Windsor Guildhall

The Windsor Guildhall is the town hall of the town of Windsor, in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated in the High Street, about 100 metres from Castle Hill, which leads to the main public entrance to Windsor Castle, it is a Grade I listed building. A deed of 1369, now in the possession of Eton College, refers to the "gildaule", a charter of 1439 states that "pleas happening in the said borough...shall be pleaded and holden in the guildhall there, before the mayor and bailiffs for the time being". Norden's map of 1607 shows a market house in the location of the present guildhall: the main part of it is raised on wooden pillars to allow the space beneath to be used as a covered corn market; the erection of the present guildhall was begun in 1687, under the direction of Sir Thomas Fitz but the story is that on his death in 1689, the task was taken over by Sir Christopher Wren. It was completed at a cost of £2687 - 1s - 6d; the new building was supported like its predecessor. This allowed for corn markets to be held in the covered area.

It has been told for many years that Wren was asked to insert additional columns to support the weight of the heavy building above. However, there is little evidence that Wren was involved with the design or construction of the Guildhall, it is now believed that the story grew out of Wren's connections with Windsor along with the actions of his son called Christopher Wren. The junior Wren served as a Member of Parliament for Windsor and commissioned the statue of Prince George of Denmark in 1713 on the south end of the building with his name was engraved underneath; the pillars were moved into the corn market from the east side when the extension was added in 1829. The gaps at the top of the pillars are now filled with tiles smaller than the capitals. A statue of Queen Anne was commissioned by the Council in 1708 on the north side of the building; the 1829 extension was a two-storey building at the back of the existing hall, designed by James Bedborough. Major restorations of the building were undertaken in 1851, following its use as a food office during the Second World War, again in 1950–51.

The restored building was reopened during the Festival of Britain by Princess Elizabeth. The guildhall was a facility for dispensing justice and Quarter Sessions were held there until 1971. Since the formation of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 1974, the guildhall has been used by the borough council for ceremonies and committee meetings. On 9 April 2005, it was the scene of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and on 21 December 2005, it hosted one of the first same sex civil partnership ceremonies to be held in England, that of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. On 12 March 2011, the new Windsor and Royal Borough Museum was opened in the Guildhall by the Queen. Guild Guildhall

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Ras

The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul known as Church of St Peter or Peter's Church is a Serbian Orthodox church, the oldest intact church in Serbia and one of the oldest ones in the region, situated on a hill of Ras, the medieval capital of the Serbian Grand Principality, in Novi Pazar, Serbia. It is part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was founded in the 4th century during Roman rule, while additions were made in the 7th and 9th centuries, after which it served as the ecclesiastical seat of the Serbian church, as the baptismal church and state council site of the Nemanjić dynasty, until the last years of the 12th century. It is dedicated to Saints Paul; the exact date of founding is unknown. Excavations on the site have unearthed Greek sculptures and Black-figure pottery dating to 7th and 6th century BC, as well as a 5th-century BC princely grave, underneath the floor of the church in 1957–58; the findings are presently in Belgrade. Roman and medieval Slavic tombs surround the church.

The present church has been built on several earlier churches of which remains have been well preserved. The foundation of the church, the massive columns, ground-plan and the octagonal tower which conceals an inner cupola are examples of the circular mausoleal architectural type used after Emperor Constantine. Archaeological findings point that the church has been rebuilt several times in history, beginning in the 4th century, with notable additions made in the 7th century; the architectural style resembles that of early churches in Pomorje, Armenia and Italy, dated to between the 7th and 9th centuries. The first Serbian bishopric was founded at the political center at Ras, near modern Novi Pazar on the Ibar river. Ras itself originates from ancient Arsa, it is mentioned as a Serbian town in Constantine VII's De Administrando Imperio; the initial ecclesiastical affiliation is uncertain, it was subordinate to either Split or Durazzo, both Byzantine. The church served as seat of the Serbian eparchy, as the rotunda plan is characteristic of first court chapels.

The bishopric was established shortly after 871, during the rule of Prince Mutimir, was part of the general plan of establishing bishoprics in the Slav lands of the Empire, confirmed by the Council of Constantinople in 879-880. The Eparchy of Braničevo was founded in 878. Prince Petar, was entombed in the church. Christianity was spreading in his time. Prince Časlav may have added the frescoes. Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes recognized the Ras region as being the "focus of the Serbian lands", amid his annexation of the region; the Eparchy of Ras was organized into the newly established Archbishopric of Ohrid, amid the renewed annexation of the region, as part of a wider Byzantine-Slavic Orthodox area. In the chrysobulls of Emperor Basil II, dated 1020, the Eparchy of Ras is mentioned as serving the whole of Serbia, confirming the church as ecclesiastical seat. Sometime before 1163, Stefan Nemanja only a Prince, was baptized in the church. In 1166, Stefan Nemanja acquired the throne of Serbia with the title of Grand Prince.

He was married in the church. Stefan Nemanja held the council. Rastko left Serbia in 1192 for Mount Athos, where he took monastic was given the name Sava. Stefan Nemanja abdicated in 1195, crowning Stefan Nemanjić at the Church of Peter joined his son Sava on Mount Athos; the father and son soon asked the Holy Community for the establishment of the Serbian religious base at the abandoned Hilandar, which they renovated, marking the beginning of cultural prospering. The ancient cell of Helandaris was donated by Emperor Alexios III Angelos "to the Serbs as an eternal gift..." and Stefan Nemanja establishes and endows the monastery in 1198. Nemanja died at Hilandar in 1199. Henceforth, the Church of Peter ends its service as the seat of the Serbian church. Sava crowned his brother Stefan as "King of Serbia" in 1217. Upon returning to Mount Athos, Sava is consecrated as the first Archbishop of the Serbian church, given autocephaly by Patriarch Manuel I of Constantinople, in 1219, the same year he published the first constitution in SerbiaSt. Sava's Nomocanon.

After the Nemanjić era, not much is mentioned about the church. The church frescoes date to the 10th, 12th and 13th centuries, while some frescoes were repainted in the mid-13th century. After the Ottoman conquest in 1455, the church was not abandoned and is referenced throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1690, the Church is abandoned and the region is depopulated amid Ottoman atrocities in Kosovo, amid the Great Turkish War in which Serb rebels fought on the side of the Holy League. Patriarch Arsenije III Čarnojević leads tens of thousands of Serb families to the Christian north. Metropolitan Arsenije IV Jovanović Šakabenta restored the church in 1728. D

Richie Rome

Richie Rome is an American producer and orchestra conductor known for work during the 1970s. He was born in Philadelphia, United States. Richie Rome began his career composing arrangements in the 1960s, with, as one of his earliest professional works, a medley of "Green Apples" and "Something" by The O'Jays (from their Neptune album The O'Jays in Philadelphia, he was the arranger for Inez and Charlie Foxx on their hit "Mockingbird" which reached the US Top 10 in 1963. In collaboration with, as arranger for, producer Jacques Morali, Rome established the disco recording group The Ritchie Family in 1975, whose albums include Brazil, Arabian Nights, Life Is Music. Rome's signature style is marked by lush orchestrations, interweaving multidimensional horns and strings to accentuate the sensuality of the compositions, his various other projects include Jimmy Ruffin's "Fallin' in Love with You", The Sweet Inspirations' "Black Sunday", The Chi-Lites' "My First Mistake", Flower's "Midnight Dancing", "Now", "Our Never-Ending Love", and, in collaboration with Phil Hurtt, Stanley Turrentine's "Disco Dancing" and Phil Hurtt's "Giving It Back".

He worked with various musical artists in the recording industry, such as the Ritchie Family, Mike Douglas, Vic Damone. Three Degrees, Bobby Scott, Florence Henderson Leslie Uggams. Jane Olivor, The Tymes. Pixanne, Patti LaBelle, Frankie Avalon, Lovin' Spoonful, Stanley Turrentine, Tony Orlando, Barbara McNair, Richard Hatch and others, he was a musical arranger or conductor of television programs highlighting musical artists and some movie music scoring. Whitburn, Joel: Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums 1955-1992, Record Research Inc, 1993, ISBN 978-0-89820-093-5, p. 624 Shapiro, Peter: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, Faber & Faber, 2003, ISBN 978-0-86547-952-4, p. 223 Richie Rome discography at Discogs