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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February 2017
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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. Programme G.F. Handel – Behold the Lamb of God from ‘Messiah’ Hymn – I will sing the wondrous story (t. Nettleton) Tavener – The Lamb Kodaly – Agnus Dei from ‘Missa Brevis’ Rutter – The Lord’s my Shepherd […]

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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 […]

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Thursday 16 March, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: The Wilderness

In the journey of Lent, we explore Biblical wanderings in the desert, with music including S. S. Wesley’s The Wilderness.  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 […]

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Thursday 23 March, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Old and new representations of the next step in words and music. 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 […]

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Thursday 30 March, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Blessed are they that considereth the poor and needy

Marking the start of the new tax year, we explore music written for charitable purposes, including Handel’s Anthem for the Foundling Hospital and Vivaldi’s 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 […]

April 2017
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Thursday 6 April, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Crucifixus

Marking Passion Sunday, and the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Italian composer Antonio Lotti, we sing three settings of Crucifixus pro nobis in 6, 8 and 10 parts. 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 […]

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Thursday 13 April, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Duruflé Requiem

Marking Holy Week, we explore Duruflé’s sublime 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 St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Thursday 20 April, 1:00 pm

Great Sacred Music: Handel Messiah

A celebration for Easter, including choruses from Handel’s Messiah. 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.