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Soweto Kinch + Bad Honey

Soweto Kinch is a multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax Competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award as well as his own weekly BBC radio show.

Basco + Jali Bakary Konteh & Huw Bennett

Basco are a fiddle-scraping, box-belting, cittern-smacking folk/roots band with members from Denmark, Sweden and Australia. Basco really just want to tell you some stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels full of rosin dust and sweat, through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost.

Omar Puente Duo

A rare opportunity to see internationally acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente perform in a duo format with his long-time pianist and collaborator Al Macsween performing music from across Omar’s career including tracks from his latest CD ‘Best Foot Forward’.

Maya Youssef + Fran & Flora

Virtuoso Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef comes to St Mary’s Music Hall. Her virtuosity and unique innovative approach to playing the qanun, originally a traditional instrument, have expanded her audiences to international platforms. She combines her extraordinary musical gifts with a generosity of outlook, warmth, humour and optimism.

Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra

Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra has developed in terms of size and standard over the past few years under the baton of Michael Whittaker. They meet on a weekly basis to rehearse to study standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire including Symphonies by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Earlier this year they collaborated with WFMS tutors who are also professional musicians, musicians from the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama to perform Laura Rossi’s score accompanying the live screening of the 1916 Battle of the Somme film.

Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra

International Romani Day Celebration

International Romani Day falls on 8th April, and at St. Mary’s we will be celebrating all things Romani culture on Friday 6th April. Featuring a host of internationally renowned musicians from Romani communities all around Europe. There will also be traditional Romani food, and talks and insights on Romani culture. This will be a joyous and vibrant celebration not to be missed!

International Romani Day Celebration

Young Waters Album Launch

Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in
the world of Irish traditional music. Accompanied by long-time collaborator and master guitarist Dennis Cahill, this promises to be a spectacular evening.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Three Cane Whale is a multi-instrumental acoustic chamber-folk trio based in Bristol, UK. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).

Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Three Cane Whale is a multi-instrumental acoustic chamber-folk trio based in Bristol, UK. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).

Three Cane Whale 'At The Pictures'

SOAS Showcase, in collaboration with SOAS Radio

St Mary’s Music Hall has teamed up with SOAS radio to bring you a night celebrating beautiful music from around the world and featuring SOAS alumni. The concert will be broadcast live on SOAS radio and will feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews with the artists between sets.

SOAS Showcase, in collaboration with SOAS Radio

Daoiri Farrell

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.