last night we went to see Jo Harman at St Pancras old church – it was the first time that I have been inside the church and what a wonderful jewel it is. the church dates back from 625AD and is just reeling with history. Jo sang with just a piano and her incredible voice filled the church so beautifully and poignantly – it was a perfect setting. I particularly love ‘silhouettes of you’ – try and see her if you can.
churches now have to be very flexible with their uses – with high maintenance costs, they are all opening their doors to help pay the bills. the actors church, st paul’s church, in covent garden has its own theatre company, so look out for future productions. the garden is haven in the midst of the bustle of the market .
the union chapel is quite well known for putting on concerts and live music – and what an atmospheric space to hear music in.
its lovely to walk around smithfields on a sunday when its quiet and explore – its strange how tranquil parts of london become on a weekend; but if you are there in the week, its good to visit st bartholomew the great – its a beautiful old church originating from the 12C – the cafe is open for breakfast and some evenings its open for cocktails – its very atmospheric! i saw a spectacular theatre performance there, so keep an eye out for events that go on there.
st lukes church in old street is a hawksmoor church that also holds lot of concerts and workshops, and its where the london symphony orchestra hold their rehearsals.
i first saw st barnabas church in soho recently and was taken back by this gem of a church right in the busy centre; its attached to a member’s club now, but non profit making aiding homeless people into work; there is also the added benefit of a beautiful garden.
one of my favourite churches – the metropolitan cathedral in Liverpool.