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Great Balls of Fire
Fire comes to St Bride’s Summer Party In a bold move, St Bride’s has moved the annual summer party to Thursday 22 September to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the regeneration of the City, following the fire, much of which survives today; some twenty of Sir Christopher Wren’s Spires, including St Bride’s recently restored wedding cake spire, still dominate the urban landscape.
Great Balls of Fire is a celebration in words, music and song, and includes some of the 20th centuries most iconic music and songs, covering many aspects of fire, performed for the first time In specially written arrangements.
Guest artists include:
  • Musical director, arranger and composer, Kenny Clayton, performing with his long-time friend, the crooner Paul Ryan and accompanying Madeleine Hyland.
  • Andy MacKay, founding member Roxy Music, and founder member of Clive Langer’s band, The Clang Group.
  • Actor and singer Lissie Link will perform with The Tom Farriner Firecrackers, especially formed to play at Great Balls of Fire.
  • St Bride’s own resident soprano, Claire Seaton.

The Actors, who will readings from Shakespeare, Pepys and recollections from the Blitz fires, include:
  • Dorothea Phillips, with a long list of distinguished roles in television, best known for her role in 102 Dalmatians and her performances in many productions of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas.
  • Struan Rodger, who has appeared widely in a range of supporting roles, including the role of Eric Liddell’s friend and ruining coach in the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire and perhaps best known for his portrayal of Barbara Flynn’s husband in the television detective series Chandler & Co, and more recently for his appearance in Game of Thrones.; also with a list of credits in television encompassing three decades.
  • Tim Woodward is probably best known for his starring roles in the BBC drama Wings, as Squadron Leader Rex in Piece of Cake and the ITV soap opera Families and the police drama Murder City.
You cannot afford to miss this extravaganza! To book your ticket simply go to the website or telephone: 020 7427 0133.
Tickets include a glass of wine on arrival, wood-fired pizza, prepared and served at the interval, with wine available. Tickets in advance are £25 or £30 on the night at the door.

All ticket sales go to the continued programme of restoration of St Bride’s.

The evening is also produced in memory of journalist Noel Botham who helped to make British newspapers the liveliest in the world.
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Photos from the day are on the Gallery page.

For more on the event, see the following news item by the BBC -