Recorded Live from St James’s Church, Piccadilly in this beautifully historic Church. This album contains 16 tracks from her 2015 show.
St James’s was hit by bombs during the first phase of the London Blitz on 14 October 1940. The blast severely weakened the Church’s brick and Stone fabric. When the smoke cleared, early on 15 October, St James’s was a burnt-out ruin, open to the elements. It remained a roofless shell for nearly seven years. In 1941, services resumed after a temporary roof was constructed over parts of the south aisle. Air raid shelters were used in the Church gardens for the rest of the war.
St James’s famous altar carvings, altar piece and organ casing had been protected prior to the raid and survived. Likewise, air raid precautions taken by the staff ensured that the Church’s marble font. – in which poet and painter William Blake and 18th century Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder had been baptised – also survived.
St James’s is a perfect place to embrace music and history together.