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BARBICAN LIFE


19th Century print showing the hustle and bustle outside St Giles church at the time


CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ST. GILES


Saturday 10 Dec


7.30pm Concert – Celebrate Christmas with London Welsh Chorale


Monday 12 6.30pm Parish Candlelit Carol Service


Saturday 24 4pm Crib Service 11pm Sung Eucharist


Sunday 25 - Christmas Day 10am Family Eucharist


There is Sunday Club every Sunday apart


architecture, with its graceful arches, uniting dignity and strength both within and without.” The medieval church was built in 1394 and the tower dates from this time. In 1682 extensive alterations and repairs were made to the church by taking down the upper portion of the tower and replacing it with 15’ of brickwork surmounted with a cupola. The body of the church and the tower survived the blitz. St. Giles International Organ School began here in 1992; its team of professional organ teachers has trained some 900 organists. Now working as Royal College of Organists St. Giles Organ School, it runs a programme of individual


Friends of St Giles History tells us how productive and supportive the


links between those who live here and those with family and community ties to the Church can be. You can help maintain these links by joining the Friends of St Giles. Doing so will help preserve the fabric of this historic community building for future generations. St Giles needs about £200,000 a year for its upkeep and maintenance. The tower has become the next major project for the church as extensive repairs need to be done.


Joining the Friends of St Giles will help maintain


the church and its organs and preserve its culturally significant musical tradition and historic fabric. The aims of the Association of the Friends of St Giles Church Cripplegate are threefold:- • To assist in preserving, maintaining and repairing the fabric and the organs of the ancient Parish and Ward Church of St Giles without Cripplegate in the City of London • To work for the general good of St Giles Church as a spiritual home of beauty and inspiration


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tuition and classes through the year and runs a summer course which regularly attracts over 70 students from across the world, with St. Giles as its headquarters. A 100% exam success rate for students entered by the Organ School demonstrates the effectiveness of the training. The Organ School’s Junior department provides an entry for youngsters into the music profession. Most of its students continue into Oxbridge organ scholarships or major conservatoires. Elsewhere in this issue is a feature on Anne Marsden Thomas who is the founder and principal of the Organ school and which gives further information about the school itself.


• To bring together for charitable and religious purposes in a common fellowship of loyalty and devotion all those who have a concern for St Giles Church including regular worship


As a Friend we will keep you posted by email with details of the many interesting music and community events taking place in St Giles on a regular basis. We will send you copies of our Parish Newsletters by email so you can stay in touch with the community here wherever you are in the world. Events taking place during the year include:- • Concerts and music recitals • Book Fairs


from 4th Sunday in the month when there is a Story Sermon


The church will not be open in the days after Christmas


Acknowledgement


Most of the main part of this article has been abstracted from the History section of the St. Giles’ website, which in turn has been adapted from a text written by Frank Major. The majority of the photographs in the article are by Barbican resident professional photographer, Ravi Juneja, whose main speciality is actors’ headshots. His commercial work can be viewed on www.headshots.co.uk


• Art exhibitions and workshops • The Palm Sunday procession to St Paul’s Cathedral • Round table meetings exploring spirituality • The Summer Fair To become a Friend of St Giles please complete the following form and send to: The Secretary


The Friends of St Giles Cripplegate St Giles Church Fore Street


London EC2Y 8DA UK


I would like to become a Friend of St Giles and hereby enclose cash/cheque for £ ................................................ (minimum £10) made payable to:


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