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Festival: St Marylebone Festival

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July 20 - 26, 2019

Famous people connected with St Marylebone have shaped the world through music, art, architecture, literature, invention and innovation, medicine and healthcare, and many of their stories of national and international heritage are not celebrated. Alongside making this beautiful Parish Church weather-tight, safe, secure, accessible and equipped with better facilities for a wider range of community and income-generating activities, our Changing Lives project looks at telling the stories of these important cultural figures. It is here that our annual St Marylebone Festival comes into play, as an excellent vehicle to bring to life such fascinating stories!

This is our fourth annual festival, and we continue to present our events in creative and vivid ways. Begin the week by signing up to ‘Come and Sing’ Marylebone resident Sir Karl Jenkins' powerful choral piece, The Armed Man, then spend the rest of the week enjoying a wide variety of music, dance and drama, as well as fascinating talks from local experts. There is something of an American flavour to the programme this year, remembering that Marylebone was home to the first American legations (first in Great Cumberland Place, and then Portland Place). With this is mind, come and hear the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, or enjoy film music arranged for Organ Duet, or indeed relax at a Jazz Evening in tribute to the great saxophonist, clarinettist and composer, Sidney Bechet. Explore yet more surprising local connections with famous figures such as Judy Garland, Vaslav Nijinsky, Kathleen Ferrier and Ralph Vaughan Williams. You can transport yourself to a Marylebone of the past by listening to (and even dancing to) music from the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens of Old Marylebone, and experience a 1920s Marylebone dinner and soirée on the final evening. Come and help us tell our story!

For full information please visit the St Marylebone Festival website.


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