Union Chapel

As host to myriad of legendary shows, this week's playlist comes from the folks at one of London's finest venues, Islington's Union Chapel.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 18 Oct 2019
  • min read
As host to myriad of legendary shows, this week's playlist comes from the folks at one of London's finest venues, Islington's Union Chapel.

The award winning venue, which has seen artists of the likes of Amy Winehouse perform within its walls, held its first showcase event, in collaboration with communications agency KINC, for invited guests on 2 October.

At this celebratory event they announced new ambitions for driving social change and supporting local communities through arts, heritage and culture, including a new Cultural Ambassadors Programme and a new sister-venue, the Sunday School Hall.

Here they celebrate acts from past, present and future that have graced the chapel's stage since they began hosting concerts in 1992. Dig in...

Handel’s Messiah
Union Chapel is a space built for music, it is at the heart of the building with the glorious central rose window featuring eight angels each playing a different instrument.

In the Victorian period the Chapel was known for the musicality of its services with the whole of the congregation joining in the Hallelujah chorus! We don’t quite hit those notes these days and don’t have a huge amount of classical music here but massed voices in the Chapel are a beautiful and powerful thing.

We’re Still Friends Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse played Union Chapel in November 2006 for Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions, when Back to Black had been out for less than a month. This track featured in the soundtrack for the documentary Amy.

Killing Me (Live) – Luke Sital-Singh
Luke Sital-Singh released his first EP in 2012, before starting his career he worked as a steward here at Union Chapel. He has gone on to sell out our venue, where he recorded his Live at Union Chapel album, which this track is from. He has also agreed to be one of our first Cultural Ambassadors helping us to spread the word of exciting new projects here at Union Chapel.

Dancing & BloodLow
Low are a band who have perform regularly at Union Chapel over the years and the way they fill the space is magnificent. In 2017 they composed for our festival Organ Reframed. It was one of the most mesmerising nights of music. This track from their 2018 album Double Negative is yet to be performed here but it’s one you can imagine sounding epic here. Low will also be Cultural Ambassadors, with a particular focus on the organ and encouraging musicians to rethink that instrument.

Matty Groves – Fairport Convention
The wonderful Fairport Convention play regularly at Union Chapel – they are back again 21 February 2020 ?

I Found   Amber Run with London Contemporary Voices
We mentioned how special choirs can be in the Chapel and this track performed live in Union Chapel by Amber Run and London Contemporary Voice is a great example. LCV are back at Union Chapel 26 October with Eska + Another Sky + Anna Phoebe + Reece Lyons + Natalie McCool.

Let it All Go – Rhodes
Rhodes played in the Chapel on 2 October, it was a beautiful set. We also got to hear some powerful forthcoming material that you should really listen out for.

Rose Coloured Celine Love
Celine Love performed in the bar on the 2 of October. One of our current stewarding team, it was great to have her there with her other hat on!  Likewise Quiet Choir also swapped uniform for something a bit more glamourous and took to the stage.

Blue River – JNR Williams
A huge part of the event on 2 October was to share our plans for our Sunday School Hall. We want to turn this neglected space into a space for social change, performing arts, heritage and community activities. We had a wonderful array of performers in there. It was hugely exciting to see this underused space coming to life for the night.  JNR Williams closed the show in there and blew us away.