• Ruth Whitehead conducting Chorus of Dissent

  • Red Lion Public House, Stoke Newington Church Street c1893

Dissenters do it differently…

Dissenters London N16

Our next event

Saturday 7 October, 5.30pm Stoke Newington Town Hall – Orff Carmina Burana

Our season finale at Stokey’s splendid Deco people’s palace…more

Our history

Five 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.

quote-leftRuth 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.
quote-rightJohn Sloboda, musician and activist

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.

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.

Dissenters have now moved house, spearheading a bold exercise in urban artistic regeneration centred on St Matthias’ Church in Wordsworth Road, N16. 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.

We are delighted to be managing St Matthias Church Halls.  Two gorgeous spaces (downstairs – St Matthias Hall,  upstairs – Dissenters’ Gallery) with kitchens, and we offer them to the local community for everyone’s events – weddings, christenings, birthday parties, quiz nights, concerts, funerals. Website coming soon, but for details and prices contact ccspaceltd@gmail.com

Chorus of Dissent photos (above) by Mac Campeanu

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