Leigh Hatts  

Midnight Mass on Radio 4

St George’s RC Cathedral, Southwark (picture www.LondonSE1.co.uk)

If you cannot go to Midnight Mass tonight listen on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30pm.

The live broadcast is from St George’s Cathedral in Southwark, the Roman Catholic cathedral opposite the Imperial War Museum.

The entire church was a glorious Pugin building until bombed during the Second World War.

The celebrant and preacher is the new Archbishop of Southwark John Wilson.

We can expect the music under Director of Music Jonathan Schranz to be superb. Hymns include Unto us is born a Son, In the bleak mid-winter and Hark! The herald-angels sing.

The motet is Bethlehem Down which has a setting by Peter Warlock, father of art critic Brian Sewell. The carol was written in 1927 by Bruce Blunt whilst on a moonlit walk with the composer between two Hampshire country pubs.

The Midnight Mass service sheet can be downloaded here.