This powerful aria is the penultimate song in Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas”. I discovered it one January morning. We were recently locked down for the third time, infection rates were out of control and UK daily death rates were higher than ever … More Dido’s Lament – H Purcell (1659-95)
Tuesday 23 March 2021 is the anniversary of the first national lockdown in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and has been declared a National day of Reflection.
Rev Deborah offers this short reflection of prayer, readings and music. It will be available to watch – and re-watch – indefinitely … More National Day of Reflection
The liturgical theme for the second Sunday of Lent is Sacrifice, and this Saturday bonus is offered by Maggie’s Music Makers in honour of all we have suffered and sacrificed during the past year, as well as all those we have lost … More Dido’s Lament
Due to the Covid-19 national lockdown in the UK, our Remembrance Service this year was pre-recorded at St Margaret’s. You can watch – and join in with – the service, hymns and Act of Remembrance here … More Remembrance Sunday 2020
All Soul’s Day this year is being marked online. Please do join us to commemorate your loved ones here … More All Souls’ Day
November is truly a time of remembrance, and a few years ago Rev Debby wrote this song to help us remember all that should be remembered … More The November Song – D Plummer
As I have written previously, 2018 is a year of deep remembrance, being the centenary of the ending of the First World War … More A Flower Remembered (Rutter 1945-present)
An abridged version of this article first appeared in the November issue of our parish magazine. Here it is in full. Perhaps one of music’s most infamous compositions is John Cage’s 1952 piece, 4’33” (pronounced Four Minutes Thirty Three Seconds, or more simply, Four-Thirty Three) … More The Sound of Silence
This sermon was preached by Rev Deborah on Remembrance Sunday 2016.
All of us are aware of what silence is and yet there are many types of silence. There is the silence of glorying in a dawn of a new day.There is the companionable silence of two people being together and not having to say anything to each other. There is the silence and stillness of our souls that comes from being in the presence of God – whether that is through prayer, reflection, meditation or simply being … More Remembrance Sunday 2016
There is a saying that people sometimes use:
“He/she has the patience of Job!”, which is used to describe someone that they are impressed with, for how they keep going without complaining in the midst of terrible trials … More Monumental Memories