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A Liturgical Performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘My beloved is mine’

A Liturgical Performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘My beloved is mine’

Date Time Location Price
Sunday, 3rd May 2020 6.15pm - 7.00pm The Abbey Free, no tickets required

A special liturgical performance of Britten’s Canticle I My Beloved is Mine.

Benjamin Britten’s canticle My Beloved is Mine, composed in 1947, uses a text by the Caroline Divine Francis Quarles. Quarles’ imagery, strongly reminiscent of the Song of Songs, speaks of the believer’s joy in encountering the transformative love of Christ.

The canticle will be performed in the context of worship and devotion, alongside a scripture reading, an address and prayers.

It is one of three of Britten’s Canticles which are presented in a devotional context as part of the Abbey’s Theology programme.

This liturgy is at 6.15 pm, not 6.30 pm as previously advertised.


Performers: My Beloved is Mine – Mark Dobell (tenor) with Matthew Jorysz (piano)

Preacher: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey The Chapter Office Westminster Abbey 20 Dean's Yard London UK SW1P 3PA

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