Haydn’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross

On Wednesday 12 April at 7pm, St Joseph’s hosts this hauntingly beautiful piece in seven movements which evokes the seven last sentences of Christ on the cross.

Adapted for string quartet by Joseph Haydn in 1787, the piece was originally commissioned for a Good Friday Service in Cadiz, Spain.   

Tickets cost £10;  Under 18s: £5.  All extra money raised will go to our Lenten Charities.

Please contact the Parish Office to book.  This concert is an opportunity not to be missed!

A Musical Meditation on the Life of Christ

NM-headerOn 28th November, the Schola Cantorum of St Joseph’s Parish Church offered a musical meditation upon the life of our Lord.

Here are some selections from that evening’s inspiring repertoire.


Part I: Advent and Christmas

Puer natus est nobis – Words: Introit antiphon for Christmas Day (Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 98(97): 1); Music: Gregorian chant


Lullay my liking – Words: Anonymous (15th Century English); Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)


Part II: Jesus’ Public Ministry

Notre Père – Words: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13); Music: Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)


The Beatitudes – Words: The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12); Music: Traditional Russian Chant


If ye love me – Words: John 14: 15-17; Music: Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)


Part III: Passion and Death

Hosanna filio David – Words: Antiphon for the procession on Palm Sunday; Music: Gregorian chant


Part IV: Resurrection and Ascension

Resurrexi – Words: Psalm 138: 18, 5, 6, 1, 2. Introit for Easter Sunday; Music: Gregorian chant


Quia vidisti me – Words: John 20: 29; Music: Matthew JC Ward (written in 2015 for the Schola of St Joseph’s Church, New Malden)


O rex gloriae – Words: Antiphon to the Magnificat for the Second Vespers of Ascension; Music: Luca Marenzio (1553-1599)


Part V: Pentecost

Factus est repente – Words: Communion for the Mass of Pentecost (Acts 2: 2,4;) Music: Gregorian chant


O sacrum convivium – Words: Antiphon to the Magnificat for the Second Vespers of Corpus Christi (based on 1 Corinthians 11: 26 and Romans 8: 18); Music: Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)


Sing we of the Blessed Mother – Words: G. B. Timms (1910-1997); Music: ‘Abbot’s Leigh’ by Cyril V. Taylor

Meditation Programme in PDF format

Nick Gale, RIP

Nick Gale, recording a CD of organ music on the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough
Nick Gale, recording a CD of organ music on the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough

The popular former Master of the Music of Southwark Metropolitan Cathedral, Nick Gale, was killed yesterday, Tuesday 10th March,  in a hit and run collision in London.

Our love and prayers go to his family and friends who mourn this incredibly talented musician, who worked tirelessly in the promotion of the Church’s musical patrimony.

More information may be found at:

Vatican Radio

Catholic Herald

May he rest in peace!

Advent Carols at St Joseph’s


Everyone is welcome at the ADVENT CAROL SERVICES here in St Joseph’s:

  • 7.45 for 8pm Tuesday 10th December – UCM annual Carol Evening in the Pastoral Centre Hall. The Carols are followed by refreshments. Everyone invited!
  • 7pm Monday 16th December ~ Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
  • 7pm Tuesday 17th December ~ Holy Cross Catholic Girls’ School