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Carols 2016

Special Musical Events

June 25, 2017 Viennese Mass Mozart, Kleine Orgelsolomesse, KV 259 Holy Trinity singers and orchestra 
June 10, 2017 RSCM Choral Festival in the Hague Choral Evensong RSCM Benelux Choirs 
June 6, 2017 Choral evensong for Pentecost Stanford in Bb et alia Holy Trinity singers 
May 9, 2017 Choral evensong Tudor Music Holy Trinity singers 
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Bach, Matthäus-Passion

At 19h00 on Good Friday 14 April 2017, our sixth annual Bach Passion. This year it's Saint Matthew: eight soli, three chamber choirs and two chamber orchestras, making seventy singers and players. The Evangelist is Joris Bosman and Christus is Ivan Ludlow. We are accompanied by an orchestra of Baroque specialist musicians, graduates of the Conservatoire Royale, led by Mme Katja Katanova. They play at A 415 on their oboes da caccia and d'amore, on cembalos and violas da gamba. www.passiontoperform.eu.
St Matthew Passion

Candlemas Messiah

On 4 February 2017, our eighth Candlemas Scratch Messiah by G.F. Handel, directed by Mme Pam Clements CBE. Proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. All singers of whatever level or experience are welcome to come and join in. 

Choral Evensong

At 19H on 12 January 2017. Choral Evensong in Holy Trinity performed by our singers, including Psalm 111, seasonal hymns, and secret canticles and anthem.

This year's Christmas services at Holy Trinity 
  • Saturday 24 December, 16H. Christmas Eve Children's Nativity Service. 
  • Saturday 24 December, 22H. Christmas Eve Service. 
  • Sunday 25 December, 10H30. Christmas Day Morning Service. 
  • Sunday 25 December, 15H. Christmas Day Morning Service. 
  • Sunday 25 December, 18H. Christmas Day Morning Service. 
Who knows, maybe see you there.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

At 19H30 on 18 December 2016, our wonderful annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. As usual, we have a great 35-piece orchestra, a cracking choir, beautiful soli, all lit up by candle-light. As usual we have done our best to find some great old carols from France and the Low Countries. Our newies this year are Venez, divin Messie, Kling, klokje, klingelingeling. We have a new carol called O Sweet Little Jesus written by one of our young choristers. And I've made a big new arrangement of O Holy Night. This wonderful song is (as you may know) a translation of the great French carol, Minuit, chretiens by the Parisian vintner Placide Cappeau and the great Parisian composer Adolphe Adam, who also wrote the ballet, Giselle, much-loved by Barbie aficionados like me. We will sing again our own triumphant version of Personent hodie. And there are lots of other golden oldies: God rest ye merry, Hark the Herald, Unto Us is Born a Son, Les anges dans nos campagnes etc. etc.

At 19h30 on 8 November 2016. Choral Evensong for St Willibrord, an 8th-century Northumbrian who evangelized the Low Countries, and is remembered annually by a dancing procession in EchternachWe sing Walmisley's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, responses by Tomkins, 'All Praise to Thee For Thou, O King Divine', 'The Day Thou Gavest', Psalm 100, and an anthem (Hail, Gladdening Light). 

Tyndale Service

At 10h30 on Sunday 9 October 2016 we sing the new Tyndale service. Tyndale is one of two English martyrs executed in the Brussels area that we remember each October in Holy Trinity. (The other one is Edith Cavell.) Tyndale was executed at Vilvoorde on 6 October 1536.
    Tyndale's life was dedicated to giving the English-speaking people the Bible in their own language. He was unceasingly opposed by the English prelates, whose greed and worldliness he denounced. When Tyndale had completed the New Testament, the five books of Moses, and other parts of the Hebrew scriptures, his enemies sent a traitor to betray him into the hands of inquisitors. After a rigged trial and eighteen months of harsh imprisonment, he sealed his testimony with his blood.
    The Tyndale Service is an English mass setting in early-sixteenth-century polyphonic style, set to a sixteenth-century tune, The Western Wynde, which Tyndale would have known. It's a Sunday morning service. Entry is free, of course.

Viennese Mass

At 10h30 on Sunday 26 June 2016 we have our annual Viennese Mass. This is our annual cadenza before our singers take a well-earned break throughout the summer. 
    We will sing the Piccolomini Mass, written by W.A. Mozart when he was twenty. With it we shall sing the Graduale Benedictus in nomine Domini (Psalm 118) by Michael Haydn. The communion music will be Mozart's Ave verum and Michael Haydn's O esca viatorum. There will also be hymns with English words and Austrian tunes by Jozef Haydn (Austria) and Mozart (O Gottes Lamm, dein Leben)
    Nice music. Small orchestra: oboes, trumpets, timpani, organ, and strings. The orchestra will be led by our good friend Mme Katja Katanova, assisted by some of Holy Trinity's best musicians. 
    It's a Sunday morning service, and entry is free, of course. So I warmly recommend it as worth a listen if you're in the area.

RSCM Choral Festival
On 4 June 2016 we are taking part in the RSCM Choral Festival in St Elisabeth's Church in Gent. The Anglican church in Gent have been given a huge church by our Catholic friends. It's a listed building so they have to look after it well (but they'll get the necessary funds from the Belgian government). It will be the biggest church in the diocese of Europe. We believe that great things will happen there. Their pastor Stephen Murray, says, 

"How did our tiny, insignificant congregation land in this huge, amazing building? The same way these things always happen... dumb luck and God's grace. 
There has been an Anglican congregation in Ghent for exactly 200 years but they have never had their own building. Instead, they have always rented a space for worship. After moving to a cold and dark chapel formerly belonging to a Carmelite convent roughly 8 years ago, two factors emerged:
1) Despite all odds, the congregation grew. Instead of a weekly attendance of 20-30 with 4-5 children, by 2015, we were averaging 50-60 adults and 15-20 children. The congregation has continued to increase.
2) The Roman Catholic diocese began a plan to close some of their parishes. However, the Sint-Elisabeth kerk is a designated monument dating to the 17th Century. The City of Ghent needed an occupant for the building and due to the heritage designation it could only be used for Christian worship. Both parties approached our church council about finding an agreement.
Sint-Elisabeth's is located in the heart of the Old Beguinage, which dates to 1242. It is within metres of the Orthodox and Protestant churches, a neighbourhood that has been nicknamed 'The Holy Corner'. 
After 3 years of negotiations, our congregation worshipped at Sint-Elisabeth's for the first time on 17 January 2017. In the words of St. Paul, it is truly, "more than we can ask or imagine." New possibilities for ministry seem to emerge each week. Hosting the Archdeaconry Choral Festival is something we never imagined we would be able to do. This amazing gift from God enables us to better serve our community, our ecumenical partners and our diocese.

Choral Evensong

At 19h30 on 24 May 2016 we have a Choral Evensong in Holy Trinity. The Choral Evensong is a traditional Anglican service of worship, all praise and prayer. Very beautiful and very formal. We are singing this one in memory of John and Charles Wesley, who are remembered in the Anglican calendar on that day. They changed Britain and the world, of course. But they were also responsible for a lot of great Christian hymns, as was Charles's grandson, Samuel Sebastian. So we'll sing a Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Samuel Sebastian, hymns by Charles, including 'O Thou who camest from above' to the tune Hereford, by Samuel Sebastian. And an anthem, 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace' again by Samuel Sebastian. And other nice music by the Wesleys. There will also be a set of Preces and Responses by the great Tudor composer, Willianm Byrd.

St John Passion

On 25 March 2016, we presented our fifth Bach Passion. This time it was the Saint John. The Evangelist is Joris Bosman and Christus is Ivan Ludlow. Soprano and altus soli are Laura Ford and Jan Wouters.
    As ever, we were accompanied by an orchestra of Baroque specialist musicians, graduates of the Conservatoire Royale, playing at A 415 on their oboes da caccia and d'amore, on cembalo and viola da gamba. The orchestra was led by Katja Katanova.
    As in Bach's Thomaskirche Passions, sponsors received priority seating, but many seats were free. See www.passiontoperform.eu.

St John Passion

Handel Messiah
Candlemas Messiah

30 January 2016 was our seventh Candlemas Messiah by Handel. This, as in previous years, was directed by Holy Trinity's former Director of Music, Pam Clements CBE. Proceeds went to Holy Trinity's Edith Cavell Chapel and the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Our annual Advent Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was on 13 December 2015. As usual, we had a super 35-piece orchestra, a great choir, fantastic soli, all lit up by candle-light. There were carols, in English, Flemish, French, Austro-German, and Latin, solos by kids and grown-ups, new arrangements. Songs included Es wird scho gleich dumpa, Il est né le divin enfant, De herdertjes lagen bij nachte. You can listen to a recording of one of the Carols, Twinkle, twinkle, star so bright.

2015 Carols

Edith Cavell Centenary Commemoration Concert

On 10 October 2015, we held the concert to commemorate the centenary of Nurse Cavell's death. The orchestra played Sibelius, Andante Festivo, the choir sang the new Cavell Mass, commissioned for the event, and rounded it off with Haydn's great Mass in Time of Fear (Missa in angustiis), also known as the Lord Nelson Mass. The orchestra was led by Katja Katanova; the soli were Laura Ford (soprano), Jan Wouters (altus), Adriaan de Koster (tenor), and Jean Delobel (bass). 
    The event was sponsored by EY (Ernst & Young) through the Brussels Edith Cavell Commemoration Group. 

Holy Trinity Brussels

J.S. Bach, Matthäus-Passion

On Good Friday, 3 April 2015, we presented our fourth annual Bach Passion. This year it was the great Matthäus-Passion again, with its three choirs (including children) and two orchestras. We were accompanied by a baroque orchestra from the Conservatoire Royale, led by Katja Katanova. Here is Ivan Ludlow singing Komm, süßes Kreuz, accompanied by Lies Wyers on viola da gamba. For more pictures, see the Gallery at 

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Here is our 2014 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with Orchestra. I love this service. We get a really great orchestra of 35 players, including double woodwind and 5,4,3,2,1 strings. The players are pros who play for love this time, together with some Conservatory graduates and some really good amateurs. The choir sing beautiful arrangements of all the usual carols together with the congregation, and there are choral and solo items interspersed with it. We also do more unusual stuff, like old French and Flemish carols that have disappeared from the repertoire, such as O Herders, laat U bocxkens en schapen and Venez, divin Messie.
Deo soli gloria.