Union Chapel Anniversary Concert
+ Luke Sital-Singh + Arthur Jeffes (of Penguin Cafe) and friends + Claire M Singer + London Contemporary Orchestra + Mara Carlyle + Boe Huntress + East London Brass + Union Chapel Singers
£10 | £8 UC Members adv + bf
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All times are subject to change on the night
18:00 - Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open
18:45 - Concert starts
22:00 - Expected finish
Union Chapel Bar open after the show.
Margins Cafe serves hot homemade food. It is open to all ticket holders when doors open at 18:00.
On the Menu at Margins Cafe:
Organic Cinnamon, Mustard Chicken with Sweet Potato and Peppers
Spinach, Sweet Potato & Lentil Dhal (v)
Aubergine and Goat Cheese Quiche
Bacon, Leek and Cheddar Quiche
Beetroot, Feta and Thyme Tart
Glazed French Apricot & Almost Tart with Cream
Find out more about Margins Cafe & their food
There's lots of useful information in the Visiting section of our website.
As our venue is entirely seated and seating is unreserved it is best to arrive early.
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.
Just announced! Arthur Jeffes (of Penguin Cafe) and friends: Arthur William Phoenix Young Jeffes (born 21 July 1978, London) is an English composer, producer, musician and arctic explorer. In 2007, Jeffes brought together the original members of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the band founded by Arthur's father, for a set of memorial concerts at Union Chapel to mark ten years since his father’s death. Encouraged by the public’s response to the concerts, Jeffes decided to his father’s music alive and add to the mythology behind the band. He founded the Penguin Cafe with a brand new line-up, including Cass Browne of Gorillaz, Neil Codling of Suede, Oli Langford of Florence and the Machine and Darren Berry of Razorlight. 2017 sees the release of the third Penguin Cafe Album ‘The Imperfect Sea’ on the acclaimed label Erased Tapes.
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.'
Luke Sital-Singh has toured extensively this year throughout Europe and the UK in promotion of his sophomore album, Time Is A Riddle, which was met with critical acclaim. His UK tour climaxed with his first capacity crowd show at the Union Chapel. To coincide with the Chapel’s double anniversary Luke Sital-Singh is releasing his first live album, Live At The Union Chapel, recorded that night. It’ll be available digitally and in a very limited edition CD with Letterpress & Linocut artwork.
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. In June 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards from the PRS Foundation and New BBC Radiophonic Workshop for her innovation in sound and music. 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 song writing 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.
Boe Huntress: Boe Huntress is a singer songwriter in the folk tradition who draws on wide ranging influences. She has performed live on Bob Harris' BBC Radio 2 show, featured in the Guardian, the Independent, on BBC 6 Music as well as Charlie Brooker's BBC4 program Gameswipe. She plays both solo and with an all female band and will be releasing a debut EP in 2018. She also works for Union Chapel Church two days a week putting on cultural and creative events. www.soundcloud.com/boehuntress
Bill Thompson: A Knowing Space is an installation that was specially commissioned for Organ Reframed 2016. It explores the idea of resonance and features our organ recorded from different vantage points within Union Chapel.
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 events including the Chapel’s famous candlelit carol concert.
Union Chapel Church: Union Chapel is still a working church that explores ideas, spirituality, personal and social concerns as a creative, progressive Christian congregation. The spiritual nature of the space is one of the things that makes it such a special venue. When the Chapel was built in 1877 it was known for the musicality of its Sunday services. To mark the 140th anniversary of the building today’s minister will lead the ‘congregation’ in song once more.
The Margins Project: Margins works with people who face homelessness, isolation and crisis. Works created by their established art group will be on display and available to purchase on the night. Wonderful food will be available from Margins Café, prepared by trainees on Margins’ Supported Employment Programme which helps people get back into work.
The InFinnity Project was established to celebrate the life and art of Finn Clark who tragically suffered mental illness. It seeks to use the visual arts to help adults suffering mental health issues and has set three themes based on a work by Finn – Rider on the Wheel, which was inspired by the Nick Drake song. The 2017 themes are Bridges, Reflections and Shadows. The deadline for submissions is 30th September. Three submissions will be printed into cards to be sold in aid of Rethink Mental Illness. Sarah Clark and Ian Callaghan will be at the Union Chapel on 16th September selling cards by Finn Clark in aid of Rethink Mental Illness.
More info at: www.theinfinnityproject.uk Cards for sale at www.clarkcards.co.uk
As the sun sets and the Chapel darkens we’ll enjoy incredible music in an utterly unique, stripped back, intimate setting.