Friday, 15 January 2021

City Music Foundation & Barts Heritage present concert series in Great Hall of St Bartholemew's Hospital

The Hidden City - Photo Emile Holba
City Music Foundation’s Director Clare Taylor and Artist Manager Latana Phoung
From Emile Holba's The Hidden City

The City Music Foundation (CMF) has joined forces with Barts Heritage, an organisation dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic buildings at Barts Hospital so that for 2021 the lunchtime recitals from CMF artists will take place in the Great Hall of St Bartholemew's Hospital and be live streamed public and waiting areas in the hospital on the information screens, and available on patient held iPads which can be requested by in-patients. The importance of music and heritage in health and wellbeing is well known - and CMF and Barts Heritage will be collaborating to exploring this in more depth.

The first recital takes place on Wednesday 27 January 2021 with 2018 CMF artist, cellist Ariana Kashefi and guitarist Andrey Lebedev, 2015 CMF Artist (details from CMF website) and then run monthly throughout the year with pianist George Fu to come on 24 February. Full details of the season from the CMF website.

St Bartholomew's Hospital was founded in 1123, and the historic buildings on the site include the main square designed by James Gibbs in the 1730s with the North Wing (from 1732) which includes the Great Hall, which is accessed via the Hogarth Stair with its two huge Hogarth canvases (Hogarth was born in nearby Bartholemew Close and offered to decorate the stair free to prevent an Italian artist from doing so). Barts Heritage is currently undertaking a project to repair and conserve the Great Hall and the North Wing in time for the hospital's 900th anniversary in 2021.

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