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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great


The main body of the Priory Church. Photo: Anthony Harbison Saint Bartholomew the Great is one of London's oldest churches. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is an Anglican/Episcopal Church in that part of London known as the City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, contains a large number of restaurants, bars & pubs. At its heart is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and both World Wars unscathed.

Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including The Hollow Crown.

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


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ongoing Items

Click here to see information about the installation of Sophie Arkette's Colloquy in the Priory Church

Click here to see information about Ben-San Lau at the organ

Click here to see information about the Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in October 2014

Current Announcements

Volunteer Photographer(s) Needed

You may have noticed that the photographs of Palm Sunday through to Easter Day on this website date from 2007. When they were taken, we still started the Palm Sunday Solemn Eucharist in the Chapel of the Charterhouse, and the line-up of clergy was a little different from today as well. We would like to have some new digital photographs from this year's Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter services. If you would be willing to do this for us, even if you can only do some of the services, would you please contact Fr Mark at the Church office (Click here to email him at pastor@greatstbarts.com) or call the office on 020 7600 0440 to let us know. Very many thanks in advance to anybody willing and able to help us with this.

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Christopher Green

www.christophergreen.info
The picture above by Christopher Green is currently being exhibited in the Cloister Café just by the piano at the entrance.
Click the picture to see a larger image of this remarkable piece.
Click here for more information about Christopher Green

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HRH Prince Charles & the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

HRH Prince Charles
On Thursday, 3rd April 2014, HRH Prince Charles came to the Priory Church for a service of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, at which he presented them with their Royal Charter.

Click here to see a gallery of photographs from the occasion and a video of the event from The Daily Telegraph

Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

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Become a Friend of S. Bartholomew the Great

The Friends are a constant support to the heritage aspect of the Church's life and make it possible to conserve our fabrics and plate, make essential repairs, provide safe and sensible storage, and provide interpretation materials. If you love S. Bartholomew the Great, we urge you to join the Friends and we are recruiting throughout Lent. You can find a "Friends' Table" at our services where there is a great deal of helpful material on this subject, and we do encourage you to visit this.
You can also click here to learn more by visiting the Friends' page on this website.

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Help to Elect the PCC

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. You will also need to be on the Electoral Roll if you would like to stand as a candidate yourself. If you are over 16, baptized, resident in the parish or habitually worship here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll.

It also creates a virtual non-geographic parish conferring rights to baptism, marriage and funerals at S. Bartholomew the Great.

This year's Annual Parochial Church Meeting at which members of the PCC are elected takes place on April 30th at 7:00pm in the Cloister Café – the bar will be open! If you want to qualify to stand or to vote at that meeting, you need to join the Electoral Roll no later than Monday, 14th April 2014.

Please contact the Parish Office for a physical 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

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Voluntary Choir Choral Evensong: Sunday, 27th April 2014

We have been planning to get a voluntary choir established for some time, and at last we are going to do it. This is for anybody who would like to sing in a choral service in the church from time to time – initially we are thinking of three or four times per year. The first of these services is going to be Evensong on Low Sunday, 27th April 2014. Because not all those who would like to sing have the same level of experience, we are offering two approaches to joining in with this opportunity. If you are an experienced singer, probably with good sight-singing skills, and have a track record of being able to do this, you are welcome just to arrive on the Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm for a rehearsal before Evensong (tea/coffee will be available in the Cloister Café between the rehearsal and the service). For those who feel they would like a little more preparation, there will also be two ninety-minute note-learning sessions in the Cloister, one on Friday 11th April at 6:00pm, and the other on Friday, 25th April, also at 6:00pm. The time has been set so that people can come straight on from work on their way home.
If you would like to take part in this service, would you please email Zoë MacMillan at zoe.mcmillan@btinternet.com to let her know that you will be taking part and which rehearsals you will be attending.

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Florian Rago
Solo Violin Concert by Florian Rago on May 9th

Florian Rago, the young virtuoso violinist, will give a recital at the Priory Church
on Friday, 9th May 2014, 7:00pm.

The programme will be as follows:
Caprice no.24 op.1 – Nicolo Paganini
Fantasy on the Sextet from Donizetti's 'Lucia de Lammermoor' – Leon de St Lubin
Sarabande from Partita for solo violin no.1 BWV 1002 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Last Rose of Summer Variations – Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
Andante from Sonata for solo violin no.2 BWV 1003 – Johann Sebastian Bach
La Cumparsita – Gerardo Matos Rodriguez arr V.Zito
Malincolnia from Sonata for solo violin no.2 op.27 – Eugene Ysaÿe
Sonata for solo violin no.3 op.27 'Ballade' – Eugene Ysaÿe

Tickets can be ordered on-line by clicking on this text

Click here for a biography of Florian Rago

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Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral – T.S. Eliot

From Friday, 16th May 2014 to Saturday, 14th June 2014, the Priory Church will be the venue for a dramatic production of T.S. Eliot's account of a Plantagenet King, Knights in Armour, and an Archbishop's Bloody Death, Murder in the Cathedral. The production is being presented by the Little Spaniel Theatre, which is based in North London and specializes in the staging of classical European plays, with a strong focus on Renaissance drama. They are also a drama school, teaching all aspects of classical acting and text work.

The Director is Cecilia Dorland, music by Jean-Philippe Martinez.
In the cast: Ava Amande , Martin Aukland, Cristina Basche, Clare Brice, Pip Brignall, Anna Buckland, Tyrone Coogan, Edward Fisher, Eluned Hawkins, Claire-Monique Martin, Daniel Osgerby, Damian Regan, Edmund Sage-Green, Jack Cooper Stimpson, & Tom Wharnsby

Performances: Mon–Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat 17, 24 May & 14 June at 3:00pm
The Cloister Café will be open before and after each show

Click here for online ticket booking

Click here or on the poster above to see a larger version

Click here if you would like to see a flyer about this production

Click here if you would like to see the press release about this production

Click here to go to the website of the Little Spaniel Theatre

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Music Notes
Click the links below to view:
Music Notes Archives 2013/2014

Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter
Click here for our Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
Holy Week and Easter
Click this text or the picture above for a gallery of pictures from Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter

The picture above is from an installation in the Cloister in July 2007 by Mark Maxwell.
Click here for more information about Mark Maxwell

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 2014
Church Diary for March 2014
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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Church Diary 14th to 19th – Holy Week
Mon 14th Monday in Holy Week
Click here for our Lent, Passiontide & Holy Week programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Tue 15th Tuesday in Holy Week
Click here for our Lent, Passiontide & Holy Week programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00am We welcome a guided tour by London Walks
Click here for more information about London Walks
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Wed 16th Wednesday in Holy Week
Click here for our Lent, Passiontide & Holy Week programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Thu 17th Maundy Thursday
Click here for our Lent, Passiontide & Holy Week programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
7:30pm Solemn Eucharist followed by an Hour's Watch in the Lady Chapel
Setting: Messe cum jubilo – Duruflé
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
       
Fri 18th Good Friday
Click here for our Lent, Passiontide & Holy Week programme
Click here for a short guide to Holy Week
8:30am Church open
All Day The Cloister Café will be closed all day
11:30am Butterworth Charity in the Churchyard
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
12:00 Noon Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
Passion: Setting by Victoria
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Reproaches: Setting by Victoria
Christus factus est – Bruckner
Crux fidelis – King John of Portugal
7:00pm Tenebræ
Responsories: Setting by Victoria
Christus factus est – Bruckner
       
Sat 19th Holy Saturday & Easter Eve
Click here for our complete Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter programme
9:00pm The Easter Vigil
Gloria – Kodály
Te Deum (from Collegium Regale) – Howells
Like as the hart – Howells
Victimæ Paschali laudes – Victoria
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Voluntary: Pæan – Howells
       

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Sunday, 20th , Easter Day – The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
Click here for our complete Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter programme
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns and Easter Eggs at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist, Renewal of Baptismal Covenant, & the annual Easter Egg Hunt
Vidi aquam – Chant
Setting: Coronation Mass – Mozart
Sequence: Victimæ Paschali laudes
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Easter ('Rise, heart') – Vaughan Williams
Voluntary: Final from Symphony No. 6 in G – Widor
6:30pm Solemn Easter Vespers
Kyrie: from Missa Papæ Marcelli – Palestrina
Magnificat: Octavi toni – Morales
Victimæ Paschali laudes – Victoria
Hæc dies – Byrd
Regina Cæli – Victoria
Voluntary: Fugue in Eb, BWV 552 – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 21st to 26th
Mon 21st Easter Monday
We wish all our friends on holiday this Easter Monday a very happy and enjoyable day
All Day Please note, the Church Administration Office will be closed today
10:00am–4:00pm Church open
10:00am–4:00pm Cloister Café open
       
Tue 22nd
All Day Please note, the Church Administration Office will be closed today
       
Wed 23rd S. George, Patron of England
We wish all our friends in England a very happy S. George's Day
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Thu 24th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
2:30pm We welcome a visit by The West Suffolk Association of the National Trust
Click here for more information about The West Suffolk Association of the National Trust
5:30pm We welcome a visit by Art History UK
Click here for more information about Art History UK
       
Fri 25th
1:00pm Lunchtime recital: Bold as Brass Ensemble
The concert itself is free, so the only cost is the usual £4 admission charge for access to the building. The Cloister Café will also be open throughout.
Programme:
          French Dances – Gervaise/Attaignant
          Leviathan – Denegri
          Hungarian Rhapsody – Liszt arr. Bissill
          Moon River – Mancini arr. L. Paul
          Earle of Oxford's March – Byrd, arr. Howarth
          Sunny – Eacott arr. Powell
          Norwegian Wood – McCartny/Lennon arr. Bissil
          Elsa's Procession – Wagner arr. Green
Biography:
The Bold as Brass Ensemble formed in late 2010, when all 10 members began studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength, performing a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from Jazz to Baroque, Twentieth Century to Pop. Recent concerts include performances at LSO St Luke's, pre-concert for Valery Gergiev's 60th birthday gala concert with the LSO, and Philip Jones Memorial Concert. The Group has also played the music of Peter Warlock for the Peter Warlock Society in Chelsea, and provided light music at the Sport Relief Mile on The Mall.This year the group was honoured to be invited to provide both ceremonial and light music for the Guildhall School's annual graduation ceremony, performing in the presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London in the Great Hall in the Guildhall.
Group members:
          Trumpets: James Davison, Adam Chatterton, Verity Jacklin, Chloë Abbott
          Horn: Alex Wide
          Tuba: George Ellis
          Trombones: Ieuan Williams, Sion Jones, Jamie Pimenta, Yusuf Narcin
Click here to see more information about Bold as Brass on their Facebook Page
6:00pm Voluntary Choir rehearsal in the Cloister
Please note, the bar and Café facilities will remain open throughout
       
Sat 26th
11:00am Marriage Blessing
Dele & Tola Balogun
2:00pm Wedding
Daniel McLoughlin & Maryam Ziarati
4:00pm Wedding
Spencer Summerfield & Laura Brocklehurst
       

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Sunday, 27th , The Second Sunday of Easter – Low Sunday
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
11:00am Procession & Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Quarta – Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Quia vidisti me – Marenzio
Voluntary: Prelude in C minor, BWV 546 – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Sung by the Voluntary Choir
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Sumsion
Anthem: Ave Verum Corpus – Elgar
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Op37/#2 – Mendelssohn

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Church Diary 28th to 30th
Mon 28th S. Mark, Evangelist (transferred)
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
7:00pm Meeting of the Farringdon Ward Club in the Cloister
Click here for more information about the Farringdon Ward Club
       
Tue 29th Holy Abbots of Cluny
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00am We welcome a guided tour by London Walks
Click here for more information about London Walks
7:00pm Exploring Marriage II in the Cloister
       
Wed 30th S. Erconwald, Bishop of London, c. 693  
All Day Advance Warning: It is possible that the church will need to be closed all day today and tomorrow (Thursday, 1st May 2014) for filming. If you are thinking of visiting us on either of these two days, please check back here nearer the time to see whether this warning has disappeared or been replaced by a definite closure. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you in planning your trip.
6:30pm Meeting of the PCC of S. Bartholomew the Great at S. Bartholomew the Less
7:00pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting of S. Bartholomew the Great in the Cloister
       

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Family Eucharist

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


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


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:


The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Click here for details about the Trust

The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
Click here for details about the Trust


Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
Click here for details about Music Sales
The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
Click here for details about the Edition Peters Group
for significant donations of music for our services

Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
Click here for details about OUP Music Department
for considerable assistance with acquiring music for our services


Dr Monica Darnbrough
and 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.


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

Click here to see how to contact us


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. Click here to learn more.


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 2014


17th April Maundy Thursday
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18th April Good Friday
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19th April Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
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20th April Easter Day
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30th April Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Deanery Synod & PCC Elections
8th June Pentecost (Whitsunday)
22nd June Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
29th June Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles
24th August S. Bartholomew the Apostle – Feast of Title
31st August Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
14th September Holy Cross Day
21st September Founder's Day
12th October Feast of Our Lady's Appearance to Canon Hubert
21st October Start of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
2nd November Sunday of All Saints
9th November Remembrance Sunday
30th November Advent Sunday
25th December Christmas Day
which falls on a Thursday this year

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