FitzFest

FitzFest programme for 2017

Join us at the FitzFest for a fun programme of events for all the family - most of them free of charge.

Wednesday 7 June

Fitzrovia Village Tea Dance Special

1.30pm to 4pm (doors open from 1pm)
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

We are delighted to invite you to our Tea Dance at the Fitzrovia Chapel, a charming afternoon of waltz, tango, and foxtrot. With introductory lessons from celebrated dance teacher, Trevor Jackson. Beginners and improvers welcome. No partners required, make new friends here. Refreshments provided. Free event.

Fitzrovia Village is the Fitzrovia Centre's weekly dance and social for ages 55+.

Family Jam

4pm to 5pm
Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map

Join us for an hour of non-stop beats and rhythms!

No Particular Place to Go - Poetry Unbound

6pm to 8pm
Venue to be announced

Exiled Writers Ink presents poets of exiled and immigration background. No Particular Place to Go - Poetry Unbound features poets from Singapore, Syria and Iran: Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Amir Darwish Shirin Razavian and Edin Suljic.

Thursday 8 June

Yoga and Meditation with Andy Sotto in the Fitzrovia Chapel

Join Andy for yoga from 9am to 11am followed by meditation at 11am.
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Guided walk around Fitzrovia with Mike Pentelow

11am to 12.30pm
Meet at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map

The Changing Face of Fitzrovia: 300 Years of an Urban Village - a talk by Nick Bailey

4pm to 5.30pm
Venue to be announced.

Nick Bailey is Professor of Urban Regeneration in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

Evening concert: Tell Me The Truth About Love - Sue Blundell on Britten and Pears

Benjamin Britten

7pm to 8.30pm
Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL map

An evening of words and music celebrating the lives of Benjamin Britten and Fitzrovia resident Peter Pears. Featuring the music of Benjamin Britten and the words of Sue Blundell.

Music by superstar tenor Andrew Staples and the musicians of FitzFest 2017.

This is a ticketed event. Buy your tickets for £15.00 (plus £1.52 booking fee) at Eventbrite

Neil McLaren plays Bach on Rudall Carte flute

Rudall Carte flutes

9pm to 10pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Internationally-renowned flautist and musicologist performs music by Bach on historical flutes made by Rudall Carte who had a workshop for many years on Berners Street, Fitzrovia.

Neil is a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and this concert takes place in the breathtaking Fitzrovia Chapel.

This is a ticketed event. Buy your tickets for £10.00 (plus £1.21 booking fee) at Eventbrite.

Friday 9 June

Yoga and Meditation with Andy Sotto in the Fitzrovia Chapel

Join Andy for yoga from 9am to 11am followed by meditation at 11am.
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Guided walk around Fitzrovia with Sue McCarthy from Camden Tour Guides: Fitzrovia: a Diverse Community

11am to 12.30pm
Meet at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map

Lunchtime jazz with the Pete Whyatt Jazz Band

1pm to 2pm
Join Fitzrovia resident Pete and the band outside Sainsbury Wellcome Centre on Cleveland Street. map

Aboriginal Artists - a talk by Rebecca Hossack

5.30pm to 7pm
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway St, Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6BA map

"Pure Bliss" Music by Sir Arthur Bliss. Couture Gala Concert

Sir Arthur Bliss

7.30pm to 9.30pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

An evening concert featuring the music of Sir Arthur Bliss in the beautiful Fitzrovia Chapel. Includes: Oboe Quintet, Clarinet Quintet and Conversations.

Played by internationally-renowned FitzFest musicians and featuring couture gowns by fashion designer Andy Sotto.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets from £10 (plus £1.21 booking fee) at Eventbrite.

Saturday 10 June

Yoga and Meditation with Andy Sotto in the Fitzrovia Chapel

Join Andy for yoga from 9am to 11am followed by meditation at 11am.
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Walter Sickert guided walk around Fitzrovia with Matthew Sturgis

11am to 12.30pm
Meet at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway St, Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6BA map

Fitzrovia Centre's Summer Open Day

11am to 5pm,
Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map

A day of workshops and activities for all the family. Come and celebrate the best of our neighbourhood with acoustic quartet, Yorker, Scale Down Poetry Collective and a session with the Fitzrovia Village dancers.

Family workshops include beatboxing, music making and imagination workouts. Plus facepainting, refreshments, games and more!

Acoustic quartet Yorker play a set of jazz standards and lesser well known tunes embracing swing and more modern free-styles while exploring the sound worlds of their respective instruments.

The musicians met while studying for their post-graduate Masters degrees at London's internationally-renowned Guildhall School of Music. It promises to be a fun and stimulating session. Musicians are Mervyn Fletcher (flute/baritone sax), Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet/flugel), Diego Sampieri (guitar) and Michael Dunlop (bass).

Fitzrovia: A Medley of Music and Musicians - a talk by Nick Bailey

5.30pm to 7pm
Meet at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL map

The Life and Music of celebrated Venezuelans Francisco de Miranda and Teresa Carreño

Francisco de Miranda

7.30pm to 9pm
Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL map

Join internationally-renowned concert pianist Clara Rodriguez, actor William Roberts and the Musicians of FitzFest for this special concert exploring and celebrating the life of Venezuelan hero Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) in his own Fitzrovia home.

Miranda had a fascinating life and moved in very interesting political and artistic circles, he was, as Karen Racine, a recent biographer, puts it, “an international celebrity, a must-have guest at any liberal host’s dinner party”.

This event draws on words and music contemporaneous with Miranda's epoch to create a portrait of the man and his time.

The programme includes: The Piano Sonata in C minor KV 457 and the Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, KV 452 of which Mozart wrote to his father after its première: "I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life."

This is a ticketed event. Tickets from £10 (plus booking fee) at Eventbrite.

Sunday 11 June

Middlesex Voices Interlude by Scanner

10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

A musical sound installation by pioneering electronic musician, Scanner, incorporating the recorded memories from people that worked, trained and were treated at the Old Middlesex Hospital.

DJ set in the Chapel

1pm to 3pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Relax on bean bags in the chapel to enjoy the DJ set and the beauty of the chapel ceiling.

Eric Coates: A Celebration of his Life and Music. Words by Sue Blundell.

Eric Coates

7pm to 8.30pm
The King & Queen pub, 1 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DL map

A celebration of the life and music by Eric Coates, composer of works including "Langham Place" and "Oxford Street March". Words by local resident Sue Blundell.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets from £10 (plus £1.21 booking fee) at Eventbrite.

Art exhibition: A visual treat in the genre of Contemporary Miniature Painting.

6pm to 8pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF map

Illustrative, contemporary miniature paintings by Samar F Zia, meticulously executed in the style practiced and perfected in the royal ateliers of the Mughal Empire. Samar is currently the Artist in Residence at the Fitzrovia Centre.

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We've now added the programme for FitzFest 2017. See details of the many FREE events for all the family as well information on how to book evening concerts.

FitzFest 2017 programme

Look back over the programme that made FitzFest such a success in 2016.

FitzFest 2016