The House of St Barnabas presents Classic Album Sundays

Posted on 4 June 2013
By Stephanie Knox
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The House of St Barnabas has announced the first date in the new season of live events as part of The Culture Series.

In preparation for the opening of the not-for-profit members’ club this autumn, the beautiful chapel will once again open its doors for these intimate and unique events.

On Sunday 14 July, Classic Album Sundays will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Tubular Bells, the debut record album by Mike Oldfield released in 1973.

CAS allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music by presenting the musical context, the story behind the album and an uninterrupted replay of the album on vinyl on one of the world’s best audiophile hi-fi sound system (with phones switched off and no conversation).

People learn about the history of the album and contemporary relevance, and then hear things they have never heard before. Often people are moved to tears when they hear the details and full emotive force of their favorite recordings through the enhanced performance playback.

For this session CAS will be joined by Tubular Bells producer Simon Heyworth. CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will talk with Heyworth about the story of the album and how it was recorded.

Then the album will be played in its entirety on vinyl on an amazing Audio Note hi-fi sound system. Following the album, listeners will be able to ask Simon Heyworth questions during a Q&A.

It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company’s success; the album will be the focus of a documentary on BBC 4 early next year.

This special Classic Album Sundays sessions will launch a host of forthcoming events from CAS at The House of St Barnabas.

Prior to this Summer Culture Series, the Spring Culture Series welcomed a dazzling array of creative talent into the beautiful chapel for these inimitable events.

Founding partner Richard Strange and his A Mighty Big If evenings in association with HiBROWTV continued, featuring the actor Brian Cox and the designer Ron Arad.

Turner Prize winning contemporary artist and musician Martin Creed has introduced and performed with Slow Club and Sweet Baboo, in partnership with Moshi Moshi Records, and a new partnership with creative consultancy BUG launched on Thursday 25 April, featuring a panel discussion with Ekow Eshun, Miranda Sawyer, Marc Hare and Charlie Porter.

Tickets cost £15 and all proceeds will be donated to The House of St Barnabas. Visit