Looking Back: St Martin in the Fields
This was a wonderful concert set in a beautiful Anglican church in the heart of London by Trafalgar Square on Saturday 28th April 2012. The performance began at 2pm with Pastime With Good Company and included many SOC favourites including Locus Iste, Let the River Run and Thou Knowest Lord the Secret of Our Heart.
St Martin in the Fields dates back hundreds of years, in fact the earliest reference to the church is from 1222, with a dispute between the Abbot of Westminster and the Bishop of London as to who had control over it. It was decided in favour of Westminster, and used by the monks of Westminster Abbey.
The church was rebuilt by Henry VIII in 1542 to avoid plague victims from the area having to pass through his Palace of Whitehall. At this time, it was literally “in the fields” in an isolated position between the cities of Westminster and London.
A number of notables were buried in this phase of the church, including Robert Boyle, Nell Gwynne and John Parkinson.
Click here to see a video of us performing Hallelujah at this prestigious church and look out for more posts looking back at our previous performances next week.
You can read more about St Martin in the Fields on Wikipedia.