Celebrating 100 Lunchtime Concerts
On the 9 November 2016 the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and the three Foundation Schools celebrated the hundredth concert in their series of lunchtime concerts in the Chapel.
The idea came from the Master of Dulwich College, Dr Jo Spence, when he and Jill Alexander, former Chairman of the Friends, were discussing a suitable event to celebrate the bicentenary of the Gallery in 2011. There has been a regular and supportive audience of friends and parents supplemented by visitors to the Gallery who are always very appreciative when they find music as well as art to enjoy.
We do not know what we are a going to hear each week until the musicians arrive with their programme. It may be keyboard or brass, voice or strings, jazz or classical, soloists or quartets or sextets or a whole orchestra. The variations are endless but the standard is always high.
These weekly concerts take place in the Autumn and Spring terms (except for half term) from 1.30 to 2pm in the Chapel and are free with a retiring collection.
Still a Place for Matins says Marilyn Harper
Matins is a venerated service in the Church of England, identical in structure to Evensong, but with differences in content. Most people who attended parish churches in the 1950's and early 1960's became familiar with a weekly Sunday morning service of Matins, only attending Holy Communion one Sunday morning per month. Evensong, especially Choral Evensong, still survives in the consciousness of churchgoers, organists and singers, largely because of a combination of the time of day and a wealth of beautiful settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, together with the elaborate settings of the Preces and Responses and a large library of beautiful anthems that choirs love to sing. Instead of the Mag and Nunc, as choirs affectionately refer to them, the Matins canticles include the Venite, the Te Deum and Jubilate. The extra canticle, near the start of the service, hardly makes the service longer. Matins is sung less often because of the church's general trend towards Holy Communion as the main morning service. Today it is only sung in a few cathedrals and churches. This is a pity as both Matins and Evensong derive directly from monastic hours, which date right back to the days of the early Church.
In Christ's Chapel, Dulwich, we are fortunate that the Book of Common Prayer is still used for worship. Since my appointment as Organist, Matins has alternated with Evensong. With a small choir and just myself at the organ we have chanted our way through psalms and canticles and those who come cherish what we do, with its emphasis on congregational singing. Towards the end of last year a proposal was made that Matins should be abolished in favour of weekly Evensongs. At first I thought that might be a good idea, then thought again. When singing or accompanying the words of the Te Deum each first and third Sunday I feel the majesty of this ancient, beautiful text in praise of God. It is part of our heritage and ideally should be preserved. The choir largely agreed with me and a compromise has been reached.
The service pattern at Christ’s Chapel is now as follows:
First Sunday in the month, Matins at 10.00am
Second, Third and Fourth Sundays in the month, Evensong at 6.30pm.
Fifth Sunday has no sung service.
No sung services during the last two weeks of July and the whole of August.
On the second Sunday of the month, except in April, August and December, there is a short organ recital following the service.
Our choir is a very sociable group. We rehearse one hour before the start of each service, and occasionally during the week if something special is planned. We also meet to celebrate birthdays and always have a party after the organ recital. New members are always welcome. An ability to read music is essential.
Dulwich College and JAGS both sing their own services, fitting into the parish pattern. The Schools' Choral Matins / Choral Eucharists start at 10.30am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm on designated days, published in their respective calendars.
The Dulwich Players present:
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson
5, 6, 7 April at 8pm, Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm
Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College, SE21 7LD
Tickets £10 (£12 on the door)
Three estranged sisters return to the family home for their mother's funeral. There's Teresa the long-suffering one, Mary the clever successful one, and Catherine the flaky neurotic one. Their bickering is punctuated by moments of hilarity, and emotions are laid bare as some unwelcome truths are unearthed. The theme of memory runs through the play like water. How reliable are our memories? Why do the sisters have such different recollections of their childhood, and why is Mary so obsessed with finding that green tin? Their mother, Vi, had lost her memory by the end, but she has one last opportunity to give her version of events before she goes. The earthy dialogue sparkles in this witty yet emotional play, which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000.
Dulwich charity expanding services for older people
Link Age Southwark (formerly Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care) is starting the New Year with a recruitment drive to expand its volunteer team. This follows the charity securing funding to increase its provision of social activities for older people in Southwark. The charity, which has been based in East Dulwich for 23 years, currently has a team of 380 volunteers supporting over 500 older people in the Borough. All services are volunteer-led and include a range of social groups, weekly befriending visits, and transport to social engagements provided by volunteer drivers. These free services allow older people to stay socially active and combat loneliness.
The need for these services is increasing, as statutory services become stretched through lack of funding coupled with an ageing population.
For more information about volunteering for as little as an hour a week to support an older person, please telephone 020 8299 2623, email
Helena Wilson, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer Link Age Southwark Tel: 0208 299 2623
King’s Critical Care
At King’s College Hospital we are radically changing the way we care for our most seriously ill and injured patients by creating a new world-class Critical Care Centre. Linked to the Helipad, Theatres and Emergency Department, it will be the heart of the Critical Care Service which will support around 5,000 patients and 15,000 relatives each year.
Support Life Appeal
A target has been set to raise £2.6M to fund a new initiative which will improve the quality of life for both patients and their families by reducing delirium, provide faster rehabilitation and overall a better long-term recovery. King’s Charity has committed £1m and the Fundraising Team have launched King’s Critical Care Appeal to raise the remaining £1.6m.
Bringing the outside world into the ward
Every room will have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Ruskin Park. Innovative technology and artwork in every room will make the environment feel less medical, less isolating and more comforting. And table lamps will give a warm glow in the evenings.
A uniquely equipped roof garden will for the first time in the world allow life support to be provided outdoors. Even some of the most seriously ill patients and their families will be able to benefit from the stimulating elements of the open air.
Individual touchscreen bedside computers will not only capture medical data, but also provide a portal so families at home can stay in touch with their loved ones and their progress.
No other UK hospital will provide this range of critical care.
For more information or to find out how you can get involved visit the fundraising website www.supportkings.org.uk