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Go To: FREE Lunchtime Classical Concerts at St. Martin’s in the Fields Church

02 Oct 15

Go To: FREE Lunchtime Classical Concerts at St. Martin’s in the Fields Church

02 Oct 15

 The Northbank London Concerts St Martin In The Fields
What an extraordinary thought: that the heart of London was once overrun by green fields and grazing cattle. But so it was, in 1542, when Henry VIII built a new church on what is now the northeastern corner of Trafalgar Square.

St Martin-in-the-Fields, whose name still shrugs back to the days of a greener London, has long since been a venue for world-class classical music concerts, as well as a place of worship. Handel and Mozart both performed here in the 18th century – not a bad musical heritage.

At 1pm, while the Ivy Lettings team is in the office, or eating our sandwiches in Westfield Park, we urge you to enjoy an hour of fabulous musical talent – at no cost. While tickets for candlelit evening concerts fetch a standard London-price of £28, lunchtime concerts have always been free, a tradition that St Martin’s fights hard to maintain.

St Martin In The Fields by Linda Nylind For The Guardian
Above: The famously 'gynaecological' artwork/ window (to quote Rebecca Geldard of the Guardian) designed by Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary

Next Monday, at 1pm, cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho will be playing a programme of Debussy and Brahms. Cho, who has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and separately at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as at concerts hosted by the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, is one of many young artists to play at St Martin’s that already boasts a glittering early career.

St Martin's by Britain Express

For those of you who haven’t been in Trafalgar Square at 1pm, it’s a rush of hungry office workers, tourists and museumgoers running to Pret for a sandwich. Surrounded by lunchtime chaos, St Martin’s concerts are a blissful moment to enjoy some beautiful music in a setting that dates back to – if you can imagine it – a time pre-Pret a Manger.

 

In Brief

Don’t Forget To: Look up at the seashells, clouds and cherubs etched into the paneled ceiling.

Tickets: FREE

What’s On: Click here for the events list

www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org

 

 

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