Great Sacred Music

A picture of St Martin's Voices with the words, 'Heart, Head & Soul'

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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September 2016
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Thursday 29 September, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: A Sequence for St Michael

A celebration of the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, including Howells’ A Sequence for St Michael and Dering Factum est Silencium. Programme Christopher Tye – Hail glorious spirits Hymn – Angel voices ever singing (t. Angel Voices) Richard Dering – Factum est silentium Herbert Howells – A Sequence for St Michael Hymn – Ye […]

October 2016
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Thursday 6 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Hymn Writers 1: Isaac Watts

An exploration of the life and work of eighteenth century English Christian minister, hymn writer and theologian Isaac Watts. Including settings of When I survey the wondrous cross, Jesus shall reign where’er the sun and Give us the wings of faith. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director Jeremy Cole Accompanist […]

Great Sacred Music, May 2015
Thursday 13 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Hymn Writers 2: Catherine Winkworth

An exploration of the life and work of Catherine Winkworth. She is best known for bringing the German chorale tradition to England through her numerous translations of church hymns, including Lift up your heads, eternal gates, Now thank we all our God and Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the King of creation. Led by Revd Dr […]

Great Sacred Music, May 2015
Thursday 20 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Hymn Writers 3: William Blake

An exploration of the life and work of English poet, painter, and printmaker William Blake, best known for his hymn Jerusalem. 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 […]

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Thursday 27 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Mozart Requiem

Come and hear famous choruses from Mozart’s much loved choral work, the Requiem. 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 […]

November 2016
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Thursday 3 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Composer spotlight: Will Todd

An exploration of the choral music of the celebrated British composer Will Todd, including his anthems The Lord is my Shepherd, My Lord Has Come and No More Sorrow, conducted by the composer. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Will Tod Director Jeremy Cole Accompanist A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head […]

Great Sacred Music, May 2015
Thursday 10 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: At the Heart, On the Edge

A celebration of the 1700th anniversary of St Martin-of-Tours, and what his legacy means to the present day St Martin-in-the-Fields. Including Augustinas’ Hymne a Saint Martin. 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 […]

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Thursday 17 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Battle of the Somme

Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme, in which more than one million men were killed or wounded. 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 […]

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Thursday 24 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Composer spotlight: Cecilia McDowall

An exploration of the choral music of the well-known British composer Cecilia McDowall, including her Magnificat written for St Martin-in-the-Fields. 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. […]

December 2016
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Thursday 8 December, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Welcome, all Wonders in one Sight

An exploration of the Christmas writings of the metaphysical poet Richard Crashaw, including Dove’s Welcome, all Wonders in one sight, Berkeley’s Look up, Sweet Babe and Leighton’s A Hymn of the Nativity. 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 […]