11.00 - 11.30 am Meet for coffee and 'social' downstairs in the coffee lounge on the Tattersall Boat moored near Embankment. Look out for a 'MeetUp' sign or ask bar staff for Joe.
11.30 am Gentle stroll along the river and then into Somerset House to view the first solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé.
Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.
The exhibition presents 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s.
Accompanying the photographs, a gallery soundtrack will recreate the spirit and soul of the nightclubs Sidibé frequented every weekend and the party atmosphere of his own Studio Malick. Curated by DJ, presenter and African music expert Rita Ray, the soundtrack features an eclectic mix of music which would have accompanied Sidibé’s photoshoots, from British and American rock ‘n’ roll and pop songs to Malian roots music.
12.30 pm Continue stroll up through Middle Temple and into Temple Church...
The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders’ world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
13.15 pm Organ Recital in one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London.
George Inscoe - Organ (a magnificent, newly restored, 4-manual Harrison & Harrison organ)
14.00 pm Lunch together...
Host: Joe [masked]