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Baroque dancing

and preparation for full-time school. The Barbican offers families an

exceptionally good quality of life for a city location. There are many like- minded professional parents who share similar values and concerns and Mary Rose’s Playgroup most definitely contributes to and supports this wonderful community.

This one’s for Ruby T

wo young Barbican residents, Audrey Hammer (6 years) and Grace Jones (9 years) have raised £104, mostly from their very kind Shakespeare Tower neighbours, for the Ruby Lambert Trust. Audrey’s classmate Ruby suffered a

near-fatal cardiac arrest at Prior Weston school in April 2010 due to a rare genetic condition, CPVT (Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia). A teaching assistant started resuscitation immediately, being assisted soon after by an emergency paramedic. At Great Ormond Street Hospital

Ruby in Philadelphia

Ruby was put into a medically-induced coma and gently cooled using ground- breaking “neuro- protection” techniques to protect her brain. For

two weeks she was on a life support machine and fought for life until she could breathe for herself. The last year has been turbulent but this brave young girl has survived and she is now medically well. Her heart disorder is managed by medication and she can see, hear, cry, laugh and understand what is going on around her. However, brain injury has left serious mobility, communication and feeding problems.

What she urgently needs now to determine the best outcome is surgery and an intensive rehabilitation program underpinned by robust medical research into hypoxic brain injury. This is not currently available in Britain so the Ruby Lambert Trust (chaired by former Prior Weston Head Teacher Mary Caven) is raising funds to finance a full year of treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP), specialists in this condition. Ruby’s mother, Dr Catherine Newell, has a Fulbright Fellowship for the year to work at the University of Pennsylvania close by. So far £50k of the £300k has been secured from neighbours and friends across the world. Channel 5 and the BBC have featured this story and Waitrose Barbican has hosted a fundraising collection. The family has been overwhelmed by the kind and supportive response. Barbican resident Kate Hammer, Audrey’s mother, has been leading the fundraising campaign. Donations are urgently needed either as a lump sum or by joining the “skip a coffee a week for Ruby” campaign and then donating the money saved online at the site that also provides the full story and family blog.

Baroque dancing in Shoreditch


s part of the Spitalfields Fesitival, which is taking place mid-June, Laurence

Cummings and the Royal Academy of Music’ Baroque Ensemble are to present a programme of baroque dance at Spitalfileds Church on June 21st, starting at 6.30 pm. The Ensemble will dance their way through madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi, dances from the ducal courts of 17th century Italy including the daring La nizzarda and the elegant contrapasso nuovo, a descent into Hades with Act 3 of Monteverdi’s Orfeo and finally all the fun of the Venetian Carnival. Ahead of the concert, at 5.15pm, Mary Collins and Laurence Cummings will lead a baroque dance lesson. All are welcome, with free tickets available from the Spitalfields Box Office. Tickets for the concert itself range from £5 to £26. For information and tickets check out the Spitalfields Festival website - , or call 020 7377 1362. Tickets may also be bought at the door up to half an hour before the performance.

RCO St Giles Summer Course for Organists


he course runs from Monday 1 - Saturday 6 August 2011. St. Giles Cripplegate Church is its headquarters, and the course also uses over 20 churches in the City of London.

The course welcomes over 70 organists of every standard from across the world. Each student receives a unique timetable to match his/her standard and interests, followed by a


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