Event Start Date: 01 December 2023

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The Somerville choir will be performing a Carol Concert at Temple Church* on Friday 1st December at 7.00pm, entry from 6.30pm. The concert will run from 7.00pm – 8.00pm, followed by a drinks reception. 

The event is open to Somervillians, their friends and families.  
For directions and parking please see the Temple Church Website

Tickets are £15 per adult (under 18s free), £10 for recent graduates (2015 matric and later)

*The Temple and its Church occupy a semi-hidden world between the between the bustle of Fleet St and the Embankment.  Founded in the late 12th century by the Knights Templar, the Church is one of the finest examples of Gothic Romanesque.  The original round church contains within it a circle of the earliest known free standing Purbeck marble columns and nine haunting stone effigies of Knights Templar. 

The Order, a revolutionary combination of religious and military orders, named after its Jerusalem headquarters, the Temple of Solomon, became one of the most powerful institutions of the crusading period, its knights fighting in a more disciplined fashion and wearing the red cross of martyrdom. 

At the same time the Order evolved the first international banking system.   Military failure in the Holy Land made the Order vulnerable to suppression in the early fourteenth century and since then the Templars have been the stuff of myth and legend.  The Temple’s association with legal history has always been strong; the church was a venue for drafting Magna Carta and the American constitution and became the centre of legal London by the 16th century.

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