At the Old Church

Hello, and welcome to our July newsletter. Summer is a very busy time for us at The Old Church as it is festival season! Already in June we had the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, celebrating its 10th year, and we were also involved in the eighth annual Creativity and Wellbeing Week, raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Thanks to all who came out to support those events!

Looking to July, we are pleased to be hosting the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival, now in its 25th year, as well as lots of other exciting events. This year sees the return of Science Camp, and our Open Day, on the second Saturday of every month, is becoming jam-packed with family-friendly fun. This month is Sandbrook Nursery’s Summer Fete with crafts, pre-owned stalls, face-painting and live music.

As many of you will know, Marion Chadwick has stepped down from her role as Venue Manager. Although she will be greatly missed for all her hard work and dedication to The Old Church, she assures us she will return as a volunteer later in the year. We are pleased to welcome Stephen Mooney as the new Venue Manager, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

Get ready to enjoy the sounds of summer and we hope to see you soon.

Richard Frost
Community Arts Programme Manager

What’s on >>
July calendar

Tuesday 2 July | Tots Gigs | a cappella morning gig for parents

Tuesday 2 July | Consone Quartet | string quartets by Boccherini, Haydn & Mendelssohn

Wednesday 3 July | The Earlye Birds | 5-part a cappella group performing renaissance music

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July | Chaps Choir | male choir plus support from Scottish Singer-songwriter Adam Beattie

Wednesday 10 July | Soavi Concenti | 17-century Italian music

Thursday 11 July | Freya Ward + Friends | acoustic music from some of the hottest rising singer-songwriters

Friday 12 July | Newe Vialles | consort music for viols

Saturday 13 July | Summer Fete | free family fun day

Sunday 14 July | Nicholas Mulroy with Stokey Baroque | internationally renowned tenor sings music by Purcell

Friday 26 July | Joanna Eden and Rodney Branigan | guitarist with “outstanding showmanship” (BBC Radio 2)

What’s on >>
Stoke Newington Early Music Festival
30 May – 14 JulyThis is the 25th year of the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival! Come and celebrate their Silver Jubilee by getting tickets to one of their eight concerts in The Old Church or Ribbons & Taylor. Tickets are £15 per concert (children free when accompanied by an adult). Full-time students can get tickets for £5, and there is a season offer of eight concerts for the price of five.
Choral evensong

3rd Sunday of every month, 6.30pm

St Mary’s Church has started choral evensong on the third Sunday of every month here at The Old Church. The next one is on 21st July at 6.30pm and all are welcome.

On elsewhere: our recommendations

LGBTQ+ Comedy Fundraiser
Wednesday 3 July, Poplar Union
It’s Pride Month in London and Poplar Union are putting on a night of raucous comedy from some of London’s finest LGBTQ+ comedians to raise money for ELOP; an East London based LGBTQ+ health and support charity.

E15 Jazz Sessions: Cameron Pierre Trio
Friday 19 July, Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Internationally renowned jazz musician Cameron Pierre returns to Stratford Circus Arts Centre with his a warm, dexterous sound, dubbed “suave, chunky and very moreish” by Jazzwise.

Shubbak Festival 
Friday 28 June – Sunday 14 July, Rich Mix
London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Now in its fifth edition, Shubbak connects London audiences and communities with current Arab culture through ambitious festival programmes of premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.

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