Beautiful Singing in the City at St Ethelburga’s

 

Happy Christmas!

filming

Oops! The timing for uploading this concert of Singing in the City Christmas Concert 2015 at St Ethelburga’s Church, Bishopsgate, London, might be a little late in the season – but, I don’t see anything wrong with enjoying a little bit of Christmas in the Spring; do you?

You can see the concert on my YouTube Global Scoble channel!
Watch the video!
 Film Editing
sound recording
The editing of this beautiful concert was delayed due to some technical reasons, and also, to some personal ones, ahem – like I was making a film in Hollywood, for instance – you know how it is. But, perhaps you don’t believe me? It’s true! I spent January filming in Hollywood. But, I shall tell you all about that some other time.

 

Sound Recording

I have made sound recordings of some of Singing in the City’s previous concerts, but this time, they asked me if I could video it. So, on an evening last December, I took along my recording equipment and one camera; and Daniel Perkin as crew.

 

Love of Singing
Singing in the City at St Ethelburga’s church

Singing in the City is a community choir of beautiful voices who sing ‘a Capella’. The choir meets regularly in the city of London to rehearse. They welcome anyone to join and there is no need to audition. Their members range from absolute beginners to the very advanced. All the requirement that is needed to join is a love of singing. The aim of the group is to foster musicianship and friendship.

Love of singing

Members’ Quotes
(from the Singing in the City website)

“I love the friendships, the camaraderie and the sound”
“It’s the highlight of my week”
“Thanks very much for the warm welcome, the singing is great and this is the friendliest group I have come across in my 36 years in London”

 Link  Singing in the City website

Stained glass window in St Ethelburga’s

St Ethelburga’s

St Ethelburga’s is a little church that has stood in the heart of the city for a very long time – going back to at least 1250 AD. The church was dedicated to St Ethelreda who was a 7th-century abbess from Barking. The tiny mediaeval church had been a rare survivor of the Great Fire of London and the Blitz in World War II only to suffer near total destruction by an IRA terrorist bomb on the 24th July 1993 that exploded in Bishopsgate causing extreme (and expensive £350-million-pound bill) devastation to the area. The church’s very existence was in the balance with a faction of the Church of England proposing that the ruined church was permanently demolished. Fortunately, ‘The Friends of St Ethelburga’s’, along with a huge public outcry, prevented the complete demolition and secured its future with it being rebuilt to its original plan, albeit with many changes to its interior.

Detail of stained glass window

 

 

You can find a video recording of The Singing in the City Christmas Concert 2015 which was performed in aid of the War Child refugee crisis appeal, on my Global Scoble YouTube channel. Here is a link to the concert –  Watch the video!

 

Enjoy!

 

Concert programme
Ave Maria – Arranged by Helen Yoemans
Ise Oluwa – Traditional Yoruba Spiritual , arranged by Dee Jarlett
Adiemus –  Composed by Karl Jenkins, choral arrangement by Nicholas Hare
Ide Were –  Traditional Yoruba Spiritual chant to the Orisha Oshun, arranged by Dee Jarlett
Walk Dem Bones – Traditional Spiritual  arranged by Saundra Berry Mussa
White Christmas –  Composed by Irving Berlin, arrangement  by Katie Rose
Coventry Carol – Traditional English Carol
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Composed by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Here is My Home – Composed by Si Kahn,, arranged by Sarah Morgan
Gaudete – Traditional carol in Latin meaning ‘rejoice!’

 

 

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