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A Field Day for Families: Spring and Easter Events 2013

News St Martin – Talking Points

Thursday 31 January 2013

A Field Day for Families: Spring and Easter Events 2013

Discover the delights of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square with family-friendly events, inspiring seasonal music, food and shopping taking place this spring and Easter.  For full details of Lent and Easter services, visit

Brass Rubbing

Unleash your creative potential with brass rubbing at St Martin-in-the-Fields.  Choose from a selection of replica brasses from simple dragons and unicorns ideal for children to fabulously costumed ladies, armoured knights and even Shakespeare. With specialist paper and a range of metallic waxes, you can create your own work of art with prices starting at £4.50.  While the children are busy creating their masterpieces, parents can browse through the Easter chocolates, cards and decorations and exclusive range of gifts for every occasion in the Shop at St Martin’s. 

Brass Rubbing Standard Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10.00am-6.00pm; Thursday-Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm and Sunday 11.30am-5.00pm

Easter Opening Hours:

28 March       Maundy Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm

29 March       Good Friday 10.00am – 8.00pm

30 March       Saturday 10.00am – 7.00pm

31 March       Easter Day 11.30am – 5.00pm

1 April            Easter Monday 11.00am – 8.00pm

The Shop is open for one hour after the last brass rubbing.


St Martin’s concert programme is world-renowned with free lunchtime concerts and ticketed evening concerts throughout the week.  Spring and Easter highlights include:

Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Bach St John Passion

JS Bach’s magnificent St John Passion performed by the Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge and Thames Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Keith Marshall .

Tickets £8-£25

Saturday 23 March 4.30-5.30pm

Mini Maestro Family Concert: Mozart ‘Jupiter’ Symphony

Find out why Mozart’s last symphony was nicknamed ‘Jupiter’ and explore the pomp and majesty of this ‘king of symphonies. Conducted and presented by John Landor and performed by the London Musical Arts Orchestra

Tickets £8.50 adults and £6.50 under 16s

Additional Mini Maestro concerts take place on 26 January – Vivaldi Four Seasons  and 23 February –  Beethoven 7th Symphony and Ode to Joy.

Mozart ‘Jupiter’ Symphony 7.30pm

Following on from the afternoon family concert there is a full musical programme in the evening featuring the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony and other works performed by London Musical Arts and conducted by John Landor.

Tickets £8-£28

Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm

Fauré Requiem for Holy Week

Fauré’s magnificent requiem and other seasonal music will be performed by Vivamus, conducted by Rufus Frowde   

Tickets £8-£24

Wednesday 27 March 8.00pm

Jazz Night in the Cafe in the Crypt with

TJ Johnson’s Bourbon Kick

Enjoy fantastic Dixieland blues and gospel with a sizzling hot curry.

Jazz Tickets £9 (reserved seating) £5.50 (unreserved). Jazz curry and beer £10.

Friday 29 March  

Allegri Miserere for Good Friday 6.00-7.00pm

The New London Singers, under the baton of Ivor Setterfield, perform Allegri Miserere and other seasonal works by Rutter, Weelkes, Tavener and Macmillan.

Ticket £10-£22

Mozart Requiem 8.00pm

Mozart’s eternal Requiem, Ave verum corpus and Piano Concerto No 23 performed by the New London Singers, Trafalgar Sinfonia with Chris Lee, pianist and Ivor Setterfield, conductor.

Tickets £8-£28

Free Lunchtime Concerts

Since 1949 St Martin’s has been committed to the discovery, nurture and promotion of new and emerging talent through the Lunchtime Concert Series.  These free concerts take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 1.00pm (excluding Good Friday on 29 March) and feature international musicians performing a range of classical repertoire from the Baroque to world premieres.  The lunchtime concerts are a great way for the whole family to enjoy classical music and why not treat yourselves to lunch in the Café in the Crypt before or after the concert. 

Ticketed evening concerts also take place regularly on some Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm.  Jazz Nights in the Café in the Crypt are on Wednesdays at 8.00pm.

The Café in the Crypt

For families looking for a Central London eatery that is reasonably priced and child-friendly, look no further than St Martin’s very own Cafe in the Crypt, winner of the Les Routiers UK Café of the Year 2012. Located downstairs underneath beautiful Georgian brick-vaulted ceilings, the atmosphere is warm and inviting with plenty of space between the tables for buggies and accessible baby changing facilities.  There is a wide variety of food on offer all of which you can see in our buffet servery.   Choose from salads and hot meat and vegetarian main courses.   Everything is cooked using the highest quality and freshest ingredients sourced from local and UK based suppliers.  Menus change daily but always include a selection of classics including our famous apple crumble served with custard. 

Café in the Crypt Standard Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday 8.00am-8.00pm, Wednesday 8.00am-10.00pm (Café open to Jazz Night ticket holders only from 6.30pm on Wednesdays) Thurs-Sat 8.00am-9.00pm and Sun 11am-6.00pm. 

Easter Opening Hours:

28 March       Maundy Thursday 8.00am – 5.00pm

29 March       Good Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm

30 March       Saturday 10.00am – 7.00pm

31 March       Easter Day 11.30am – 5.00pm

1 April            Easter Monday 11.00am – 8.00pm

For further information and concert tickets visit or telephone 020 7766 1100.  To shop online visit