DAY BY DAY IN THE PARISH OF GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW


Except where indicated, all events take place in St Bartholomew the Great
The Cloister Café is closed until the neighbouring building works are complete, apart from special evening events and after the Sunday Solemn Eucharist


Sunday, 18th 2018, Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity
St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
 
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Bill Wilson
Readings: First:  Daniel 12.1–3
Epistle:  Hebrews 10.11–14,19–25
Gospel:  Mark 13.1–8
Setting: Mass for Five Voices – Byrd
At the Offertory: O nata lux – Tallis
Music Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in The Great
Sung by Collegium Musicum
Preacher: Fr Martin Freeman
Readings: First:  Daniel 3
Second:  Matthew 13.24–30,36–43
Responses: Byrd
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Brewer
Anthem: And the glory of the Lord – Handel
Music Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity

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Church Diary 19th to 24th
Mon 19th
       
Tue 20th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 21st Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
       
Thu 22nd S. Cecilia, Patron of Music
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
13:05 City Music Society Lunchtime Concert
TRINITY LABAN CHAMBER CHOIR
Stephen Jackson conductor
Elgar – There is sweet music
Britten – Choral Dances from Gloriana
Imogen Holst Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
Libby Larsen So blessedly it sprung
Philips – Cecilia virgo
To mark St Cecilia's Day
Led by renowned choral director Stephen Jackson, the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir celebrates British and American choral music both unaccompanied and with the sound of the harp at the core of some of the works. Elgar's remarkable part-song - written tantalisingly in two adjacent keys - rubs shoulders with Benjamin Britten's stately evocations of renaissance dance forms from his coronation opera Gloriana. The medieval texts of Libby Larsen's exploration of the metaphor of Christ's birth as a rose sprung from the branch of Mary lead naturally to the 16th-century Catholic exile Peter Philips' glorious eight-part motet in praise of the patron saint of music appropriately on her saint's day and Britten's birthday.
This concert is the last of this Autumn season. There will be a special City Music Society concert on Thursday 24th January 2019, when the Guildhall Wind Ensemble, directed by Richard Benjafield, will be playing.

The City Music Society presented its first concert on 4th January 1944, in the Guildhall School in its original home in John Carpenter Street. 75 years later, to celebrate its anniversary, the Society presents an outstanding wind ensemble from the Guildhall, playing Mozart's Gran Partita, first played in a benefit concert in Vienna in 1784. In one of the most remarkable works for winds ever written Mozart explores an extraordinary spectrum of emotions, enhanced by the glorious combination of the darkly-hued basset clarinets and four French horns.

Details of the next City Music Society season will be posted on the church website as soon as the details are available.
       
       
Fri 23rd
12:30 Lunchtime Concert: Patrick Davies – Clarinet
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Sat 24th
       

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Sunday, 25th 2018, Christ the Universal King:
Last Sunday after Trinity – Last Sunday of the Church Year

St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
 
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
Preacher: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Readings: First:  Daniel 7.9–10,13–14
Epistle:  Revelation 1.4b–8
Gospel:  John 18.33–37
Setting: Missa O Rec gloriæ – Palestrina
At the Offertory: King of glory, King of peace – Walford Davies
Music Notes for Christ the King
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 Laudes Regiæ, Choral Evensong & Benediction in The Great
Officiant: Fr Marcus Walker The Rector
Readings: First:  Daniel 5
Second:  John 6.1–15
Responses: Clucas
Canticles: Evening Service in Ab – Rubbra
Anthem: Let all the world – Leighton
At Benediction: O Salutaris – Fletcher   Tantum ergo – De Severac
Music Notes for Christ the King

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Church Diary 26th to 1st
Mon 26th
       
Tue 27th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 28th
       
Thu 29th
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 30th Feast of S. Andrew, Apostle
       
Sat 1st
       

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Sunday, 2nd 2018, ADVENT SUNDAY
The Start of the Church's Year

St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
 
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 Advent Carol Service in The Great
Music:
Advent Prose – Chant
Matin Responsory – arr. from Palestrina
Adam lay y-bounden – Matthew Martin
People look East – arr Barry Ferguson
There is no rose – Joubert
Ave Maria – Biebl
Joseph and the angel – arr. Gough
This is the record of John – Gibbons
Tomorrow go ye forth – Gabriel Jackson
Alma Mater Redemptoris – Chant

Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister Café before and after this service

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Church Diary 3rd to 8th
Mon 3rd
       
Tue 4th
11:00 Vestey Carol Service
in St Bartholomew the Less
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Please contact Vestey Foods for details about attending this event
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
18:30 Mencap Carol Service
Throughout the service you will enjoy carols from the English Baroque Choir and celebrity readings from the likes of Kathy Lette and Jules Robertson. Afterwards, Mencap hopse that you can stay for canapés and drinks. Christmas is a time of giving, by purchasing your ticket to Carols by Candlelight you are helping Mencap to support people with a learning disability around the UK.
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Please contact Mencap for details about attending this event
       
Wed 5th
       
Thu 6th
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 7th
       
Sat 8th
       

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Sunday, 9th 2018, The Second Sunday of Advent
St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
 
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in The Great

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Church Diary 10th to 15th
Mon 10th
18:30  Worshipful Company of Feltmakers Service 
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Please contact the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers for details about attending this event
       
Tue 11th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 12th
       
Thu 13th
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 14th
18:30 Saving Faces Christmas Concert
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Please contact Saving Faces about attending this event
       
       
Sat 15th
19:00 Concert: The Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs
Conductor - Roger Humphrey


Britten – Ceremony of Carols
and other festive Music


The Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs (Presidents: Jonathan Willcocks & Bob Chilcott) will present an evening of festive music, including Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" with harp accompaniment, and music by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Caccini and much more, including popular audience carols.

The Choirs regularly perform in major London concert halls and churches, including Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St James Piccadilly and have many recordings to their name. This year, the choirs performed Mahler's 8th Symphony in the BBC Proms, before embarking on a 2 week concert tour to Australia and Hong Kong.

Tickets Ł11 (Ł1 under 16s)
Book via 01702 465460
or book online by clicking this link

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Sunday, 16th 2018, The Third Sunday of Advent
St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
 
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 "Tomorrow I will come – Ero cras":
Mid-Advent Carol Service in The Great

Music:
Magnificat – Victoria
Antiphon 1 O Sapientia – Chant
O where shall wisdom be found – Boyce
Antiphon 2 O Adonai – Chant
Psalm 136 – Chant
Antiphon 3 O Radix Jesse – Chant
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Jan Sandström/Praetorius
Antiphon 4 O Clavis David – Chant
Remember, O thou man – Ravenscroft
Antiphon 5 O Oriens – Chant
O nata lux – Tallis
Antiphon 6 O Rex Gentium – Chant
Lift up your heads – Handel
Antiphon 7 O Emmanuel – Ēriks Ešenvalds
This have I done for my true love – Holst
Tomorrow go ye forth – Jackson

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.

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Church Diary 17th to 22nd
Mon 17th
1830 Carol Service: "A Ceremony of Carols"
with the upper voices of the Choir of Great St Bartholomew and Harp in The Great

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
Music:
A Ceremony of Carols – Britten

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
       
Tue 18th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
1300 Lunchtime Carol Service I in The Great
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
I saw three ships – arr. Ian Humphris
The Lute-book lullaby – Ballet
Lullay my liking – Holst
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Hodie Christus natus est – Palestrina
 
1800 Please note the time A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in The Great
This is an unticketed event, and everyone is welcome at this service. You might like to know that is attended by many of the livery companies associated with the church, whose Masters read the lessons, and we reserve seats for their members in the central area of the building. Everyone else is seated on a first-come, first-seated basis. This service will be repeated next Sunday (23rd December) at 18:30, when the seating will be largely unreserved throughout the church.
Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Peter Warlock
Wexford Carol – arr. Ben Parry
Creator of the stars of night – Malcolm Archer
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Il est né, le divin enfant – John Rutter
Away in a manger – arr Darius Battiwala
Quem vidistis pastores – Poulenc
Illuminare Jerusalem – Judith Weir
Verbum caro factum est – Haßler

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
       
Wed 19th
13:00 City Music Foundation Lunchtime Concert
in The Less
A4 Brass Quartet




A Celebration of Christmas

A4 Brass Quartet present a celebration of Christmas with carols sacred and secular arranged for brass. Their programme includes works by Poulenc, Bartók, Smetana, and Jonathan Bates, as well as a number of traditional carols, many of them arranged by Jonathan Bates, who is a member of the quartet. Free mince pie and glass of wine after the recital!

A4 Brass Quartet is comprised of principal players from two of the UK’s top brass bands, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Foden’s. With “technical virtuosity in abundance” (Brass Band World), these four astonishing musicians come together to perform both lyrical and high-octane works, forming a distinctive and new take on chamber music.

Formed during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music, A4 Brass Quartet were the first brass group to win the coveted Christopher Rowland RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year prize, while they were in their first year of study. They were also the ROSL Chamber Music Competition winners in 2018. Recent engagements include the Cerseio Festival (Switzerland), Trakai Fanfare (Lithuania), and Lieksa Brass Week (Finland). They have also performed at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and Bridgewater Hall. Their debut album Mists of the Mountains was released in 2016.

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1830 "A Star-Spangled Christmas"
Christmas music and readings from North America in The Great

This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
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 is a real star-spangled occasion.
Music:
E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come – Paul Manz
Noel Nouvelet – arr. Peter Schubert
The blasts of chill December – James Bassi
Lullee, lullai, lullo lullabye – Mack Wilberg
Ave Maria – Stephen Paulus
Silent Night – arr. Paul Johnson
Dormi Jesu – Matthew D. Nielsen
I wonder as I wander – Appalachian arr. Carter
Go, tell it on the mountain – Rosephanye Powell

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
       
Thu 20th
1300 Lunchtime Carol Service II in The Great
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A specially shortened carol service for the season, designed to fit into the lunchtime of a busy working day
Music:
I saw three ships – arr. Ian Humphris
The Lute-book lullaby – Ballet
Lullay my liking – Holst
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Hodie Christus natus est – Palestrina
 
1830 "Stille Nacht"
A Carol Service with music from the Germanic Christmas tradition in The Great

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 Germanic Christmas tradition. You won't be disappointed!
Music:
Wachet auf – Johann Sebastian Bach
Macht hoch die Tür – Reger
Puer natus in Bethelehem – Rheinberger
O Jesulein suess – Bach/Reger
Ave Maria – Biebl
Stille Nacht – Carter
Kommet, ihr Hirten – arr. Gough
Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland – Cornelius
I wonder as I wander – Rütti

Glühwein, Stollen, and other refreshments will be available in the Cloister before & after the service.
       
Fri 21st
1830 "A Christmas Carol"
A Carol Service with readings from Charles Dickens and music from his time (in The Great)

This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many of the images of a British 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 – Sydney Nicholson
The great God of Heaven – Traditional
The Holly and the Ivy – Old French
In dulci jubilo – arr. Pearsall
When Christ was born of Mary free – Parry
A cradle song of the Blessed Virgin – Joseph Barnby
Hallelujah Chorus – Handel

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.
       
Sat 22nd
       

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Sunday, 23rd 2018, The Fourth Sunday of Advent
St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
 
10:00 There is no Family Eucharist in the Less this Sunday
The Family Eucharist will resume on 13th January 2019 at 10:00

 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
 
There are refreshments in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along and join in
 
18:30 A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in The Great
This is an unticketed event, and everyone is welcome at this service. This service, as with our service on the evening of Tuesday 18th December, is modelled on the services originally begun in Truro Cathedral in 1880 by the then Bishop of Truro (later Archbishop of Canterbury) Benson, and introduced in 1918 to King's College, Cambridge, by its then Dean, Eric Milner White. The college is marking the centenary of this in 2018. The pattern of the service is now well-known all around the world. This is our biggest service of the year, so please do come early to be sure of getting a seat.
Music:
Adam lay y-bounden – Peter Warlock
Wexford Carol – arr. Ben Parry
Creator of the stars of night – Malcolm Archer
In the stillness – Sally Beamish
Il est né, le divin enfant – John Rutter
Away in a manger – arr Darius Battiwala
Quem vidistis pastores – Poulenc
Illuminare Jerusalem – Judith Weir
Verbum caro factum est – Haßler

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other refreshments are available in the Cloister before & after the service.

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Church Diary 24th to 29th
Mon 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
23:00 Please note new time this year The Midnight Mass of the Nativity in The Great
The church will be open from 22:00. Everyone is most welcome at this service, which is unticketed. However, please come as soon as possible after 22:00 if you want to be sure of a good seat.
       
Tue 25th CHRISTMAS DAY
08:30–13:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
11:00 Solemn Eucharist of Christmas Day with Procession to the Crib in The Great
This service is suitable for the whole family, especially children
       
Wed 26th The Feast of S. Stephen, the first martyr
BOXING DAY
All DayThe Great will be closed all day today
       
Thu 27th S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
12:30 Roman Catholic Mass in The Less
       
Fri 28th The Holy Innocents
       
Sat 29th S. Thomas of Canterbury, Martyr
       

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Sunday, 30th 2018, The First Sunday after Christmas
St Bartholomew the Great is open 0830–2000
St Bartholomew the Less is open 0800–2200
 
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of The Great
 
10:00 There is no Family Eucharist in the Less this Sunday
The Family Eucharist will resume on 13th January 2019 at 10:00

 
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of The Great
 
18:30 There is no Evensong this Sunday
Evensong will resume on 13th January 2019 at 18:30. Next Sunday at 18:30 we will hold our Epiphany Carol Service in The Great

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Church Diary 31st
Mon 31st S. Silvester
NEW YEAR'S EVE
We wish everyone celebrating tonight a very enjoyable time and a Happy New Year
       

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Key Dates in 2018



November
Wed 21st Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thu 22nd S. Cecilia, Patron of Music
Thanksgiving in the United States
Sun 25th CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING: THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
Fri 30th S. Andrew, Apostle

December
Sat 1st Comemmoration of the death of our Royal Benefactor, King Henry I
Sun 2nd ADVENT SUNDAY: the Church's New Year
18:30 Advent Carol Service The Great
Sun 9th SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Sun 16th THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
18:30 Mid-Advent Carol Service The Great
Mon 17th 18:30 A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Carol Service The Great
2030 Concert: A Garland of Carols by Anthony Bolton The Great
Tue 18th 1300 First Lunchtime Carol Service The Great
1800 Nine Lessons & Carols The Great (Livery Companies in attendance, but open to all)
Wed 19th 18:30 A Star-Spangled Christmas American Carol Service The Great
Thu 20th 1300 Second Lunchtime Carol Service The Great
18:30 Stille Nacht German Carol Service The Great
Fri 21st 18:30 A Christmas Carol Dickensian Carol Service The Great
Sun 23rd FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
18:30 Nine Lessons and Carols
Mon 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
23:00 Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Please note the change of time this year
Tue 25th CHRISTMAS DAY
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
11:00 Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity in The Great
Wed 26th Feast of S. Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr
Thu 27th Feast of S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Fri 28th Feast of the Holy Innocents
Sat 29th Feast of S. Thomas of Canterbury, Martyr
Sun 30th FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Mon 31st Feast of S. Silvester, Pope
New Year's Eve


Key Dates in 2019



January
Sun 6th EPIPHANY SUNDAY
18:30 Epiphany Carol Service