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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.
Sunday 1st March
Psalm: 135: 1-14
Setting: Weelkes for Five Voices
Anthem: Give ear, O Lord - Weelkes
Sunday 22nd February
Psalm: 119: 17-32
Setting: Walmisley in D minor
Sermon in Music: Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us - Walmisley
Wednesday 18th February
Canticle: God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
Setting: Palestrina Missa Brevis
Anthem: Wash Me Throughly - Wesley
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.
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.