Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Services & Events 2017/2018

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great

The details of our programme from the start of Advent 2017 through to Epiphany 2018 can be found here. The details of events organized by or on behalf of external organizations are included if the details have been confirmed. The events that we organize ourselves are shown with a coloured background to make it easier to identify them.

The church will be putting on eleven special services during this season:

1.Sun, 3rd Dec 201718:30Advent Carol Service
2.Sun, 10th Dec 201718:30Tomorrow I will come, a Mid-Advent Carol Service
3.Sun, 17th Dec 201718:30Sunday Nine Lessons & Carols, our main Christmas Carol service
4.Mon, 18th Dec 201718:00A Ceremony of Carols Carol Service, containing Britten's work for upper voices and harp – followed at 20:30 by a concert performance of Anthony Bolton's A Garland of Carols
5.Tue, 19th Dec 201713:00Lunchtime Carol Service – a specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
6.Tue, 19th Dec 201718:00Tuesday Nine Lessons & Carols, particularly for Livery Companies associated with the church, but open to everyone
7.Wed, 20th Dec 201718:00A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the Christmas music tradition of the USA
8.Thu, 21st Dec 201713:00Lunchtime Carol Service – another specially shortened service to fit into lunchtime
9.Thu, 21st Dec 201718:00Stille Nacht, celebrating the German Christmas music tradition
10.Fri, 22nd Dec 201718:00A Christmas Carol – a Dickensian Carol Service, with readings from works by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries, and carols and hymns that Dickens could have known
11.Sun, 7th January 201718:30Epiphany Carol Service

Details of all these services can be found below.

Our sound system ensures that the readings are properly audible around the building during these services,
no matter where you are sitting, and also provides a loop for those for whom this would be useful


Thu 30th Nov 2017 18:30 Penna Carol Concert
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Fri 1st Dec 2017 19:00  Edition Peters Christmas Concert: An Evergreen Christmas
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Sun 3rd Dec 2017 Advent Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Conditor alme siderum – Animuccia
Offertory Motet: Conditor alme siderum – anon. c.1400
Communion Motet: Dominus dabit benignitatem – James MacMillan
18:30Advent Carol Service
Music:
Advent Prose; Matin Responsory; Adam lay y'bounden – Ord; The truth from, above – Vaughan Williams; There is no rose – anon 15th cent.; Ave Maria – Bruckner; The cherry tree carol – Britten; This is the record of John – Gibbons; Tomorrow go ye forth – Gabriel Jackson; Alma redemptoris mater
 
Mon 4th Dec 2017 18:30 The Silver Line Concert
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Tue 5th Dec 2017 11:00  Vestey Carol Service
in St Bartholomew the Less
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18:30  Action on Hearing Loss
in St Bartholomew the Great
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Wed 6th Dec 2017 18:15  Standard Chartered Carol Service 
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Thu 7th Dec 2017 18:00  Travers Smith Carol Service 
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Sun 10th Dec 2017 Advent II
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Mass for double choir op.44 – Leighton
Offertory Motet: Jesus Christ the apple tree – Poston
18:30Tomorrow I will come
A special service linking Advent with Christmas, based on the great
O Antiphons used in the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve
With the choir of Royal Holloway College

The Magnificat at Vespers on each of those days has a different Antiphon. Each begins with the word "O", which is then followed by an attribute of the coming Messiah: Wisdom (Sapientia), Lord of Israel (Adonai), Root of Jesse (Radix Jesse), Key of David (Clavis David), Dayspring (Oriens), King of all Nations (Rex Gentium), God with us (Emmanuel). Beginning with the last one, if you put the first letters of the Latin names together, you get ERO CRAS, the Latin for "Tomorrow I will come": the Advent promise. We have built a service on these seven aspects of Advent, all leading to the well-known hymn that unites the seven Antiphons in one text: O come, O come, Emmanuel.
Music:
Magnificat à 8 – Gabrieli; O, where shall wisdom be found – Boyce; Psalm 136; Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen – Jan Sandström/Prætorius; Remember, O thou man – Oldham; O gladsome radiance – Rachmaninov; Lift up your heads – Handel; O Emmanuel – Miškinis; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – Gardner; Tomorrow go ye forth – Gabriel Jackson
 
Mon 11th Dec 2017 18:30  Worshipful Company of Feltmakers Service 
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Tue 12th Dec 2017 18:00  Addleshaw Goddard 
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Wed 13th Dec 2017 17:45  St Barts Hospital Concert 
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Thu 14th Dec 2017 18:00  Mencap Carol Service 
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Fri 15th Dec 2017 18:30 Saving Faces Concert
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Sun 17th Dec 2017 Advent IIIGaudete Sunday
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed
09:00Holy Eucharist
10:00Family Eucharist (with hymns) at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa brevis in E – Vann
Offertory Motet: There is a flow'r sprung of a tree – Vann
18:30A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Ledger; Out of your sleep – Rodney Bennett; A spotless rose – Howells; Bethlehem Down – Warlock; Nova! Nova! – Bob Chilcott; Hymn to the Virgin – Britten; Shepherd's pipe carol – John Rutter; My Lord has come – Will Todd; Make we joy now in this fest – Walton
 
Mon 18th Dec 2017 18:00  Priory Church Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
This carol service contains the entire Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by harp, and sung by the upper voices of the Priory Church Choir. Britten's settings are distributed among a squence of readings and hymns for the whole congregation
19:30  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service. Those wishing to attend the short concert at 20:30 may like to spend their time there until the concert is announced.
20:30  Concert: A Garland of Carols by Anthony Bolton
Tickets: £10.00 (Adults), £7.50 (Concessions), £5.00 (Childre). These are available at the door, from the Parish office in advance, or online – please click the button below
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Anthony Bolton has been one of this country's outstanding and successful fund managers, but at the same time has had a thriving career as a composer. A Garland of Carols is his companion piece and homage to Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. As with the Britten work, it is accompanied by harp, and sung by upper voices. The carols focus more on secular Christmas texts, and are a delightful and beautiful addition to the season. It will be a wonderful way to make a real evening of beautiful Christmas music.
 
Tue 19th Dec 2017 13:00  First Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
Music:
Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – Traditional arr. William Llewellyn; Sans Day carol – arr. Rupert Gough; The angel Gabriel – Basque carol, arr. Malcolm Archer; A gallery carol – arr. Reginald Jacques; Ríu ríu chíu – Trad. Spanish
18:00  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
This is an unticketed event, but most of the central area of the church is reserved for those coming from Livery Companies that are especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis. Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Ledger; On Christmas night – Bob Chilcott; A spotless rose – Howells; Bethelehm Down – Warlock; I sing of a maiden – Lennox Berkeley; Hymn to the Virgin – Britten; Nativity Carol – Rutter; My Lord has come – Will Todd; Sir Christémas – Mathias
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Wed 20th Dec 2017 18:00  A Star-Spangled Christmas
A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Christmas tradition in the USA
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
The first American carol service at the Priory Church took place last year, and we are very pleased that it went so well that we will be repeating it in 2017 and into the future. Numerous Christmas Carols that we regard as part of an English Christmas actually began life in America and only came here later. It came upon the midnight clear, O little town of Bethelehem, We three Kings of Orient are, Away in a manger, Deck the Halls, are all examples of this. In many cases, they are still sung in the USA to the original tunes with which they were equipped when they were first sung. This carol service will include choir carols written in the Americas, and where there is an American tune for a familiar congregational carol, that is the one we will be using. It should be a real star-spangled occasion.
Music:
Adam lay y'bounden – Carson P. Cooman; Huron carol – Sarah Quartel; Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – Mack Wilberg; This endris night – Z. Randall Stroope; O holy night – Adolph Adam arr. Mack Wilberg; Away in a manger – Bob Chilcott; Shepherds, rejoice – Breedlove arr. Carol Barnett; Three kings – Willan; On this starry night – Matthew Harris
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Thu 21st Dec 2017 13:00  Second Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
Music:
Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – Traditional arr. William Llewellyn; Sans Day carol – arr. Rupert Gough; The angel Gabriel – Basque carol, arr. Malcolm Archer; A gallery carol – arr. Reginald Jacques; Ríu ríu chíu – Trad. Spanish
18:00  Stille Nacht
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music from Germany
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many aspects of the English Christmas in fact come to us from Germany. Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, introduced the domestic Christmas Tree and Christmas Cards to the United Kingdom, and they spread from there to the United States. But while the UK and the US share a great deal of Christmas music, German Christmas music is almost completely different from UK Christmas music – but it is also very wonderful. This is a service with a difference, a sequence of Lessons & Carols with music drawn from the German Christmas tradition. You won't be disappointed!
Music:
Wachet auf – Johann Sebastian Bach; Fallt mit Danken – Johann Sebastiasn Bach; Süßer die Glocken nie klingen – Karsten Gundermann; O Jesulein süß – Bach/Reger; Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen – Vulpius; Stille Nacht – Jung-Faber; Ein Kindlein in der Wiegen – Corner; Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland – Peter Cornelius; Alleluja! Freuet Euch! – Hammerschmidt
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Stollen, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Fri 22nd Dec 2017 18:00  A Christmas Carol
A Service of Readings from Charles Dickens, together with carols that he would have heard and known
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many of the images of Christmas today are still drawn from the Victorian era, and are especially associated with the works of Charles Dickens and especially his book A Christmas Carol. This service focuses on musc and readings from the period, with carols sung to the music that would have been used at this time of the year.
Music:
Welcome Yule – Parry; A carol for Christmas Eve; The holly & the ivy; The cherry tree carol; When I view the mother holding; The Babe of Bethlehem; Hallelujah Chorus
  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister Café after the carol service.
 
Sun 24th Dec 2017 Advent IV
Everyone is most welcome at all the services today, all of which are unticketed 
09:00Holy Eucharist
11:00Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Alma redemptoris mater – Victoria
Offertory Motet: Unborn – Alec Roth
Christmas Night
The church will be open from 23:00
23:45 The Midnight Mass of the Nativity
with the Blessing of the Crib, Procession & Solemn Eucharist
Music:
At the crib: Hodie Christus natus est – Sandra Milliken
Setting: Miss Ego flos campi – de Padilla
Communion Motets: On Christmas night – James Burton; Silent night – arr. Rupert Gough
 
Christmas Day, Mon 25th December 2017
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
This service is particularly suitable for children
Music:
Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai – Haydn
Offertory Motet: Hodie Christus natus est – Sweelinck
Communion Motet: I saw three ships – arr. Willcocks
Postlude: Radetzky March – Johann Strauss Sr
 
Sun 31st Dec 2017 Sunday after Christmas
09:00Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 There will be no Evensong today
 
Sun 7th Jan 2018 The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Epiphany of the Lord
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00Ceremony of the Kings & Solemn Eucharist
18:30Epiphany Carol Service
 
Christmas Tree and the Prior's Tomb