Worship & Music
Music is a key part of our worship, it is an essential element to our shared faith, our Christian love of our community and church, our fellowship.
The Anglican Church Haarlem is committed to a strong liturgical tradition. We are known for the excellence of our choir and we are fortunate to have Martin A. van Bleek as our Director of Music. We offer two ‘cathedral style’ services a month, always with a sung psalm, sung liturgy, hymns and anthems. Often there are two anthems, one of which is a post communion anthem. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month, we offer a traditional Evensong service.
During the year we have several special occasions which involve a combined choir when our choir sings with The Anglican Singers. At Christmas our services include a candle-lit Advent Carol Service, a Christmas Carol Concert and a hugely popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols. At the end of Holy Week we hold a Good Friday service with readings and choral works and there is also an Easter Choral Service.
We participate in the RSCM Music Sunday, a service which celebrates and gives thanks for the role of music in the life of the church, and the way in which music can draw both the church and community together.
Our services with live music are also very popular. Most recently we enjoyed flute and organ music before and after the service as well as a mediative piece during communion. One member of the congregation wrote: ‘please communicate heartfelt thanks to our musicians for their musical contribution to our service. It really made it extraordinary, setting and focusing the mood before the service and prolonging reflection time after the final blessing and charge.’
Flute and Organ, Bach Excerpts, September 2021: Click here to view
Good Friday Service, April 2nd 2021. Click here to view
Nine Lessons and Carols, December 2020
Flute and Organ, November 2020