St Peter's Quidam Programme Continues in February

Church in Black Lion Lane offers concerts and talks beginning with mindful music

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St Peter’s Church in Hammersmith's Black Lion Lane is continuing its cultural programme Quidam in February, offering a series of free or low-cost events to the local community, including singing, music, lectures and art.

Here's what's coming up:

Thursday 7 February, 8.15pm - 'In Discussion' with Victoria McDonald

The tensions currently seen between the rural and the metropolitan populations of the UK. David Goodhart is Head of Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit, and Director of the Integration Hub website. He is a former Director of Demos, and former Editor of Prospect magazine, which he founded in 1995. David is a prominent figure in public debate in the UK, as a well-known broadcaster, author, commentator, and journalist. He was a correspondent for the Financial Times, including a stint in Germany during the unification period. In 2013, he published The British Dream, a book about post-war multiculturalism, national identity, and immigration.

In 2017 he published The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics - a Sunday Times best-seller.

Suggested £10 donation, students free

Saturday 23 February, 7.30pm, The Whispering Trees – A Winter Recital

A very beautiful and atmospheric recital by Alex Pullinger, countertenor, and Andrew Charity on piano, with visual elements by Christian Hey. The performance will be staged by candlelight
with scenic elements.
It depicts a singer who has disappeared during his previous recital. We first encounter him lost in a mysterious wood, cold and alone, gradually forgetting his origins and clinging to music in
the darkness. By the end, he has transcended the human realm to become an ethereal Jack Frost figure.
The programme will include songs by Purcell, Britten, Ravel, Quilter, Dowland, Warlock and Vaughan Williams.

Alex Pullinger is a freelance countertenor and singing teacher, based in
London. Andrew Charity is a freelance conductor/pianist and singing
teacher/coach. He is also resident conductor of madrigal singing at RADA.

Tickets 15, 10/5 concessions

Friday 8 March, 7.30pm - Nowruz Evening, Persian Music and Poetry

A feast of Persian music and poetry to herald the festival of Nowruz which celebrates the coming of the Spring Solstice and the Persian New Year! As well as the music and poetry, we will share a selection of Persian food and drink.

Dr Peyman Heydarian is an internationally renowned classical musician. Peyman’s main instrument is the santur, a beautifully resonant dulcimer playedn with felt hammers, and forerunner of the harpsichord. For more than thirty years Peyman has performed solo santur recitals all over the world including Iran, USA, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, Poland, and the UK.

For St Peter's first ever Nowruz celebration, Peyman will perform solo santur and daf, as well as accompanying Roshan Ravan and Saara Hasan as they perform poems in Farsi (with English translations) by poets such as Rumi, Hafez and Saadi and a range of contemporary and traditional Persian folk songs.

Tickets 15, 10/5 concessions

Friday 29 March, 7.30pm -‘Forget-Me-Not’ Recital

Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March is a special time of the year for many of us as we show our
love and appreciation for our mums who are at the heart of our whole family. But for those of us
who have lost our mothers – perhaps recently or many years ago - it is a day of quiet reflection
and we may look for a different expression of gratitude for all that they gave us. For the second
year running we are dedicating the Forget-Me-Not song recital to the memory of our mothers
and grandmothers whom we love but see no more. This time we will be holding the recital in the
evening to allow more people to attend.

If you would like to sponsor a song in memory of a loved one, please email There is a a minimum donation of £30 per song which will go to support the Quidam W6 Lunchtime Recital programme.

Apart from sponsorship, this is a free concert with retiring collection.

St Peter’s Church says its Mother’s Day service is always very special and joyful; full of children and flowers, and adds: "Do come and join us on Sunday 31st March at 10.30am. We’d love to see you there."

January 31, 2019

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