Great Sacred Music

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Every Thursday at 1.00pm, we present Great Sacred Music, our 35-minute lunchtime sequence to speak to heart, head and soul. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells and St Martin’s Voices, it explores through song and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage.

Free entry. A retiring collection is taken to support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Supported by the Jerusalem Trust.

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April 2017
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Thursday 27 April, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Hallelujah!

The ways different composers have interpreted the word ‘Hallelujah’, including works by Purcell, Handel, Randall Thompson and Leonard Cohen. Programme Randall Thompson – Alleluia Hymn – Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise (t. Lux Eoi) Purcell – O God, thou art my God Handel – Hallelujah Chorus Rachmaninov – Blessed is the man […]

May 2017
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Thursday 4 May, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Cantatas: from Bach to Vaughan Williams

Exploring choral settings of the Canatata through the centuries. J.S. Bach – Es ist das Heil uns kommen her from ‘Cantata 9′ Hymn – All for Jesus (t. All for Jesus) Bruckner – Das ist der Unbefleckten Haus from ‘Festkantate’ Vaughan Williams – Love bade me welcome from ‘Five mystical Songs’ Leighton – Drop, drop […]

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Monday 8 May, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat

The first in a series of three evening events exploring choral music regularly performed at St Martin’s. This evening we focus on Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director FREE with a retiring collection for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Thursday 11 May, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: 21st Century Choral Music

Including works by Paul Spicer, Philip Moore and Gareth Tresedar. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Jeremy Cole Director and Acccompanist A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. FREE with a retiring collection for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  

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Thursday 18 May, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Carillon de Westminster

In the season of the State Opening of Parliament, we explore democracy, justice and service in words and music, concluding with Vierne’s organ work based on the chimes of Big Ben, Carillon de Westminster. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Jeremy Cole Director and Organ A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head […]

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Monday 22 May, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Haydn The Creation

The second in a series of three evening events exploring choral music regularly performed at St Martin’s. This evening we focus on The Creation by Haydn. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields Andrew Earis Director FREE with a retiring collection for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Thursday 25 May, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Mendelssohn’s Gloria

In anticipation of their concert with Southbank Sinfonia on Saturday, St Martin’s Voices explore Mendelssohn’s lesser-known Gloria. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director Jeremy Cole Accompanist A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. FREE with a retiring collection for the work […]

June 2017
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Thursday 1 June, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: The Beasts of the Earth

For school half term, we take a light-hearted look at musical representations of animals in the Bible. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director Jeremy Cole Accompanist A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. FREE with a retiring collection for the […]

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Thursday 8 June, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: World Oceans Day

Including a rare performance of Gavin Bryars’ The Black River. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director Jeremy Cole Accompanist A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. FREE with a retiring collection for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Monday 12 June, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Mozart Requiem

The third in a series of three evening events exploring choral music regularly performed at St Martin’s. This evening we focus on Mozart’s Requiem. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Chorus Andrew Earis Director FREE with a retiring collection for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.