Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pentecost 2015

The wild places of Hampstead Garden Suburb.  Photo by Sara Gibbons

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sounding the Trumpet at St Jude's

Alison Balsom Sounding the Trumpet (Royal Music of Purcell & Handel) at St Jude's.

ALBUM AVAILABLE HERE: ...In the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Alison Balsom celebrates the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet in works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Henry Purcell (1658 or 1659-1695), whose anthems, odes, sinfonias and operas have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their own day to the present.

Joining forces with Trevor Pinnock, harpsichordist, conductor and pioneer of historical performance, and with the English Concert orchestra that he founded, Balsom demonstrates the versatility and expressive power of her valve-less instrument in original works and new arrangements. These include Purcell's Sound the trumpet and Handel's Eternal Source of light divine in duet with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Purcell's The Plaint from The Fairy Queen in duet with soprano Lucy Crowe. Further repertoire includes suites from Purcell's semi-operas King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692) in new arrangements by Balsom and Pinnock, Handel's Water Piece in D Major HWV 341 and his Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major HWV 301 transposed into C Major.

Alison Balsom is one of today's most popular classical musicians. Having managed to break through to the mainstream without abandoning her musical integrity, she continues to draw ever-wider audiences for her performances and recordings of diverse repertoire.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Victory in Europe 1945

VE Day 1945 was marked at St Jude's by a Thanksgiving Mass and special services the folowing Sunday.

St Jude's has no Second World War Memorial.  The church muralist Walter Starmer, still a worshipper and sidesman at the church, made designs for one, but the church council decided to raise funds instead for a memorial hall, as the church hall had been requisitioned during the conflict.  The memorial hall was never built.  Memorial windows Starmer designed for the Lady Chapel were not commissioned.

Starmer designed stained glass windows as Second World War memorials for other churches including All Saints, Leavesden, St Aldhelm's, Edmonton and this one for Wealdstone Methodist Church.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Talk and Tea: Sunday 17 May

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