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Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all recitals, concerts and chapel services are cancelled for the foreseeable future. 

 

Sunday 22nd March - Podcast from Mothering Sunday

Welcome to the first of our Sunday morning 15 minute podcasts. This week, to mark Mothering Sunday, we sing Parsons' Ave Maria, and Padre John Vincent shares his thoughts for the day. 

 

Sunday 29th March - Podcast for Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent

We start with the hymn 'I heard the voice of Jesus say', after which there is a reading from the Gospel of John, thoughts and prayers from Padre John Vincent, and the choir sing the Agnus Dei from William Byrd's Mass for 5 voices.

 

Sunday 5th April - Podcast from Palm Sunday

The choir sings the introit 'Hosanna to the Son of David' by Orlando Gibbons, recorded before the Chapel was closed. There is a reading from the Gospel of Matthew, before thoughts for the day from Gary Scott, Chaplain to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The service continues with the great Passiontide hymn 'My song is love unknown', before closing with prayers from Padre John Vincent and a sung Amen.

 

Friday 10th April - Podcast from Good Friday Service

For Good Friday the Choir and Senior Chaplain have put together a special pre-recorded podcast. The choir sings Walford Davies' setting of Psalm 121 and the Kyrie from Rheinberger's Mass in E flat, alongside a reading of the Passion Gospel according to Luke, thoughts for the day and prayers.

 

Sunday 12th April - Podcast from Easter Day

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division. The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

Music before the service: Majesty (composed by Major Craig Hallett, performed by musicians of the Household Division, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts)

Introit: Surrexit Christus hodie (Samuel Scheidt)

Reading: Gospel of St John, Chapter 20, verses 1 to 18 (read by Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone, Brigade Major of the Household Division)

Anthem: Laudate Dominum (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Hymn: Thine be the Glory

Music after the service: March from Scipio (arranged and conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Haw MBE with the Band of the Coldstream Guards)

 

Sunday 19th April - Podcast for the Second Sunday of Easter

It is a pre-recorded service from The Royal Military Chapel (The Guards’ Chapel), which also marks the Scots Guards' 'Black Sunday' (Remembrance Sunday). The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel Director of Music: Martin Ford Assistant Organist: Martin Hogben

Music before the service: Chanson de Matin Op 15 no 2 (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by members of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra)

Hymn: I vow to thee my country

Reading: Gospel of St John, Chapter 20, verses 19 to 31 (read by Jenni Harper)

Anthem: My soul, there is a country (Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

Music after the service: Hillsborough from Sapphire Jubilee Suite of Marches (Paul Carroll, performed by musicians of the The Household Division, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts) 

 
A pre-recorded service from The Royal Military Chapel (The Guards’ Chapel). The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division, Members of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

Music before the service: Basse-Danse from Capriol Suite (Peter Warlock)

Hymn: Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Reading: Gospel of St Luke, Chapter 24, verses 13 to 35 (read by Richard Collier)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Matthew Dietz CF, Padre to the First Battalion Welsh Guards

Anthem: Deep river from A Child of Our Time (Sir Michael Tippett)

Music after the service: Trumpet Tune and Air (Henry Purcell)
 
 
 
A pre-recorded service from The Royal Military Chapel (The Guards’ Chapel). The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division, The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel, Members of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra.
 
Music before the service: La Réjouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks (George Frideric Handel) 

Responses: Bernard Rose

Psalm 23 sung to Anglican chant (G.C. Martin) 

Reading: Gospel of St John, Chapter 10, verses 1 to 10 (read by Belinda Evans)

Hymn: Lord of all hopefulness

Music after the service: Prelude from Suite No 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 (Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Musician Amy Surman)

 

Sunday 10th May - Podcast for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Music before the service: Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by members of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra)

Hymn: He who would valiant be

Reading: Gospel of St John, Chapter 14, verses 1 to 14 (read by Colonel Simon Vandeleur, Regimental Adjutant, Coldstream Guards)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Justin Bradbury CF (Chaplain, First Battalion, Coldstream Guards)

Anthem: Nunc dimittis (Gustav Holst)

Music after the service: Regimental Marches of the Coldstream Guards: ‘Figaro’ and ‘Milanollo’ (The Band of the Coldstream Guards, directed by Major David Marshall, recorded at Wellington Barracks in 1995 by kind permission of the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Coldstream Guards, Brigadier R J Heywood OBE)

 

Sunday 17th May - Podcast for the Grenadier Guard's Regimental Memorial Service

Music before the service: Grenadier Elegy (Major Denis Burton, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by the composer)

Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Reading: Gospel of St John, Chapter 14, verses 15 to 21 (read by Colonel Richard Aubrey-Fletcher, President, the Grenadier Guards Association)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Iori Price CF (Chaplain, First Battalion, Grenadier Guards)

Anthem: The Lord bless you and keep you (John Rutter)

Music after the service: Regimental Marches of the Grenadier Guards

‘British Grenadiers’ (Traditional) and ‘Scipio’ (Handel, arranged Hartmann) 

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Major Denis Burton, taken from the CD ‘The Music of the Grenadier Guards’ (SRC 2006), produced by Mike Purton and reproduced here with permission.

 

Sunday 24th May - Podcast for the Seventh Sunday of Easter 

Music before the service: The Prince of Denmark’s March (Jeremiah Clarke, arranged and performed by members of The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra)

Hymn: Love divine, all loves excelling (Blaenwern)

Reading: Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1, verses 6 to 14 (read by Joya Logan) 

Anthem: To Thee, O Lord (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Music after the service: Great and Glorious (Leslie Statham, performed by The Band of the Welsh Guards, directed by Major David Cresswell)

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 31st May - Podcast for Pentacost

Music before the service: Larghetto from Six Studies in English Folksong (Vaughan Williams, performed by Lance Sergeant David Wong, principal clarinet, The Band of the Grenadier Guards, accompanied by Suzy Ruffles Herbert)

Hymn: Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

Reading: Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1, verses 6 to 14 (read by Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, Equerry to Her Majesty The Queen)

Anthem: Dum complerentur (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Music after the service: Choral varié sur le ‘Veni Creator’ (Maurice Duruflé, performed by Martin Ford, taken from a live concert recording in Westminster Abbey)

 

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 7th June - Podcast for Trinity Sunday 

Music before the service: Graceful Dance fromMiniature Dance Suite (Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, performed by members of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra)

Versicles and Responses: Bernard Rose

Psalm 121: Sir Henry Walford Davies

Reading: The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28, verses 16 to 20 (read by Staff Sergeant Ilatia Vuki, Chief Clerk, Household Division)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Mark Speeks, Chaplain to The Honourable Artillery Company

Hymn: Thou whose almighty word (Moscow)

Music after the service: Coda from The Severn Suite Op 87 (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Lt Col P E Hills, taken with permission from a 2004 recording, produced by Mike Purton)

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 14th June - Podcast for the First Sunday after Trinity

Music before the service: Minuet from The Water Music (George Frideric Handel, performed by members of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra)

Hymn: Praise, my soul, the king of heaven 

Reading: The Gospel of Matthew, beginning at Chapter 9, verse 35 (read by Captain Robert Perera, Staff Captain, Household Division)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Matthew Dietz, Chaplain to the First Battalion Welsh Guards

Anthem: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen (William Byrd)

Music after the service: Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Lt Col P E Hills, taken with permission from a 2004 recording, produced by Mike Purton)

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 21st June - Podcast for the Second Sunday after Trinity

Music before the service: Andante tranquillo from Six Studies in English Folksong (Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by Lance Sergeant David Wong, principal clarinet, The Band of the Grenadier Guards, accompanied by Suzy Ruffles Herbert) 

Hymn: All people that on earth do dwell (‘The Old Hundreth’, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Trumpet descant performed by Lance Corporal Mike Thomas, The Band of the Grenadier Guards)

Reading: The Gospel of Matthew, beginning at Chapter 10, verse 24 (read by Christopher Harpham, Chapel Keeper)

Anthem: Abide with me (William Monk, arranged and directed by Major Simon Haw, performed by the Choir of the Guards’ Chapel with musicians from the Household Division)

Music after the service: March from The Wand of Youth Suite (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Lt Col P E Hills, taken with permission from a 2004 recording, produced by Mike Purton)

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 28th June - Podcast for the Third Sunday after Trinity 

Music before the service: Minuet from The Water Music (George Frideric Handel, performed by members of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, directed by Captain Sarah Marinescu)

Hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold)

Reading: The Gospel of Matthew, beginning at Chapter 10, verse 40 (read by Captain Humphrey Bucknall, Adjutant, London Central Garrison)

Anthem: Audivi vocem de caelo (Duarte Lobo)

Thought for the day: The Reverend Stephen Pratt CF, Chaplain 1st Battalion Scots Guards

Music after the service: Serenade (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Lt Col P E Hills, taken with permission from a 2004 recording, produced by Mike Purton)

The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

The Choir of The Guards’ Chapel

 

Sunday 5th July - Podcast for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Music before the service: Matelot from Rodrigo (George Frideric Handel, performed by members of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, directed by Captain Sarah Marinescu)

 Hymn: Guide me, O thou great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)

 Reading: The Gospel of Matthew, beginning at Chapter 11, verse 16 (read by Staff Sergeant Ilatia Vuki, Chief Clerk, Household Division)

 Anthem: O sacrum convivium (Francisco Guerrero)

 Music after the service: Fountain Dance from The Wand of Youth Suite No 2 (Sir Edward Elgar, performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, directed by Lt Col P E Hills, taken with permission from a 2004 recording, produced by Mike Purton)

 The Reverend John Vincent CF, Senior Chaplain, London District and Chaplain to the Household Division

 

 

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