Today, Wilton’s Music Hall announced further events for The Chrysalis Club, an eclectic interim arts programme of events, gigs, screenings, classes and performances to run until September 2015, as the world’s last surviving Grand Music Hall in London’s East End enters the second phase of vital building works.
Highlights include Dance Party with Swing Patrol (11 July and 19 August). Continuing this series of hugely popular dance nights, Swing Patrol return to Wilton’s with taster classes followed by social dancing. With performances by the professionals, this is a guaranteed good time for old hands, first-timers and everyone in between.
5×15 (17 July) will bring together Jon Ronson, Sam Lee, Viv Albertine, Gruff Rhys and Jocelyn Pook to speak of their passions, achievements, and for this evening only, adventures in music. Be prepared to be informed, inspired and deeply entertained.
What’s My Wine? (18 July and 19 September) is the old fashioned parlour game, Call my Bluff with a twist. This drink whilst you think competition puts wits and wine tasting prowess against a panel of carefully selected wine experts.
The Horror! The Horror! The Final Curtain (25 – 26 July) returns to Wilton’s for two nights only after its sold-out run in 2013 before heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Final Curtain tells the tale of the final performance at tatty, end-of-the-pier Brownlow’s Music Hall. This re-imagined version of the original features eight new songs and follows Brownlow’s company of faded ‘artistes’ through their last, fateful show.
Electric Elizabethans+ (3rd September) is made up of guitarist and composer David Braid and pianist Sergei Podobedov who will present Renaissance and Baroque music with a fresh, contemporary twist. Including the world premiere of David Braid’s new work ‘Symphony for Two’, Electric Elizabethans+ will contain the music of Sweelinck, Bach and Byrd together with brand new works in this special evening curated especially for Wilton’s.
Bridge Theatre Company host three evenings exploring three witty works of eighteenth-century playwright Mary Pix in Wine, Wit and Mrs Wellfed (20 – 22 August). These three script-in-hand readings, enhanced by a little musical accompaniment are a perfect introduction to this entertaining, and often overlooked, writer.
Due to complete in the Autumn of 2015, the restoration project will open up a further 40% of the building, currently derelict, bringing these unseen and unused spaces back to life and making them accessible for the first time. Beyond that, securing the building also secures the future of Wilton’s as an arts and heritage venue, enabling more strategic long-term artistic programming, creating more venue hiring potential and offering the opportunity to plan and incorporate a wide range of community and learning activities, developed so everyone from local school children and community groups, businesses and volunteers can get involved in Wilton’s revival.
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Tuesday 8th July 2014