With Luke Sital-Singh + Claire M Singer + London Contemporary Orchestra + Mara Carlyle + East London Brass + Union Chapel Singers
2017 is a very special year for Union Chapel, it marks 25 years of our venue and the 140th anniversary our building.
To celebrate this double anniversary we are planning a very special concert. We’ll strip back the Chapel to be just as it was when completed in 1877. No PA, no LED lighting, no stage, just a pulpit, pews and 100s of candles. And we’ll play host to a line-up of incredible artists, all with a history of wonderful performances here at Union Chapel.
Luke Sital-Singh: 'Union Chapel has had a somewhat mythic status for me for over a decade. Ever since I listened religiously to Damien Rice's Live from Union Chapel EP in 2007, through my time working there as a steward dreaming of being on the stage, and culminating earlier this year with my first Union Chapel headline show. The place will always mean a lot to me and I can't wait to be part of this very special night.'
'Time Is A Riddle’, is an album Sital-Singh was determined to make solely on his terms. No interference, no scheduling issues, nor elaborate musicianship, nothing big or brittle. Just care, and effort, and time well spent – values he shares with the Slow Movement to which he subscribes, and with the crafts people up and down the country with whom the musician has some special projects planned. It’s a lovely record of self-written songs, a crafted distillation of the ideas and tastes that have been percolating through Sital-Singh since he was a teenager in suburban southwest London, listening in awe to Damien Rice, since he was a rapt fan in the audience at a Ryan Adams gig in Brighton.
Claire M Singer: The work of Claire M Singer has been widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition, fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. Her debut album Solas was released on Touch in June 2016 to critical acclaim. She has worked at Union Chapel since 2012 as the Music Director of the 1877 Henry Willis Organ.
London Contemporary Orchestra: One of the UK’s most highly sought after interpreters of contemporary repertoire, the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) has established an unparalleled reputation within the British classical music scene since they were formed in 2008 by violist and conductor Robert Ames and conductor Hugh Brunt. They performed at Organ Reframed 2016 and are set to return for 2017.
East London Brass: East London Brass is one of London’s oldest brass bands, established in 1909. Under the baton of Jayne Murrill it takes part in competitions regularly throughout the UK and Europe. It remains true to its aim to bring accessible music to the public and is found frequently performing at local events including Union Chapel’s free screening of The Snowman at which it is pleased to perform at for the second consecutive year in December 2017.
Mara Carlyle: 'Union Chapel is my favourite place to hear and play music in the whole world. Singing in that beautiful space feels like coming home and I'm delighted and honoured to be performing at this anniversary celebration.
Mara Carlyle is one of the UK’s most original and exciting singer-songwriters to emerge in recent times. Her unique sound melds an eclectic range of musical influences that include choral music, folk, jazz, hip hop, electronica & R&B. Mara's innovative approach to songwriting once saw her dubbed ‘’the Missy Elliot of the classical world’ but aside from her own compositions, she is known for her inventive reworking of songs from every genre. Following the critical acclaim of her first two solo records ('The Lovely' and 'Floreat') she is currently finishing her third, and hoping not to buck the trend. Besides creating and performing her own music, Mara has worked as a musical director/arranger for artists as diverse as MF DOOM, James Lavelle, JUSTICE, Emiliana Torrini and the London Contemporary Orchestra. She is also sometimes to be found broadcasting on the radio, or DJing (whilst eating chips) at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.
Union Chapel Singers: Union Chapel’s friendly community choir was established in 2014. They have been growing ever since and are always open to new members. They meet on Mondays at Union Chapel and perform at a variety of the Chapel’s events including the famous candlelit carol concert every December. More info.
Plus more to be announced!