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
26 February Fiona Moore on her own poetry. Fiona Moore’s collection ‘The Distal Point’ has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for poetry for 2018 which will be announced later in January.
31 March (Mothering Sunday) Lesley Curwen (poet tbc)
April 28 (St Alfege)
29 September Michelmas/Dedication
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)