900 Years of Music and Medicine

City Music Foundation


City Music Foundation




14 Jun 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Great Hall, Barts Heritage
Barts Heritage St. Bartholomew’s Hospital West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE

Hogarth’s Christ at the Pool of Bethesda

“Where the art of medicine is loved, there is also love for humanity”

A cabaret-style entertainment exploring a miscellany of connections between medical practice, doctors and music, and including three new commissions specially for this event which celebrates 900 years since the founding of Barts Hospital.

The evening, which will raise funds for City Music Foundation and Barts Heritage, will portray doctors both real and fictional and tell medical anecdotes through history with both gravity and humour. This musical anthology will be woven together into a unique narrative written by CMF Patron Simon Callow and performed by BBC Radio 3 presenter Donald Macleod. We will hear music from 16 CMF Artists.

The programme will include three new works – a fanfare, a song cycle and a work celebrating William Harvey – as well as music by Bach, Handel, Borodin, Cole Porter and Tom Lehrer among others.

Tickets £120 including wine at City Music Foundation.

Ticket price includes wine and canapés and includes a £30 donation which will be split between City Music Foundation and Barts Heritage. Tickets are being sold unreserved, but if you would like to sit with specific people or book a table for four people please contact City Music Foundation.


Donald Macleod narrator
Jerome Knox baritone

City Music Foundation Artists:

Connaught Brass
Claire Ward soprano
Ensemble Hesperi
Paddington Trio
Emmanuel Coppey violin
Alexander Soares piano
James Larter percussion


To include:

Kenneth Hesketh Fanfare for St Bartholomew (world premiere)
Derri Joseph Lewis 9 Songs for 900 Years (world premiere)
James Larter De Muto Cordis (world premiere)
Baroque music by Bach and Handel
Chamber music by Borodin
Opera arias
Songs by Cole Porter and Tom Lehrer