Thu, 11 Mar | St Marylebone Parish Church

The Wesley Connection

Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford explore the Wesley Family’s musical connection with St Marylebone
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The Wesley Connection

Time & Location

11 Mar, 10:40
St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LT, UK

About The Event

Ticket booking for Festival 2020 is currently closed

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with great sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 St Marylebone Festival.

At this difficult time, our focus remains to connect with our local community by telling local stories through our artistic activities. However, we rely on ticket sales, and sponsorship for our creative programme of events which has not been possible secure during these uncertain times. We will be refunding all tickets purchased to date.

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The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Steven Grahl (conductor)

A memorial stone to the leader of the Methodist movement, Charles Welsey, stands in the gardens on Marylebone Hight Street. Indeed, Charles Wesley lived in Marylebone with his two sons, Charles Jr. and Samuel from the late 1770s. The Wesley sons quickly gained a reputation for themselves, chiefly through the series of concerts given in the Wesley home, in which they were the chief performers. The legacy of the Wesley family continues into the nineteenth century with the music of Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the eldest son of Samuel, who held posts in several English cathedrals, and was a professor of organ at the neighbouring Royal Academy of Music.

Steven Grahl, former Director of Music at St Marylebone, talks to us about his recent research into Charles Wesley Jr., and leads us in this rich musical exploration, conducting his world-renowned choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. 

6:45pm: Pre-concert talk: ‘Charles Wesley Jr.’

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