The 20th annual Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues on August 3, when St. Bartholomew’s Choir will sing settings of the Jubilate Deo and Te Deum, as well as the Communion Service, taken from the “Collegium Regale” service of Herbert Howells (1892-1982). Howells composed his liturgical music with specific choirs and buildings in mind, and this setting is intended for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Considered the pinnacle of English Romanticism, Howells studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Charles Villiers Stanford, C. Hubert H. Parry and Charles Wood; three very influential teachers and composers of in the early 20th century. The choir will also sing Howells’ anthem “Like as the Hart,” a setting of words from Psalm 42 which is influenced by jazz harmony. The postlude is Howells’ “Rhapsody in C-sharp minor,” one of his best organ compositions. It was written in one sitting during a zeppelin raid on the city of York in 1918.

on Sunday, July 27 at 11 am with a service of sacred choral works of Jonathan Dove.

The service will feature Dove's anthem Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and his Missa Brevis. William K. Trafka will conduct St. Bartholomew's Choir. Jason Roberts will be the organist.

The contemporary composer, Jonathan Dove has developed a distinctive reputation as an operatic composer with commissions from Glyndebourne and other British opera companies. He is also well known as a choral composer with important works premiered by King's College Choir in Cambridge and Wells Cathedral Choir. Both Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and his Missa Brevis are filled with signature elements of Dove's appealing style: sparkling ostinato patterns, fresh asymmetrical meters, harmonic interest achieved through key shifts rather than traditional key changes and a sense of rhythmic momentum that is both exciting and beguiling.

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Would you like to learn and practice the hymns for the Sunday 11 o'clock service BEFORE Sunday? Then join us for a 3-week Summer Hymn Sing! This class will meet WEDNESDAY NIGHTS, AUGUST 13, 20 and 27. We will gather in the chancel immediately following the Wednesday 6pm Eucharist, around 6:30. Led by parishioner Dawn Helene. A free-will offering will be taken. If you think you might be interested in this offering, please RSVP: .