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Inspire! Sunday 2017

Inspire! Sunday 2017

A packed church at last year's celebration

St Bride's Church warmly invites all our congregation, past and present, and any others who wish to join us, to a celebration of all that is special about our church and its people on Sunday 24th September at 11am.

The service gives us all an opportunity to share in an act of thanksgiving, renew friendships and make new ones, and enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments after the service.

Our regular choir will be joined by the St Bride's Orchestra for a liturgical perfomance of the Missa Sancti Nicolai by Haydn. 

Nominate your favourite hymns

We are once again taking a risk on democracy and have decided to invite you to vote for your four favourite hymns: the winning four will be sung at the service.

Last year's winners were: Guide me, O thou great Redeemer; Dear Lord and Father of mankind; My song is love unknown; and O Jesus, I have promised.

To nominate your four favourite hymns, you can either fill out one of the forms available at the back of church or email them to before 17th September.

Missa Sancti Nicolai - Haydn

bright_beautiful2.jpgHaydn composed this mass in 1772 and revised in 1802. The original scoring was for oboes, horns, strings and organ, with trumpets and timpani added for the revised version - in common with most of Haydn's Masses, there are sections for solo voices as well as full choir.

It was first heard on the feast of St Nicolas (6th December), when a service was always held in honour of the Prince of Esterhazy, who shared his name-day with St Nicolas - it is thought that Haydn wrote this piece to thank the Prince for allowing him to return to the family seat at Eisenstadt after a prolonged absence (he was to continue to work for the family throughout his life).

It is an exuberant piece, perfect for a celebratory occasion - one noteworthy feature is the wide-ranging bass part at the start of the Gloria, which covers well over two octaves within the space of three bars!

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