Dissenters London N16
Three years ago, 21st Century Dissenters gathered under an urban apple tree in a Stoke Newington garden. We discussed the many local nonconformists who have gone before, and how we might arrange cultural activities of all kinds for today’s community – in their distinguished freethinking tradition.
Ruth Whitehead and those around her have created a new oasis of sociability and cultural energy binding people in and around Stoke Newington together through a shared commitment to accessible and affordable music.
John Sloboda, musician and activist
Dissenters London N16 is a non-profit making organisation sponsored by local independent financial advisers Ruth Whitehead Associates who have always done it differently.
Our mission of promoting excellence in the community has been an inspiring story of increasing audiences and dedicated hard work.
But there’s still much more to be done. So Dissenters have moved house, spearheading a bold exercise in urban artistic regeneration centred on St Matthias’ Church in Wordsworth Road. This beautiful Grade I listed building with its magnificent acoustic hugely deserves to be used and enjoyed more by us all. We’re deeply grateful to Father David Lambert for his warm welcome.
And we’ve secured funding to set up the delightful Young Dissenters youth choir, led by distinguished musician Harvey Brough, who have already received much praise for their debut performances. The choir is free and open to anyone aged 7-16.
About Harvey Brough [PDF]
Our next event
Saturday 4 June 5.30pm Music and Poetry Mix at Stokey Litfest, St Matthias Church
Your rather good community choir stirs up music and poetry with a mix of Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen, Vaughan Williams and Walt Whitman, plus a dash of the Pet Shop Boys….Find out more
Buy £5 tickets
And wonderful news – the CD of Clara Sanabras’ Hum About Mine Ears commissioned by Ruth and performed by our very own Chorus of Dissent has just gone on general sale. Order yours for £12.99