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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church


Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is now an Anglican/Episcopal Church and is located in that part of London known as The City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, contains a large number of restaurants, bars & pubs. At its heart is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 as well as coming through both World Wars unscathed. In the late 19th century it was substantially renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project.

Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown.

Advent at S. Bartholomew the Great


 

A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, 21st Dec 2014 at 6:30pm
Music by:
Peter Warlock, Pierre de Manchicourt, David Willcocks, Andrew Carter, Peter Racine Fricker, Gustav Holst, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, John Gardner
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The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC is the 25th Rector since the Reformation

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cloister Café Under New Management

The Cloister Café will be supervised by Consuelo Gomez from Tuesday, 16th December 2014, and we want to welcome her warmly to the Priory Church Team. We expect the result of this very swiftly to be speedier service and a wider range of food, Sunday to Friday. Do come and try us out!

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The Rector's Sabbatical

The Rector will be on sabbatical for much of the first half of next year, and anybody who has heard him preach over the past few weeks will have picked up that he will be doing this in Finland, where he will be going back to university, while simultaneously mastering even more of the Finnish language.

The Revd Bill Wilson joins us in January, with the title of "The Sub-Prior". He will be working with Fr Mark in ensuring the smooth running of the church during this period. Fr Bill is an experienced parish priest who has covered a number of City interregna since he retired from stipendiary ministry.

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Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

We have a veritable feast of Advent and Christmas music for you in December this year, with a great variety in what we are offering. Here is a brief run down of the carol and other services yet to come in Advent Christmas & Epiphany

Sunday 21st December 2014 at 6:30pm: Nine Lessons & Carols
This is our most traditional Christmas carol service, based on the model established by King's College Cambridge.
The music this year includes: Adam lay y-bounden Peter Warlock; O Virgo Virginum Pierre de Manchicourt; Resonemus laudibus David Willcocks; Sweet was the song Andrew Carter; A babe is born Peter Racine Fricker; Lullay my liking Gustav Holst; Les anges dans nos campagnes Bob Chilcott; The Three Kings Jonathan Dove; Gallery Carol John Gardner

Monday, 22nd December 2014 at 6:00pm: A Ceremony of Carols
This is an especially beautiful carol service based on A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, performed by the upper voices of the Priory Church Choir with harp accompaniment, together with carols and hymns for the congregation also to sing between the readings. There is something especially wonderful about this service.

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 1:00pm: Lunchtime Carol Service
This is a relatively brief carol service, designed to fit into lunchtime on a busy working day, and can be combined with a lunch at the Cloister Café. There are just four well-known choir carols, with Christmas hymns for the congregation to sing. The choir music is: The Lord at first did Adam make Traditional arr. David Willcocks; The Holly & the Ivy Henry Walford Davies; Quelle est cette odeur agréable arr. David Willcocks; In dulci jubilo Robert Lucas de Pearsall

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 6:00pm: Stille Nacht
Although many elements of our traditional British Christmas have come to us from Germany (Christmas Trees and Christmas Cards, for example), relatively little German Christmas music has made the same journey. Yet, the German Christmas music tradition is also wonderful. This service gives an opportunity to enjoy something a little different. The congregation is only asked to sing in English (even if the carol is originally German) and the choir's music will be a mixture of the familiar and unfamiliar. The music includes: Wachet auf Johann Sebastian Bach; Süßer die Glocken nie klingen Karsten Gundermann; A tender shoot Otto Goldschmitt; Es steht ein' Lind' im Himmelreich Reginald Jacques; In dulci jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach; Stille Nacht Andrew Carter; Als ich bei meinen Shafen wacht' Traditional; Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland Peter Cornelius; Alleluja! Freuet Euch! Andreas Hammerschmidt

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, 24rd December 2014 at 11:45pm: Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Christmas Day, Thursday, 25th December 2014 at 11:00am: Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity

Sunday, 4th January at 6:30pm: Epiphany Carol Service
The music includes: Tribus miraculis Marenzio; From the rising of the sun Charles Gore Ouseley; When Jesus our Lord Felix Mendelssohn; No small wonder Paul Edwards; Seek him that maketh the seven stars Edward Elgar; Let all the world Kenneth Leighton

Click this link to go to the page containing all the activities in the Priory Church from 27th November 2014 until 4th January 2015.
This shows details of all the many carol services and concerts taking place in the Priory Church during this period.

We look forward very much to seeing you during the forthcoming seasons.

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2013/2014

Monthly Church Diary
NB These diary files are correct as at the time the printed version (available at the entrance desk) goes to print.
Please check the live diary below for any new bookings or changes to the church's schedule.

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Church Diary for December 2014
Church Diary for November 2014
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PRIORY CHURCH


Sunday, 21st 2014, The Fourth Sunday of Advent
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Nativity Play at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis – Haydn
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Angelus ad virginem – Anon
Voluntary: Fugue on the Magnificat BWV 733 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Music Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
6:30pm A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Music: Adam lay y-bounden Peter Warlock; O Virgo Virginum Pierre de Manchicourt; Resonemus laudibus Willcocks; Sweet was the song Andrew Carter; A babe is born Peter Racine Fricker; Lullay my liking Gustav Holst; Les anges dans nos campagnes Bob Chilcott; The Three Kings Jonathan Dove; Gallery Carol John Gardner
Voluntary: Final from Symphonie VI – Charles Marie Widor
Music Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Church Diary 22nd to 27th
Mon 22nd
2:00pm Wedding of Alastair Bennett & Emily Weal
6:00pm Carol Service: A Ceremony of Carols
Music:
A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
Choir directed by Nigel Short; accompanied by harp
Congregational carols are sung between the movements of
A Ceremony of Carols and the readings
       
Tue 23rd
1:00pm Lunchtime Carol Service
Music: The Lord at first did Adam make Traditional arr. David Willcocks; The Holly & the Ivy Henry Walford Davies; Quelle est cette odeur agréable arr. David Willcocks; In dulci jubilo Robert Lucas de Pearsall
6:00pm Stille Nacht – A Carol Service based on the German Christmas Music Tradition<
Music: Wachet auf Johann Sebastian Bach; Süßer die Glocken nie klingen Karsten Gundermann; A tender shoot Otto Goldschmitt; Es steht ein' Lind' im Himmelreich Reginald Jacques; In dulci jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach; Stille Nacht Andrew Carter; Als ich bei meinen Shafen wacht' Traditional; Drei Könige wandern aus Morgenland Peter Cornelius; Alleluja! Freuet Euch! Andreas Hammerschmidt
Voluntary: Dieu parmi nous – Olivier Messiaen
       
Wed 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
8:30am–1:00pm Church open – Please note the special hours
8:30am–1:00pm Cloister Café open – Please note the special hours
12:30pm Vigil Mass in the Lady Chapel
After this service, the church will be closed for preparations until it opens again for the Midnight Mass at 11:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were planning to visit us during the afternoon, and hope that we will have an opportunity to welcome you on another occasion
11:00pm Church opens: trumpet music will be played until shortly before the Blessing of the Crib commences
11:45pm Blessing of the Crib, Procession & Midnight Mass of the Nativity of the Lord
Introit: Hodie Christus natus est – Sweelinck
Setting: Missa Ego flos campi – Padilla
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Bethlehem Star – Chilcott
Voluntary: In dulci jubilo – Johann Sebastian Bach
       
Thu 25th CHRISTMAS DAY – The Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
11:00am The Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
Setting: Mass in D minor – Antonín Dvořák
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: My Lord has come – Todd
At the Communion: O babe divine – Pettman
Voluntary: Radetzky March – Strauss
This service is particularly suitable for children
There is no Evensong today, and the church closes after the
Solemn Eucharist for the rest of the day
       
Fri 26th S. Stephen, Protomartyr
All DayThe church is closed today
All DayThe Cloister Café is closed today
       
Sat 27th S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
All DayThe church is closed today
All DayThe Cloister Café is closed today
       

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Sunday, 28th 2014, The Holy Innocents
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
All Day The Cloister Café will be closed today. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be able to welcome you on another occasion
11:00am Solemn Eucharist –in the Lady Chapel
Setting: Missa de Angelis – Chant
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Three Kings – Cornelius
Voluntary: In dir ist Freude – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Eveing Service – Causton
Anthem: Lullay my liking – Holst
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Voluntary: In dulci jubilo BWV 751 – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 29th to 31st
Mon 29th 10:00–4:00pm
       
Tue 30th 10:00–4:00pm
       
Wed 31st S. Silvester, Pope, 335
10:00–4:00pm
       

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Family Eucharist

A Family Eucharist is held at St Bartholomew the Less most Sundays of the year at 10.00am.
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Grants & Gifts towards our Music

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts that are supporting the musical life of the church:


For funds to support the training and development of choir members:


* GE and especially Corey Anderson, for support of Marie Macklin
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* Westminster Almshouses Foundation, for support of Amy Lyddon
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For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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* The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
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* Banks Music Publications
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* Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
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* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
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* The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
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For funds to support the music in general:


* Dr Monica Darnbrough
* a number of anonymous donors

for donations to the Heritage Trust to support the performance of music in the Priory Church


We are very grateful to all our donors who make it possible for us to continue a high standard of music in this special place.


Little Spaniel Theatre
Little Spaniel Theatre is Company in Residence at St Bartholomew the Great. Over the last two years, they have created a strong ensemble of classical players working together regularly as a Rep company. So far, they have presented productions of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot and the medieval morality play Everyman in the church. There is more to come, and details will be posted on this website as and when they become available.
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Grants & Gifts to the Great Project

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts towards our Great Project. Details of this substantial and important project that is intended to equip the church for the next 900 years will be posted on the website soon.


* We are very grateful to Alan Baxter & Associates , for their contribution to the Great Project
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Joining the Electoral Roll

Membership of the Priory Church is based on the Electoral Roll, and gives you, among other things, the right to take part in electing the PCC and Churchwardens. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll. Please contact the Parish Office for an enrolment form, or you can download one here and send it to the Parish Office or hand it in at church. More information is available by clicking this link


Booking the Priory Church

If you would like to book the Priory Church for a Group Tour, for a concert or other kind of performance, or for filming or a photoshoot, we have application forms for each of these that can be downloaded from here, filled in, and emailed to us. These are for Microsoft Word, so you will only be able to use them if your software is able to work with such files. Please note: filling in a form and sending it in doesn't mean acceptance. It must first be confirmed by the Parish Office in writing.

Group Visit Booking Form

Concert & Performance Booking Form

Film & Photoshoot Booking Form

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Our Charities

• The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great (Registered Charity No. 1128471) is run by the elected PCC (Parochial Church Council) & church officers and exists to promote the whole work of the church.

• The St Bartholomew the Great Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 283623) is run by a board of Trustees independent of the PCC. It exists to maintain, preserve and improve the fabric, ornaments, furniture and monuments of the church. It is not itself a religious charity.


Become a Friend of St Bartholomew's

The Friends are an essential part of the Trust providing ongoing annual revenue, enabling the trustees to plan for future projects.
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Support us

You can make a donation to The Priory Church registered charity through the Charities Aid Foundation by clicking below:
Donate to the Church through CAFOnline


Stewardship

You can provide regular support to the Priory Church and its work by clicking this link and joining our Stewardship Scheme


Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2014


21st December Advent IV – 6:30pm: Nine Lessons & Carols II
22nd December Monday – 6:00pm: Carol Service, including
The Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
23rd December Tuesday – 1:00pm: Lunchtime Carol Service

Tuesday – 6:00pm: Silent Night
Carol service with music from the great German Christmas tradition
24th December Christmas Eve – 11:45pm: Midnight Mass
25th December Christmas Day
which falls on a Thursday in 2014
11:00am: Solemn Eucharist of Christmas Day
28th December Holy Innocents

Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2015


4th January The Sunday of the Epiphany
6:30pm: Epiphany Carol Service
6th January The Epiphany
1th February The Sunday of Candlemass
2th February Candlemass: Presentation of Christ in the Temple
18th February Ash Wednesday
15th March Mothering Sunday
29th March Palm Sunday
2nd April Maundy Thursday
3rd April Good Friday
4th April Holy Saturday
5th April Easter Day
14th May Ascension Day
17th May Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord
24th May Pentecost: Whitsunday
31th May Trinity Sunday
4th June Corpus Christi
7th June The Sunday of Corpus Christi
23rd August Patronal Festival
24th August S. Bartholomew's Day
30th August Feast of Dedication
21st September Founder's Day
18th October S. Luke the Evangelist
1st November All Saints' Day
8th November Remembrance Sunday
29th November Advent Sunday
25th December Christmas Day
which falls on a Friday in 2015
27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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