This is a short note from Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple here at the Temple Church, to introduce my colleagues. They and I look forward to welcoming you here; we will be delighted to see you at our services, concerts, talks and special events.
Last term we bid farewell to Hugh Mead, Reader of the Temple for twenty years. He is the loyalist friend that the Church itself, its staff and congregations could ever have hoped to have among them. We will miss seeing Hugh and Judith each week – and Hugh’s sermon each month, a wonderful mix every time of erudition, whimsy and the deepest of Christian insights. However we are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Hatcher. Mark is a Bencher of Middle Temple. He became the Bar Council’s first Director of Representation and Policy in 2006. He obtained a degree in theology from the University of Kent and was ordained in 2012. He combines his role as Reader of the Temple with being Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Bar. Roger Sayer is our Director of Music. He is a hugely experienced choir-director, organist and accompanist. Roger works closely with Associate Organist, Greg Morris. We are also delighted to introduce George Inscoe, our Organ Scholar who will be helping in the music department this year. They are among the most talented and dynamic of London’s musicians. The Church is returning to the forefront of the capital’s musical life.
During the week, if you ring you will probably speak with Catherine de Satgé or Liz Clarke. Catherine is in daily touch with the families for which we are arranging a baptism, marriage or memorial service. Liz knows all there is to know about the choir and the recruitment of new choristers. If you call in to visit the Church you will be warmly welcomed by John Shearer, our Verger, or one of our volunteers on any day that we are open to the public.
We are raising funds, in order both to enhance the bursaries that we can offer to our choristers and to make possible further concerts and recordings.
It will be a great pleasure to hear from you if we can be of any help. So much the better, if you are able to join us before long for a service. We hope you and your family will enjoy being here.