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MUST DO: two November gigs at St John’s Music Hall

Leytonstone's lovely new music venue is really getting into its stride this month

For a little over a month, as the evenings get cooler and longer, sweet sounds have been emanating from Leytonstone High Road’s St.John’s Church. Thanks to the work of the Music Hall Project – the folks behind the immensely popular St. Mary’s Music Hall – the venue has been transformed into an impressive 400 people concert venue.

The combination of their state of the art sound-system alongside the churches already impressive acoustics – not to mention unique interiors – makes this one of the best places in the area to go and see world class music.

“By partnering with a local church and making use of the amazing spaces that churches are, we want to give access to incredible music to people who may not normally experience it,” says the Music Hall project’s Fran.

Télamuré. Photo: PR

As such, this month, traditional southern Italian folk trio Télamuré and English singer and melodeon player Andy Cutting are playing on Friday Nov 9th, as part of the 2018 London Roots Festival. And it’s pretty exclusive: Télamuré, who hail from southern Italy (their music evokes the lifestyle and culture of the region) are performing their only UK date as part of their current European tour.


Later in the month (30th Nov), Europe’s leading Indian classical violinist, the awesome Jyotsna Srikanth will be taking to the altar. Her music illuminates Carnatic musical tradition in kaleidoscope colour, with a sound that’s deeply rooted in south Indian classical music alongside western classical music. Curious? Yep, us too.

Some dates for the diary? There’s a big gig for next year in the shape of US jazz trio The Bad Plus (May 4th), also worth catching are English folk trio Leveret (March 1st) with more gigs to be added throughout the year.

And finally, for those who can’t resist a little tipple while getting serenading in their pew, there’s a temporary bar in situ and they’ll also be regular food pop-ups. Don’t mind if we do.

St John’s Church, High Rd, Leytonstone E11. Follow them on Twitter @stjohnsMH and FB/Insta @stjohnsmusichall. Head to the Music Halls website to pick up a ticket for Jyotsna Srikanth from only £7. And while you’re there, have a look at some of the other great shows coming up at St John’s and St Mary’s. 

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