Faith news (including lunchtime concert at St Mary’s)

Madelaine Jones (piano) performed at St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead
Madelaine Jones (piano) performed at St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead


Around 30 people attended the lunchtime concert at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, May 13 and were rewarded by some beautiful playing.

Madelaine Jones, pictured above, played one of her own compositions on the piano, as well as some rarely heard pieces by Gubaidulina and Farrenc and one of JS Bach’s partitas.

Her playing throughout was marvellously controlled, and she achieved a remarkable level of clarity in the faster passages of the Bach. Madelaine is a final year student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and fully deserves success as she enters the profession.

The final Tuesday concert in the current series at St. Mary’s takes place on Tuesday, June 15 at 12.30pm and features former head chorister Eleanor Hart (soprano) and Richard Grylls (piano). All are welcome.

Bring your lunch to enjoy at the end of the concert with a cup of tea or coffee. Suggested minimum donation of £3; all proceeds are in aid of church funds.


The church will be filled with displays and arrangements of flowers representing the cycle of the year in hymns at a flower festival next month.

There will be plants and flowers for sale and a craft stall selling locally made items. Refreshments will be available, and on the final afternoon there will be cream teas on sale.

The Hymns In Bloom festival will be open on Friday and run for four days.

Opening times are 10am to 5pm on the Friday and Monday, from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is £3

On Saturday, June 7 the church will also play host to a charity concert by the Hertfordshire Philharmonia String Quartet.

The programme includes Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 in F ‘The American’ as well as Shostakovich (String Quartet No. 8 in C minor) and Beethoven (String Quartet No. 9 in C ‘Razumovsky’) Interval drinks and nibbles will be available.

The concert starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are £8 (Friends of MASJ and advance ticket sales) or £9 on the door.


Rogation Sunday, which falls this weekend, is the traditional day on which to ‘Beat the Bounds’.

The party will lleave the church hall around 11.15am and this year will be carrying the Diocesan Icon to mark 100 years of the Diocese of St Albans

Parishioners are welcome take part in all or some of the walk, which is about seven miles in total and taken at a steady pace. There will be a stop for a packed lunch on the way round.


Children aged seven to 11 are welcome to join the Explorers group this Sunday from 4pm to 5pm for Bible stories, games, music, activities and refreshments.