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“Heavenly Sounds” in Shaftesbury - Singers from Germany with romantic church music and spirituals

On Wednesday 23rd May four professional singers from Germany will fill St Peter's church with the glorious sound of romantic church music. Their programme includes works by Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, together with a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.

The group have been singing together for 12 years. Jana Stehr has made a name across Europe with her vibrant soprano voice – she has been a soloist with the Prague opera, a regular singer in the Cologne Philharmonie. Her colleagues Maren Tröndle (mezzo-soprano) and Frank Rinsche (tenor) are both known in Westfalia as interpreters of church music. The baritone Peter Griffith is actually British (as one might guess from his name), but he has been living in Germany for over 30 years. Peter's humorously informative introductions to the songs are an integral part of “heavenly sounds”. The fifth member of SONGS is the pianist Bettina Casdorff, who holds the ensemble together, with energy and musicality; a highly successful chamber musician and accompanist, and gives concerts all over Germany with her trio “Tityre”.

 The group's repertoire is wide, extending from classical part-songs to scenes from Mozart operas, and from Viennese operetta to Gershwin musicals. For their “Heavenly Sounds” programme in May, they have chosen a rich selection of English, French and German religious music from the romantic era, including Fauré's exquisite “Cantique de Racine” and Elgar's magnificent “Ave Verum”. These are followed by a sequence of spirituals both lively and emotional, ranging from old favourites like “Deep River” to less familiar works like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. All four singers are accustomed to performing as soloists, and the programme includes not only works for four voices, but also solos, duets and trios.

The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May.

Tickets cost £10, and are available at the door. 

You can pick up a flyer from St Peter's.



A reminder that Little fishes is a toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers with their parents or carers, and runs fortnightly at St Peter’s – Little Fishes resumes on Thursday 19th April at 10.30am and for more information please ring Karen Dickson on 01747 855343.


The Safeguarding C1 Training Session (Foundation) that was planned for Monday 16th April at 10am in St John's Church Hall, Enmore Green has had to be postponed. As soon as a new date is found we will publish the date here on the website and on our pew sheets. For further information please call the Team Office 01747 853060.

Sunday 25th March – Palm Sunday

*Don’t forget the clocks change this weekend!

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (St James’)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St Peter’s),*

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Matins (West Orchard)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

11:15am – Matins (Melbury Abbas)

2:00pm – Baptism Service at St James’

*The service at St Peter’s begins with a procession from Bell Street car park. If you are unable to be at Bell Street, then please go directly to St Peters for a time of prayer, and you will be joined there.

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Services Across the Team in Holy Week

Monday 26th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Evening Worship (St Peter’s)

7.30pm – Music and Reflection (Enmore Green)

Tuesday 27th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Evening Worship (St Peter’s)

8.00pm – Compline (St James’)

Wednesday 28th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Stations of the Cross (St Peter’s)

8.00pm – Compline (St James’)

Maundy Thursday

7.00pm – Eucharist with Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar and Vigil (Motcombe)

7.00pm – Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Stripping of the Altars (St James’)

7.30pm – Service with supper and retelling of the events of the Last Supper (St Peter’s)

Good Friday

9.45am – Meditation at the Cross (Enmore Green)

10.00am – Meditation and Quiet Prayer (Compton Abbas)

12noon – Meditation and Quiet Prayer (Melbury Abbas)

12noon – All Age Worship (St Peter’s)

1.00pm – Silent Prayer (St Peter’s)

1.30pm – Good Friday Liturgy (St James’)

2.00pm – Devotions (St Peter’s)

2.00pm – A Service of Prayer and Meditation (Motcombe)

6.30pm – At the Foot of the Cross, Music and Readings for Good Friday (St Peter’s)

6.30pm – Joint Good Friday Service (Margaret Marsh)

Easter Closure

Please note the Team Office is closing on Wednesday 28th March at 12 noon and reopens on Tuesday 3rd April at 9.00am.

Message from Rosemary Saxey: Due to the recent adverse weather, the Women's World Day of Prayer services in Shaftesbury were cancelled, or those that went ahead were with small congregations, resulting in very little being given to support the WWDP charities. The service sheets will be available on Sunday 11th March so those who missed the service can have them and donate then if they wish. Thanks, Rosemary Saxey.


Our Music Director is (sadly) leaving us for personal reasons, so St Peter's is looking for an excellent organist and choir director to take us on to the next stage of our musical life and ministry. We are looking for a great colleague to work collaboratively with the Rector and others, providing musical leadership that enhances our mission and enriches our worship. This is a part-time post, covering three Sundays per month, specified festivals, occasional offices (for which additional fees are paid), and a weekly choir practice. St Peter's is a friendly, outward-looking church with a regular congregation of about 100. For more details, see the advert and job description attached.

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Closing date: Friday 6th April 2018

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This Saturday, 25th November at 7.30pm there is a Concert in St Peter's Church, featuring THE MILL SINGERS - a male voice choir, and JUBILATE.

Tickets are £8 - available from Westminster Memorial Hospital Reception in advance, or at the church door on the evening. Refreshments available. A mixed programme of songs and choral pieces and an entertaining evening awaits! Proceeds to the Friends of the Westminster Memorial Hospital.