The beautiful interior of St Stephen Walbrook church
Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre holds regular events alongside the exhibition programme. Look out for our Friday night Late Views, held four times a year, when we open our doors after hours with music, a bar and entertainment. You can also enjoy free activities for all the family at one of our Gallery Sunday activity days.
Previous Late Views have included: Guildhall Gothic, Moonlight Madness, The Cat's Pyjamas, Tricks and Trades and London Large.
Discover & explore: music and liturgy at St Stephen Walbrook
15 June to 27 July 2015
Reflecting the recent Guildhall Art Gallery re-hang, the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Revd Jonathan Evens present a service series of musical discovery exploring themes of beauty, faith, home, imagination, leisure, love and work.
Each Monday at 1.10pm a new theme will be explored through music:
15 June – Faith
22 June – Home
29 June – Love
6 July – Work
13 July – Imagination
20 July – Leisure
27th July – Beauty
All events will be held at St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN. For more about St Stephen Walbrook see their website.
As part of the service series, a guided tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery rehang will take place on 21 July at 1.10pm. Meet in the main entrance of Guildhall Art Gallery.
No Colour Bar: upcoming events
From 10 July
Every month from July to December there'll be an exciting event related to Guildhall Art Gallery's innovative upcoming exhibition No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action. Alongside regular tours, we're planning a range of special events - keep checking back for updates or follow us on Twitter.
Friday 25 September, 6-10pm
An evening of entertainment to celebrate the exhibition with music, performances and pop-up bar.
Saturday 31 October, 9.30am-4.30pm
The annual Black History conference returns.
An evening of Pre-Raphaelite music premieres
Friday 16 October, 6-7.30pm
We're opening our doors after-hours for an evening of art and music. Enjoy newly-discovered works by Sir Arnold Bax, Alice Millais & Charles Stuart Wortley performed by composer, broadcaster and pianist David Owen Norris and soprano Amanda Pitt - all against the backdrop of the City of London’s inspiring collection of Victorian paintings. The evening features:
Three world premieres of works by Bax: 'The Garden by the Sea' to words by William Morris; and two recitations, 'The Twa Corbies' and 'The Blessed Damozel', setting Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s great poem.
Premieres of two songs by Alice Millais: 'Somewhere or Other', to words by Christina Rossetti, and 'Ah! Si vous saviez' setting a poem by Sully Prudhomme. Alice, daughter of the painter John Everett Millais, was the muse of Sir Edward Elgar, his ‘Windflower’. Her accomplishments as a pianist are well-known – Elgar sketched a Piano Concerto for her – but her musical composition will come as a surprise to most Elgarians.
Two songs by Alice’s political husband, Charles Stuart Wortley M.P., 'Why does azure?' and 'The Gipsy’s Dirge'. They bear signs of Alice’s assistance in harmonisation, and may be the fragrant traces of their courtship. None of their songs are likely ever to have been performed beyond the confines of a Victorian drawing-room.
Elgar’s rarely-heard setting of Thomas Ingoldsby’s 'As I laye a-thynkynge', a ballad that perfectly mirrors the outlook of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Tickets: £20 (£18 to Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery), which includes a glass of wine and private view. Seating
is limited, so early booking is advised.
Private view 6pm; recital 6.30–7.30pm
Book tickets via Eventbrite or call 020 7332 3700.