Solemn Mass for All Souls’ Day

Tue 2 November, 19:30

Presented by the St Mary Magdalene Music Society

All Souls’ Day is the commemoration of the faithful departed, the day on which Christians remember those from whom they have been parted by death. The traditional method of doing this is a Requiem mass, where the sacrifice of Christ on the cross is offered for all the departed. The great settings of the Requiem Mass were all written to be used as service music, not for concert performance, and so using the settings liturgically enables them to be heard and appreciated properly. We use the setting as authentically as we can, within the confines of a modern liturgy, so the service is largely as it would be at St Mary Magdalene’s on a Sunday morning, but using the sung setting in a traditional way. This is not, then, a recreation of an archaic liturgy, but a contemporary act of worship, using the great music and traditional texts in as authentic a way as we can.

Free. No booking required.


The Mary Magdalene Society 

Founded in 1971, many of its programmes have shown considerable originality, with a bias towards French music, often including words totally  neglected in this country. The Society is well known for its annual performances on All Souls’ Day when its choir and orchestra present a French Requiem setting in the liturgical contest of a Solemn Mass. First British performances include Requiems by Desenclos, Inghelbrecht, Ropartx and Tomasi. Notable revivals by the society include the extravagantly dramatic setting by Alfred Bruneau (forgotten since 1896) and the fine and neglected orchestral version of the Requiem by Saint-Saens.

Maurice Durufle conducted the first British performance of his Cum Jubilo Mass at St. Mary Magdalene in 1968 and thereafter the Society was honoured by the interest he showed as its President.

One of the aims of the Society is to encourage young performers and there is a long-standing association with Sussex House School, Chelsea.

The Regent’s Canal runs adjacent to the church and summer canal concerts give an opportunity for enjoying the scenery of London’s hidden waterway, with musical accompaniment.

Naji Hakim
Mare-Bernadette Dufourcet Hakim

Musical Director
Nicholas Kaye

Hon. Secretary
James Paget

Hon. Treasurer
Trini Farrugia

The St. Mary  Magdalene Music Society is dependent upon the support of its members. Please consider joining. Members receive free access to all events except the Narrow Boat Concerts for which they receive a reduction. Patron membership lasts for life. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Mary Magdalene Music Society’.

Annual Membership: £25 Patron Membership: £75

Enquiries and Subscriptions:

Nicholas Kaye
68 Cadogan Square
London SW1X  0EA
Tel. 020 7584 1741

Date: 2nd November 2021

Start Time: 19:30

Doors: If applicable (delete otherwise)

Length: TBC

Tickets: FREE

Venue: Grand Junction is a new venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. Our mission is to create and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families and adults. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Covid-19 Update

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