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Songs of Home

During the first Covid-19 lockdown in Spring, when we had to cancel our planned live events, renowned Mezzo Soprano Patricia Hammond and her musical partner Matt Redman recorded a series of vintage songs on the theme of ‘home’ from the beautiful surroundings of St Mellitus Church in North London’s Stroud Green.

Many of us have been at home, missing and in some cases mourning the loss of friends and family.  The theme is particularly poignant in the context of St Mellitus, home to the unique Hunter First World War Memorial Organ, which commemorates the men from the parish who went to fight in the war, many of whom never came home.

It was incredibly poignant for us to perform songs about coming home in an empty church at this time, thinking of a hundred years ago when the world was devastated by deadly influenza and people mourned the fallen. We’ve spent four years commemorating the First World War, but never seen a memorial to those who returned.
Patricia Hammond.

The songs are available below or on the St Mellitus Organ Restoration Project’s YouTube Channel

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Organ restoration

Watch a time lapse of the decorative pipes being installed, as the organ restoration nears its completion.

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