Candles Are Very Seductive

We went to a rather glorious central London Church, known rather egocentrically as St Mary’s London, which is near Paddington

The exterior, even on a dark and bum-bitingly-bitter January evening was delightful

the inside even more so.

The reason for my attendance inside a functioning church was not some latter day seeing of the light – ironic had that been so as everything was candle lit – but for a string ensemble playing by candlelight an arrangement of Coldplay songs.

These candlelit concerts are becoming quite a thing. Swifties, fr’instance, had the chance to pay a homage to their heroine at Southwark cathedral, which I must own is a sumptuous place.

We, two old Coldplay fans sat back, coats and four layers deep in our seats and rocked gently to the music. Here’s a clip – I gave up filming the ensemble due to the woman in front doing the same – seemed pointless to film her camera – and held the phone down just to absorb the music. Hope it gives some idea.


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My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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42 Responses to Candles Are Very Seductive

  1. This was good music. I knew the church well – walked past it daily and photographed the outside, including Sarah Siddons often

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely lovely I miss living in London occasionally…. I really do . 💜

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  3. Darlene says:

    Very lovely. I’m sure the atmosphere was perfect for this music.

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  4. String ensemble etiquette seems to have changed since we last attended!

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  5. Jennie says:

    Yes, bliss.

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  6. Hi Geoff, the candles look fabulous. I suppose the churches need to make money and using their space for concerts is a way to do that.

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    Now that is something very special! Thanks for bringing us along!

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  8. Lovely, Geoff. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Erika says:

    Wow, although I have not been there, your video gives me goosebumps. Must have been so special to hear those songs in this atmosphere.

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  10. arlingwoman says:

    Churches are good venues for music. Often they don’t cost much and the acoustics can be amazing. This looked and sounded great. It must have been a fabulous experience.

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  11. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    How very lovely.

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  12. Bridgette says:

    Quite lovely!

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  13. Suzanne says:

    A cheery winter distraction for brave souls.

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  14. Death of a salemans! Oh my

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