On 22-23 September, St Mary's will fling wide its doors as part of the Open House London weekend. Visitors can discover more about the rich and varied history of this church building, which is a mid-eighteenth century and 1950s hybrid, due to its partial destruction in the Blitz. Previous incarnations of St Mary's date back nearly 1,000 years and there are glorious and terrible stories to uncover about this church, its local area and its people, tracing back through the centuries.
The church will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday (plus Sunday services as usual). Free refreshments will be available, as well as activities for children.
In addition, on Saturday there will be tours of the tower, displaying beautiful views over Islington, available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm (numbers limited to eight per tour, first-come, first-served). The 3pm tour will include a bell ringing demonstration. The tower is a cramped space, so the access is not suitable for those who fear confined spaces or heights, nor children under eight years old.
On Sunday, the church will host a classical concert at 3pm - programme below - as well as tower tours at 2pm and 4pm.
For more information go to: http://events.londonopenhouse.org/Building/18680
Concert programme for Sunday afternoon:
General Lavine, Debussy
Vorrei spiegar, Vaccia
Senza L'amabile, Vaccia
Meditation from Thais, Massenet
Deh Vieni non tardar, from Le Nozze de Figaro, Mozart
Sull'aria, from Le Nozze de Figaro, Mozart
With thanks to the musicians: Andrew Adigun, Anne-Marie Cunnold and Gisela Meyer.