The last chorister has returned to Australia from overseas. The tour really is over. We are well and truly back to the normal weekly singing. This Sunday morning we sang the Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, written by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina in 1590. Four hundred and twenty six years ago, this beautiful piece of music … More A very old prayer
That’s it — the tour is over. The last notes were sung (reasonably well — not too many death stares in our last service on tour), the celebratory dinner finished, the speeches and thanks and gifts given. The last wine / beer / Scotch / cider / whatever else of tour was shared and now … More The end. Except not really.
It was an utter privilege on Friday to leave our hotel (a little earlier than most of us would have liked) and travel by bus ninety-seven miles (whatever that is in kilometres) all the way to Beaulieu Abbey, the church from which Newcastle’s first bishop William Tyrell came. The current church was a former refectory … More A visit to a friend
Friday was the feast of St Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles. It was Mary Magdalene who took the news of Jesus’s resurrection to his friends and followers; she was the first to believe the magnificence of the news she bore, and to share the good new with those closest to Jesus. What does … More Mary and all the saints
Southwark Cathedral stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames, historically the only entrance to the City of London across the river, the one of the first visions of the great city for a newcomer, or for someone returning home. There has been a church on the site since the seventh century — … More A new home for the week.
Christ Church Cathedral maintains a music programme that has benefited this city for nearly two hundred years — the first records of music at the Cathedral date from 1835. During this time, the choirs, organists and musicians of the Cathedral have enhanced the worship of our church, diocese and city, and provided entertainment on the concert … More Who are we?