Mundi rehearsal prior to the premiere of Edward II in the evening. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were thinking of visiting us then, and hope we can welcome you on another occasion instead
13:00 Marriage Blessing Takeshi Yano & Yukie Ando
13:30–17:00 Please note, the Church will be closed from 13:30 this afternoon for a Scena Mundi rehearsal prior to the premiere of Edward II in the evening. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were thinking of visiting us then, and hope we can welcome you on another occasion instead
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Sat 16th
14:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Sunday, 17th 2015, The Sunday of the Ascension
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Ascendens Christus – Victoria
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: Loquebantur – Tallis
Voluntary: Heut' triumpheret Gottes Sohn BWV 630 – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Canticles: Evening Service in A – Stanford
Anthem: God is gone up – Finzi
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At Benediction: O Salutaris & Tantum ergo – Fletcher
Voluntary: Prière du Christ montant vers son Père from L'Ascension – Messiaen

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Church Diary 18th to 23rd
Mon 18th
09:30 We welcome a group from Road Scholar
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Tue 19th S. Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Wed 20th S. Alcuin of York, Abbot of Tours, 804
07:30 We welcome Christians Against Poverty to the Cloister Café for a business breakfast
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12:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Thu 21st
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Fri 22nd
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Sat 23rd
14:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Sunday, 24th 2015, Pentecost: Whitsunday
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Messe Solonnelle – Langlais
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: O Sacrum convivium – Messiaen
Voluntary: Choral Varié sur Veni Creator Spiritus – Duruflé
16:30 We welcome a visit by a group from Brit Movie Tours
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18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: St Paul's Service – Howells
Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
Voluntary: Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 651 – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 25th to 30th – Week 8 Ordinary Time
Mon 25th Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK and Memorial Day in the USA
We wish everyone on holiday today a very wonderful day

Today is also the Feast of S. Bede the Venerable, 735
12:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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16:00 Marriage Blessing Christopher Cox & Anne Wicks
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Tue 26th S. Augustine of Canterbury, 605
09:30 We welcome a visit by a group from TAUCK Film Locations
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Wed 27th
12:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Thu 28th S. Germanus, Bishop of Paris, 576
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Fri 29th
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
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Sat 30th
14:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
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Sunday, 31st 2015, Trinity Sunday
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Mass in G – Schubert
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: O lux beata Trinitas – Todd
Voluntary: Allegro Deciso from Evocation – Dupré
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in C – Stanford
Anthem: Great is the Lord – Elgar
Voluntary: Fugue in Eb "St Anne" BWV 552ii – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Family Eucharist

A Family Eucharist is held at St Bartholomew the Less most Sundays of the year at 10.00. Please click on this link for more details


Grants & Gifts towards our Music

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts that are supporting the musical life of the church:


For funds to support the training and development of choir members:


* GE and especially Corey Anderson, for support of Marie Macklin
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* Westminster Almshouses Foundation, for support of Amy Lyddon
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For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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* The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
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* Banks Music Publications
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* Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
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* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
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* The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
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For funds to support the music in general:


* Dr Monica Darnbrough
* a number of anonymous donors

for donations to the Heritage Trust to support the performance of music in the Priory Church


We are very grateful to all our donors who make it possible for us to continue a high standard of music in this special place.


Grants & Gifts to the Great Project

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts towards our Great Project. Details of this substantial and important project that is intended to equip the church for the next 900 years will be posted on the website soon.


* We are very grateful to Alan Baxter & Associates , for their contribution to the Great Project
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Joining the Electoral Roll

Membership of the Priory Church is based on the Electoral Roll, and gives you, among other things, the right to take part in electing the PCC and Churchwardens. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll. Please contact the Parish Office for an enrolment form, or you can download one here and send it to the Parish Office or hand it in at church. More information is available by clicking this link


Booking the Priory Church

If you would like to book the Priory Church for a Group Tour, for a concert or other kind of performance, or for filming or a photoshoot, we have application forms for each of these that can be downloaded from here, filled in, and emailed to us. These are for Microsoft Word, so you will only be able to use them if your software is able to work with such files. Please note: filling in a form and sending it in doesn't mean acceptance. It must first be confirmed by the Parish Office in writing.

Group Visit Booking Form

Concert & Performance Booking Form

Film & Photoshoot Booking Form

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Our Charities

• The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great (Registered Charity No. 1128471) is run by the elected PCC (Parochial Church Council) & church officers and exists to promote the whole work of the church.

• The St Bartholomew the Great Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 283623) is run by a board of Trustees independent of the PCC. It exists to maintain, preserve and improve the fabric, ornaments, furniture and monuments of the church. It is not itself a religious charity.


Become a Friend of St Bartholomew's

The Friends are an essential part of the Trust providing ongoing annual revenue, enabling the trustees to plan for future projects.
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Support us

You can make a donation to The Priory Church registered charity through the Charities Aid Foundation by clicking below:
Donate to the Church through CAFOnline


Stewardship

You can provide regular support to the Priory Church and its work by clicking this link and joining our Stewardship Scheme


Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2015


Thu 14th May Ascension Day
Sun 17th May Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord
Sun 24th May Pentecost: Whitsunday
Sun 31th May Trinity Sunday
Thu 4th June Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 7th June The Sunday of Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 14th June Rector's Sabbatical ends
Mon 24th August The Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle
Sun 30th August Observance of S. Bartholomew, Apostle:
Feast of Title
Sun 6th September Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Fri 9th September 20th Anniversary of Dr Dudley's Institution as Rector
Sun 20th September Founder's Day
Sun 4th October Feast of Our Lady's Appearance to Canon Hubert
Sun 18th October S. Luke the Evangelist
Sun 1st November All Saints' Day
Sun 8th November Remembrance Sunday
Sun 29th November Advent Sunday
Fri 25th December Christmas Day
Sun 27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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