The St Marylebone Festival
Gavin Roberts, Artistic Director:
Every year, our festival as part of the St Marylebone Changing Lives project, tells the stories of our local community in creative and vivid ways. Join us for a week of music, dance and drama. There is a South-American flavour to this year’s programme. So, with this is mind, learn how to tango with experts from Arthur Murray Dance Studios, or join Joanna MacGregor and her amazing band of musicians for their ‘Tango Nuevo’ evening, or even enjoy food, drink and music at our ‘South American Soirée’.
This year, other highlights include a 'Come and Sing' with John Rutter, a 150th birthday celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams with The Joyful Company of Singers. new Marylebone-themed song commissions by Royal Academy of Music composers sung by international counter-tenor Andrew Watts, a new Charles Dickens piece written and devised by composer Martin Bussey, and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, in a concert that charts our connection with the Wesley family. And if that was not enough, we celebrate some of our lesser known, and perhaps more surprising, local figures such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Florence Nightingale, the late clarinettist Alan Hacker, and even Madonna!