Stroud Green Fest 2017: classical with a twist

NLondon's quirkiest classical/jazz/folk event to bring the community together Dust Off Your Recorder workshops Try a Mini Opera + animation

We did it!

On 16th May 2017 we successfully raised £2,015 of £2,000 target with 21 supporters in 14 days

New stretch target

We are rather overwhelmed and terribly grateful that our appeal has progressed so quickly and that we have already reached our initial target. A huge thank you to all our friends and supporters for their extraordinary generosity. 

We set the target at £2000 because we felt that that would be a challenge.  But the reality is that we now know that our application to the Arts Council was unsuccessful and so a further £500 would enable us to complete our fundraising for this year and offer more pop up performances.  Please continue to help us by spreading the word to friends and on social media, and by pledging whatever you are able to give.
Thank you so much for making the 2017 Festival a reality. We look forward to celebrating the events with you.


Back for its 4th year, Stroud Green Festival organisers have exciting plans for a bigger and more varied programme of classical, jazz and folk than ever! 

13 main events, featuring major names and rising stars, from haunting medieval songs by candlelight and lively folk ballads, to opera and jazz standards, there’s something for everyone.  

Plus many events in pubs, shops, restaurants and libraries are free.

There's a major community and school project to get people from all walks of life playing the recorder!

Plus what we think is Stroud Green's first opera - with a twist. If you think opera isn't for you, we want to challenge you to try it - no warbling divas, only 45 minutes, with a quirky accessible story and combined with exciting animation!

Other events include:

  • Internationally renowned soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby, a north Londoner, voted the UK’s favourite soprano by Classic FM listeners, with the next generation of singers and lutenists
  • An opportunity to take the whole family back in time to an 18th century coffee house with Little Baroque Company. Indulge in afternoon tea (or coffee) and cake & enjoy costumes & colourful cantatas.
  • Bite-size opera with a difference: rising stars Ensemble Molière in 2 shows of what we think is Stroud Green’s first mini opera: Pygmalion by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Lasting 45 minutes with dance and an animation film by Kate Anderson, it’s a perfect first opera experience for all ages. The plot is the Greek myth which inspired George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and the musical My Fair Lady!
  • A special series of events for the whole community of all ages to come together: dust off your recorder and give it a try: a recorder workshop for adults and children, culminating in a performance by workshop participants, led by ground-breaking recorder ensemble, Consortium 5
  • Alma folk group, featuring arrangements of traditional folktunes from around the world with storyteller
  • Jazz diva Winnie Greer & Friends (who have performed to packed-out crowds in previous years)
  • Locally based ensemble The Musical Gathering with actors who will transport us back to the famous 18th century tourist attraction with Tales from The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

But we need your help

Even though we are run by volunteers, the festival will cost us £13,000 to put on but can only expect about £5000 in ticket income - and we want some events to be free for local school children.  We've raised most of the funds from trusts and foundations but to make it all happen, we need to raise £2000 by 10 May.  

And that means we don’t have much time….

Please back our project.  To thank you we’ve dreamt up some special and rather quirky rewards including…

- a mini concert in your home

- an invitation to experience the professionals rehearsing

Every donation counts.  And please also help us by spreading the word to your friends, families, and colleagues, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and email.


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