After sell-out concerts, Musicals by Candlelight returns for a second year in London. Unwind with classical renditions of musical theatre songs and celebrate the power of musicals in tranquil surroundings. Musicals by Candlelight tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The 60-minute candlelight concerts showcase legendary musical compositions by some of the world’s greatest musical theatre writers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Plus, it’s a chance to hear the world-class collective, Icon Strings Quartet, in action. They’ve previously performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House. Now’s your chance to catch the acclaimed musicians up close and personal.
During the London candlelight concerts, expect to hear songs from Chicago, Dirty Dancing and Grease. Listening to candlelight music will most likely be an emotional experience, so pack your tissues.
Special Notes: Customers with access requirements should contact email@example.com to make their booking. The venue will be darker during the later performance time due to the sunset.
In 1631, Inigo Jones was commissioned by the 14th Earl of Bedford to design a square, surrounded by mansions, a church and four streets. Work on the church began in 1631, and was completed in 1633, at a cost of £4,000. The church was consecrated in 1638, and dedicated to St Paul.
People often ask why the great east door onto the piazza doesn’t open. Inigo Jones’ original intention was that this should be the main entrance with the Altar at the West End of the church. However, this went against Christian tradition where the Altar is normally placed at the east end. At the last moment therefore, the Altar was placed at the East end and Portico door is in fact a fake!
The Painter JMW Turner and WS Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), and Thomas Arne (the composer of Rule Brittania) are amongst the many famous people baptised at St Paul’s.
Among those buried at St Paul’s are Samuel Butler and the woodcarver Ginling Gibbons as was the first victim of the Great Plague of London - Margaret Porteous on 12th April 1665.
Burials ceased in the 1850’s, when all burials in central London churches were closed by Act of Parliament. At that point, the headstones were removed, and the gardens laid out as you see them today.
In 1788, Thomas Hardwick began a major restoration but in 1795 there was a terrible fire which destroyed much of the original structure. The Parish records were saved as was the pulpit, the work of Grinling Gibbons or one of his pupils and the church was restored largely to Jones’ original design. Further changes were undertaken by Butterfield in 1872.