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The City Music Society – enjoy beautiful music in magnificent surroundings

Society’s evening concerts are held in the

magnificent Goldsmiths Livery Hall.


f you enjoy chamber music and hearing it in magnificent surroundings, then you should head for Goldsmiths’ Hall for the concerts organised by the City Music Society. Founded nearly 70 years ago it is the leading promoter of professional

chamber music in the City and one of the country’s leading music societies. Many international musicians have been invited to play by the Society including Francis Poulenc, Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter and the Amadeus Quartet. The Society has also made a point of supporting young artists at the start of their careers. Both Jacqueline du Pré and Nigel Kennedy played in the Great Hall of the Goldsmiths’ Company in their teens. The spring 2012 season features young artists who are already making their marks on the musical world. Jennifer Pike was performing in February. The 15th March concert is entitled “Stars of the Future” with Amy Dickson (saxophone), Ksenija Sidorova (classical accordion) and the Sacconi Quartet. Each has received rave reviews and this promises to be a very exciting musical evening. The pianist Ivana

Gavrić, who was named newcomer of the year 2011 by BBC Music Magazine, will perform on 17th April.

The Society promotes three autumn and three spring concerts at Goldsmiths’ Hall each year. Tickets, at a very reasonable £18 per concert including an interval glass of wine or a soft drink, are only available to members of the Society. Membership costs £15 per year although temporary membership is available for non-members. Tickets must be bought in advance; they are not available at the door on the night. In addition to the Goldsmiths’ concerts the Society promotes a series of lunchtime concerts at the Bishopsgate Institute. The City Music Society welcomes new members to enable it to continue to promote the very best in chamber music. More information can be obtained from its website, or by contacting the Membership Secretary, John Owen-Ward on 07808-586053 or

Golden Lane Leisure Centre now open

Crossrail construction work has exposed some interesting facades to view from Willoughby House and from the Podium next to the City Boot wine bar. Shown here is a view to the attractive buildings on the eastern side of Moorgate: Photographer: Chris Parkin of Barbican Creative Services.

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he new Leisure centre complex at the Golden Lane Estate – now called Golden Lane Sport and

Fitness - is now open. It includes an extremely well equipped fitness centre and a refurbished pool – the latter still not open at the time of writing, but the official pool

opening was planned for March 12th between the time Barbican Life went to press and the printed copies being available. The delay in the pool opening has largely been due to making sure all appropriate safety legislation has been met. While the Barbican area is well catered-for in terms of gyms with Virgin Active Barbican on site, the CityPoint club nearer still for those in the eastern Barbican blocks, a new Virgin Active club opening by the Museum of London and a number of other commercial options nearby, the new Leisure Centre fitness room will appeal to some residents due to lower costs. It should definitely be of particular interest to those who use the current facilities in the Barbican YMCA which are to be phased out in September as that building reverts to so far unknown new use.

Charges for Barbican residents have attracted some resentment on the Barbican Talk website, primarily because Golden Lane and two other social housing complexes, will receive preferential rates. However there are lower rates for City of London residents than those coming in from outside. Corporation of London residents will be able to take advantage of a

A Celebration of Don Prichard’s Life

Don’s life at St Giles’s Church, Cripplegate, on Saturday 14th April at 3pm. Don and Beryl retired to the Barbican nearly twenty years ago. Don was a very busy person who also involved himself in many local activities which included serving as an elected member of the Barbican Association, Chairman of Thomas More House Group, Chairman of Barbican Music, a Working Friend of the British Library and more recently as a guide at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was in remission from cancer and returning to his energetic self when he died suddenly last September. In accordance with his wishes this will be a non-religious celebration in words and music followed by light refreshments. Beryl and her family look forward to seeing you there.


eryl Prichard, Don’s widow, invites all his friends in the Barbican to a celebration of

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