140 years standing
2017 is a very important year for us – it’s the 140th birthday of our building and the 25th birthday of our venue!
We will be marking the occasion with events throughout the year. These events will celebrate our building’s heritage and our growth as a music venue.
We will also be looking to the future – announcing plans and undertaking new projects.
Support the conservation of the Chapel, it’s development as a music venue and The Margins Project working with those homeless and in crisis. And get a whole host of great benefits to boot!
Plans for 2017
- Repair our Clock
Our iconic clock has been out of order for more than a decade – it’s time to fix that! We hope to start works in Autumn 2017.
- Refurbish our Portaloos
The temporary toilets near the bar have long been our greatest shame. The time has come to sort them out!
They will be completely gutted, floors, doors and ceilings replaced, they’ll have new basins, mirrors, toilets and cubicles plus there’ll be heating!
Completed April 2017.
- Party like it’s 1877
Union Chapel’s annual Summer Fete is came over all Victorian to mark our anniversary.
We had lots of good old fashioned fun, with Punch & Judy, Battenburg baking competition & all sorts of games.
- Anniversary Concert
A very special evening of music in a stripped back Chapel – no PA, no stage lighting just the Chapel as it was built in 1877 and lots of candles!
Saturday 16th September
- Organ Reframed
Eight innovators come together to create cutting edge new music for a unique organ that this year celebrates it’s 140th Birthday.
Friday 13th October, 18:30
Organ Reframed: Six new works
Composed by Mira Calix, Emily Hall, Tim Hecker, Gordon Monahan, Phill Niblock and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
Performed by James McVinnie, London Contemporary Orchestra plus special guest Gordon Monahan
Saturday 14th October, 12:00
Organ Reframed: Daylight Music
Line up to be announced
Saturday 14th October, 18:30
Organ Reframed: Low
+ Claire M Singer
Sunday 15th October, 18:30
Organ Reframed Cinema: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with new score by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid)
+ James McVinnie, LCO Soloists and the LCO choir
- Margins Art Group Installation
The Margins Project, works with people facing homelessness and crisis – their long running art group 10 Feet Away have recently unveiled a glorious new piece on display in the gallery up to the bar.
Plus much more!
Stay tuned for updates 🙂