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Believing in poetry


Enjoy the beauty of language and music in 'cathedral style' evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with St Alfege Choir led by Director of Music Stephen Dagg and Organist Sam Barber.

Believing in poetry

Each month there will be a guest speaker who will give a short poetry talk about an individual poet or poem.


27 January     Mick Delap on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

24 February   Fiona Moore on her own poetry.  Fiona Moore’s collection ‘The Distal Point’  was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for poetry for 2018 

31 March        (Mothering Sunday) Lesley Curwen (poet tbc) 

April 28            (St Alfege)

26 May 

30 June 

28 July

29 September  Michelmas/Dedication

27 October 

1 December   Advent Carol Service (poems in order of service)


28 January                             Canon Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral

25 February                           Nick Hervey, Church Warden, on the poetry of John Clare

25 March (Palm Sunday)     Service of Passiontide Readings and Music

29 April                                  Peter Kinnison, Reader, on the poetry of Shakespeare

27 May                                   Rick Brooks, The poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

24 June                                   Keith Jarrett on his own poetry 

29 July                                     Hannah Schofield on the poetry of John Henry Newman

                                                John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a devout Anglican who later became a Roman Catholic cardinal, and is now beatified in that church.                                                 Throughout his life he reflected deeply and consistently on poetry as a complement to and instrument of faith, and wrote poems himself. 

                                                Hannah Schofield has been a member of St Alfege Choir since she moved to London two years ago. She has two English degrees, in which she                                                 spent most of her time trying to do theology degrees instead. John Henry Newman is one of her personal heroes. 

23 September 1.30pm       The Spirit of Place - community poetry event with poetry readings and performance by local poets

30 September                       Note 7.30pm  Esther (1718) - Handel St Alfege Church Choir and Orchestra directed from the harpsichord by Stephen Dagg

                                                with guest soloists. Celebrating 300 years of Nicholas Hawksmoor's church building  Tickets £18 and £12 online or at the door 

28 October                            Richard Mash on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

2 December (Advent)          Readings and Carols)