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The Choir of St Bride's, Fleet Street is proud to be the first adult professional choir, and also the first London church choir to offer web-casting of services. This is very fitting for a church with such strong media links, and I hope it will bring the distinctive and exciting sound of the St. Bride's choir to a wider audience.
For those who have not heard us before, the choir is an ensemble of 12 professional soloists, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of Wren's church and the magnificent Compton organ. The choir is famed for its versatility, and is equally at home in operatic excerpts and popular arrangements, but the traditional Anglican repertoire is at the heart of what we do.
For just over two years St Bride’s has been recording the many parish services, weddings, memorials and carol services held throughout the year. Some of these services have been made available to Listen Online. These recordings have also generated a wonderful archive of material, and we are now able to share the best of these moments from our liturgy at St Bride’s via the St Bride's Live record label.
The Spirit of Christmas is the first CD issued under our new St Bride’s Live label and is available to buy from the online shop or in person from the church shop.
Sunday 28th January
Setting: Gibbons Short Service
Sermon in Music: i) In dulci jubilo - Pearsall
ii) The Blessed Son of God - Vaughan Williams
iii) The Shepherds Cradle Song - arr. Macpherson
Join us every Sunday for Choral Evensong at 5:30pm.
Friday 19th December
When printers, publishers, newspaper groups and news agencies were all based in this parish, Fleet Street Carols was the occasion for them all to gather in their parish church to celebrate Christmas together. Today the newspaper offices have scattered across London and the printing firms have all gone, but a new group of firms and businesses have moved into the parish.
During this time, Fleet Street Carols has taken place every year, a chance for young and old to reconnect with St Bride's and get into the festive spirit a few days before the Christmas festival begins.
Featuring the choir of St Bride's directed by Robert Jones, accompanied by organist, Matthew Morley, & Onyx Brass
Sunday 30th November
A service of scriptural readings, anthems and carols to mark the beginning of Advent.
St Bride's Advent Carol Service is based on the theme 'from darkness to light,' with the action of the service moving from the west to the east end of the church in a sequence of readings, hymns and choral music.
(The choir may occasionally sound more distant as the microphones are in the centre of the church.)
Wednesday 5th November
A service to commemorate and celebrate all those in the media industry whose mission to bring us the news faces peril and uncertainty
As consumers of news in a fast-changing world, we demand a great deal of our journalists and foreign correspondents. We expect them to keep us informed about difficult and complex situations in the trouble spots of the world, often at great personal risk, and sometimes, tragically, they pay the ultimate price.
So it is important that, as representatives of the media industry and the public life of this nation, we honour their memory in this service and remind ourselves of their sacrifice to bring us the truth.
Journalists, cameramen and support staff have always been casualties during the conflicts they are sent to cover. In recent years more journalists than ever have lost their lives and in many parts of the world are now regarded as “legitimate targets” within the conflict zones of the world. The atrocious executions of journalists and other citizens during 2014 have further challenged us to comprehend the extremes of human behaviour.
This year, we are particularly conscious of the barbarism of various factions in the Middle East and elsewhere, but we come together as journalists, and celebrate the priceless value of freedom of speech, as we demonstrate that the Pen is, indeed, mightier than the Sword.
Monday 3rd November
A service of Institution, Induction and Installation of The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce as Rector of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street in the City of London.
View Order of Service (pdf)
Tuesday 12th November
Celebrating The Media in Troubled Times
A service to commemorate and celebrate all those in the media industry whose mission to bring us the news faces peril and uncertainty was held at St Bride's Church on Tuesday 12th November at 6:30pm.
View Order of Service & Transcripts of Lindsey Hilsum's Address and Readings
The word 'mission' implies a sense of vocation, a calling to go to the frontiers and trouble-spots of the world to understand, to interpret and to bear witness. It is a word with unmistakably religious connotations but it is also an appropriate description of the journalist's duty to keep in touch with all that is happening in the world, to spot the events of significance, and to relay them to others in a form which can be readily understood.
Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. As journalists we further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Recent events in the Middle East and especially in Syria have highlighted the importance of accurate reporting on the ground and the risks associated with this.
This year, our title 'A Mission In Peril: Celebrating The Media in Troubled Times' refers not only to those on the front line, but to everyone in an industry which more than ever faces perils now and uncertainty ahead.
So tonight we remember once again all whose mission it is to bring us the news, sometimes at terrible cost, and we celebrate the profession of journalism, and the priceless value of freedom of speech.