St Botolph's at 700
In 2021 we celebrated 700 years of worship at St Botolph's in our current building (there were previous churches on the same site). It is also 1,400 years since the birth of St Botolph.
We had a programme of events running for two weeks over St Botolph's Day on 17 June, culminating in a Sung Eucharist on Saturday 26 June with the Bishop of Ely preaching. The full programme of events is set out below:
Sunday 13 June, 11.00am Mattins with Holy Communion
Preacher: Fr Tim L’Estrange, President, The Botolphian Society
Anthem: Wesley Lead me, Lord
Thursday 17 June, 6.00pm Festal Choral Evensong for the Feast of St Botolph
Sung by Queens’ College Choir
Preacher: Revd Canon Jessica Martin, Ely Cathedral
Sunday 20 June, 11.00am Sung Eucharist
Preacher: Fr Max Bayliss, Chaplain, Queens’ College
Anthem: Anonymous Alta Trinita beata
Wednesday 23 June, 9.00pm The Office of Compline
Sung by members of St Botolph’s Choir
Plainsong liturgy and Anthem (Sheppard In pace)
Thursday 24 June, 6.00pm The Story of the Lamb
An introduction to Liviu Mocan’s sculpture Lamb of God by Jonathan Tame. The sculpture is installed at St Botolph's and can be seen here.
Friday 25 June, 1.15pm Organ Recital by Glen Dempsey (Ely Cathedral)
Glen Dempsey is Assistant Director of Music at Ely Cathedral, where he accompanies the majority of choral services and assists in the training of the boy choristers. He is also Director of the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers and Organist at King's Ely. He was Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and, from 2015-19, Organ Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge. Glen has appeared on several recordings as organist and pianist, of which three have been 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone Magazine. He is active as an organ recitalist and piano accompanist and, in addition to his own teaching, continues his studies with Ann Elise Smoot.
JS Bach Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
César Franck Choral no. 2 in B minor
CM Widor Cantabile & Final from Symphony No. 6 in G minor
Saturday 26 June, 11.00am Sung Eucharist to celebrate the 700th Anniversary
Celebrant & Preacher: The Bishop of Ely
Schubert Mass in G, Bruckner Locus iste, Parry I was glad
Sunday 27 June, 11.00am Holy Communion (said)
Sunday 27 June, 6.00pm Choral Evensong
Sung by St Botolph’s Choir
Stanford in C, Howells Like as the Hart
Monday 28 June, 1.15pm ’Cello Recital by Graham Walker
Graham Walker is an award-winning cellist and conductor who recently gave his debuts on BBC Radio 3 and at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Graham has performed as a solo and chamber cellist across Europe and North and South America. Graham is a highly respected choral conductor, and directs several choirs and orchestras. His discography reflects his wide musical interests: he has recorded, variously as a cellist, singer and conductor, for Nimbus, Naxos, Chandos and EMI: his most recent recording for Chandos (“Hear my Words”, with the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge) is regularly to be heard on UK radio stations, and his third album with his Latin-American group Classico Latino (“Journey Through Latin America”) was warmly received by Latin-American critics and was pre-selected for the Latin Grammys in 2013. Graham is Director of Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Director of St John's Voices at St John's College, Cambridge and Musical Director of the New Cambridge Singers
JS Bach Cello Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Imogen Holst The Fall of the Leaf
Paul Hindemith Sonata for unaccompanied ’cello
Wednesday 30 June, 9.00pm The Office of Compline
Sung by members of St Botolph’s Choir
No booking is required for these services and events, though they will be subject to the capacity restrictions which Covid-19 imposes on us. There will be a retiring collection at the lunchtime recitals on 25 June and 28 June.
Tuesday 29 June, 5.30pm and 7.30pm
In addition to these events we are delighted to be hosting Cambridge Early Music for two concerts on Tuesday, 29 June at 5.30pm and again at 7.30pm, entitled 'Toward the Dawn - A Musical Journey from Sunset to Sunrise'.
This programme charts a course from twilight to sunrise, echoing both the rhythms of church liturgy and the mediaeval experience of night, seductive and unsettling in equal measure. Taverner's mighty Ave Dei Patris Filia, based on a chant for Matins, stands at the end of a delicious sequence of sacred music, chansons and madrigals by both English and Continental composers.