FitzFest is the annual community music festival for Fitzrovia, London. Everything from classical, jazz, music-theatre events through to community, yoga and local history events. Internationally acclaimed artists will rub shoulders with performances by school children from All Souls School. This second festival will take place from 8-11 June 2017.
Centre stage will be an installation soundscape by installation by world famous electronic music pioneer 'Scanner' (aka Robin Rimbaud) based on collected community memories of recently demolished/redeveloped Middlesex Hospital. Access will be free.
Why it matters
Fitzfest provides opportunities for all members of the community to come together and participate in music-making and attend high quality professional performances that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Uniquely, 50% of events will be free, with others having an allocation of concession tickets. We want the whole community to come together to celebrate Fitzrovia’s strong musical and literary heritage, enjoy performances and take part.
Who is involved with FitzFest? Everyone one in the Fitzrovia community who wants to be!
The Festival is led by professional musician Daniel Bates, who lives in Fitzrovia and has run community and education events for Irish Chamber Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia. Daniel will lead a collective of 12 professional musicians who will be joined by by visiting leading international artists including acclaimed tenor Andrew Staples, pianist Clara Rodriguez and musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
What will happen?
16 events will take in venues across Fitzrovia including free performances in shops, bars, restaurants and unusual spaces and for local groups including All Souls' Clubhouse (elderly person drop-in centre). We will celebrate the area's past and present: in the past the area was home to artists including Elgar, Mendelssohn, Weber, Dylan Thomas.
A collective of 10 professional musicians who will be at the heart of the festival, giving concerts, taking music onto the streets and into homes, schools – and the pub!
Music workshops at All Souls' and Netley Primary Schools will be led by Animateur James Redwood, celebrating the area. Children and festival musicians will compose music/songs for performances in the Fitzrovia Community Centre
You can make it happen
We’re thrilled to have received funding from Derwent London and Fidelio Charitable Trust but we still need to raise a final £4000 in order to be able to go ahead with our plans.
So…..Please Join the crowd and back your local Festival. Every amount counts.
We are really grateful for your support. And we'll say thank you with some quirky and imaginative #FitzFest Rewards that bring you closer to the project.