Music This Sunday


Music This Sunday


Music for each of our services today celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first service in the present St. Bartholomew’s edifice. At 9 am choirs and congregation will sing “The Church’s one foundation,” certainly one of the most iconic hymns in English hymnody, which was sung at the very first service on October 20, 1918. St. Bart’s Singers will also honor past St. Bartholomew’s composer Harold Friedell (Organist and Choirmaster from 1946-1958), singing his well known “Draw us in the spirit’s tether,” composed for the present St. Bartholomew’s Church.

At 11 am, St. Bartholomew’s Boy and Girl Choristers, St. Bart’s Singers and St. Bartholomew’s Choir will sing Franz Schubert’s anthem “Great is Jehovah,” also sung at the inaugural service; as well as Richard Woodword’s Anglican Chant setting of the Jubilate Deo. They will also offer Charles Villiers Stanford’s setting of the Te Deum in B Flat Major, not sung at the first service but very much a part of the rotation of choral canticles sung at St. Bartholomew’s during this period in 1918.

At 5 pm, the congregation will sing “The Church’s one foundation.” They will also honor St. Bartholomew’s composer David McK. Williams (Organist and Choirmaster, 1920-1946), by singing his hymn “Strengthen for service, Lord.”

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