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Coffee Concert on 17th March at 11am

Franz Schubert – Winterreise

We will be joined by Rainer Gramer (Baritone) and Christopher Moore (pianist) on Saturday morning the 17th March at 11am. They will be performing the Franz Schubert – Winterreise.
Doors open at 11am for coffee, and the concert will start at 11.30am. Admission free – Retiring collection

Franz Schubert
1797 – 1828


Die Winterreise

1. Gute Nacht 13. Die Post
2. Die Wetterfahne 14. Der greise Kopf
3. Gefrorne Tränen 15. Die Krähe
4. Erstarrung 16. Letzte Hoffnung
5. Der Lindenbaum 17. Im Dorfe
6. Wasserflut 18. Der stürmische Morgen
7. Auf dem Flusse 19. Täuschung
8. Rückblick 20. Der Wegweiser
9. Irrlicht 21. Das Wirtshaus
10. Rast 22. Mut
11. Frühlingstraum 23. Die Nebensonnen
12. Einsamkeit 24. Der Leiermann

Poems by Wilhelm Müller (7 October 1794 – 30 September 1827)

Winterreise (Winter Journey), a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, is a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin.

Rainer Grämer (Bass-Baritone) was born in Kronach, North Bavaria, Germany. Whilst attending university in Erlangen, Germany, he studied with Norma Lerer, Nese Pars, Manfred Capell and Dr. Z. Edmund Toliver. After Rainer moved to London, UK, in 1991 he continued his musical studies with David Mason, Ian Massa-Harris and most recently with Richard Edgar-Wilson. He sang in the extra choir at Bayreuth in the 1980s; he had solo appearances in Aschaffenburg, Schweinfurt, Forchheim, Erlangen, Nürnberg and Haßfurt while he lived in Germany. In the 80s and 90s he attended several master classes under Hanno Blaschke. Rainer was a member of the church choir of St. Peter’s, Streatham from 2010 until 2014 when he moved to Norfolk. In 1992 Rainer appeared on BBC Radio with the Gabrieli Consort under the direction of Paul McCreesh. While living in London Rainer sang with the Philharmonia Chorus, and was a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, the New London Singers, OSJ Voices and the London Philharmonic Chorus. In October 2008 he sang in Coburg Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in December 2009 he sang in his birth town Haydn’s Creation. In October 2013 he sang in Kronach and Coburg in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In April 2014 he sang Jesus in St. Matthew passion in London under Philip Collin. On Good Friday in the following years he sang Jesus in Telemann’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Brokes Passion by Händel and Stölzel in Kronach. This year he will sing Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Kronach.

Christopher Moore was educated in Hertfordshire and at Durham University. He worked in schools and churches in Dorset, London and Sussex before moving to Cambridge in 1986 to take up the post of Director of Music at Great St Mary’s, later moving to the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs. In 1998 he moved to Sudbury, Suffolk, and then in 2002 to London where he was Acting Organist to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2004 he moved to South Africa to be Director of Music at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown, but returned to the UK in 2006, resuming a freelance career. For thirty years he was an examiner for the ABRSM. Christopher now lives in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and is busy as pianist, organist, harpsichordist, accompanist and teacher as well as being involved in many aspects of musical life both locally and further afield. He is Choir Director at St Mary’s church and pianist of the Sokolowski Trio and the Linnet Ensemble, both based in Bury St Edmunds.

Knitivity visitors join us

We have been joined by a life sized “Knitivity” group in the visitors corner (at the back of Church) throughout Advent and Christmas. The knit and natter group (under Rita Fryer’s leadership) have really done the most amazing job in creating them.  We are so grateful they have given us the opportunity to display them in Aldeburgh Parish Church,  and for allowing any funds raised from their display to go to the church.

Take a look at this link for the EADT article published on Friday 8th December

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Here are the knit and natter group, carpenter Adam MacIntyre, and of course our Rector, Reverend Mark Lowther. 

First Steps at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Every last Wednesday of the month Reverend Johanna Mabey leads the First Steps group for small Children.  Recently they have decorated the Children’s corner with poppies to teach the children about Remembrance Sunday.  

They have also had great fun in making bay Christingles with clementines and birthday candles.  

Please do contact us via the contact page, if you would like to join us in this group with your child. You are most welcome.

Christingle magic

The team are pulled in to make The Christingles – Thank you all.

Aldeburgh Parish Church at Christmas, with Classical Chart Topper Christina Johnston

We are delighted to welcome Soprano Christina Johnston back to Aldeburgh Parish Church, on December 23rd at 4pm, with guest pianist Roger Seville.  

It will be a wonderful concert full of Christmas music, with Mince Pies and refreshments served during the interval.  Just the way to spend your Saturday afternoon before Christmas to get you in the festive season celebrations mood. 

You can also buy Christina’s Albums Blessing, and her latest released Christmas Album, which includes “In the bleak midwinter” written by the other very talented Sheeran brother, Matthew Sheeran.

Book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Or please come along on the day.


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Centenary Celebrations

On the 8th October 2017, we held a very special Service remembering Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was brought up in Aldeburgh from the age of 5.  After her remarkable life as the first British woman to qualify as a doctor and a physician she retired here too, spending the last 15 years of her life living close to the church which she attended regularly.  She also, of course, became the pioneering mayor of Aldeburgh – the first female mayor in the country.

The Trinity Chapel of our Parish Church already contains memorials to several of the Garrett family including Elizabeth’s father Newson, his wife Louisa and their son Edmund.  Many people have been surprised that there is no permanent memorial to Elizabeth and we are very pleased that the omission was rectified during this service.  Intriguingly, the East window of the Trinity Chapel features images of only female saints.  There seems no more appropriate location for a lasting memorial to a very remarkable lady – a true ‘woman of purpose’.

The unveiling of the plaque by Marian Barnes, our guest preacher.



Harvest Festival at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Our flower team, again showed their talents and skills in decorating our Church for Sunday’s Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service.   All our visitors throughout the day commented on how wonderful the Church looked.  Thank you so much to everyone that contributed into supplying the produce/flowers and to the creativity shown for this special celebration.

Please take a look at the photos – Supplied by David Briggs.

For more photos, please click here to view our Flower Team page



Christina Johnston on tour in our Church

On Saturday 23rd September we were so lucky to be included in soprano Christina Johnston’s debut album tour ‘The Miracle of the voice’.

Christina and her pianist Inga Goldsmith really put on a performance to remember.  Christina looked beautiful in her amazing dresses, and a voice to match.  We had two instrumental pieces of music from Inga, which totally silenced the audience.  You could hear a pin drop.

Our Revd Mark Lowther introduced selected songs during the evening, and gave details of the story behind each song.  Christina signed copies of her album ‘Blessing” after the performance, and spent time chatting to her fans.

We highly recommend you going to see Christina during her tour.  A real talent.  All in all a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.  Thank you Christina for including us.  We hope to see you again soon.


Aldeburgh Carnival 75th Anniversary

This year’s Carnival theme was “Aldeburgh” for the 75th Anniversary.   So we just had to join in with the carnival fun, with Aldeburgh Parish Church being a large part of the Aldeburgh community.   Revd Jo Mabey took on the challenge of organising the Church float, and gathered many helpers that all contributed their time and skills to make a memorable Carnival.   Their efforts really did pay off.  Well done everyone!

We also held a Carnival Songs of Praise Service on Sunday 20th August by The Moot Hall.  This was a well attended Service.  Revd Mark Lowther took the Service along with Pastor Terry Smith and Revd Sheila Hart.  Some old friends of the Church told wonderful and amusing stories of carnivals gone past. We were also joined by the Mayor of Aldeburgh Councellor Jocelyn Bond, and The Carnival Queen of 2017 Shannon Strowger.

Please take a look at some photos taken over the weekend.

Revd Mark Lowther chats to Derek Cook.  Derek has been on the carnival committee for many years along with Catherine.


Mayor of Aldeburgh – Councellor Jocelyn Bond

Revd Sheila Hart

Revd Jo Mabey talks to Revd Mark Lowther about juggling her new role in wearing “the collar” and running her and her husbands restaurant.

The lovely Roderick Linsell tells us about his days in helping with the carnival.  Involved a lot of home made wine!!!  Say no more………


Pam Studd talks about her years in the Carnivals gone past, looking after the Carnival Queen.

This years Carnival Queen Shannon Strowger.  Both her parents are well known to the carnival.  Her father Vernon, was Mr Neptune in 2007, and her mother Beverly was Carnival Queen in 1981.

The amazing Salvation Army let Mark and Jocelyn loose on their instruments.  Our heartfelt thanks to The Salvation Army.  You just can’t beat a brass band.

Amazing Aldeburgh, AMAZING GRACE.  Here is our float.  We were joined by our retired clergy, Canon John Giles, and Canon Arthur Phelps and Canon John Tipping.   Revd Mark Lowther, and Revd Sheila Hart, performed different representations of services and ceremonies.  More tea vicar!


Not an easy task, getting that trailer around bends and up the hill past the church.


Here you can see the choir, and the youth club, and Anne Browning who organises our team of tip top cleaners that keep our church spick and span

Revd Mark Lowther and our wedding couple

These photos were kindly passed onto us by Jenny Digby, who had prime location on the steps of The Moot Hall to take the most amazing photos.  Thanks Jenny.  Are you availble for weddings?


AND………..  We won third prize


Aldeburgh Parish Church – Friday Markets

Today (4th August) at 10.00am Revd Mark Lowther kicked off the start of our Friday Markets, by announcing “doors open”. Our wonderful team have been working so hard all week setting up The Church Hall with stalls bursting with goods to sell. We had a cake stall with mouth watering temptations from our bakers, that even made Mary Berry look like a beginner. Toys, games, books, plants, veg, china, and clothes. The list goes on. And of course the most IMPORTANT job of all, the tea and coffee hatch, that supplied refreshments to our many visitors.

Whether you fancy browsing for a bargain, or a nice slice of cake for that afternoon cuppa, or just for a natter and a cup of tea, do come along. The Markets are being held every Friday from 10am – 12 noon throughout August.