John Newton Exhibition & 30 March Events

at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, St Andrew’s Hill,
Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 5DE

The John Newton Project website has updated information on the John Newton exhibition available to view throughout March at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Mon-Fri.

The exhibition includes additional material on Newton’s links with previous rectors of this church – William Romaine and William Goode – and on the Eclectic Society and CMS (which met at the rectory of St Andrew’s (called St Ann’s!) for several years.

Thursday 30 March events:

12.30 pm half hour communion serviceAvailable to view in the rectory afterwards:

Newton’s manuscripts for Messiah sermons, Eclectic Society notes and sermon for How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (courtesy of the Cowper & Newton Museum).

Newton’s moving portrait in pastels by John Russell (last exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788!) and the silver teapot which John Bacon, Royal Academy sculptor, had engraved for his fellow- Eclectics (courtesy of CMS).

6.00 pm Evensong with Jonathan Aitken and the English Chamber Choir participating, and Archdeacon Luke Miller preaching from Newton’s Amazing Grace sermon – followed by a brief Newton concert by the English Chamber Choir, introduced by Jonathan Aitken, including an aria from Messiah (with extracts from Newton’s sermon), an early hymn by Newton to its original tune by Thomas Augustine Arne, verses from Amazing Grace sung to tunes in use for it during Newton’s lifetime.

City Events, the magazine circulated throughout city churches and elsewhere in London, have kindly done a front-page feature on Newton – the exhibition, his links with the church, and the two events.


PS Newton’s ‘old vicarage’ in Olney is up for sale for £1.5 million. Pray for its future use!