Monday, May 12, 2014

Belcanto performance venue: Southwark Cathedral welcome the singers and Mr. Koliha on Wednesday, July 2 at 4:30 pm

The Southwark Cathedral is located on the south bank of the River Thames, close to the London Bridge. Nearby is the historic Borough Market and the Cathedral stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames. This was the only entrance to the city of London across the river for many centuries and a key point in the city infrastructure. Southwark Cathedral cordially welcomes Belcanto directed by Bruce Koliha for the first concert of their Enchanting Europe Tour on Wednesday, July 2 at 4:30 pm. There are no tickets for the performance, thus we recommend to come early for the best seats. 
It is believed that there has been a place of worship located on this site since around AD 606. However, there also may have been a church there earlier. Archaeological evidence suggests that a Roman pagan place of worship was located here well before. 


Nevertheless, the Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, having been "re-founded" by two Norman knights as a priory in 1106. While some parts of the building still date back to the 12th century, many of the original medieval features also remain. 
The Nave was re-built in 1895 to the design of Sir Arthur Blomfield. Beyond the Crossing in the oldest complete part of the building, the Choir and Retrochoir, dating back to the 13th century. Located at the end of the Choir is the Great Screen of 1520, filled with statues from the early 20th century. There is also a monument to Shakespeare, carved in 1912, and a memorial window installed in 1954.


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