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July 10 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Love and Survival

An inspired array of musical performance from a collection of local musicians, including original compositions The Birds by Tamara Douglas-Morris; Full of Beauty, a Cello & Accordion duet written by Martina Schwarz and performed by Christopher Allan & Martina Schwarz; and songs from both the Hackney Song Works and the Boiler House Singers, plus the occasional sea shanty …  

At the Old Church, Stoke Newimgton

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Martina SchwarzMartina Schwarz (accordion) is a musician, composer, performer, and choir leader and loves living in Stokey. She has been commissioned to write and perform music for theatre, film and dance as well as for community, health and educational settings and loves the variety of her work. Her compositions have mainly been heard in productions she has been involved in as a musician and performer, amongst others : the Arcola Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Laban Theatre, Lilian Baylis Theatre, the Place, the Little Angel Theatre (online), the Grant Museum (UCL), Spitalfield Festival and RADA. www.martinaschwarz.net
Christopher AllanAfter graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Christopher Allan joined the acclaimed contemporary group the gogmagogs. He was solo cellist with the Mike Westbrooke company and has collaborated with numerous creators, including John Tavener, Django Bates, Stephen Warbeck, Errollyn Wallen, Hofesh Shechter and Paul Clark. Recent projects include Here All Night, a music in Beckett collaboration with Gare St Lazaire Ireland ("White Light Festival" Lincoln Centre, Boston, London, Dublin). Christopher plays with a number of chamber groups, chamber orchestras and contemporary music groups. He has lived in Hackney for more than a quarter of a century - he plays a William Forster cello built in London in 1800.
The Boiler House SingersThe Boiler House Singers have been running since 2012, singing a range of repertoire, including pop, country and classical. They perform several concerts a year, always enjoyable occasions, featuring musician friends and audience singalongs. As well as its regular Christmas and Summer local concerts, BHS have sung at events including Sing Up South Bank; York Rise Street Festival; Hackney Mayor’s Concert and Stoke Newington Literary Festival. The choir also leads a very popular annual Christmas singalong at Dalston Curve Garden. In 2019 it performed in the Tower Theatre's King Charles III, with music by composer Tara Creme, the choir’s musical director.
Hackney Song Works Community Choir Hackney Song Works Community Choir has been led by Martina Schwarz since 2013. Although zoom hasn’t been their preferred platform, it did inspire some collaborative song writing! They sing a varied repertoire of folk/world and pop songs and have performed in local events at Abney Park Chapel and the farmers market, also further afield at Kings Cross station. The choir loves being part of bigger events and performs most years within the mass choir “Sing for Water” as part of the Thames Festival. They also sang Jocelyn Pook’s vocal score for 200 singers in the wonderful production Memorial at the Barbican in 2017. martinaschwarz.net/choir/
Wheelchair Users

If you are a wheelchair user, please book via telephone (020 7353 1700) or email the office at least one week in advance to book a wheelchair seat so we can make arrangements to accommodate you. One carer per wheelchair user may attend at no cost if booked at the same time.
Covid Security

We have procedures in place to make your visit Covid-safe and we have obtained See it Safely and Good to Go certifications.

We also ask you to help us keep the venue safe by:

  • Not entering the building if you have any Covid symptoms

  • Letting us take your temperature. If it is raised we won’t be able to let you and your party enter and will refund your ticket

  • Checking in to the building using the NHS Covid App and QR code or leaving your name and contact details.

  • Wearing a mask when in the building unless you are exempt or while drinking

  • Following the direction of stewards while queuing, taking your seats and leaving the building

  • Washing your hands / using hand sanitiser provided

  • Maintaining a social distance from people not in your party

Full details of the measures we have taken to make your visit safe can be found here.

These measures are subject to change.

Church Street Stoke Newington
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