Music festival returns to St Mary’s

Tickets are now on sale for the second St Mary’s Music Festival after last year’s debut. Three concerts are taking place on the next bank holiday weekend, 25-27th May, at the magnificent church on Overton Drive.

The festival features local saxophonist Melanie Henry with the Opus Sax quartet and an afternoon celebrating the church organ, which is now 101 years old. It concludes with All Rest, a new immersive operatic work written by local composer Simone Spagnolo which will be performed as the audience walks around the churchyard.

Full details are below, and tickets are available here on Wansteadium.

Festival organiser Alison Wells writes:

“Last year’s inaugural St Mary’s Music Festival was a great success and a lot of fun!  The emphasis this year is still on local talent – performers, and composers.  Watch out for the organ day, Sunday 26th, this year featuring a talk on organists of Wanstead Parish Past and present.  And the itinerant site-specific All Rest by local composer Simone Spagnolo, who will be known to many of you. That’s on Bank Holiday Monday 27th.

We pray for good weather as the audience will be promenading around the churchyard, meeting some interesting characters from the past. And it all kicks off on Saturday 25th with a fantastic evening of Saxophone quintets and quartets, curated and presented by Wanstead’s own Melanie Henry with students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  Really looking forward to seeing lots of you at our beautiful church over the weekend.”