After more than a year in and out of lockdown, one thing that has remained constant throughout this period of time is the solidarity that St Martin-in-the-Fields has offered to so many people, inside and outside of London. With the UK set to ease out of lockdown, and the Church celebrating a 300 year anniversary, St Martin’s are launching the Spirit of St Martin’s appeal to help raise money to ensure they can continue in the future to be a strong part of the community that so many rely on.
The Spirit of St Martin’s appeal has been launched by St Martin-in-the-Fields (www.smitf.org), allowing people all over the world to purchase tickets for an online concert over the next few weeks. The launch of appeal also marks 300 years since the laying of the first flagstone at St Martin’s.
The ‘Spirit of St Martin’s’, event which goes live online on Monday 19th April at 7.30pm features a collection of musical delights from St Martin’s Voices as well as a virtual recording of the Sunday choir (who are not currently permitted to sing together live), as well as musical excerpts from Mozart, Brahms and Vaughan Williams, to name a few. Alongside this, the online concert will also include a welcome introduction from Revd Sam Wells, readings from BBC 4 Presenter Zeb Soanes and beautifully read poetry readings from other members of the community at St Martin’s. The Archbishop of Cape Town will also talk about St Martin’s connection to South Africa and read a poem by South Africa’s poet laureate titled Listen.
The concert aims to bring joy to those who have had a tough year, whilst raising vital funds for the Church to ensure they can move forward for another 300 years; not just as the heart of London, but also to offer support and be a safe place for those who need it. As one member of the Sunday International Group at St Martin’s says
“I was homeless, I had no future, I had nowhere to live. I cried to St Martin’s and they embraced me, they looked after me just as they look after everyone who comes to them.”
The Spirit of St Martin’s appeal concert will be available to stream online for just £12, and can be found here: https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/whatson-event/the-spirit-of-st-martins/.
Tickets can be purchased in advance, right up until the live concert date at 7.30pm on Monday 19th April. It will be a true celebration of St Martin’s spirit that has evolved and grown during this tough period in time, that the Church hope will be enjoyed by all.
For anyone who would simply like to donate to support the appeal, the following link goes directly to the donations page: www.smitf.org/spirit
Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, said:
“There’s something you can’t see about a community, that’s more important than almost anything you can see: and that’s its spirit. It’s the spirit of St Martin-in-the-Fields that’s given it the international reputation it cherishes. It’s the spirit of St Martin’s that’s carried it through the pandemic thus far. It’s the spirit of St Martin’s that makes us look forward to a future that’s bigger than the past. I commend to you the Spirit of St Martin’s appeal: it’s giving thanks that we’ve survived the last troubled year and laying foundations that we may thrive like never before. The April concert portrays that spirit. Together, we make that spirit. Thank you for bringing your spirit to inspire us all to sing our song again.”