There’ll be no sign of dis-chord on Pages Lane this summer as Music in the Gardens makes a welcome return to Muswell Hill Methodist Church.
For the past few years, the church has invited London-based musicians to perform on Sunday afternoons in July and August, with music ranging from Rock in the Gardens to hits from the musicals, and from Caribbean steel pan drums to brass bands.
Taking place in the beautiful gardens of the North Bank Victorian villa, which is attached to the church building, these popular events are free and open to all. There’s a play area for children and everyone is welcome to explore the church and spacious gardens – the music can be heard from most corners!
Brian Simpson, a member of Muswell Hill Methodist Church who helps organise Music in the Gardens, said: “The great thing about these events is they really do attract people of all ages. Some come with friends for a picnic and a natter, others like to sit with a cup of tea while they listen to the music, people from Muswell Hill itself but also from much further afield.
“We really just want to give people a space to relax and enjoy some excellent music – we’re thrilled by the range of talented musicians who volunteer to perform, so we’ll hopefully provide something for everybody’s taste.”
Gates open every Sunday at 2pm, with music generally starting around 3pm. Highlights of this year’s programme include local resident Edward Bunting, who’ll be encouraging young and old alike to get up and dance as he plays violin with his ceilidh band, and London Metropolitan Brass – both the training and full bands will be performing, and playing many favourite tunes.
There’ll also be a return appearance at Music in the Gardens for Life and Mission Choir – lively singing with plenty of encouragement to join in.
Hot and cold soft drinks, ice creams and other snacks are available, or you can bring an alcohol-free picnic and relax on a rug in the sunshine – if it rains, musicians and audience alike just move inside.
The programme this summer is:
1 Edward and Alan (violin and piano) + Gliders
8 Life and Mission Choir – Songs of Fun and Faith
15 Robert and Megan – Rock in the Gardens
22 London Metropolitan Brass (training band)
29 Abdul Williams (Caribbean steel pan drums) + Winchmore Hill Folk Singers
Please check the website for more details as occasionally there are changes or additions to the scheduled acts at short notice: www.mhmc.org.uk. The church’s address is 28 Pages Lane, London, N10 1PP. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Muswell Hill Methodist Church
Music in the Gardens – Sundays, 2-5pm, throughout July and August. Refreshments available. Highlights include ceilidh band, London Metropolitan Brass and Rock in the Gardens! See website for more details: www.mhmc.org.uk