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‘Rising Stars concert series‘ at St. Giles

utting its renowned acoustic to good use, St Giles Cripplegate, in the heart of the Barbican,


announced the ‘Rising Stars Concert Series’; an exciting new series of concerts for 2013, showcasing some of the UK’s finest up and coming opera talent. From January 2013, London’s top music conservatoires will make use of St Giles as a concert venue with six full length concerts throughout the year, enabling audiences to meet and hear talented, up and coming musicians. Providing an exciting taste of what to

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Calling Valerie Davies on 07803 237839 or Charlotte Stephenson on 079 666 21229. St Giles Opera Gala is on Sept 26th at 7.30pm and is followed by a further six concerts across 2013 as part of the ‘Rising Stars of Opera’ series. For further information contact:

Charlotte Stephenson at

expect, St Giles previews the series with an ‘Opera Gala’ on the evening of the 26th of September 2012. Starting at 7.30pm, the evening will comprise well known Operatic Arias, duets and ensembles sung by young Opera singers currently performing with Opera Companies such as Glyndebourne Opera,

Scottish Opera and English

National Opera and in a fantastic acoustic ensemble, will be accompanied by pianist Alice Turner. Charlotte Stephenson, Stuart Haycock, Abigail Iveson, Martha Bredin and others will perform a wide variety of popular operatic highlights. Favourite arias by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and many more… Bringing together the new and rising

faces of opera, this exciting new series of concerts follows the fantastic recent success of St Giles first ‘Opera Gala’ concert earlier this year and is a perfect way to explore the world of Opera in ‘bite sized’ chunks. One of the opera singers at the September event, Charlotte Stephenson, explains the importance of a new concert series in London promoting performance experience for those at the start of their professional careers: “Th


Barbican Art Society room reprieve

he Barbican Art Society has announced that,

thanks to charitable monies and tireless help

from members of the Adult Skills and Education,

in addition to other

Departments in the Corporation of London, the John Griffiths Barbican Art Room has survived the eviction order from the Barbican Estate Office for the next twelve months. This has enabled the Society to expand

its activities - offering a selection of classes: Painting & Drawing – Wed 10am to 1pm £80/term; Painting & Drawing Evening Class – Wed 6.30pm – 8.30pm £80/term; Drawing Workshop in Charcoal – Mondays 10am - 1pm £80/term; Painting Workshop – monthly - £22/session; Drawing with I- Pad – day and time to be confirmed. It is hoped that Residents, through

personal support, and through their elected representatives on Committees within the Barbican Estate and the Corporation, will work with the Art Society to ensure long term sustainability of this important social amenity. The Art Society addresses the needs of all

ages, particularly the disabled, strengthening the community ethos so important to the future of an estate, sited in the heart of the City and whose residents truly reflect the multiplicity of facets of city life. For more information on these classes or

e opportunity to perform in such a

wonderful, supportive and central location is crucial to young talented performers wish

ing to

gain valuable experience. Being able to explore new repertoire in front of an audience is an invaluable part of any musician’

and St Giles is very excited to be providing audiences with fantastic opportunities to h th

ear e Opera stars of th e future.”

Tickets are by Gift Aid, Suggested Donation £15.00 and can be reserved by

26 s development

to book the John Griffiths Barbican Art Room please email John Lumley at


Expose - A new Exhibition at the Barbican Library

iversity is coming to the Barbican Library

for three weeks in September showing a brand new

collection of art textile and mixed media work. Diversity is a group of nine textile and mixed media artists with a common interest in stitched textiles.

Expose will cover subjects such as

environmental concerns currently those of plastic in the world’s oceans, exposure to the elements

including visual

representations of reflection and distortion, worn surfaces, exposure to light from a photographer’s

eye, ever changing

landscapes and how history is seen through archaeology and imagery. The nine members of Diversity have put

their own interpretations into unique artwork using stitch, colour media such as dyes

or paints including household

emulsion, papers, cloth, the found object and recycled content. Further techniques include hand and machine stitch, surface embellishment including the use of the heat tool and soldering iron. This is an opportunity to see the results

of study and research resolved into original and exciting pieces of work. Quotations from two of the artists:

Pat Iles ‘How does one get away from a realistic representation and pare down th impact a landscape mak

es on th e viewer

e subtle effects of a winter landscape and its variety of tones and patterns satisfy unlik

are we drawn to some and not oth th

e a

summer one?’ Lois Bellew ‘Global attitudes to waste are inadequate and lazy

. Five of th ich are h

our own. W ould fear th wh

with e worlds largest

oceans suffer gargantuan gyres of plastic waste wh

ich our future generations will h

.’ This exhibition is a must see for anyone

interested in contemporary or traditional stitched artwork and in contemporary art development. All work is for sale and some of the

artists’ sketchbooks showing the work’s development will be on display. See for more details of their work.


Stone work repairs to St Giles the church

recently conducted Quinquennial Inspection of

identified some concerns about

stone work on the Tower and the pointing. The Tower is constructed from Kentish ragstone; a common stone used in the

azardous to marine life and indeed e sh

e consequences ave to live

ers? Wh

e visual . Wh

y y do Charlotte Stephenson

Example of work by one of the Diversity group artists

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