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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January 2017
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Thursday 26 January, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: The Road to Damascus

Marking the conversion of Paul the Apostle, using choral extracts from Mendelssohn’s oratorio St Paul.  Programme Mendelssohn – O Lord! Thou alone art God from St Paul Hymn: A heavenly splendour from on high (t. Eisenach) Mendelssohn – And as he  journeyed from St Paul Mendelssohn – Rise up! Arise! Rise and shine from St Paul Mendelssohn – Sleepers […]

February 2017
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Thursday 2 February, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Ecce Beatam Lucem

A celebration of Candlemas, including Holst’s Nunc dimittis and Jonathan Dove’s Ecce beatam lucem. Programme David Bednall – Hail, gladdening light Hymn – Of the Father’s heart begotten (t. Divinum mysterium) Morten  Lauridsen – O nata lux Cecilia McDowall – Candlemas Jonathan Dove – Ecce beatam lucem Hymn – Hail to the Lord who comes (t. Old 120th) […]

Voices – Dec15-6028
Thursday 9 February, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: I Am

Choral settings of the seven ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus in St John’s Gospel. 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 […]

St Martin’s Voices
Monday 13 February, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Allegri Miserere

Join St Martin’s Voices for the first of three Great Sacred Choral Classics, focusing on Allegri’s ‘Miserere’. Read more…

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Thursday 16 February, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: My Beloved Spake

Marking Valentine’s day with texts from the Song of Songs set to music, including Henry Purcell’s My beloved spake. 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 […]

Voices Dec15
Monday 20 February, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Hallelujah!

Join St Martin’s Voices for the second in our Great Sacred Choral Classics series, focusing on Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’ chorus. Read more…

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Thursday 23 February, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: All We Like Sheep

A journey through the role of shepherds and sheep in the Bible, including works by Handel and Rutter. 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 […]

Voices – Dec15-6028
Monday 27 February, 6:30 pm

Great Sacred Choral Classics: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Join St Martin’s Voices for the final Great Sacred Choral Classics focusing on Bach’s famous anthem ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’. Read more…

March 2017
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Thursday 2 March, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Bach Motets

A reflection on Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude.  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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Thursday 9 March, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Zoltán Kodály

Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, including movements from his Missa Brevis.  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 […]