St Mary's Music Hall Christmas Spectacular! Carols, shanties, Balkan tunes, minced pies and more! All for £8!
On Friday 15 December at 7.30pm, the St Mary’s Arts Collective - in partnership with a professional choir and with a collection of nine visual and performance artists from around London - will perform the traditional Nine Lessons & Carols service with a twist: not only will beautiful choral music be sung, but more exploratory works - from film to stand-up comedy - will compliment the songs (and replace the scripture readings), engaging with the Christmas story in unusual and creative ways. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your ticket for this unique one-time event as soon as possible. Tickets are free thanks to the generous support of Stow Brothers and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Soweto Kinch is a multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax Competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award as well as his own weekly BBC radio show.
Basco are a fiddle-scraping, box-belting, cittern-smacking folk/roots band with members from Denmark, Sweden and Australia. Basco really just want to tell you some stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels full of rosin dust and sweat, through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost.
Virtuoso Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef comes to St Mary's Music Hall. Her virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the qanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.
Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra has developed in terms of size and standard over the past few years under the baton of Michael Whittaker. They meet on a weekly basis to rehearse to study standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire including Symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Earlier this year they collaborated with WFMS tutors who are also professional musicians, musicians from the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama to perform Laura Rossi’s score accompanying the live screening of the 1916 Battle of the Somme film.
International Romani Day falls on 8th April, and at St. Mary’s we will be celebrating all things Romani culture on Friday 6th April. Featuring a host of internationally renowned musicians from Romani communities all around Europe. There will also be traditional Romani food, and talks and insights on Romani culture. This will be a joyous and vibrant celebration not to be missed!
Three Cane Whale is a multi-instrumental acoustic chamber-folk trio based in Bristol, UK. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).