The digital concert is set to take place on the 31st May at 7pm.
The line up has been announced for this weekend’s digital Keep Our Doors Open concert, taking place to help raise money for St Martin-in-the-Fields to keep it open as well as support their work with homeless and vulnerable people in London and across the UK, and to help sustain their work with talented young musicians.
At 7pm this Sunday, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Revd Dr Sam Wells will begin the evening’s festivities. Meanwhile, during the concert award-winning journalist and BBC broadcaster, Julian Worricker will speak with
comedian Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered), Miko Giedroyc (Founder,
Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir), Clarence Hunt (Choir Director, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir) and presenter and personality, Mel Giedroyc (Mel and Sue, ITV; Great British Bake Off, BBC). He will also speak to St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Choral Conducting Fellow, Gabriella Noble. BBC newsreader and children’s author Zeb Soanes (Gaspard the Fox, Graffeg) will introduce the
pieces, including poetry readings from comedian Arthur Smith (The Comedy Club, BBC Radio 4; Are You Being Served, BBC) and a performance from slam poet Harry Baker (Winner, WorldSlam Poetry Competition, 2012).
There will also be performances from St Martin’s Voices, their professional choral ensemble, and the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir. Warren Mailley-Smith, the last person to perform at St Martin-in-the-Fields before lockdown, will share Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the piano, and there will be an astonishing performance by soprano Katharine Dain. The St Martin-in-the- Fields choral scholars will present En la Macarenita, arranged by Bob Chilcott, while there will also be a performance by The Amanzi Quartet (2018 SMITF Chamber Music Competition Audience
The money raised from the concert will be split between the Church, St Martin-in-the-Fields charity and The Connection. It will help them provide emergency shelter for rough sleepers in London, equip frontline workers with the tools they need to keep in touch with the most vulnerable and isolated and help to support a new generation of classical musicians.