MayFest

New for 2022, ahead of the main July festival, we're celebrating the month of the Troubadour with a May-themed mini-festival during the last weekend of May. All of the main events will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green: mostly in the gardens if the weather allows, otherwise either in the church or church hall. See specific events for more details.

 
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An exciting group of brilliant musicians have teamed up to fundraise in aid of Ukraine.


This special concert consists of Slavic music including Bulgarian music, Romanian Dances by Bartok, arias by Handel.

100% of ticket income will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Click here for more details about the appeal.

Clare Norburn, Patricia Hammond, Alex Romano, Boyan Ivanov, William Summers, Andrea Kmecova

Fundraising Concert in aid of Ukraine

 

Thu 26 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Holy Trinity Church

Clare Norburn soprano
Patricia Hammond mezzo
Alex Romano counter-tenor
Boyan Ivanov clarinet
William Summers flute and more
Andrea Kmecova keyboard

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Ahead of The Telling's concert, join singer Clare Norbun to learn to sing a few May-themed numbers from their performance, accompanied by harpist Jean Kelly.

The Telling

Singing Workshop

 

Fri 27 May, 5pm - 6pm

Holy Trinity Church

Clare Norburn soprano

Jean Kelly harp

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Soprano Clare Norburn and harpist Jean Kelly of early music ensemble The Telling perform songs celebrating May by troubadours and trouvères, and folk song.

The Telling

The May Songs

 

Fri 27 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Holy Trinity Gardens (or Hall if wet)

Clare Norburn soprano

Jean Kelly harp

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This community choir is based locally at the Mind Centre in Stapleton Hall Road. The choir has been singing together for the past few years, and its sound reflects the friendship and togetherness that comes from singing every week - even during Lockdown! Camilo Menjura, originally from Colombia, has been leading the group covering a wide range of songs and exploring a variety of styles, grooves and harmonies. The choir will perform five songs to celebrate Mayfest, its first public performance since 2020.

Stapleton Singers

Sat 28 May, 8pm - 8.20pm

Holy Trinity Gardens (or Church if wet)

Stapleton Singers 

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Conceived during lockdown, Whistlebow combines Tudor, jazz and folk performed by three divergent yet connected musicians: Patricia Hammond carrying her own brand of narrative folk songs, dramatic Medievalism and Deep Parlour; Will Summers combining Light Baroque with 70s Telly and still trying to make Henry VIII laugh with pixie flute and bass crumhorn; and Rupert Gillett bringing the contours of jazz standards to bear on Trad Folk, with piquant notes of  Britten as an aftertaste.

*Please note: Stephen Carpenter will be standing in for Rupert Gillett for this performance

Whistlebow

Lambs, Logs & Larks in Love

 

Sat 28 May, 8.45pm - 9.45pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall

Whistlebow:

Patricia Hammond voice

Will Summers flute, recorder, crumhorn

Stephen Carpenter ukulele, guitar

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Soprano Clare Norburn, mezzo Patricia Hammond & multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman perform an electric range of songs accompanied by everything from banjo to nose flute: by Schumann, Mozart, Stephen Foster and popular parlour songs celebrating the May tide.

Clare Norburn, Patricia Hammond & Matt Redman

The Merry, Merry Month of May

Sun 29 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Holy Trinity Gardens (or Hall if wet)

Clare Norburn soprano

Patricia Hammond mezzo

Matt Redman multi-instrumentalist

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This family a cappella trio returns to the festival with their unique mix of songs from many cultures and countries in both traditional and new arrangements.

This year's program also includes a song from Ukraine and one from Russia.

Half of the ticket proceeds will go to humanitarian Aid for Ukrainian refugees.

Davies & Daughters

Sing Across Borders

Tue 31 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall

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