The usual pattern of services is:
10.30am Choral Parish Eucharist
We are currently streaming the service over Facebook due to lockdwon restrictions.
Please note: the following events and services are currently suspended due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Please check back for updates.
6.30pm St Mark's Horizon Voices Community Choir (Term time)
8pm Pints of View at the Elgin Pub, Maida Vale
10:00-11:30 Little Lions
12:30pm Coffee Hour
7pm BCP Eucharist
St Mark's Hamilton Terrace
St Mark's Church
114 Hamilton Terrace
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Sunday 25th October
William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) - Missa Princeps Pacis
The Lloyd Webber name is synonymous with high level music-making in this country. Andrew Lloyd Webber is, of course, one of the most successful composers of this, or indeed any, generation, and his brother Julian is a world-class cellist. Both of the two Lloyd Webber brothers have done immense amounts for education and charity, whilst producing some of the finest music, both in composition and performance, of the modern era.
Their father, William, was also a phenomenally talented musician: his father was not a musician, but was an organ “buff”, who would take William with him as he journeyed around the country to listen to our finest organs. William, of course, eventually started playing the organ himself, and by the time he was 14 he had already established himself as a world-class recitalist. As a point of interest, it was only when Lloyd Webber enrolled at the Royal College of Music that he used the name ‘Lloyd’ - there was another organist on the course called William Webber, so he simply began using his second middle name, Lloyd, to distinguish himself.
Stylistically, Lloyd Webber’s music is firmly rooted in the Romantic era - composers such as Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Franck were important influences on him. This led, eventually, to him ceasing his own composition. He was so worried about being “out of step” with the direction in which much was heading that he devoted his time to teaching instead, holding positions at the Royal College of Music, and as director of the London College of Music, now part of the London College of Music and Media. As an organist, Lloyd Webber held posts at All Saints, Margaret Street, and at Westminster Central Hall.
Missa Princeps Pacis is a simple and functional, but yet extremely beautiful setting of the mass. It follows a similar pattern to earlier Victorian British settings of the mass, but with a more free-flowing and Romantic touch. The Benedictus, in particular, is a perfect example of both - a luscious bass solo, which has more than a touch of the operatic about it, followed by a very simple hosanna, which mimics the incense rising into the air.
Here is the Kyrie, sung by the Westminster Singers/Hickox, with Ian Watson accompanying: https://youtu.be/zuJWYzb-4X8
Ernest Bullock (1890-1979) - Give us the wings of faith
Ernest Bullock is another in the line of fine organists and composers produced in this country at the turn of the 20th century. His musical training came from none other than Edward Bairstow, at the time organist at Wigan Parish Church.The reasons for Bairstow taking the young Bullock under his wing are very sad: his parents died when Ernest was still a child, so Bairstow firstly took total control over his education, before taking him into his own home to live with his children when the family moved to Leeds.
The musical grounding that Bullock received from Bairstow would have been second-to-none, and it is hardly a surprise that Bullock became a wonderful organist, serving first as assistant to Bairstow at Leeds Parish Church, before moving on to Manchester Cathedral (as assistant), St. Michael’s, Tenbury, and Exeter Cathedral (as director of music), before finally, after Bairstow himself turned the role down, as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey. After the Abbey, and in particular the area in which the music department lived, was bombed during World War 2, Bullock and the rest of his team were dispersed, with music at the Abbey pared back significantly. This allowed Bullock the time to focus on both composition and teaching: he was eventually appointed as Director of the Royal College of Music, following on from another great in the world of British church music, Sir George Dyson (whose canticles we performed at evensong last week).
Give us the wings of faith is a beautiful celebration for any saint - traditionally it is performed on the Eve of All Saints, and as we have no service then we’re singing it a week early. It is a reflective setting, as opposed to the more triumphant music we will be singing on All Saint’s Day itself, describing how we, with enough faith, can see the Saints in Heaven for ourselves, and how happy, joyous, and triumphant they are. The text asks them how they got there, to which they “ascribe their conquest to the Lamb, their triumph to his death”. The music then ends on a very personal note, unlike other settings of that text, which continue celebrating Jesus and the resurrection: it describes how the Saints simply follow in the footsteps of Jesus and “reach their promised rest”. Musically it is a very semplice ending, which for me makes it all the more beautiful: it is describing the acceptance of death, and trust in God to take you to heaven safely.
Here are the choir of Ripon Cathedral/Kerry Beaumont, accompanied by Andrew Bryden: https://youtu.be/Gq3ljHbtGOw