Dissenters London N16
Two 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
We want to celebrate the creative talent of women, and stage high quality events from a different dissenting angle, with the accent on approachability.
Down with snobbish mystique, up with new enjoyable experiences for all.
This is also the home of Chorus of Dissent, Stoke Newington’s own community choir, and our professional orchestra The Elastic Band.
Dissenters London N16 is a non-profit making organisation sponsored by local independent financial advisers Ruth Whitehead Associates. Who have always done it differently.
2015 and our next event
We’ve delighted in pursuing our mission of promoting artistic excellence in our local community. It’s been an inspiring story of increasing audiences and dedicated hard work. But there’s much more to be done. Stoke Newington is a typically urban mixed district, with pockets of affluence amongst less advantaged areas. So, Dissenters are moving house, spearheading a bold exercise in urban artistic regeneration centred on St Matthias’ Church in Wordsworth Road, near Newington Green where Mary Wollstonecraft set up her school for girls. This beautiful grade 1 listed building hugely deserves to be used and enjoyed more by us all. Chorus Of Dissent will boldly go where no choir has gone before, and use it as their permanent base, along with the Elastic Band. We’re deeply grateful to Father David Lambert for his warm welcome.
And there’s more. We’ve secured funding to set up Young Dissenters, Stoke Newington’s own community youth choir, which will be led initially by the distinguished musician Harvey Brough, and singing in our first event of the year on April 18. Together with Stoke Newington School we’re starting the choir on March 25, which is open to anyone aged 11-16. If you’re interested – please contact us for details of the introductory session which will be at the school in Clissold Road. All sessions are free.
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Saturday 18th April St Matthias Church N16: Four Keyboards and a Chorus
We make our debut at St Matthias Church, a hidden Grade 1 listed gem of a building with a magnificent acoustic. Programme will include Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, which is neither small nor solemn, plus an abridged version of the jolliest mass you’ll ever hear.
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