Press Release Anniversary Concert

Union Chapel Anniversary Concert

Featuring Luke Sital-Singh, Claire M Singer, London Contemporary Orchestra, Mara Carlyle, East London Brass, Bill Thompson & Union Chapel Singers plus more to be announced     

Marking 25 years of gigs & 140 years standing

Saturday 16th September, doors 18:00

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.’

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.

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.

As the sun sets and the Chapel darkens we’ll enjoy incredible music in an utterly unique, stripped back, intimate setting.


Tickets £10 | £8 UC Members adv + bf

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All profits go to the conservation and development of Union Chapel. Registered Charity Number 1010166


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About Union Chapel

Union Chapel is an award winning music venue in Islington, North London. But it’s more than that, it’s Victorian Gothic architectural jewel, that’s still a working church, home to an incredible organ and the base for The Margins Project, which works with people facing homelessness and isolation.

Coming to an event at Union Chapel supports the conservation and development of the building. Union Chapel operates as a charity dedicated to looking after the space and opening it to a diverse group of people.  In the past 30 years the Chapel has gone from facing demolition to being Grade 1 listed and from being virtually abandoned to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors a year.  Union Chapel has been voted London’s favourite venue an amazing three times, in 2002, 2012 and 2014.

2017 marks 25 years of our venue and the 140th anniversary of our building.