Previous concerts

Previous concerts


Sunday 18 December, 5.30pm, St Matthias Church - Christmas by Candlelight1029_rwa_christmas_web

Our festive feast of traditional to modern music for two choirs, two conductors, orchestra and audience. Come and raise the roof with us!

With special guests – some seasonal reindeer.

All faiths and none welcome at our delightfully short concert, followed by refreshments

Conducted by Ruth Whitehead and Harvey Brough

Free entry – but you have to pay to get out. Donations to our chosen charities gratefully accepted

Sunday 4 December, 7.30pm, St Luke's Church, Holloway - concert with Vox Holloway

Saturday 15 October, 5.30pm, Stoke Newington Town Hall: Music without Borders

Music is, and always will be, a Schengen area. We will use the universal language of music to cross continents, cultures and centuries, and celebrate our connections.

We set sail on our musical journey in 17th Century Peru, cross to England, and then fast forward to the 20th and 21st Centuries for a return trip to South America via Argentina.

This second stage will showcase two contrasting works by the exceptionally versatile Cecilia McDowall. We’ll be performing her quietly contemplative Ave Maris Stella, celebrating the history of this island race, and her vibrant and thrilling Theatre of Tango, based on Argentinian tango, with solo tango violin from David Juritz. We will be honoured to have Cecilia with us in the audience.

And, while Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band swing into two of Piazzolla's Argentinian tangos, Rojo y Negro will treat us to a short but dazzling display of the dance itself.

To follow, a travelogue of beautiful choral music from mainland Europe, returning finally to the UK for a Dissenting take on a piece by Elgar for choir, orchestra and audience.

Young Dissenters will be singing a baroque Peruvian folk song and also taking part in the thrilling O Fortuna from Orff's Carmina Burana with Chorus of Dissent and our own professional symphony orchestra the Elastic Band. We will also be adding a Last Night of the Proms flavour with the Elgar piece, but more of that later.

This is a very special season finale concert at our People's Palace, Stoke Newington Town Hall, raising funds for Hackney Migrant Centre and its social offshoot Akwaaba.

Saturday June 4, 11am: Find Your Voice at Stokey Litfest

Venue – The Drawing Room, Clissold House, Clissold Park

Ever fancied singing in a choir? Young Dissenters, Stoke Newington’s very own choir for 7 to 16 years olds, invites you to join them for this relaxed and family-friendly taster workshop led by Penelope Manser and Harvey Brough. All welcome, no experience necessary. Come and sing about the park and why we love it. Run in partnership with Chorus of Dissent and the Clissold Park User Group.

Saturday 23 April, 5.30pm, St Matthias Church:  Shakespeare and StShakespeare&StG_A4 George, a celebration of all things English

We're very pleased to announce that Young Dissenters will be joining Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band at their festival of English music. They will be singing Parry's Jerusalem with both choirs, orchestra and audience, plus a special arrangement of a Bowie song, all of which will be hugely enjoyable. 

Conducted by Ruth Whitehead.


Sunday 20 December 2015 St Matthias Church: Christmas by 0953_RWA_Christmas_webCandlelight

A festive musical feast for two choirs, two conductors, orchestra and audience. Come and raise the roof with us!

With special guests – a virginals and the man himself, Father Christmas (but only if you sing well enough; he’s very busy).

All faiths and none welcome at our delightfully short concert, followed by refreshments

Conducted by Ruth Whitehead and Harvey Brough

October 22 4pm: Clara Sanabras' Travellers Never Did Lie

Young Dissenters now have an incredible opportunity to be recorded on CD for posterity on a world premiere piece. It's a brand new piece, part of Clara's folk opera A Hum About Mine Ears based on The Tempest, which Chorus of Dissent have performed three times to sell-out audiences.

We are calling you to sing on the recording at 4pm-6.30pm on Thursday 22nd October at Premises Studios, 205-209 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL. There will hopefully be a playback for parents at 6.15pm. We are hoping the CD will be ready for Christmas.

Magnificent Mozart: Saturday 10th October 2015, 5.30pm, Stoke Newington Town Hall

Young Dissenters will be singing a short piece of Harvey's (All the World of) Solomon Grundy. It’s a splicing of the famous Shakespeare speech - All the world’s a stage, with the doggerel/nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy. And something from Ruth, which you will all be surprised by…”

A Time to Mourn and A Time to Dance: Sunday 28th June, 7.30pm

St Luke's Church, Hillmarton Rd N7 9RE

Henry Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary / My Beloved Spake / Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei
A Fairy Dream by Harvey Brough: The Masque of the Four Seasons from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, interspersed with movements for children’s voices with words from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

quote_leftCongratulations on a great evening and thank you for introducing me to St Matthias church, which as you say has as great acoustic and is very elegant. I particularly enjoyed Harvey Brough's piece with the confident and uninhibited children singing so well. A great beginning in your new home. I look forward to more of your concerts. quote_right Judy Slater

t: 020 7254 8262

Dissenters do it differently
Dissenters London N16
is a non-profit making organisation
featuring our community choir
Chorus of Dissent
and our professional orchestra
The Elastic Band.
We are proud to be sponsored by
Ruth Whitehead Associates


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