St. Mary’s Music Hall is a new and exciting music and cultural space with a 350 capacity in the heart ofWalthamstow. Situated in a working 12th century church (recent recipients of a £1.6m Heritage Lottery grant) the venue’s beautiful acoustic is complimented by a world class sound system. The program showcases the best in folk, jazz and contemporary musics through regular concerts, hosting such artists as Seckou Keita, Martha Tilston and Soweto Kinch. Alongside a large local audience, excellent transport links put this venue at the heart of the London music scene.
A rare opportunity to see internationally acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente perform in a duo format with his long-time pianist and collaborator Al Macsween performing music from across Omar's career including tracks from his latest CD 'Best Foot Forward'.
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!
Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).
Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in
the world of Irish traditional music. Accompanied by long-time collaborator and master guitarist Dennis Cahill, this promises to be a spectacular evening.
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).