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The Journey of Childhood in music and words

On Sunday 20 November at 3.00 pm, Holy Saviour Church will host a concert in aid of Save the Children, to raise funds to help relieve the plight of refugee children.  The concert will include music by Bernstein, Schubert, Debussy & Mozart, with favourite childhood memories & songs from the shows, interwoven with poetry and prose.

Performed by Lois Murray – Soprano, Trevor Hughes – Keyboard, Gillian Hughes – Clarinet & saxophone & Jane Campion Hoye – spoken word.

Admission by donation (suggested £10).  Refreshments provided.

The Friends of Holy Saviour AGM

All are welcome to attend the AGM of the Friends on Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Keith Hoskins, Town Centre Manager, who will talk about the work of Hitchin BID (Business Improvement District).

Christina Rossetti: Faith & Poetry

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to their next “Talk & Tea“ on Sunday 25 September at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church.

The poetry of Christina Rossetti has always been popular – known to many from childhood readings of “Goblin Market” to “A Birthday” and “Remember” and from the words of the ever popular carol “In the Bleak Mid Winter”.  This talk, by Dr Serena Trowbridge, will explore Rossetti’s poetry, her life and faith, and the influences which helped to make her an exceptional poet.

Tickets £8 (Friends £7), including refreshments, available from Clare Fleck, 01462 646257, or the Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard.

Melodies at Maydencroft

Come and join us in the wonderful setting of Bunyan’s Barn at Maydencroft Manor, Gosmore, for an evening of musical entertainment provided by Hitchin Band.  The concert takes place on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 7.00 pm.

Hitchin Band is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, having recently traced its origins back to 1866.  The Band has formed the cornerstone of musical culture in and around Hitchin ever since and with recent contest successes is now regarded as one of the leading bands in the London and Southern Counties region.

Hitchin Band and their Musical Director, Graham Chambers, are delighted to be playing at Maydencroft Manor in support of Holy Saviour Church.  All proceeds will be applied to the Organ Fund.

Tickets are £10 and are available from Frances (tel 01462 434762) and Sheila (tel 01462 621699).

Living Threads : Restoring Life to Beautiful Fabrics

On Sunday 17 July at 3pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to join them for another “Talk & Tea” event.  Janie Lightfoot will give an illustrated talk on the work of textile conservation, and the wide range of projects conservators encounter.  Her studio – Janie Lightfoot Textiles – carried out the conservation of Holy Saviour Church’s beautiful Alleluiah Altar Frontal last year.

Tickets (including tea and light refreshments) £8 (£7 for Friends of HS) available from Gill Chidgey, 01462 646257, or Hitchin Festival Box Office at Town Centre Initiative, Churchyard.

A Parisian Promenade: Mozart to Montand, Puccini to Piaf

On Saturday 7 May at 7pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to a visual, musical and evocative lecture exploring how Paris has inspired countless musicians throughout the centuries. From classical to popular, ethereal to “oh-la-la”, their music conjures up the atmosphere of Parisian boulevards, cabarets, cafés, restaurants and the river Seine.

The talk, by Desmond Colborne, international lecturer and lifetime resident of Paris, will take the form of a walk down musical memory lanes, following in the footsteps of composers and singers. The Promenade will include music by classical composers Mozart, Chopin and Liszt and popular music by Broadway composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as songs popularised by musical stars like Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.

Guests will be transported through sight and sounds during this musical promenade, evoking in the words of singer/composer Charles Trenet, “La Romance de Paris”.

Tickets (including light refreshments) £12 (£10 for Friends of HS) available from
Clare Fleck, 01462 646257, or Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard.

Visit to Watts Gallery and Memorial Chapel


Following the recent fascinating ” Talk &Tea” featuring the artist G.F.Watts, the Friends of Holy Saviour are organising a trip to the Watts Gallery, Memorial Chapel and Artists ‘ Village, at Compton, nr Guildford, on Saturday March 12th.
The cost of the trip is £33 (subject to final numbers) which  will include coach travel, admission, coffee on arrival and short introductory Gallery tour.
If you think you might be interested in joining the trip, or would like more information, speak to Gill Chidgey (01462 423603) or Clare Fleck ( 646257) or email

Closing date for booking is Sunday Feb 21st.

St. Valentine’s Day Concert

There will be a special concert for St. Valentine’s Day on Sunday February 14th, in church, at 3.30 p.m. The concert will be given by Lois Murray (soprano), James Risdon (recorders), Gillian Hughes (clarinet), Janet Tothill (double bass), and Trevor Hughes (keyboards), and Clare Fleck (narrator). The programme includes romantic music from two different eras. It begins with rarely heard music from the eighteenth century, by the Scottish composer James Oswald, who married into the Lytton family, and lived at Knebworth House in the 1760s. Appropriately for St. Valentine’s Day, the programme will include his charming song collection “Colin’s Kisses”, and other music reflecting his romantic link with Knebworth. Moving forward in time, and with a change in musical style, the second half of the programme features a medley of popular and romantic songs from the musicals of George Gershwin. Proceeds in aid of Holy Saviour Church. Admission by programme: Adults £10, Concessions £8, Students FREE.

G. F. Watts – Art, Death and Immortality

On Sunday 24 January at 3.00 pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to the next in the series of Talk & Tea events – a talk by The Revd Cherry Sandover (Lecturer in Fine Art at South Essex College) about G. F. Watts, the eminent Victorian painter and sculptor, and the amazing Watts Cemetery Chapel, Compton, designed by his wife.

Admission to this special event is £8, including tea.  There is a £1 discount for members of the Friends.

For tickets and further information, contact Gill Chidgey (01462 423603), Clare Fleck (07717 270890), or Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard, Hitchin.

To follow the talk, The Friends are planning a group trip to the Watts Gallery, Artists’ Village, and Watts Chapel, in March.  Further details to follow.