St Bride's: News - Christmas Roundup

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St Bride's: News

Christmas Roundup

Christmas Roundup

"The Annunciation" by Katie Elder, married here in 2014

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany marking the end of the Christmas festival. Advent and Christmas at St Bride's were particularly memorable this year: a total of 26 carol services (yes, we now know the words!) meant that the choir, musicians, vergers, ushers, office staff and the Rector, all had plenty to do.

Alongside the much-loved traditions, there were some additional delights.

To our astonishment, our new service on the afternoon of Christmas Eve drew in over 260 people - far exceeding all expectations. A heart-warming congregation of Christmas shoppers seeking an antidote to Oxford Street and others who couldn't make it to Midnight Mass.

Our West End has been adorned not only with a spectacular Christmas tree courtesy of our friends at Unilever but also a glorious and dramatic painting of the Annunciation by Katie Elder. The tree is already gone but Katie's work remains for a few days longer if you can get to church to see it.

St Bride's Choir valiantly waded through drifts of Advent & Christmas music seemingly going from strength to strength with a new work by congregant and composer Mary Cohen at Nine Lessons, a spectacular arrangement of George Michael's Last Christmas which brought the house down at Fleet St Carols, and they still managed to come up with a wealth of new music on Christmas Eve.

Sadly, we bid a fond adieu to soprano Emma Brain-Gabbott who has been a stalwart of St Bride's for 23 years. Not only will we miss her beautiful voice and skilled musicianship, but the choir will need a new social secretary to organise the parties.

It really was a fantastic start to the Christian year which owes its success to the community of spirit at St Bride's. Huge thanks to all who contributed to our services, and to all who worshipped with us - and a Happy New Year to you all!

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