The Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century, is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London. It was designed to recall the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, considered the holiest place in the Crusaders’ world.
As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, the church will present a Concert and the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple have opened their stunning gardens to members of the audience after this concert for a summer picnic. This can be ordered, after booking the concert tickets, through The Little Kitchen Company
about the concert from temple church website:
The Temple Church Choir and the professional period ensemble ‘The Temple Players’ will perform works by Purcell, Stanley and Handel. Purcell’s colourful birthday ode for Queen Mary, Come ye Sons of Art, features the famous alto duet Sound the trumpet and music which was re-used a year later in The Indian Queen. It is followed by a virtuosic Organ Concerto by John Stanley, a friend of Handel, who was organist to the Society of the Inner Temple and was born 300 years ago. Stanley and Handel both served as Governors of the Foundling Hospital in London and Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem was composed for a fundraising concert for the institution in 1749. It draws partly on music previously composed for other works, and includes the rousing ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus from ‘Messiah’.