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Dissenters do it differently…

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.

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, Young Dissenters youth 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. 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 Stokey Litfest, St Matthias Church

Music from the 80s & 90s, including Philip Glass and the Pet Shop Boys
Find out more 

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 

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