Simon Callow to make a guest appearance at the Recorder of London!

CMF Patron Simon Callow will join CMF Artist Miriam Nerval (recorders) and the Recorder of London HH Judge Brian Barker, QC at a special reception at the Old Bailey on 10th July.

CMF is bringing together the Recorders of London, both legal and musical, in an evening of music and words spanning centuries. Miriam Nerval (recorders) will take us on a historical journey of the instrument from Dowland, Purcell and Sammartini through to the 20th Century Stravinsky in the intimate and beautiful setting of the Musicians’ Church (St Sepulchre without Newgate). This will be paired with the fascinating history of the Recorder of London, as told by the current Recorder HH Judge Brian Barker QC, and its relationship within the Old Bailey. The concert will be followed by a drinks and canape reception in the Grand Hall of the Old Bailey. Guided tours of Court One will be available and an encore will be performed under the dome of the Grand Hall.

In Simon Callow’s own words:

When last year’s Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Roger and Clare Gifford, asked me become a Patron of their new charity, the City Music Foundation, I said yes straight away – not only because of the ancient association of the City with music, but because it looks so keenly to the future. Its raison d’être is to help young musicians at that critical difficult early point in their careers, right at the beginning, after their training, when they attempt to launch themselves into the world. The Foundation nurtures, encourages, and supports them at a vulnerable moment in their lives. I know very well what that feels like – young actors face exactly the same problems; sometimes really gifted, exceptional artists fall by the wayside. The CMF exists to make sure that that doesn’t happen. Countless talented musicians will owe their subsequent success to it; what a fantastic contribution. I am very proud to be associated with it.



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