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 2017
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Thursday 28 September, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: St Vincent de Paul

An exploration, in words and music, of the life of St Vincent de Paul, the French Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director A 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. […]

October 2017
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Thursday 5 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: All Creatures of our God and King

A harvest-tide exploration of the life and work of St Francis Assisi, including Ive’s Canticle of Brother Sun and Paul Mealor’s Peace. Led by Revd Dr Alastair McKay St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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 […]

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Thursday 12 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: The voice out of the whirlwind

On the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, we explore musical references to storms in the Bible. Led and directed by Andrew Earis St Martin’s Voice 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 […]

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Thursday 19 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Strengthen ye the weak hands

Marking St Luke’s Day, we explore music for healing including Harris’ Strengthen ye the weak hands and Hurrford’s Litany to the Holy Spirit. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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 […]

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Thursday 26 October, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat

Two of Vivaldi’s choral masterpieces. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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.

November 2017
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Thursday 2 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: A Mighty Fortress is our God

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Bach Mass in B minor

In anticipation of this weekend’s performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, we explore this famous work. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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 […]

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Thursday 23 November, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Let all the world

A performance of George Dyson’s Three Songs of Praise. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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.

December 2017
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Thursday 7 December, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: An Advent Sequence

Including movements from Bob Chilcott’s Advent Antiphons.  Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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 14 December, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Glory, glory, glory to the Newborn King

Christmas Spirituals including Follow that star, The virgin Mary had a baby boy and Go tell it on the mountain.  Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells St Martin’s Voices Andrew Earis Director 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.