St. Bartholomew's
Polyphony Choir


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St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church

Ellison Road, Streatham SW16 5DE
020 8679 3545
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Sunday Masses

18:15 (Saturday) 08:30 10:00 11:30 17:00
No 17:00 Mass Easter Sunday or Christmas Day

Sunday Benediction and Devotions

16:00 Benediction
(with Devotions to Our Lady during May and October and
Stations of the Cross during Lent)

Masses on Holy Days of Obligation

07:30, 10:00 and 20:00

Monday to Saturday Masses

07:30 (not Saturday)

09:15 Lauds followed by Adoration/Benediction


Saturday 10:30-11:00 and 17:00-18:00

and at call provided a priest is available

Parish News

The Parish Web site - The Parish Newsletter


Polyphony Choir Music

20:00 27 September Mass of Thanksgiving

11:30 2 October 27th Sunday

Plainchant Choir Music

11:30 16 October 29th Sunday

Our Organ and Organist

Our FW Browne & Sons organ

Our organist Antony Matthews BA (Hons) LRSM

St. Bartholomew's Orchestra

Our parish-based orchestra


St. Philip's Concert June 2015

Terry Jupp Benemerenti Mass 2015

Picture galleries

1948 St. Bartholomew's Gazette

1950s St. Bartholomew's Tennis Club

Parish press cuttings 1963-98

St. Bart's 1954: Click on the play arrow, then on the YouTube logo

Wonderful footage taken on 13th June 1954 at St. Bart's, when Father Miller was Parish Priest. Father Gerald Coates was ordained in our church, possibly (?) on the day before this footage was taken.

The organ, choir and very small original organ loft appear. At the time there was a spiral staircase to the organ loft from the Ellison Road end of the front (now porch) of the church.

The only Choir at the time was referred to as the 'Men's Choir'. They are all singing the Latin plainchant of the Mass from their Libers.

The little organ you see (one manual, no pedals) existed until 1972 after Father Carolin commissioned our current fine instrument from F.H. Browne & Son in 1971.

Wonderful footage, and thanks to Fr. Z for airing it.

HERE is a picture of Father Coates (in the wheelchair) after celebrating his 60th Ordination Anniversary in 2014. 
His current health leaves him in need of many prayers, please.

Choir for young people

Would you be interested in starting and running a Choir for our younger parishioners at St. Bartholomew's. We have an organist at your disposal. Please do contact us to find out more if you would feel able to commit to two early evening practices and two Sunday Masses each month.

Would you like to sing?

Why not come and meet us? Some experience of singing is desirable, as is a willingness to commit to the Choir's future plans. We practice every Tuesday from 8pm (not during the school summer holidays).

We sing on the first Sunday of each month (not August and September), Christmas Midnight Mass, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and the great feast of Christus Rex at the end of November.

If you enjoy singing then click
HERE to find out more. Please contact Tony for further information.


To Ged Perkins on the occasion of his
Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate
by Archbishop Peter Smith
at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark,
on Friday 17th June 2016.
We look forward to his ministry at St. Bart's.
There are some lovely pictures
of the occasion to be seen HERE.

The Polyphony Choir acknowledges with gratitude Jupp Fine Jewellery for their support

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