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Concert at the Church of the Annunciation, Poringland, Norfolk

Some 70 people joined John Glynn and Aquila on Saturday 14th April for an inspiring evening of John’s music.  An appreciative audience included many hearing John’s songs for the first time; one comment from a regular concert-goer was “the concert itself was, in my humble opinion, the best I’ve heard - Aquila at its best!”

The purpose of the evening was to raise funds for Fr Vincent Moba, parish priest of Holy Spirit parish, Lusaka in Zambia, whom John and Christine first met when he was working in South Africa.  The result was an amazingly generous £800 which has just been sent to him.  


Peter Kay managed to turn the whole show on its head with a few hymns.  But then the Late Late Show band had a go at accompanying Kay, and off he went performing swing versions of such Mass classics as I watch the sunrise.  Could this be the next celebrity recording?!

St John's Catholic Cathedral, Norwich
Saturday 30th April 2016 at 7.30pm

The Duke Henry Room in the Cathedral Narthex was the setting for our latest concert, with a hundred or so in the audience. The event was organised, on behalf of Norwich St Edmunds Rotary Club, by Mark and Liz Little to raise funds for Bakhita House, an outreach of the Archdiocese of Westminster to support victims of human trafficking – modern-day slavery.

Bakhita House is named after St Josephine Bakhita. She was born in Sudan in 1869, kidnapped into slavery at seven, and after much brutality ended up in Venice as nanny to an Italian official's daughter. She was baptised in 1890, became a nun and died in 1947. In 2000 she was canonised – the first Sudanese saint.

Despite a few hiccups with the sound system, we had a full programme of music, with an enthusiastic and supportive audience singing along with us at every opportunity.

During the interval, Mark Little presented the director of Bakhita House with a cheque for £500 from Rotary, with the promise of a further £715, the proceeds of the concert. It was an evening to remember.

Concert at Church of St. Mary with St. Leonard
Broomfield Essex CM1 7BD
Saturday 21st November 2015Concert St. Mary

On Saturday 21st November the venue was the ancient parish church of Broomfield in Chelmsford, Essex where the fund-raising cause was nearer home, for the restoration of the church organ – very appropriate on the eve of the feast of St Cecilia, patron saint of music.  The weather had turned decidedly wintry that evening, so it was very heartening when some 100 people poured into the church.  The Revd Carolyn Tibbott expressed the warm thanks of her church for our visit.
St Mary Organ
As with the Bury concert, several new songs featured in the programme, which was much appreciated by the regular faithful.  Sales of CDs and song books were brisk, no doubt snapped up as Christmas gifts.

Message from Alun Powell (Treasurer)
Thanks very much for putting on last night's concert which was very well received by all who attended. You might like to know that it raised an excellent £375 towards our organ overhaul fund. Church history.

Concert at Church of St Edmund in the historic centre of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk Saturday 17th October 2015

The church of  was the venue for John Glynn and Aquila on the 17th October, at the invitation of parish priest Fr Mark Hackeson.  St Edmund's is twinned with a parish in Cambodia, and Fr Mark with a group of parishioners was travelling there the following week.

An appreciative audience of parishioners, friends and visitors enjoyed the Saturday evening concert, contributing to a collection for the twin parish and, at the end, joining the musicians in sending greetings to Cambodia in traditional style.

New Mass Setting by John Glynn

A beautiful new setting using the current English translation of the Lord have mercy (two versions), Glory to God, Holy holy, the three Memorial Acclamations, Doxology and Great Amen, and Lamb of God. The through setting of the Glory to God has won especial acclaim for its popularity with parishes where it has been piloted.

Mass of St Wandrille is available in two editions:
• A5 congregational leaflet (melody line with guitar chords)
• A4 keyboard accompaniment edition

Mass of St Wandrille (New Wymondham Mass) has been approved for publication by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the International Committee for English in the Liturgy (ICEL).

Click on the Aquila Shop to place your order.

CAFOD Donation March 2015

As you will know, ten per cent of Aquila's income goes to CAFOD, as part of our Christian commitment to those in need. This year we recently forwarded a donation of £124.35. CAFOD has been awarded UK Aid Match funding, which means the UK Government will match every £1 given, doubling the impact of the gift given this year.

Christchurch Chelmsford

Concert at Christchurch URC, Chelmsford, Sunday 11th May 2014

Over 100 people came to listen to John Glynn and Aquila in the spacious setting and enviable acoustic of Christchurch in the centre of Chelmsford.  The event had been well advertised by the host church, and so ensured a record attendance from churches right across the Chelmsford area.

John and Christine, Aquila's two vocalists, were recovering from two months of lung and chest infections, and until the last minute had wondered whether their voices were up to it.  In the event, their singing contributed to one of the best performances Aquila has done.  Prayer does work!

The regular congregation at the Sunday evening service was swelled by our loyal supporters from neighbouring parishes and beyond.  Many friends we had not seen for ages joined us, and newcomers who expressed their surprise and delight at a moving, prayerful and uplifting occasion.

Pat Bruguier, the church secretary, and her team of helpers had worked hard to prepare and publicise the event, giving us a warm welcome and generous hospitality.  The minister, the Revd John Cox, himself no mean guitarist, declared how touched he was by the concert.  “How good to sit and be ministered to,” was his heartfelt comment.

And the icing on the cake?  In the presence of the local Christian Aid representative, a collection was taken for Christian Aid which amounted to £549.  

Carol Crisp,

Without our intrepid Bob Crisp who manages our website, you would not be looking at this now. Bob and his wife Carol have been great supporters and always attend our concerts, however far they have to travel. At our last concert in Harlow in November 2013, John and Aquila were pleased to present to Carol a bouquet to mark her 70th birthday. She had been ill for some time, and sadly passed away on 13th December. May she rest in peace. We remember Bob in our prayers at this time.

St Mary-at-Latton Church HarlowConcert at St Mary-at-Latton Church Sunday 17th November 2013
The Gowers, Harlow, CM20 2JP

The concert was well attended. John included one of his new songs which at the moment is not on any current CD. The church was about 900 years old with many interesting features including a tomb with a brass insert in the top this can be seen in the background of the picture.  During the interval we were served with a good selection of bites. The collection taken for the Philippines Typhoon disaster victims raised over £416 - a generous response. Aquila has an invitation to return after a very enjoyable evening. 

Methodist Church in Billericay, Essex invited John Glynn and AquilaConcert at Newmarket Sunday 20th October 2013

Over fifty people braved a thunderstorm to attend what the Rector Fr John Hardy called a “devotional concert” at St Mary's Anglican Church ( in the centre of the famous horse-racing town. John Glynn, recovering from a chest infection, joined Aquila in a prayerful and relaxed performance, which took the place of the usual Sunday evening service. A collection was taken for Ngara Anglican Primary School in Tanzania, Africa, which raised £165 ( Thanks to Fr John Hardy for welcoming us so warmly at short notice – Aquila has an invitation to return after a very enjoyable evening.

A New Mass Setting from John Glynn

Over the last year John has been working on a musical setting for the new English translation of the Mass which is nearing completion. Parts include the Lord, have mercy, Glory to God, Holy holy, the three Memorial Acclamations, the Doxology and Great Amen, and the Lamb of God. It is designed for congregational participation: the through setting of the Glory to God has proved particularly successful in trials, being described as “uplifting”.

Entitled Mass of St Wandrille, its subtitle A New Wymondham Mass reveals the parish where first the Glory to God was sung. St Wandrille was a seventh century abbot in Normandy, France. The only church in England dedicated to him is at Bixley in Norfolk.

The Mass setting is going through the final stages of official approval and will be available shortly. Contact for any enquiries.

Concert at Poringland Saturday 18th May 2013

Some 50 – 60 people turned out on an unseasonably cold evening at the Church of the Annunciation in Poringland, near Norwich. They were rewarded with a lively performance by John Glynn and Aquila to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost. It was no surprise, then, to be treated to established favourites such as Raptor of heaven and Holy Spirit of fire, and all joined enthusiastically in singing Duc in altum and May the Lord bless you, among others. In the audience was parish priest Fr Mark, who has already invited John to teach his new Mass setting to the parish. The purpose of the evening was to raise funds for an ambitious project to extend the church, so the evening included a raffle in the interval and a retiring collection. As parish council chairman Arthur O’Neill put it, “we raised £340 in total, but the music was the real winner of the night.”

Methodist Church in Billericay, Essex invited John Glynn and AquilaConcert at Billericay 11th May 2013

The Methodist Church in Billericay, Essex invited John Glynn and Aquila to their recently refurbished premises for a concert. The main purpose of the performance was once again to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon. As at our last concert in Langdon Hills, we were graced by the presence of Trudi Cox, founder of the Hospice, who spoke movingly of her work. From the audience of 60 – 70 people, an amazing £407.74 was collected. Sadly Maria Zurek has had to step down as our keyboard player, but we were delighted to welcome Roger Noble in her stead. Roger is a retired teacher now living in Norfolk, but since he spent many years living in Billericay this was an appropriate venue for his first Aquila concert. Thanks to John Lee of the Methodist Church, to David and Patricia Clark of the Holy Redeemer, Billericay for looking after us and supplying refreshments, and to all those who came to enjoy an inspiring and memorable evening which John Lee declared to be “truly professional”.

Concert at Langdon Hills 24 November 2012

Over 100 braved the cold, dark and wet of a November evening to join John Glynn and Aquila to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon.  We were graced by the presence of Trudy Cox, the founder of the Hospice.  She spoke movingly of the work of St Luke’s, and the audience in St John’s church responded generously with a collection totalling £280.

In keeping with Trudy’s words, the music also touched many hearts.  “Song for Michael”, written on the death of a 47-year-old cancer victim, had a particular impact.  By contrast, the gathering joined enthusiastically in the refrains of “Duc in Altum”, “Good News Carol” (Christmas is coming!) and, as a finale, “Song of Blessing”.  When John ended the concert and wished everyone a safe journey home, no-one moved.  It took a reprise of the opening signature song, “Close to You”, before anyone stirred, and then reluctantly.  It was a very special evening.  

Great Wakering Memorial Hall Concert 28th January 2012

This was organised by C.A.M.E. the pseudonym for the four churches who frequently work together in Great Wakering. This was held on Saturday 28th January 2012, 7.30pm at Great Wakering Memorial Hall, and was a great success. Great Music served up with a great meal with thanks to John Glynn and his group Aquila for the music and Brian Wood and his many helpers for the great meal. Not forgetting the others who worked hard to organised this event to ensure its success.

The meal was a four course with a wide and varied selection to chose from, washed down by a endless supply of fruit juices, and finally followed by coffee and tea. Full marks to Pastor Brian wearing his "chefs" hat.

This was well supported and we would like to thank those who came along and a very enjoyable time was had by all.


In July 2011 we were able to send £455 to CAFOD. The figure represents £155 (10% of the sale of CDs and books in 2010) plus £300 in donations from the recent concert in Wymondham.

AQUILA NEWS 2011 Wymondham Concert

The Catholic Church in Wymondham, Norfolk is blessed with a wealth of musical talent. Two years ago their choir and orchestra, led by Roger Noble, were so enthusiastic about John Glynn’s music that they wanted to perform it in concert. The evening on that occasion in 2009 featured choral arrangements of John’s songs in one half of the programme, and a guest appearance of John Glynn and Aquila in the other half.

On 25th June 2011 in the same church, Aquila returned to join John Glynn with the choir and orchestra under Roger Noble in an integrated programme which included extracts from Roger Jones’ musical Jairus’ Daughter, the Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and nine of John’s songs. It was great fun working with a larger group of musicians, and the result was a resounding success – a packed church on a warm midsummer evening listened enthralled as the Gospel story of Jairus’ daughter came to life in Roger Jones’ numbers, and the journey of faith commented on by a judicious selection of John’s hymns. As people left afterwards for refreshments in the adjacent hall, a collection was taken for two charities: CAFOD and Musical Keys, a charity to help deaf children through music. The collection realised a generous £532.21. It was, in the words of many people present, a memorable evening.

The Bible in Song

To mark the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible, the churches of the Southend area of Essex arranged a Lent course based on the Bible and its riches. It was organised by CAME (Catholic/Anglican/Methodist/Evangelical) and held at the Methodist Church in Thorpe Bay.

Each of five consecutive Mondays in Lent 2011 was devoted to a particular biblical theme, and CAME invited John Glynn to present the fourth evening on “The Bible in Song”. Apart from the fact that songs occur frequently in the Scriptures (the Book of Psalms is an obvious example), the text of the Bible has been a quarry for composers – one thinks of Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion. Since the gathering of the forty-plus participants took place in a Methodist church, the central place of Scripture-based hymnody beginning with the Wesley brothers was mentioned.

John illustrated his presentation with his own songs, nearly all of which are inspired by the Word of God; among them are direct paraphrases of biblical texts. He also spoke of how the Bible first came alive for him and has continued to play a central part in his life and prayer.

The audience were encouraged to join in singing many of the songs, and a lively discussion followed the presentation. As a result, John Glynn and Aquila have been invited back to Thorpe Bay to put on a concert in January 2012.

All Faiths

March 2010, Jeff Chegwin and Nick Patrick wrote to John inviting him to be part of a music project they were spearheading. Mysteriously they were initially vague as to the nature of the project, but all was revealed and publicised in November 2010.

Jeff and Nick were the team who brought together a singing group that hit the headlines a couple of years ago: The Soldiers, drawn from serving military personnel. This time they wanted to draw together representatives of different faith traditions, to show that religions, often presented by the media as divisive, can celebrate together a common cause.

November 2010 John spent a day at the Angel Studios in Islington, London with Ani Choying Drolma, a Buddhist nun; Danny Berger, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi; Chiranjib Chakraborty, a Hindustani classical vocalist; Ustad Ali Haffiz Khan, an Islamic Sufi Qawwali performer; and Tony Luke, an Anglican vicar. They recorded the title track of an album, Faith Unites Us All, had a photographic session with royal photographer Cambridge Jones and were interviewed for radio and television by Ruth Gledhill, religious affairs correspondent for The Times, who is also to make a guest appearance as singer on the album. The group is to be called All Faiths.

Friday 27th May 2011 John went to a studio in Norwich to record the vocal track of a new song by Nick Patrick, Jeff Chegwin and Ronan Hardiman called I Have A Dream (not to be confused with the ABBA song of the same name). He has been asked to contribute one of his own songs (yet to be decided) for the album.

Launch of the album is scheduled for October 2011, but since the launch has already been postponed twice, don’t hold your breath!

Faith Unites Us All is available on i-Tunes. An interview with Jeff Chegwin and Nick Patrick about the project can be seen on YouTube (search under “Ruth Gledhill – All Faiths”).

31st May 2008

The last concert in the current series took place in Clacton on 17th May. John and Aquila record their new album at Brentwood Cathedral in August after which we will produce a new concert tour for 2008-2010.  If your church or venue would like to be included in that tour, please e-mail as soon as you can with up to 3 dates you'd like us to come.  We will then send you arrangement details to help you decide if you want to go ahead.  Please feel free to approach any previous venues you've seen us perform at for references.

3rd May 2008
Packed house at Walsingham

Church of the Annunciation John Glynn and Aquila attracted nearly 100 into the audience at the Church of the Annunciation (pictured left) at Little Walsingham, Norfolk, (UK) last Sunday evening.  This was the latest step in their In Concert Tour.  Both parishioners and pilgrims flocked into the church for the evening's entertainment.

Father Noel Winn, the Director of the Roman Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham, praised father John for his musical mission and the candid way he laced his introductions with episodes form his spiritual and life journey.
An interval collection raised over £400 for the Walsingham New Church Fund.  That church was built in 2006 on the site if its predecessor in Friday Market Place.  The audience called for an encore after the last song, I Watch the Sunrise, and many walked away with copies of John Glynn and Aquila CDs and Songbooks.
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7th February 2008
Website passes 1000 visits mark

Over 1000 visits have been made to the website from all over the world.  CDs have been despatched to all corners of the World, including the USA, Canada and Australia.

28th January 2008
John Glynn and Aquila Springfield Concert Success in Essex

AQUILAENSEMBLESinger-songwriter, John Glynn & Aquila scored notable success at St Augustine of Canterbury Church, Springfield on Sunday 27th January 2008.  Extra seats had to be brought in to accommodate the enthuisatic audience.  An interval collection raised £316 for Springfield's twin parishes in South Africa and Uganda and £46, representing 10% of Aquila Concert Shop sales at the venue, was raised for CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency.

The next concerts are in Walsingham on 27th April and Clacton on 18th May.  Any parish or venue can request a concert. More...

John Glynn & Aquila photographs © Clive Thomas 2006.
Top left - Fran and Jim McEvoy; top right -Father John; bottom right-Mandy Harman.

10th December 2007
Christmas Concert at Wanstead, East London

Exactly one year after their first successful concert at Wickford, John Glynn and Aquila  appeared live at the Parish Centre in Wanstead, east of London, on Sunday 9th December.

They performed songs form both the May The Lord Bless You and Open The Door albums.   Future concerts include Springfield in Chelmsford in January and Walsingham, Norfolk in April.  Discussions are also taking place with possible concert organisers as far afield as Plymouth and Middlesbrough.

23rd November 2007

Father John and 9 parishioners from Wickford were in South Africa for 16 days in late October.  The main purpose of their visit was to share the Feast Day of St Teresa of Avila at their twin parish in Mpumalanga Provice: Volksrust. Wickford parishioners raised £16,000 GBP to assist their mainly Zulu twin parish based in the town and surrounding townships and villages of Volksrust the Mission also travelled to the cathedral at Dundee in KwaZulu Natal, the Spiritan House at Bethlehem in the Free State, as well as Durban and St Lucia.  The Mission was self financed and all monies collected went directly to South Africa.  Even bank transfer charges were avoided.  

12th August 2007

The Aquila Music Trust met on 27th July and have revealed ambitious plans for the coming year.
A series of concerts at parishes in London, Essex and Norfolk are in the planning stages for performances between Advent 2007 and Easter 2008.   The concerts are free to parishes and their audiences.   The concerts feature music form Open The Door and May the Lord Bless You albums.   10% of all sales of CD's and songbooks goes to CAFOD and each parish can hold an interval collection for their parish projects of a charity of their choice.   The Fareham and Portchester Parish in Hampshire, UK, held a collection for their parish's Musical Mission, raising over £60 GBP ($120 USD).   The Wickford Parish in Essex, UK, raised £200 GBP ($400 USD) for the Catholic Children's Society (Brentwood Diocese). Any other parish wishing to hold a concert should e-mail to set the ball rolling.

Plans are in place for a new album for John Glynn & Aquila for recording in the summer of 2008.   Father John has a host of material he has written over the years that has yet to be recorded.

24th June 2007

John Glynn flies out from London Stansted Airport today, to the Province of Northern Ireland.   The Bishop of Down & Connor invited Father John to lead a retreat for some 27 Catholic Priests and 3 Bishops from Belfast and surrounding areas during the course of this week.   Many of these priests had ministered to their parishes during the bombings and killlings that blighted the province for over thirty years, known as "The Troubles".   Fr John will lead them through four days of prayer and reflection, and no doubt the occasional song.

Catholics and Protestants had been divided in the area for centuries. When the Republic of Ireland was granted independence from Britain early in the 20th Century, the six counties of Ulster were kept by the UK at the behest of the majority Protestant population.   Most Protestants were Unionists by politics and most Catholics were Republicans.   A political settlement was reached in 2007 whereby a Protestant Unionist was appointed First Minister of Northern Ireland and a Catholic Republican his Deputy.   There is a great hunger for peace and tranquillity in Northern Ireland that led to the British and Irish Prime Ministers working hard to achieve peace in recent years..

24th June 2007

AQUILAENSEMBLE John Glynn & Aquila performed at the Catholic Church in Fareham, on 13th May 2007 John Glynn and Aquila appeared in concert at Fareham in the English county of Hampshire. Mandy Harman, Jim & Fran McEvoy with Christine & Clive Thomas joined Father John and sang SONGS FROM "OPEN THE DOOR" & "MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU". Nearly 100 parishioners arrived after Sunday evening mass, to enjoy the music and sing along with the choruses they knew. Between each song, John Glynn told the story of his songs and the path of his song writing mission. An interval collection raised funds for Fareham Parish music events and audience members bought over 50 CDs and song books.

John Glynn & Aquila photographs © Clive Thomas 2006. Top left - Fran and Jim McEvoy; top right -Father John; bottom right-Mandy Harman.

11th May 2007

The closing hymn at the Brentwood Diocesan Pastoral Council Plenary meeting on Saturday 12th May, will be Duc In Altum. It will be performed by its composer, John Glynn, in duet with Brentwood Ursuline scool student, Sian Thomas, accompanied by Aquila's Christine Thomas. John Glynn and Aquila travel to Fareham the following day for a concert of songs from Open The Door and May The Lord Bless You.

14th January 2007

Father John reviewed the Sunday newspapers on this morning's edition of Sunday Breakfast on BBC Essex. The programme also featured an interview about his new album, OPEN THE DOOR, and the BBC station for the county of Essex played SOFTLY SLEEPING, a track from the album sung by Fran McEvoy.

2nd January 2007

Three-year-old Dominic Kwan (of Father John's Parish) was travelling in the car with his parents and older twin sisters when he suddenly yelled at his mother (who was driving): Open the door!"  Startled, and afraid he was going to jump out, his mother stopped the car to find him pointing, not at the door, but at the CD player. "Open the door! Open the door!"  Only when the CD Open the door was playing did he settle down.  Such fine musical taste at such young age!

9th December 2006
John Glynn & Aquila Concert Collection reaches £210 for Catholic Children's Society (Brentwood)


14TH APRIL 2006

CHRIS BARD'S RADIO DOCUMENTARY ON FATHER JOHN'S MOST FAMOUS SONG, "I WATCH THE SUNRISE" was on BBC Essex on Good Friday at 6pm and featured Father John, Daniel O'Donnell, Eileen Greaves of the Sacred Heart Choir [Southend] from the 1960s, Joan McCrimmon, Kevin Mayhew, and the Brentwood Diocese's Director of Music, Andrew Wright. BBC Essex will put the programme on in due course. A full description of the story behind the song will appear on a new web page here at in the near future.

13TH APRIL 2006

BBC reporter, Sarah HarrisThe image ? cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Father John & Satellite VanFollowing his controversial statement, at a protest meeting, on Saturday that "if there is an eviction [of the travellers] at Dale Farm you can be assured i will be there waving my 'this is ethnic cleansing' banner' ", Father John Glynn appeared live on BBC TV London news last night. His statement was condemned by Wickford councillor and Basildon council leader, Malcolm Buckley. Earlier in the day, travellers from the Hovefields site in Wickford won the backing of a court decision that they could not be evicted until they had exhausted all the appeals they were entitled to make legally.


Orders continue to flow into on a daily basis following the introduction of payment via paypal. Customers as far apart as Norfolk, Cardiff and the Isle of Wight have placed orders online and submitted their e-mail addresses to arrange payment. An electronic invoice was then sent back to each customer with the facility to pay by credit or debit card. New customers can just click on cd order form on the welcome page menu and fill in the details of their order!


A full page article on father John Glynn's CD release appeared on page 3 of yesterday's issue of the Basildon Evening Echo. Under the headline "move over Mr O'Donnell here comes Father John", Kate McGrath wrote : "it isn't unusual to meet a singing priest. But when you discover your friendly father has sold more than 4,500 albums the tale becomes a little more unusual...he started writing songs in college 35 years ago...'to my surprise the song [i watch the sunrise caught on'... Daniel O'Donnel has used it on an album." in fact, when Daniel performed the song at the Brentwood centre as part of a nationwide tour, he introduced Father John to the audience to receive a deserved ovation. The new cd has also been mentioned on BBC Essex and featured in a recent issue of the Universe.