News & Announcements – updated 10th June 2017

Christmas Fair (Lord Mayor’s Day) – Saturday 11th November 2017

We would like to thank everyone who has offered their support in helping Tracey Braddick organise this year’s St Bartholomew’s Fair. We hope very much that all the congregation will offer their support for the Fair when the time comes.

As briefly mentioned last week, Michael Jones is putting together a 2018 St Bart's Calendar for sale at the Fair. If you have taken any photos of The Great or The Less that you believe capture the life in our church communities during 2017, he would be delighted if you were to forward them (max. 4 please) to The cut off is likely to be the end of July, so there is still time to get the camera out. It will be assumed that any photos sent to Michael are copyright-licensed by you for inclusion (for this publication only), and that you should be credited.

For further information about the Fair please contact Tracey at

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We would like to thank all those who have responded to our Stewardship Campaign. If you still have an envelope with your pledge, please either bring it to church or post it back to us.

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Tenbrae Events at The Great

Two important events with Tenbrae (conducted by our former Director of Music, Nigel Short)
are coming up at St Bartholomew the Great. Here are the details:

Workshop: The Tenebrae Effect on Sunday 2nd July, 13:30 to 16:30

Would you like to find out what it takes to be a Tenebrae singer?

The Tenebrae Effect is Tenebrae’s inspiring choral development initiative that provides an insight into the elements which make Tenebrae’s sound and interpretation to music so unique. It is designed to challenge and advance every participant, whilst giving singers the opportunity to learn in a friendly and challenging environment alongside professional singers from the choir.

Join Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, Nigel Short, for what is set to be fascinating and informative afternoon. We advise that most value is brought to those with prior choral experience who wish to improve within smaller, focussed groups, and suggest participants should either be familiar with the scores or be confident sight-readers.

Chilcott: Marriage to My Lady Poverty
Stanford: The Blue Bird
Parry: My Soul There is a Country, Songs of Farewell

Scores will be provided by Tenebrae on the day. Minimum age 16.

Click here to go to the Tenebrae website. You can buy tickets by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button

Concert: The Path of Miracles on Friday 7th July, 19:45

Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles was the first major work commissioned by the award-winning professional vocal ensemble, Tenebrae, in 2005 and having received high acclaim (“an evocative odyssey” – The Times) returns this year for an extensive UK tour. To accompany its revival, Tenebrae has commissioned a unique new choral work by Owain Park, Footsteps, which allows Tenebrae to perform alongside its choral development partners – the London Youth Chamber Choir and Music Centres London – and marks Tenebrae’s fifteenth-anniversary season.

The Path of Miracles world premiere was due to take place on 7th July 2005 at St Bartholomew-the-Great, yet this was the day of the London bombings. The premiere was cancelled and rescheduled for ten days later and its inaugural performance became a powerful act of reflection and contemplation. To be able to perform the piece in St Bartholomew’s once again makes this concert both a significant and poignant occasion for Tenebrae.

Path of Miracles is a work based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage, the great Pilgrimage to Santiago. Candlelight, singing from memory and an imaginative use of the concert space guarantees Tenebrae at its dramatic best in the magnificent setting of London’s oldest church.

Join us at 18:45 for a free pre-concert talk in the Lady Chapel of St Bartholomew the Great with Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, Nigel Short, and composer Joby Talbot, led by Kathryn McDowell.

Click here to go to the Tenebrae website. You can buy tickets by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button

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