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?
Watch the video!
|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|
(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”
|Stained glass window in 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|