Upcoming Lecture: “The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces”

The Arts Society Hamburg is presenting its November lecture, held by Jon Cannon, in St Thomas Becket Church as a fund-raising event in aid of the church.

From Chartres Cathedral to Angkor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the
greatest buildings of the world. This lecture explores the architecture of the major religions
of humanity. It lays out the resulting developments in chronological order and shows how the
beliefs of each faith helped to shape its architecture and went on to be explored by designers
of genius.

To find out more about the event please check our calendar here.

Concordia Chamber Choir to sing at May Evensong

For our next Choral Evensong on 25th May we are excited to welcome the Concordia Chamber Choir from South London.

The choir was founded in January 1998, initially as an offshoot of the Dulwich Choral Society; the inaugural concert was given in Guys Hospital Chapel in November 1998 in aid of the Evelina Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Concordia is made up of approximately thirty singers from around the Dulwich area, and beyond. Initially conducted by Susan Farrow, and subsequently by Graham Ross, the choir is currently directed by Dan Ludford-Thomas, who began with the choir in 2010. Their repertoire includes anything from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre, via Cole Porter, Vaughan Williams and Britten. The choir has toured to Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark.

The Concordia Chamber Choir
The Concordia Chamber Choir

Save The Date: 16 May – Tag der Ökumene

The ACK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen) in Hamburg invites everyone to an Ecumenical Service at St Trinitatis Church on 16 May 2018 at 19:00hrs. The sermon will be held by Dr. Matthias Ring, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of the Old-Catholics in Germany.

After the service we are looking forward by to a talk by our own Father Leslie with a discussion, followed by a reception.

For more information, please download the official flyer here.

Save The Date: MEISSEN – UNPLUGGED

The relationship between the EKD and the Church of England – A consultation in the changing local partnership context

14th April 2018, 09:00am – 6:30pm

THEME: Greater Unity – Closer Fellowship

LOCATION: Ökumenisches Forum HafenCity, Shanghaiallee 12, 20457 Hamburg

More information to follow in the beginning of March!

 

 

 

“Greater Love” by Yotin Tiewtrakul premieres on 18th March

On Sunday 18 March 2018 at 6 pm the choir of the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket in Hamburg is performing the premiere of “Greater Love”, a new piece for choir, organ, piano and two soloists.

The composition by Yotin Tiewtrakul, the choirmaster at the “Englische Kirche”, tells the story of Christ’s Passion with passages of John’s gospel but also through the eyes of the medieval English mystic Julian of Norwich.

Two well-known anthems by Thomas Tallis (“A new commandment” and “If ye love me”) are also part of the piece. Not suffering in itself but love redeems the world – this is the experience “Greater Love” wants to share with the listeners.

You can follow Yotin and the choir on the “Greater Love” Instagram page for regular insights into the work on the new piece.

Friederike Krum to sing at Christmas Family Service

We’re excited to have Friederike Krum with us for our family service this year.
Friederike is an award-winning Mezzo Soprano from Hamburg based in London.
She is performing all over Europe and sang alongside incredible artists such as Plácido Domingo and Agnes Baltsa. Two weeks ago Friederike was asked to sing the National Anthem in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
While enjoying Christmas back home with her family in Hamburg she will be at St Thomas Becket for our family service at 16.00hrs on 24th December with her family and will sing ”O Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam.

Filmabend: “Englands Heimliche Hymne – Land of Hope and Glory”

Friends of Britain e.V. bittet seine Mitglieder und interessierte Gäste zu einem Filmabend in St Thomas Becket. Wir freuen uns, dass der Journalist und (Film-) Autor Axel Brüggemann im Anschluss an die Filmvorführung zum Gespräch bereit steht. Getränke und ein Imbiss sind erhältlich.

Weitere Details finden Sie unter: http://friends-of-britain.de/veranstaltungen/

 

Condolence letter to Bishop Robert – Bishop Geoffrey Rowell

Father Leslie and his wife Julie have shared their condolence letter regarding the death of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell to Bishop Robert with us:

 

Dear Robert,

The news of Bishop Geoffrey’s death came as a shock to both of us just as we were setting off on a short family visit to Bangalore in India. The informality of this response is owed to these circumstances.

We join the many who, having had the privilege of knowing Bishop Geoffrey and being blessed by his ministry, now mourn the loss of this great churchman, theologian and episcopal leader. He retained his very special humour and touched the lives of so many people, in so many ways and in so many different contexts.

For me, Leslie, he was an inspiration in particular in respect of the work relating to the Orthodox world. He was furthermore a prophetic voice of solidarity for Christian communities across the world who suffer persecution and oppression. He understood the pain of their situation. One of his key biblical verses in such situations was: we share with you in Jesus the persecution, and the kingdom and the patient endurance (Rev. 1.9).

I, Julie, remember him from his visit to St. Catherine’s Church in Stuttgart while still Bishop in Europe and from a very well received lecture on the Oxford Movement to theological students in Tübingen University a couple of years ago.

We thank the Lord for the life of Bishop Geoffrey; a witness to the love of God. We know him to be in God’s eternal kingdom of justice and love. May he rest in peace in the glory of God.

 

Warm regards as usual

Leslie