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Summer of Music 2017 at St Columba’s, Pont Street

This year we will have 3 musical concerts for 3 Sundays in July.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 – Tom Bell and Richard Braiser – Organ Duo Concert

1.15p.m.      Main Church

Tom is the artistic director of the London Organ Day and Organist and Choir Master at St Michael’s, Chester Square. Richard until recently has been the organ tutor at Sevenoaks School. He has just been appointed to the Academic Board at Royal College of Organists where he teaches group masterclasses and individual lessons.

Tom and Richard are now an established Organ Duo. Their repertoire includes original compositions, arrangements, and specially commissioned works. In 2017 they will launch a new outreach scheme in the DeMontfort Hall, Leicester, aimed at introducing more young people to the organ. A DVD recording is planned for 2018.

Programme for the 2nd July;

Carrillon de Westminster by Louis Verne

Carnival of the Animals extracts – Camille Saint-Saens





Urizen – Martin Bussey

Carnival of the Animal extract – Camille Saint-Saens





Le Jardin Suspendu – Jehan Alain

Fugue in c minor BWV – J.S. Bach/Edward Elgar (arr. Tom Bell)

Sunday 9th July 2017 – Hilary Cronin –  Soprano Recital  

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

London based soprano Hilary Cronin is in demand as a soloist and ensemble singer. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Cranleigh School and Bach St John’s Passion at St Martin-in-the-Fields where she is a St Martin’s Voices Fellow, as well as Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic with the Erebus Ensemble and Harry Bicket and The English Concert. Hilary currently sings at St Bartholomew the Great and is an alumna of Genesis Sixteen. Hilary has sung with groups including Eo Nomine, Renaissance, Illuminare, Siglo de Oro, Erebus and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Hilary covered the roles of Minerva in Monteverdi’s Ulysses’ Homecoming and Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto in English Touring Opera’s 2016 Autumn Season.

Hilary trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she studied with Teresa Cahill and was a Robinson Hearn and Trinity London Scholar in addition to being the Dame Susan Morden Choral Scholar at the ORNC Chapel. Prior to this, Hilary read Music at Royal Holloway University of London where she received the Drivers Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary and was a soloist for Hyperion recordings and live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts with The Choir of Royal Holloway.

Hilary’s recital will feature English Song and works by Handel and Mozart.

Sunday 16th July 2017 – Duo Dispason: Stuart McGowan and John Maw – Mandolin and Mandola Concert

1.15p.m.      Upper Hall

Stuart McGowan and John Maw formed “Duo Diapason”, a mandolin and mandola duo, when they met during meetings of the Plucked Ensemble Masterclass, coached by the distinguished mandolinist, Travis Finch. Stuart and John have performed together in the London Mandolin Ensemble and the London Mandolin Quartet and ‘Duo Diapason’ has given several independent recitals in the London area. Tom Newell, a distinguished mandolinist and    violinist who studied under Alison Stephens at Trinity, coaches ‘Duo Diapason’.

Stuart has had a long career teaching guitar at North London Collegiate School and City of London Boy’s School. He has performed with The London Guitar Orchestra, with Gilbert Biberian’s New Omega Players and he has published numerous arrangements of music for the various ensembles with which he has worked.

John studied viola with Max Gilbert and chamber music with Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music, before a career that including making bows for stringed instruments. Currently, John is a professional photographer and photography lecturer.



Weekly Newsletter – 7th January 2018

Sunday 7th December 2018


10.30 a.m.         onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall


11.00 a.m.        Morning Service & Baptisms

Revd Angus MacLeod MA BD


A short service of Holy Communion and prayers for those in need will be held in the London Scottish Chapel after the service.


12.15 p.m. Lunch in the Lower Hall {£3.00} All welcome

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}


5.00 p.m.            Evening Service for Epiphany

                           Revd Andrea Price



Morning Service

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 1: 1-5

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 4-11


Evening Service 

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 60: 1-6

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12



Morning Service

CH4 474         Hail to the Lord’s anointed (Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen)

CH4 600         Spirit of God unseen as the wind (Skye Boat Song)

CH4 598         Lord of all hopefulness (Slane)

CH4 237         Look forward in faith (Cardross)

CH4 235         God is working His purpose out (Benson)


Evening Service

Hymn 327 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (Was Lebet, Was Schwebet)

Hymn 48 His large and great dominion shall (Effingham)

Hymn 328 Wise men, they came to look for wisdom (Neumark)

Hymn 336 Christ is our light! The bright and morning star (Highland Cathedral)

Hymn 326 As with gladness men of old (Dix)



We are delighted to welcome visitors to today’s worship; Happy New Year to you all! Please make yourself known to ministers or elders and fill in our Visitors’ Book at the Welcome Desk. Sunday School and crèche restart today. For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church for the remainder of the service, the Children’s Quiet Corner is available. Please ensure a supervising adult accompanies your child and be sensitive to the needs of fellow worshippers. Lunch (£3 per person) and coffee are available in the downstairs halls. You are most welcome to join us. Today’s lesson reader is St Columba’s Elder,  Betsy Wilkie.


St Columba’s Website and Weekly E-Newsletter

Please visit our website and sign up for the email newsletter that gives you

information about what is happening at St Columba’s every week. The Sunday Sermon is posted online (script and audio) each week.


Church Members

The funeral of St Columba’s Church member, Sarah Congelton will take place



Advent Appeal – Sox and Boxers etc.

Thank you very much to all those who contributed towards this year’s Sox and Boxers Appeal, on behalf of Glassdoor. It is much appreciated. Donated items were wrapped as Christmas gifts for our Night Shelter guests staying at St. Columba’s overnight on Christmas Eve. Thank you too to the continuing work of our Night Shelter volunteers, especially those who hosted on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


Christmas Offerings on behalf of West London Action for Children

The offerings at the Watchnight and Christmas morning services go towards the work of West London Action for Children, a registered charity working in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. The charity offers services to children and their families who are on Income Support or receiving Tax Credits. It has been providing independent and confidential services to families since 1917. It is funded by many different trusts, funding bodies and individual donations. The Charity listens to families and supports them in using their own skills and resources to address problems and make decisions. The work is based on the belief that families are the experts on their own situations. WLAC works with families, teenagers and children facing many different challenges and experiences—these include; domestic violence, bereavement, divorce and separation, school exclusions, bullying and truancy, mental health concerns, parenting difficulties, resettlement trauma, substance misuse, experiences of abuse and racism among others. The Christmas offerings will be confirmed soon.


Carol Singing in Trafalgar Square

Thanks to all involved in the pre-Christmas carol singing. £400 was raised for Christian Aid.


Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Coffee, chat and Bible study. For further details contact Susan Pym:


Lent Bible Study

The Nurture Committee are once again to run a Lent Bible Study. This will begin ​on ​20 February for 5 weeks.  This will be a York Course and the ​theme is “On the Third Day”​. 6:30 for 6:45 pm start. In order for us to get enough course materials for everyone – please sign up by emailing Sheena Clark on or ring/text on 07954350899.



St Columba’s Dancers

The St Columba’s Dancers meet every Monday. Come and join us in the Lower Hall from 7.15-9.50pm. For more information contact Valerie Strachan on 02086935335, or visit the website, Next dance is on 8th January 2018.


Women’s Book Group 

The Women’s Book Club’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24 January at Lilias Gillies’ house in SW17.  The book will be ‘Birdcage’ by Nia Williams.  Please contact the church office for further details on venue.  New members always welcome.