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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Exhibition, service, reception, concert & poetry evening

Today we hung Joe Machine's 'The Life & Legend of St Stephen' exhibition, which can be seen at St Stephen Walbrook until 27th May (weekdays 10.00am - 4.00pm, except Wednesdays 11.00am - 3.00pm).

Joe Machine's paintings combine Jewish and Christian iconography in a unique interpretation of the story of the first Christian martyr, who is our Patron Saint. Mysticism, humour, symbolism, narrative and stylized patterning are fused to form these ravishing and reflective icons.

Tomorrow we will explore the life and thought of St Stephen in our Discover & explore service with the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields. This service begins at 1.10pm and the reflection will be given by Clare Paine, London Church Coordinator at Christian Aid, who will speak, during Christian Aid Week, on contemporary persecution in the light of St Stephen's witness.

At 6.30pm tomorrow there will be an exhibition launch reception for Joe Machine's exhibition, to which all are welcome. The reception provides an opportunity to speak to Joe Machine about the exhibition.

On Wednesday, as part of our exhibition programme, the "amazing, daring and magnetic artist" Italian classical pianist Claudio Crismani will play Liszt, Skrjabin and Boulez. The music of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin has always been at the centre of Crismani’s artistic interests. The concert begins at 7.00pm, tickets cost £15.00 (with complimentary glass of wine) and are available via the Box Office at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Tel: 020 7766 1100, Web: or on the door.

Finally, in our exhibition programme, we have a poetry evening arranged by The London Magazine and featuring Steven O’Brien, Joe Machine and Edward Lucie-Smith on Wednesday 25 May beginning at 7.00pm. Joe Machine and Steven O'Brien have collaborated on a soon to be published book, Britannia Stories, exploring twenty myths commonly associated with the British Isles. They worked closely in examining the origins of all the stories, and on determining the relevance of each to the 21st century, with Machine’s paintings influencing O’Brien’s writings, and vice versa.


Michael McDermott - Carry Your Cross.

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