City Music Foundation to go live from St Pancras Clock Tower


City Music Foundation is to commence a series of live ‘socially distanced’ concerts.

Events will stream on YouTube, and audiences will be able to see and hear the performances in real time.

The recitals are to be held each Wednesday from 17 June, with a 6pm broadcast from St Pancras Clock Tower.

The Clock Tower is part of St Pancras Chambers, the name given by British Rail to the building formerly known as the Midland Grand Hotel, and now home to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel as well as private apartments.

The building, designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott, was constructed between 1868 and 1873 of materials brought by rail from the Midlands.

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It bears the iconic spire with its four-faced clock, and below it the Tower Room, 10 metres high with tall gothic style windows, which is the venue for our concerts.

The recital on 29 July includes a world premiere of a set of newly commissioned works, Isolation Songbook, the first of which was written by Owain Park for Helen and Michael because they had to cancel their wedding in April.

A CMF spokesperson said: “During lockdown, CMF has worked to support artists, with our new Hardship Fund, weekly workshops, website building, securing future performances and recordings and so on.

“But being able to curate these live performances has been crucially important. To support our musicians now and in future we are asking audience members to register and make donations through dedicated links for each recital.”

Details and registration here.

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