Live concert program for the Stroud Green Music Festival 2021

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The annual Stroud Green Music Festival is back with an outdoor concert in July and two “mini festivals” in the fall.

Following a virtual festival last year, live events will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Granville Road and St Mellitus in Tollington Park. An outdoor “pre-festival” event in Holy Trinity Garden on July 18 sees Mezzo Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman perform the best-selling songs of the summer of 1941.

Based on sales figures from 80 years ago, they share tunes played in homes and hotels including: Amapola, Waltzing in the Clouds, When They Sound the Last All-Clear, Sand in my Shoes, Room 504, The King is Still in London, I Have Sixpence and Apple Blossom Time.


Mezzo Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman perform the best-selling songs of the summer of 1941 as part of the Stroud Green Music Festival
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“I am so delighted that we can finally bring live music to Stroud Green in a safe way in the beautiful setting of the Garden of Holy Trinity Stroud Green,” said Clare Norburn, Artistic Director of Crouch End.

“There is room for 30 people to sit in the beautiful garden, with a naturally elevated ‘stage’ and the side of the church offers a sort of natural amphitheater. There is no traffic and the acoustic sound is wonderful. We are especially thrilled to welcome festival favorites Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman, who have put together a program of popular acts from exactly 80 years ago this summer. So come join us in “party time!” like in 1941 “- in a socially distanced bubble, of course!


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Since its launch in 2014, the festival has grown into North London’s most original and convivial celebration of performance and acoustic music, including classical, jazz, folk, world and ancient music.

On September 3, soprano and composer Frances M Lynch and Electric Voice Theater collaborate with the Acapella Quartet to present Working from Home, inspiring stories of women composers, writers and scientists from centuries past through the music, tales and poetry of Imogen Holst, Mary Maxwell Campbell. , Ethel Smyth, Eliza Flower, Margaret Cavendish, Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones, Marie Dare and Frances M Lynch.

Also in September, Hammond and Redman return with Opera on Unusual Instruments performed on Redman’s century-old collection of mandolins, banjos, guitars and accordion as Hammond sings familiar numbers from La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Louise, Samson and Delilah, Merry Widow and G&S.

And in October, the Norburn band and the festival’s resident ensemble The Telling perform Vision, their acclaimed fantasy of the testimony of medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen. They also develop I, Spie, a new concert / play following the spy and Elizabethan composer John Dowland.

Also on the program, organist Marion Bettsworth playing the newly restored organ at St Mellitus, folk trio Davies & Daughters at Holy Trinity, and Hammond and Norburn join forces to perform a score of female composers.

Tickets for the best-selling songs of 1941 are £ 18 at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stroud-green-festival-2021-folk-early-classical-music-theatre-more-tickets -161072077921


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