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A World Premiere Ablaze

Consecrated on All Souls' Day in 1875, St. John the Baptist has been the centre of worship in Wimbledon for almost a hundred and forty years. At the heart of that worship is music. The church has a children's choir, voluntary singers, and a hundred year old organ.

As well as singing during service, St. John the Baptist hold two lunchtime recitals a month on Fridays at 1pm. Its recitals feature local professional musicians and talented young performers from London's music colleges. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Tea and cake is also available.

26th September

Stephen Raine from Durham has studied music since the age of six. He became inspired to learn the piano after listening to Bach. He graduated from London College of Music in 2013, and will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight'.

10th October

Cellist, Leonie Adams, from Moscow will perform Dohnányi's Sonata in B flat, op. 8 alongside Michael Higgins. The pianist has previously worked on commissions for the Children in Need Rocks and Royal Variety Performance.

24th October

Composer, Paul West-Osterfield has written a new piece called, Ablaze. This will be its world premiere, to be performed by Diana Mathews on the viola.

7th November

Soprano singer, Julia Dewhurst, will perform songs and arias by Schubert, Fauré, and Rachmaninov. She will be given a musical accompaniment by David Elwin on the piano.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 26th Sept, 10th & 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Where: St. John the Baptist Church
Cost: Free
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