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This bellissima house

Simona Tocca on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm wrote: It would be really a shame not to save a house with such a history. Please save this bellissima house. Simona Tocco

Message from music director in Alabama

Dr Stephen Schaeffer on December 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm wrote: I join those who have already signed this petition to save this historical structure for the future. To often we “tear down rather than build up” and this venue has certainly garnered the history to keep it rather than discard it. Dr Stephen Schaeffer, Director of Music and Organist Emeritus, The Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Magical acoustic properties

Elizabeth Arbuthnot on December 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm wrote: It is a really important building, and its acoustic properties are magical, as is obvious from the quotes on the home page. I live in Edith Grove and have seen it and heard the harpsichord and the piano there. The tone was very special. How soon can it be listed? What more can we do to preserve it?

Former pupil writes

Jane D’Angelo on December 25, 2012 at 1:46 writes: I have had the previlige of knowing Nich Lane as a teacher and friend for many years. He wrote the Magnificat in the Advent Evening for me to sing and I have always loved it. I hope very much that he can save 19a and that people will come forward to help. God Bless you Nich may 2013 bring you health happiness.
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A very special building full of musical history

Dr Swee Ang on December 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm wrote: This is a very special building full of musical history. Please encourage your friends to support its preservation as a heritage building for future generations. Please ask as many people to sign the petition as possible. Dr Swee
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If this building were in Canada

Maurice Billingsley on December 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm wrote: If this building were in Canada it would be preserved as an important heritage for future generations, no questions asked.

This sort of tiny charismatic building is what gives Chelsea its unique personality

Andrew Scadding on 29 December 2012 16:58, wrote: Your message: It is this sort of tiny but charismatic building which gives Chelsea its unique personality. Lose this and you lose what makes Chelsea special. Lose this and you show you have not understood what Chelsea is about.

 A hidden gem

Graham Rankin on 30 December, 2012 at 10:00 am wrote: 19a Edith Grove, Chelsea is a hidden gem of national and international musical importance but is in critical danger of annihilation despite the long-standing heroic efforts of resident Nicholas Lane who has lived there for nearly 50 years. The building has been a focus for creative talent and excellence for over 100 years, acting as a magnet to some of the greatest creative musicians who ever lived. Nicholas, who has every right to continued residency, is fighting unsympathetic officialdom in a “David and Goliath” manner to save both the building and his home. It is urgently vital for the community to wake up and recognise the significance of the current unsatisfactory state of affairs and help a man whose value to the community is huge, both as a brilliant composer and performer as well as a much loved and capable teacher. A more ideal or deserving curator for this historic building could not be found.
Message from Washington DC, USA

Susan Jensen on 5 January, 2013  at 08:00 am wrote:  Such a lovely place.  Why destroy it?

susjensen@aol.com
washington dc
usa

Happy to support a good cause
Belinda Briones on 15 January 2013 at 21.35 pm writes: So happy to sign a petition for such a good cause!Belinda Briones
belinda.briones@gmail.com
19 Mercer Street
Music student eager to visit
Anja Kucharska on 25 January 2013 at 18.46 pm writes: I was so interested to read about this studio where so many Polish composers practiced their works. As a  music student myself I was thrilled to discover that such a place existed and if it was opened to the public I would most certainly visit.  Anja Kucharska, Krakow, Poland.
We should treasure a building like this
David Teleman on 3 February 2013 at 08.12 am writes: I wish you well with this restoration project. We should treasure a building like this.
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We must follow other examples, like Paris, of helping Artisans live  in unique premises

Ian Maxted on December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm 
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 We must follow other examples, like Paris, of helping Artisans to live  in unique premises against the commercial pressures that threaten to remove such exceptional creative artists and composers and condemn the area to uniform blandness. This petition ticks all the boxes for preserving the home of Nicholas Lane, the well known composer.  It is such an exceptional, and historic Studio premises, part of the rich character of London.

Other countries might tear down their heritage and history. This is GREAT Britain and England’s green and pleasant land.

Stephen Bennett on December 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm wrote: Other countries might tear down their heritage and history. This is GREAT Britain and England’s green and pleasant land. Is life just about fear and greed, thanks to banksters and money?

We MUST protect the actual fabric of our heritage for our children, our children’s children and for future posterity. Please preserve this architectural and social, artistic, and truly international spirit of place. Bring it back into the land of the living. Make it a public landmark, a monument to the greatness of not only Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham and London but of the nation and the entire world. Tourism is an important engine of local economy and the history and events associated with this truly respected place and house can only be of benefit to everyone, not just the money-people.

This is NOT a Brave New World; it occupys a place in time, space and the beating heart of humanity. With just a little amount of imagination and community spirit and service, you/we may bring culture and art, music and humanity back to this address, and in so doing, ensure the popularity of this location to all humankind. There can never be too much culture, art, creativity, imagination or humanity. Music is the mother of all the arts. Let us honour her, not tear her down and destroy her.
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Simon Callow is the voice of Scrooge in a new production of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol opening at the Puppet Theatre in Little Venice, Maida Vale on 27 December. Nicholas Lane wrote and recorded the music for this imaginative and original adaptation by Juliet Rogers and Gren Middleton which was first performed in 2008.

Nich’s little second cousin Laurence Cummins is the treble soloist in God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, on which theme Nich based the opening prelude music.

For more information see: www.puppetbarge.com.

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An Advent Evening will take place at Corpus Christi’s Church in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden at 7.30pm this Thursday, 20 December with the Christmas story told in music and words, directed and accompanied by Nicholas Lane. Perfomers will include medieval music specialist Mary Remnant, sopranos Breda McKinney and Kathleen Garner, baritone Nicholas Moodie,  James Preston, tenor), and violinist Megumi Rolfe. Actors Damien Sordello, Ivanhoe Norona, Martin King and Jane Spencer Prior will read extracts from the Wakefield Mystery and other texts.The evening will begin in ancient Rome with the prophesy of the Sibyl to Augustus, foretelling the coming of Christ. Mary Remnant will sing an ancient hymn with a 12th Century Organistrum, copied from the Portico de la Gloria of Santiago Cathedral. There will be pieces by the Elizabethan composer and virtuoso keyboard player, Peter Philips (1560-1628) a recusant who fled England to Flanders, settling in Rome because of his Catholic faith. He was organist of the English Jesuit College.

The Advent Evenings which began in 1995, are the inspiration of Jane A D’Angelo, a singer and parishioner at Holy Apostles, Pimlico. Nicholas Lane composed the Magnificat for Jane. It will be sung on Thursday evening by Breda McKinney, who is also Director of Music at St Patrick’s Soho.

There will be refreshments after the service. Admission is free but there will be a collection for the Corpus Christi Restoration Fund.

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So many artists’ houses and studios in Chelsea were destroyed by the Blitz, this one is a little gem and must be saved.

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The official petition has been started tonight, 9 December. In the coming days we are going to start promoting it.

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