Golden opportunity for singers – Choral Evensong in Paris

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has a branch in France, and organises Singing Days for choral enthusiasts led by excellent conductors.  On 21 October 2017 it is organising a National Festival at the American Cathedral in Paris to sing Choral Evensong there, and one of the world’s leading church musicians, Malcolm Archer, will be directing it.  He has has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He is now Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in Hampshire.

Singers who enrol receive the music ahead of time so that they can prepare for a day of rigorous but exhilarating rehearsals, culminating in the service of Choral Evensong.  Anyone who is interested can take part.  Thanks to the good TGV connection between Strasbourg and Paris the trip can easily be done in one day.   A booking form is attached.

RSCM Booking form 21.10.17


New Priest-in-Charge for St. Alban’s

On 1st October we will welcome the next chaplain of St Alban’s, the Revd Dr Mark Barwick, who comes to us from All Saints’ Church in Waterloo, Belgium.

Fr Mark has been described by some as a tender of sacred fires, referring to his work as a teacher, spiritual guide and retreat leader. He also brings considerable experience in building ecumenical and interfaith relations.

He has worked for more than twenty years for non-governmental organisations in the promotion of justice, peace and human dignity, particularly in African countries. He has been policy adviser for several international organisations and a regular presenter at the European Parliament and other European institutions.

Originally from Washington, DC, Mark comes with his wife Corinna, from Essen, Germany, daughter Madeleine (age 6) and son Elias (age 3).

Revd. Dr. Mark Barwick     

Summer locum priest

Once again the Revd. John Murray has agreed to act as locum priest during the summer months of July and August, and we are very grateful to him for that.  His contact details are on the  “About us” page on this website under the heading “Who is Who.”  The best way to get in touch with him is by phone or email.

     The Revd. John Murray.