Famous people connected with St Marylebone Parish have shaped the world through music, art, architecture, literature, invention and innovation, medicine and healthcare, and the Festival, now in its fourth year, tells and celebrates some of their stories.
Begin the week by signing up to ‘Come and Sing’ Marylebone resident Sir Karl Jenkins's powerful choral piece, The Armed Man; then spend the rest of the week enjoying a wide variety of music, dance and drama. There is an American flavour to the programme this year; St Marylebone was home to the first American legations, initially in Great Cumberland Place and then Park Crescent, where the memorial to John F Kennedy is situated. With this is mind, come and hear the visiting San Francisco Girls Chorus, or enjoy Hollywood film music arranged for Organ Duet, or relax at a Jazz Evening tribute to the great Sidney Bechet. There’s a one-woman tribute to Judy Garland, following a singalong screening of The Wizard of Oz. Explore yet more surprising local connections with famous figures such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Kathleen Ferrier and Ralph Vaughan Williams. On the final evening you can transport yourself to a Marylebone of the past for a 1920s dinner and soirée, after which the Grand Festival Raffle will be drawn with amazing prizes!
Proceeds will go towards the Changing Lives project to make this beautiful Parish Church, a Grade I listed building, weather-tight, safe, secure, accessible and equipped with better facilities to continue the work of 900 years!
For a full programme and tickets go to www.stmarylebonefestival.com Tickets also available from Sandfords, 213-215 Gloucester Place, NW16BU.