start the week with the Hampstead collective season at a glance

Every Monday at 7pm at Hampstead Parish Church or online 

​31st August 

Bach Cantatas:

BWV 199: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut

BWV 179: Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei

7th September

Sacred Meditation:

'When two or three are gathered together'

The 'Mass for Three Voices' by William Byrd, and domestic sacred music by Byrd and John Mundy, with readings from the writings of Richard Hooker.

14th September

Sacred Song Recital:

'Le Tombeau de Couperin et de Sainte-Colombe'

Aidan Coburn, tenor

Jacob Garside, viola da gamba 

21st September

Bach Cantatas:

BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

BWV 76: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes 

28th September

Sacred Meditation:

'O resplendent jewel' 

Music by Hildegard von Bingen

Readings from Hildegard von Bingen's 'The Book of Divine Works'

5th October 

Sacred Meditation:

'Canticum Canticorum – a meditation on the Song of Songs' 

Music from G.P. da Palestrina's collection of 1584

Readings from Meditations on the Song of Songs by Teresa of Ávila of 1567

12th October

Sacred Song Recital:

'The Art of the Prophets – Martin Luther and the Gift of Song' 

Jess Dandy, contralto

Dylan Perez, piano 

19th October 

Sacred Meditation:

'Jesu, priceless treasure – exploring Lutheran Pietism' 

The motet Jesu meine Freude by J.S. Bach 

Readings from the Pia desideria (1675) of Philip Jakob Spener. 

26th October 

Bach Cantatas:

BWV 56: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen

BWV 169: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben

2nd November 

Bach Cantatas:

BWV 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit 

Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz

9th November 

Sacred Song Recital: 

'Nuns of the Italian Renaissance'

Elspeth Piggott, soprano

Sergio Bucheli, theorbo 

16th November 

Handel's Theodora

Considered by many to be Handel's finest work, Theodora tells the story of a 4th century Christian martyr and a Christian-converted Roman, Didymus.  The drama and music of this oratorio are equal to any of Handel's best-known operas.

23rd November 

Sacred Meditation:

'Lux aeterna – a meditation on Light' 

A mixed programme of music by Gibbons, Victoria, Handel, Rachmaninov, Holst, Monteverdi, Purcell, and Bach 

30th November 

Sacred Song Recital:

'Eternity, Isolation, and Joy – Songs of the Religious Life' 

Christine Buras, soprano

Thomas Ang, piano

7th December

Sacred Meditation:

'O splendor gloriae – Tudor piety and ritual'

Two Latin antiphons from Tudor England – Eterne laudis lilium by Robert Fayrfax and settings of O splendor gloriae by John Taverner and Christopher Tye 

Readings from King Henry VIII's English Primer 

14th December 

Sacred Song Recital:

'Wings as Drifted Snow'

Catherine Backhouse, mezzo-soprano

Peter Foggitt, piano

Jam Orrell, viola

21st December 

Handel's Messiah 

We conclude our inaugural season with Handel's best-known and most beloved work.