Evensong at Old Royal Naval College Chapel

Posted on: January 5th, 2023 by wrenEditor

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval Collage in Greenwich are having a special evensong service at 4pm on Saturday 25 February 2023 to commemorate Christopher Wren exactly 300 years since his death.

The Chapel Choir comprises of members drawn mainly from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and surrounding communities. Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in UK to support a Collegiate Chapel Choir, which is one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London. The Choir is directed by Ralph Allwood MBE, and Jonathan Eyre is the organist.

 

This glorious Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College was built by Thomas Ripley to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren and was the last major part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen to be constructed. Following a disastrous fire in 1779, it was redecorated by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the Greek revival style, and today is a wonderful example of a complete neoclassical interior.

The preacher for this service will be the Revd Prof William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History at the University of Oxford and priest in the Church of England.

Introit: Purcell, Man that is born of a woman 

Responses: Tomkins

Psalm: 84

Canticles: Howells, St Paul’s Service

Anthem: Parry, I was glad

A Choral Concert in East Knoyle Church of “Aiming at Eternity”

Posted on: October 28th, 2022 by wrenEditor

A concert in St Mary’s Church featuring the premier of Aiming at Eternity a work about Sir Christopher Wren, for choir and flute and piano composed by Andrew Wilson in collaboration with the poet Stella Davis.  This will be performed by the Orlando Singers (conductor, Sam Hanson), with Ruth Molins (flute). The choir will also be singing music contemporary to Wren.

Choral Evensong in Honour of Christopher Wren

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

Wren and Faith Coghill were married in the Temple Church on 7 December 1669.

Speaker: Dr Robin Griffith-Jones, Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple: Wren at the Temple: Personal and Professional.

Wren was commissioned in 1682 to transform the – profoundly Gothic – Temple Church (1163-1240) into a fashionably classical space. His decoration and furnishings lasted until the Victorian restoration of the 1840s. His reredos was bought back from the Bowes Museum after World War II and re-installed.

Wren’s articulation of the Temple Church’s two halves was informed by the theology of Jerusalem’s Jewish Temple and of early Christian churches, all studied with extraordinary learning in late 17th century London. His patrons, the lawyers of Inner and Middle Temple, ensured that due justice was also done to the evolution of English law as invented in the myths of ‘the British History’. The result was a richly symbolic, evocative space, as poetic as it was beautiful. It can enthral and inspire us still.

The congregation is invited to refreshments in the Round after the service.

I have sent your Watch at last & envy the felicity of it, that it should be soe near your side & soe often enjoy your Eye. … .but have a care for it, for I have put such a spell into it; that every Beating of the Balance will tell you ’tis the Pulse of my Heart, which labors as much to serve you and more trewly than the Watch; for the Watch I beleeve will sometimes lie, and sometimes be idle & unwilling … but as for me you may be confident I shall never“.

 

Wrenathon

Posted on: October 21st, 2022 by wrenEditor

Hear Wren’s city churches filled with song in the Wrenathon, a celebration of community singing and Wren’s historic architecture.

Featuring choirs from across the City of London and beyond, this 12-day festival takes place across multiple churches associated with architect Christopher Wren, marking his tercentenary. Culminating in a choral marathon on Saturday 24th June 2023, audiences will be taken on a musical journey throughout the city and experience the power of singing to transform spaces and bring people together.

Choirs interested in taking part can email wrenathon.wren300@london.anglican.org for further information.

This project forms part of the Wren300 Square Mile Churches programme which is being undertaken by the London Diocesan Fund and partly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

Wren300 Concert

Posted on: October 19th, 2022 by wrenEditor

This special concert in the atmospheric surroundings of Trinity’s Wren modified Chapel offers a musical glimpse of London in the later years of the architect’s extraordinary life.

Featuring composers who were active around 1723 and who represent the musical styles prevalent in London in the first three decades of the 18th century as Wren stepped back to survey his astonishing lifetime’s work. The programme features trio sonatas by William Croft (1678-1727), sacred songs of John Weldon (1676-1736) and secular songs and theatre music by John Eccles (1668-1735).

Raising the Roof – a cantata

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by wrenAdmin

Children from across the City of London family of schools will be visiting and encountering spaces designed and built by Wren. As part of their visit, they will create artwork for display and performance. Creative writing workshops, art history and architecture tours, drawing and paper cutting workshops and singing sessions will generate the material for a libretto to be set to music by Richard Quesnel for performance in the Guildhall. The children will learn about Wren’s work is a polymath, mathematician, astronomer and architect and will learn about how Wren’s genius is responsible for the beauty and majesty of buildings that are a major part of the skyline and fabric of the City of London.