On Sunday February 3rd we’ll be celebrating our Patronal Festival with two fine choral services. Matins [10.45am] will feature the Te Deum and Jubilate settings by Stanford along with the anthem Senex Puerum Portabat (The old man carried the child….) by Byrd. The mass setting for Solemn Eucharist [6.30pm] will be by Alessandro Taddei da Gandria and this will be accompanied in style by The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Everyone is welcome.
This service will bring together the three great Epiphany stories – the Coming of the Magi, the Wedding at Cana and the Baptism of Christ at the Jordan, of course all within the context of wonderful music. There will be opportunity to renew Baptismal Vows. Everyone is most welcome.
St Mary’s is hosting this special New Year occasion organised by the City Prayer Network. Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30pm start. Bishop Paul will be present and all are most welcome.
After the wonderful celebrations of Christmas there will be a holiday breather. The next service will be the Sunday Eucharist on December 30th at 10.45am and the church and office will reopen to visitors on Wednesday January 2nd. The first weekday service will be Communion at 1.15pm on Thursday January 3rd.
Please phone 07885 65330 well in advance if you have a special reason to visit the Church during the holiday period.
Friday December 21st at 1pm
All are welcome to this 40-minute lunchtime Carol Service. Long-established in the Lace Market, the service features musical items by the Nottingham Girls High School Junior Choir. Refreshments provide an opportunity to socialise and network afterwards.
Tuesday December 25th at 10.45am
A great way to celebrate the birth of Jesus with music, choir and liturgy in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church.
Monday December 24th at 11.30pm
All are welcome to celebrate the birth of Jesus as Christmas Day begins.
Monday 24 December 2018 | 7pm – 8.15pm
Join the Christmas Eve Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on the night before Christmas to get into the festive spirit.
Held by candlelight, this service presents the Christmas story in traditional readings with music provided by the acclaimed choir of St Mary’s.
Address by The Rt Rev Bishop Paul Williams of Southwell and Nottingham
STOP PRESS: THE CHURCH WAS FULL FOR THIS WONDERFUL CELEBRATION IN WORDS AND MUSIC.
Christmas in Leipzig
Solomon’s Knot return on Saturday 1st December for another amazing evening of music sung from memory.
Seasonal concert of music by the three ‘Johanns’ who were subsequently cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig: Schelle, Kuhnau and Bach. All sung from memory, the concert features Bach’s jubilant Magnificat in Eb, which he composed for Christmas Day. It is paired with Kuhnau’s rarely heard Magnificat, which served as a model for Bach’s masterpiece. Opening with an Advent Motet by Schelle, baroque collective Solomon’s Knot make their much-anticipated return to Nottingham with this seldom heard music for the festive season.
“Known as much for vigour and risk-taking as for historical authenticity and intelligent programming” according to the Financial Times, the ensemble’s direct performance style was described by 365 Bristol as “serious kick up the baroque backside”.
Johann Schelle Machet die Tore weit (Motet for Advent)
Johann Kuhnau Magnificat in C
JS Bach Magnificat in Eb (including Christmas lauds)
Saturday 1 December, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, Nottingham
Tickets can be booked with the box office of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall by phone on 0115 989 5555 or following this link: https://bit.ly/2wPD2Tn
Here’s what the Nottingham Post said about last year’s performance:
‘Solomon’s Knot had people on their feet and in tears at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market’
‘One of the most radiant highlights of a remarkable musical year in Nottingham’
‘Solomon’s Knot’s achievement in presenting the Mass in B Minor was revelatory. For a start they sing the entire score from memory – solos and choruses. This in itself is an astonishing feat in a work so long and so complex.’
‘Solomon’s Knot presents Bach’s masterwork as intimate drama, almost operatic in its ability to engage directly with the emotions and intellects of their audience …. their eyes directing the audience to notice new things about the music’s meaning and texture.’
‘At the end of their performance the audience rose to its feet to applaud, some in tears, all deeply moved by what they had heard and seen.’
READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE:
This image is a detail of the Parish, City and County Memorial at the High Pavement entrance to the Churchyard. This memorial was restored in 2017 to honour the memory in our time of all who died in the Great War 1914 – 1918.