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St. Stephen’s May Festival

The St. Stephen’s Church May Festival commences on Saturday 30th April with High Mass.  The joint choirs of St. Stephen’s and Richmond Hill St. Andrew’s United Reformed Churches will sing the Communion Service in B Minor by  Tertius Noble, and the preacher will be Revd. Canon Charles Stewart of Christchurch Priory.

The Festival Lecture, at 2:45, will be given by Canon Jeremy Davies, former Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral. This will be followed by the Festival Tea – highly recommended.

Evensong, at 5:15,  will be sung by the choir of Derby Cathedral, and this will be followed by the 21st Whitlock recital, given this year by John Scott Whiteley.

On Sunday 1st May, High Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am with the singing of Schubert’s Mass in G, accompanied by the festival orchestra. The preacher at this service will be Canon Tim Schofield, Precentor of Chichester Cathedral.

At 7:00 pm there will be an orchestral concert, (please click here to see the leaflet), where the programme will include music by Bach, Rossini, Grieg, Telemann and Rutter. The concert will conclude with Whitlock’s “Song of Bournemouth”, always a great favourite.

On Monday 2nd May, at 12:30, the Parry Ensemble will perform a recital of chamber music. This will be followed by Evensong at 3:30, which this year will be sung by the choir of Wimborne Minster.

The final event, on Monday evening at 6:00 pm, features Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, sung by Sarah Palfreman-Kay and Sarah Rickett,  accompanied by members of the festival orchestra.

We hope to welcome many who have been with us before over the twenty one years of this festival, and will be delighted to meet all for whom 2016 will be your first visit.

PS If a less formal form of Sunday worship is your preference, then you may choose to attend our Goodnews@10 service. On the first Sundays of the month, Goodnews@10, at St Peter’s Church, with a conversational emphasis on sharing how God’s word in the bible relates to our lives, starts at 10 am and aims to end by 10.45am/ 10.50am.  There will be time for coffee, and then at 11.15am there will be a short communion service beginning at the peace greeting in the Keble Chapel. Please come to both.

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