Putney Gets Its Very Own Festival

Eight day feast of music and dance gives area a chance to shine

Folk Dance Remixed. Street Dance the Maypole & Ceilidh Jam WorkshopFolk Dance Remixed. Street Dance the Maypole & Ceilidh Jam Workshop


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Other areas of London have their festivals so it is probably overdue for Putney to have one and that is exactly what is happening this August.

An eight day festival of music and dance is set to take place centred around St Margaret’s Church.

The event is the brain child of freelance opera singer and producer Rhiannon Llewellyn who lives and works in Putney.

Building on the success of the virtual and in person concerts held at St Margaret’s Church, she decided a festival would work in the area and soon found plenty of support for the idea.

She said, “I’ve experienced the extraordinary difficulties the arts have faced over the past year. On the other hand I’ve also seen the strength of my local community, rallying together delivery food parcels, medicines and friendly support when it was most, most needed.”

“With local arts festivals such as Barnes and Wimbledon being total sell out successes, we believe its Putney’s time to shine.”

The eclectic programme includes opera recitals, film, a chance to learn how to play the drums Irish-style and to take part in a choral workshop as well as experience a Street Dance the Maypole & Ceilidh Jam Workshop.

Putney Festival Programme

Saturday 7 August - 11am ‘til late - All Saints’, Putney Common - £15/£5

Come & Sing Handel’s Messiah - Choral Workshop

Join amateur choral singers for this one-day choral workshop to explore and perform Handel's Messiah! The Come & Sing day will include singing, vocal tips, teamwork and a performance – all in the company of other musically minded people and under the direction of eminent conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton.

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Hilary Davan Wetton will be coming to lead the Putney Festival Chorus
Hilary Davan Wetton will be coming to lead the Putney Festival Chorus

Saturday 7 August - 7.30pm - St Margaret’s, Putney Park Lane. £10/£5

Handel’s Messiah conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton

Come enjoy this masterpiece in the stunning setting of St Margaret's, Putney.

Hilary Davan Wetton - conductor

Rhiannon Llewellyn - soprano

Joshua Owen Mills - tenor

Richard Gowers - organ

Andrew Lennox – trumpet

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Tuesday 10 August - 10am-10pm St Mary’s, Putney High Street. FREE ENTRY

Putney Festival 12hr Music Marathon

Amateur musicians give a 12hr relay performance at St Mary’s, Putney. Everything from 70s rock bands, classical pianists, kids music sessions and singer songwriters. Drop in to experience some casual live music making and, if you are able, make a donation to ensure the future success of Putney Festival.

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Thursday 13 August - 6pm - St Margaret’s, Putney - £15

Learn the Bodhrán (Irish Drum) with Ruairi Glasheen

Percussionist Ruairi Glasheen come to Putney Festival to give a beginners workshop on the BodhrÓn,
Ruairi Glasheen coming to Putney Festival to give a beginners workshop on the Bodhràn

The fantastically charismatic Ruairi Glasheen leads a 90min drumming workshop. Complete beginners welcome and drums are provided. Places are strictly limited to 15, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Thursday 12 August - 8.15pm - St Margaret’s, Putney Park Lane - £8

Hidden Drummers of Iran, documentary screening

Percussionist and adventurer, Ruairi Glasheen, hosts an intimate showing of his fascinating documentary Hidden Drummers of Iran.

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Friday 13 August - 9pm - St Margaret’s, Putney Park Lane -£11

Candlelit showing of 1922 Vampire Film ‘Nosferatu’ with LIVE organ improvisation from Nick Miller

A candlelit screening of F. M. Murnau's 1922 classic vampire horror film, Nosferatu, with live improvised accompaniment on organ and piano by Mr Nicholas Miller.

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Saturday 14 August - 10.30am & 11.30am - St Margaret’s, Putney - £5 (babies free)

Mini Music Makers - Early Years Musical Extravaganza

A perfect event for families with children aged 0-5

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Saturday 14 August - 6.30pm - St Margaret’s, Putney Park Lane - £20

Opera Gala with alumni from the National Opera Studio

Soprano Julieth Lozano is joined by recent alumni from the National Opera Studio to perform some of opera’s greatest hits. This event will have an extended 90min picnic interval.

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Sunday 15 August - TIME & VENUE TBC


Folk Dance Remixed. Street Dance the Maypole & Ceilidh Jam Workshop

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Sunday 15 August - All Saints’, Putney Common

5.30pm & 6pm - FREE

Organ Recital from Eleanor Carter & Festival Evensong





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July 30, 2021

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