Bordeaux Anglican Church Choir – Concert of English Sacred Music

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Saturday, 4th June 2016 at 15:00

Cathédrale Saint André

Place Pey Berland



.Free entrance but donations will be welcome. DO SPREAD THE WORD!

Richard Hunt and the Choir have been working extra hard to prepare a nice mixture of classic and modern sacred music for the pleasure of all, and in a fabulous setting.

Mark the date and bring a friend!


Chaplaincy Praise Day, Sunday 29th May at the beautiful abbey of St Avit Senieur

We are all invited to the Chaplaincy Praise Day on Sunday 29th May at the beautiful abbey of St Avit Senieur (Dordogne).


3:00pm – Chaplaincy Eucharist

4:00pm – Picnic (and rehearsal for United Chaplaincy Choir)

5:15pm – Festival of Praise (featuring the award-winning UCLAN Choir, the United Chaplaincy Choir and Congregational singing)


There is participation from our Bordeaux Church Choir led by Richard Hunt and also from our Kids Choir led by Stephen and Holi Razafindratsima.  They will all sing as part of the United Chaplaincy Choir

Many will remember the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Choir who sang to great effect with us previously at L’Assomption and also at one of our open-air Eucharists in the Medoc.  Please click here for a nice informal video of the UCLAN Choir.


We are planning to book a coach leaving L’Assomption after the optional short Morning Prayer Service.  If you would like to travel on the coach, please click here to send us a short email message  eg Yes, two of us would like to travel by coach (or similar)

If you are planning to attend but travelling independently/car sharing then click here to send an email message to that effect which would be most helpful to us in our planning.

Uplifting !

This will be a most uplifting day! We will be joining people from across the Chaplaincy.  Why not bring a friend…perhaps someone who hasn’t been to church for a while? 

Enjoy the Service, enjoy the singing, enjoy your picnic and enjoy the ambiance in this glorious setting of the abbey and its grounds.

To set the scene, here are photos from a previous Pentecost Service led by Bramwell at St Avit Senieur.

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Sing Praise

singHe who sings prays twice!

Chanter, c’est prier deux fois!

Do you like to sing? Aimez-vous chanter ?

Please join the privileged many who are busy practicing inspiring music with Director of Music, Richard Hunt, every Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Chapel. It’s a very rewarding and fun time for all.

Venez chanter avec nous le samedi après-midi de 15h à 17h.

PLEASE NOTE! The Choir has been invited to perform a concert at:

Cathédrale St André June 4th at 3 p.m.

Please note this in your diaries and better yet,be part of the choir!

A noter : Le Chœur Anglican va donner un concert à la Cathédrale St André le 4 juin à 15h. Venez nombreux.

Easter at the Anglican Church in Bordeaux

Good Friday 2016_Bordeaux_1Good Friday

On Good Friday evening, we were led in our meditations by members of the congregation reading/performing monologues by Frank Topping.  These are powerful aids, looking at the events of Good Friday from different witnesses’ points of view. We were grateful for the silences to focus our thoughts.

The Choir sang four anthems, giving us welcome breathing spaces in between the drama.

We finished with a brief Iona communion service.

Easter Day

We were delighted to welcome a church full of all ages, coming together to worship the living God. Again, the Choir were in fine voice and we were delighted to have the Children’s Choir also contributing to our worship with Give Thanks for the second hymn and Father we love you after the sermon.

Andrew had prepared a large screen showing the depressing picture of what could be seen on Good Friday evening and into Holy Saturday.  Then Alexandra mustered all the children who carried the very large wooden cross down the nave and ‘charged’ the screen, destroying the depressing picture, to show the power of the cross extending beyond what is seen into the realm beyond.

As it was pouring with rain, the Easter egg hunt organised by Anne Sharp took place indoors.  Everyone enjoyed helping the children find their trophies.

‘An Impossible God’  by Frank Topping


The book,  ‘An Impossible God’, is Frank Topping’s attempt to put flesh on the bones of the characters who appear in the Passion stories. He says “I am not a systematic theologian, but an extremely unsystematic pilgrim whose reason seeks answers to experience; who has found that his reason limits his exploration, and wishes, not unreasonably, to go beyond.

The monologues are an attempt to hear the voices of the first witnesses; to understand their thoughts, to come closer, in fear and trepidation, to an experience of the risen Christ. They are, in Topping’s words, ‘inadequate and ill-expressed devotional thoughts.’

Our Good Friday Order of Service – Readings and Anthems:

1.  A Servant of the High Priest – Read by Chris Rankin

Jesus is condemned to death

Prayer & Silence

2.  A Maid in the House of Caiaphas – Read by Alexandra Bullock

Jesus takes up his cross

Prayer & Silence

3. A Scribe – Read by Paul Dixon

Jesus falls for the first time

Choir Anthem: Lux Aeterna by Rutter

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may light eternal shine upon them. A hymn is raised unto Thee in Zion, and a vow paid to Thee in Jerusalem: give ear to my prayer, O Lord, unto Thee all flesh shall come at last. Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy!

4. Simon of Cyrene – Read by Ian Couper

Simon helps Jesus carry his cross

Prayer & Silence

5.  Soldier – Read by Frederic Louchel

Jesus falls for the second time

Prayer & Silence

6.  A woman Pamela Prior

Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem

Choir Anthem: The Lamb by Tavener

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o’er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice?

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee; He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild. He became a little child.

I, a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little lamb, God bless thee! Little lamb, God bless thee!

7.  Mary & Martha – Read by Adebode Macaulay & Ashley Ridley

Jesus falls for the third time

Prayer & Silence

8.  The Centurion – Read by Chris Bingham

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Prayer & Silence

9.  Mary – Read by Alexandra Bullock

Jesus dies on the cross

Prayer & Silence

Choir Anthem: Ave Verum by Mozart

Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, who having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the cross for mankind, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood: May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death. O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen

10.  The Centurion – Read by Chris Bingham

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Prayer & Silence

11. Joseph of Arimathea – Read by John Salvi

Jesus is placed in the tomb

Prayer & Silence

Choir Anthem: The Lord’s my Shepherd by Rutter

The Lord is my shepherd; therefore I can lack nothing. He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort. He shall convert my soul and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk thro’ the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For thou art with me: Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

Thou shalt prepare a table for me against them that trouble me:

Thou hast anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, for ever

Choir Rehearsals

IMG_0047Choir rehearsals are well under way for our Advent Service Sunday 27th November at 17:00 and our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 13th December at 17:00.

Our Choir rehearses on most Saturday afternoons starting at 1500 at L’Assomption. Click here for location and directions

If you would like to sing then please email us here to register your interest or just turn up!