A Concert of Devotional Music for Holy Week

St Mary Magdalene, Rowington Close, Little Venice, London
A Concert of Devotional Music for Holy Week
Palm Sunday April 10, 2022, at 6.30pm

After the success of their video made during lockdown last year, instead of their ‘Music for Holy Week’ concert on Palm Sunday, Guildhall Alumni Choir is delighted to be able to present an in-person concert including much of this wonderful music plus a few more items appropriate for the season.

It will be a joy to sing this wonderful repertoire in St Mary Magdalene for the first time. In addition we are pleased to welcome again soloists who have sung and played with the choir at different times in the past as well presenting new ones.

If you are not able to attend but would like to hear some of this music, here is the link to the video from last year below …

About Guildhall Alumni Choir. GAC has been meeting at GSMD six or seven times a term since September 2014 and comprises Alumni from a variety of courses, their friends, family and students. As well as giving regular concerts at the end of term, we have given two premieres of works by Paul Carr written especially for members of the choir. One of these, Drop drop slow tears, was performed when we travelled to Béthune in 2018 to lead the concert commemorating the 1918 Armistice Centenary. This was a very emotional occasion, having as we did the support of young musicians from Germany and France.
We are delighted to welcome some of our Friends who have been able to join us and would like to thank them for their support, even when having to travel some distance.
If the idea of singing with our group is enticing (no audition required), please contact either Janie Mack jacarandamusica@sky.com or Diana Bickley dianabickley@aol.com to find out more.

Late Summer Evening

The Guildhall Alumni Choir is very pleased to announce that its first live singing event since the relaxation of lock down will take place in St Mary Magdalene, Rowington Close, Paddington on Saturday Sept 25th at 5pm.

Some readers may remember the video made by them called, ‘Devotional Music for Holy Week‘, posted on this website in March this year. Members of the choir look forward to meeting any who may have seen it, along with others who live in this lovely part of London.

Covid protocols, as required at the time, will be fully observed.’

St Mary Mags Open Day

Come along to the St Mary Mags Community Open Day!

You can access guided tours of the stunning building as well as live music and an art workshop. There will be something for all the family with lots of kids entertainment including face painting and a family explorer trail!

Tours will run every hour 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm led by the architect and vicar.

Free entry with snacks and drinks …

Rowington Close, London, W2 5TF

Saturday 17th November 1pm – 4pm


War Memorial Calvary

On a brilliantly sunny October day the figure of Christ returned to the War Memorial Calvary, newly gilded, restored to its original appearance. Hoisting the cast-iron corpus onto the wooden cross was a nerve-wracking exercise for all concerned, and a gilder was on hand to touch up any damage caused by the operation. Restoration of the Calvary has been supported by the War Memorials Trust and a generous private donor, and we are delighted that work will be finished in time for the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The parish Act of Remembrance will take place at the Calvary at the end of Mass on Sunday 11th November, and the Calvary will be re-dedicated at 10.45 on Monday 12th, with children from St Mary Magdalene’s School taking part.

Important updates for Sunday services

We will be celebrating going back into the Nave for Sunday worship with a mass for the anniversary of the consecration of the church, at 11am on Sunday the 21st October. There will be a party after the service.

From Sunday the 21st all services will return to the Nave and Chancel.

On the 28th of October there will be no Sunday Mass, as we shall be joining with St Peter’s to celebrate their dedication festival.

Also we have a free event on Thursday 25th October, at 6.30pm in church. Celebrated American poet (and civil-rights activist) J Chester Johnson will speak on “Auden, the Psalms and Me” about his time working alongside W H Auden translating the Psalms for the American Prayer Book. This will be fascinating for enthusiasts for poetry as well as liturgy.

St. Mary Magdalene’s Community Open Day


Saturday 11th November, 2-5pm
At St. Mary Magdalene’s School hall, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

Join us for a fun-filled and FREE afternoon for all the family including:
– Make your own tile to go in the new building
– Fun family learning activity from Westminster Adult Education Service
– Take part in creating a large building out of cardboard boxes and more
– Take a tour up the scaffold inside the church and be one of the first to see the amazing stained glass windows up close. Three tours of 20 people will run during the event, so arrive early and sign up to avoid disappointment.
– Meet the architect and project team
– Cake, hot drinks and juice

All activities, food and drink are FREE

For more info contact Lucy on lucy@pdt.org.uk and 07775 901963 or just come along on the day.

Everyone is very welcome

24th September 2017. After the 11am Eucharist at St Peter’s, the Women’s Social Group will be celebrating their third anniversary with entertainment, a raffle, and lunch. So please stay on for lunch, and make sure you have bought raffle tickets.

1st October 2017 at 11am at St Peter’s. We shall be saying farewell to Fr Reji Raj-Singh, and thanking him for his ministry in the Benefice. We have a joint service for the anniversary of the Dedication of St Peter’s, and so there will be NO MASS AT ST.MARY MAGS. There will be a party after the service.


Our solemn orchestral Mass for All Souls’ Day will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd November, as usual. This year, because of the conservation work in the church, it will be held at HOLY TRINITY, PRINCE CONSORT ROAD, SW7 2BA. Holy Trinity is just behind the Albert Hall, very near Imperial College. Please be aware that parking nearby is very limited.