Our DissentersArtsN16 charity has raised a whopping £14,000 towards Evenings at Home, a multi-media musical involving all pupils and their families from our neighbouring St Matthias School in some creative way or another. If they’re not acting or singing, or devising scenery, or designing costumes, they’ll be event managing the production.
Working with North London musician and composer Suzy Davies, workshops have already started in the school and church from which the words, songs, props and costumes will emerge.
“What’s remarkable is the number of boys we have singing,” says Suzy. “The enthusiasm of all pupils to get involved is astonishing.”
Donations will allow Suzy and other creatives to work with the pupils at St Matthias, many of whom have had no access to singing or music teaching since before covid.
Says St Matthias School interim headteacher Kate Redman: “The multimedia project is already having an enormous impact on our children. The opportunity for us to work with such talented professionals is such a privilege; our children are singing out with great pride and joy. It is more than just the opportunity to sing; it’s about being part of a team; working towards a common goal and experience the challenges and rewards of preparing for a performance.”
Evenings at Home is inspired by the life of pioneering Stoke Newington educationalist Anna Barbauld who lived on Stoke Newington Church Street.
Suzy Davies has collaborated with the Almeida Theatre, Old Vic, Little Angel Theatre, runs her own choir The Angels Of Kaos, and directed the Kaos Signing Choir for deaf and hearing children for the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
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There will be two performances of Evenings at Home on Thursday 30 June 2022 at St Matthias Church, Wordsworth Road, N16 8DD. Tickets on sale soon.