St Bride's: News - Green shoots for music-making at St Bride's

Updated 08/09/20: St Bride's Church is open for general visiting and prayer. There is a weekly 11am Sunday Choral Eucharist and recitals resume from 11th September. Choral services and lunchtime recitals also remain available online. NB: Face coverings in places of worship are a legal requirement. Further Information →

St Bride's: News

Green shoots for music-making at St Bride's

Green shoots for music-making at St Bride's

Despite the continuing tyranny of lockdown for live performance, music at St Bride's is not only surviving, but also finding ways to reach new people, in the form of our online Eucharist and Evensong services and recitals.

Admittedly, with the kettle boiling and the toast burning, one's kitchen lacks the acoustic or indeed the spiritual gravitas of Wren's wonderful building. But the streaming on Facebook Premiere has allowed people to enjoy our music either as live, or at a time and place of their own choosing. Kitchen, garden, car or the great outdoors now provide the backdrop to our services.

Our online offering is being heard by thousands of people all over the world in such countries as Switzerland, USA, Canada, Ukraine, Indonesia, Iran, Barbados, Greece, Spain and Australia - and that's just the top ten.

In the last four months, our church musicians have received amazing support from St Bride's backed by its PCC. It is therefore gratifying, through the medium of the internet, to be able to give something back to the church community, not only in and around Fleet Street, but throughout the world.

Although live music in front of a congregation or audience is not yet allowed in St Bride's, some choir members, accompanied on the piano by Matthew Morley, our socially distanced organist, have recorded a number of solo pieces behind closed church doors that will be used for upcoming online recitals.

The first of these will be streamed on Facebook on Tuesday 21st July at 1:15pm featuring soprano Emily Owen, and tenor Peter Davoren.

More musical offerings are being planned and we hope to release an early evening online concert of Bach featuring the whole choir and some interval interviews with the performers. Watch this space!

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