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BARBICAN LIFE


‘Rising Stars concert series‘ at St. Giles


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


has


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 mezzocharlotte@gmail.com


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


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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 jsplumley@yahoo.co.uk


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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 www.diversity-textileart.com for more details of their work.


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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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