Saturday, 17 November 2012

Anne Boleyn - in Ealing!

Friend of The Tyndale Society and Theatre West 4 producer Paul Smith will be staging a production of Howard Brenton's 'Anne Boleyn' next week at the Questors Theatre in Ealing.

The production will run from 20th-24th November (performances at 7.30pm).

Tickets: £13 / £10 concessions.

Further details: see Theatre Website

Tyndale Society 'Coming of Age' Conference

"I very much hope as many members as possible will be able to attend our Carol Service on Dec 19th at St. Mary Abchurch.  After the service and our usual Christmas refreshments along with members of the choir, there will be a special members' meeting - to discuss plans for a Conference in 2015 - the Society's 21st anniversary.   

It is hoped that the Conference will take place in early September at Hertford - which should be confirmed when we meet.

The most important issues to be agreed are:
  • title and subject of the Conference
  • suggested speakers
  • selection of small managing committee
I hope that everyone will be as excited about this as I am.   Please think about it and come with ideas to discuss.

Many many thanks, as always, to our many international members for your continued involvement and support ."

Mary Clow, Chairman of The Tyndale Society

NOTE: For any members and friends who may not be able to attend the meeting, but would like to contribute their support and ideas, please email us in advance, so that your views can be included.

Tyndale Carol Service - London - Dec 19th

Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society are warmly welcomed to join us for our annual service of Lessons and Carols at St. Mary Abchurch on Wednesday December 19th at 12:30pm.

This lovely and little-known Wren Church - which Betjeman described as 'a complete surprise' and 'one of the most beautiful in the City' originally dates back to 1198.

As usual the service - incorporating readings drawn from William Tyndale's translations - will feature the vocal talents of Guy Protheroe's fantastic English Chamber Choir (click link to listen!)

Please email us if you plan to attend, so we can make sure there are plenty of mince pies on hand for the post-service party!

The English Chamber Choir are regular performers at all of the major music venues and festivals around the UK as well as on TV and radio. Internationally they are more widely known for their soundrack to the Spielberg blockbuster - Band of Brothers.

Cost: FREE (apart from retiring collection)

Monday, 22 October 2012

Tyndale Soc's Choir Turns 40!

This Saturday, Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society are warmly invited to join our much-loved 'Christmas Choir' - The English Chamber Choir, conducted by Guy Protheroe - for a special concert in celebration of their 40th birthday.

The concert - featuring special guests Rick Wakeman and Paddy O'Connell - begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th October at St John's, Smith Square, London.  Tickets (at £20, £15, £10) are available via telephone on: 0207 222 1061 or online at

Download full event details (PDF) here.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Manifold Greatness Lecture - Now Online

Members and Friends who missed Helen Moore's 'Manifold Greatness' lecture back in April can now watch online...

The original lecture was given at the Harry Ransom Centre, Austin, Texas, on April 26th, 2012, in conjunction with the venue's celebrated KJB exhibition, which will now travel across the USA until July 2013 (see full schedule).

Moore's illustrated talk addresses the role played by Oxford in the translation of the King James Bible, the methods used by the translators, and highlights some of the items displayed at the Oxford exhibition, which attracted some 58,000 visitors.

Helen Moore is editor of Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible, and Fellow and Tutor in English at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

PBS Feature on the Austin KJB Exhibition

Short PBS video feature by KLRU on the 'King James Bible: History and Influence' exhibition at the Harry Ransom Centre in Austin, Texas.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Tyndale Society Lecturer at UK Newton Festival

Long-time Tyndale Society USA member Helen Martin is to speak at the 'Gravity Fields' festival 2012 -  an eight day celebration of arts, science, and heritage, inspired by the work of Sir Isaac Newton.

Martin, an authority on the life and work of Newton in addition to her keen interest in William Tyndale, will give two lectures as part of the event - running from 21st to 28th September in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Tyndale Society Members and friends are warmly invited to attend her talk on 'Newton and Religion' at 12.15pm on Sunday 23rd September followed by 'An Astronomer, His Friend and Their Teacher' at 12.15pm on Tuesday 25th September.

For further details, and to book tickets for these and other festival events, visit the Gravity Fields Festival website using the links above.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Tyndale Society in the US News...

Bill Cooper's authoritative TSJ review of David Teems' Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God and English Voice has this week been cited in the US press...

Breathecast's Christian Post reports "Teems recently received high praise when England's scholarly Tyndale Society reviewed his critically acclaimed biography, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice.

"The review, which appeared in the latest edition of The Tyndale Society Journal, extolled Teems for his original approach to William Tyndale as a man.

"'Teems concentrates not on what was important to Tyndale's peers and contemporaries, nor yet to his more modern biographers, but on what was important to William Tyndale himself,' writes reviewer Dr. William Cooper."

"Cooper praises Teems for his wise use of authoritative source material and his concise, pithy style of writing, but was most impressed with Teems' bold approach to Tyndale's spiritual side."

The original review appeared on page 64 of The Tyndale Society Journal No. 41.

Read the full article... 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Preview of Reformation 17 - Tribute Issue

The Tyndale Society's next scholarly title - Reformation 17 - currently in the final stages of editing - will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Patrick Collinson CBE, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, and one of the foremost scholars of English religious history in the post-Reformation period.

Described by the Telegraph in his obituary "Collinson managed the rare achievement of having a profound impact on the debate while managing not to fall out with others working in the same area. This is because he always combined rigorous scholastic methods with academic integrity and intellectual generosity."

Articles will include a substantial number of contributions by major scholars of Reformation history and literature, among them: Peter Marshall, Andrew Hadfield, Brian Cummings and Euan Cameron.

Reformation 17 will be distributed to all Reformation Members of the Tyndale Society in October 2012, as part of their annual subscription.

If you wish to receive this publication but:
  • Are not yet a member of the Tyndale Society
  • Have not yet renewed your Reformation subscription for 2012
  • Wish to upgrade your current subscription to include Reformation
Then please email the Tyndale Society this week, with your request, so that we can ensure  you are included in our print run and our distribution list.

Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' to be TV Mini-Series

The BBC has announced production of a new six part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novel - Wolf Hall.

Set in England in the 1520s, the story centres around the life of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from humble beginnings - as the son of a brutal blacksmith - to become  Henry VIII's chief minister.

The series will show a nation on the brink of disaster and civil war, and a Court filled with betrayals, alliances, affairs and scheming.

Although not directly featured himself as a character, the novel is permeated throughout by the influence and repercussions of William Tyndale's Bible translation.


Friday, 17 August 2012

A Tweet from our Chairman

As some of our Members and Friends may already know, our intrepid Chairman, Mary Clow broke her leg very badly over the summer, whilst holidaying in Greece.  

She has spent the past two months grounded - immobilised in a wheelchair - with the offending limb outstretched and fully encased in plaster.

However, we're pleased to report that Mary's UK medics have now decreed the cast can come off next week - allowing her once more to reach her desk!

Our thoughts are with her for a speedy recovery down in Gloucestershire, as - like Kevin the Kestrel pictured here - she regains her strength, re-learns to walk, and takes to the airways once again!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Tyndale Society USA Seminar 'Let Him Alone!'

Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society are warmly invited to register for our next Seminar event, to be held on September 8th, in Pennsylvania, USA.

Entitled 'Let Him Alone!' the event will focus around the theme of religious persecution after 'The Great Ejection' of 1662.

Keynote Speakers will include historians Dr. Carl Trueman and Barbara Cross and Judge Thomas Martin.

On exhibition during the event - from the personal collection of Mr Charles Payette -  will be a unique folio copy of the Book of Common Prayer of 1662,prepared for the Archbishop of Canterbury.  This very rare book was the standard to which all university professors and English clergy were to conform.

The Seminar event will run from 9am until 1pm on Saturday September 8th at London Grove Friends Meeting House, 500 W. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To book your place at this event, or to find out more details, email our US Secretary, Miss Helen Martin.  (Suggested voluntary contribution of $10).

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Meet author of Tyndale play this coming weekend

This weekend, Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society have two opportunities to meet playwright David Edgar, author of the critically acclaimed 'Written on the Heart'.

The first - open to full Members only - is on Friday 25th May in Oxford, when Edgar will give a lecture on the genesis of his RSC production, and the making of the King James Bible, at Hertford College, Catte Street.  The event will begin at 5.30pm with drinks in the Old Lodgings Dining Room, followed at 6pm with the lecture and then dinner at 7pm.  If you wish to attend this event, please email Mrs Jill Symons, PA to the Principal at Hertford, as soon as possible, so that she can add you to the guest list.

The second - open to both Members and Friends, is on Saturday 26th May, when David Edgar will address the Tyndale Society in Notting Hill, London.  The event will commence at 5.30pm at 17 Powis Terrace, W11.  For further details or to confirm your attendance, please email Mary Clow.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

See 'Written on the Heart' for only £14!

For anyone who has not yet seen David Edgar's highly praised play about William Tyndale, there are only four more days left to catch the production, before the show's London run ends. 

For the last few days, all seats - including top priced tickets usually £47.50 - are on sale for just £13.50.

To access this deal, visit Theatre Tickets UK or telephone 0207 492 1532/1606.

The play will run at the Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden until Saturday May 19th only.

TSJ Reviewer David Surtees has said of the production: "David Edgar’s research has been meticulous and the history comes over well and is engrossing. There are plenty of references to Tyndale’s collaborators and the period that will have Tyndalians buzzing in their seats."


Rated 4-Star by, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Times.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Nones at Merton Priory Sun 29th April

Merton Priory Stone
At least two thirds of the King James Version is William Tyndale.

On Sunday 29th April at 3pm in more than 60 churches and abbeys across the UK, the King James Version will be read within the Office of Nones.

Nones would have been said in every monastery, priory or nunnery every day and this rich heritage is being remembered then.

For more information about this exciting project please email:

Sunday, 8 April 2012

TSJ41 Out Now Online!

What a fantastic year it has been for William Tyndale and for The Tyndale Society! The 1611 King James Bible anniversary celebrations provided a wonderful platform for our Members and Friends to spread the word about Tyndale's life, works and far-reaching influence.

No more the forgotten hero of the Bible in English - Tyndale has reached back into our lives through press coverage, feature films, exhibitions, TV series, stage plays, books and even postage stamps!

In celebration of the enormous strides made in boosting public awareness of William Tyndale, and to promote knowledge of the vast array of activities in which our Members and Friends have played such a key part, the Tyndale Society has - for the first time - decided to publish the full text of the latest Tyndale Society Journal online.

To access TSJ41 online simply click on the player below for full-screen version.

We hope you enjoy our latest issue, and would welcome your feedback on our articles, reports, reviews and special offers.

Meanwhile, for any non-members who would like to find out about joining the Tyndale Society you can register for our mailing list here and view our FAQs and membership application forms on page 84-86 of the Journal.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Free Ticket Offer for 'Anne Boleyn' Birmingham

The Tyndale Society is delighted to be able to announce a free theatre ticket offer to our Members and Friends based in the Midlands.

'Anne Boleyn' by Howard Brenton is a celebration of a great English heroine, who helped change the course of a nation's history.

Traditionally seen as either the pawn of an ambitious family or as a predator manipulating her way to power, Anne - and her ghost - are seen in a very different light in this epic play - in which another major character is William Tyndale.

Commissioned specially for Shakespeare's Globe in London, 'Anne Boleyn' is now on tour around Britain with English Touring Theatre.

The play - featuring Tim Frances as William Tyndale - will run at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from now until Saturday 24th March.

To apply for free tickets - available strictly on a first-come-first-served basis, for collection at the theatre box office - contact Rich Mason, Production Assistant at English Touring Theatre on 0207 450 1982 or email him here.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Bible Survival Story - Vatican's new Blockbuster Exhibit

Today "Verbum Domini" - a major new exhibit of the world's rarest bibles and recordings of scripture opens at the Vatican.

Telling a remarkable story of survival, the show includes poignant examples of the lengths people would go to stay close to God's word.

As well as a near complete copy of William Tyndale's New Testament, there is a scroll which survived the Spanish inquisition and - in a small glass cabinet - two paper cut outs in the shape of shoes with portions of the Old Testament written onto them which were hidden inside shoes to prevent Nazi officials from finding them.

Around two-thirds of the collection comes from the Green Collection of 40,000 Scriptural artifacts belonging to the family of American retail giant Steve Green.

Green, the President of Hobby Lobby and a committed Christian, said he wanted to make the Bible "accessible to everyone".

He said he hoped the exhibition would give people the chance to "experience the Bible's dramatic history" and the "perseverance" of those who recorded it down the centuries.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Boleyn goes Walkabout in Jubilee Year

For Members and Friends who may have missed Howard Brenton's excellent 'Anne Boleyn' - featuring the character of William Tyndale - at The Globe, all is not lost...

From 15th March, The Globe - in conjunction with English Touring Theatre - is embarking on a nine week tour, to take the multi-award-winning play to the provinces.

To find out more, and view the full tour schedule - which takes in Cambridge, Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton, Cornwall, Darlington, Malvern, Bath and Edinburgh - visit the ETT site.