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Doris Lessing’s excerpts from The Golden Notebook

Nobel Prize-winner and political campaigner Doris Lessing was a novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer biographer and librettist. From 1958 to 1962, she lived in Fitzrovia, paying £5 a week in rent.   Come and listen to some of the words that made her reputation as one of the world’s most admired writers in our free Wireless Contemplation event. The event is on Friday 18 May at 13:00 at the chapel and everyone is welcome to attend.

Count the stars in our ceiling to win a prize

If you count the number of stars in our ceiling, how many do you see? To celebrate International Astronomy Day on 21 April, we’re inviting you to count our stars and win a bottle of Chapel Down, the sparkling wine to be served at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle this May. This is also the wine we offer at our weddings. You’ll need to come to our open day on Wednesday 18 or 25 April to do your counting. Or, of course, you take take a wild guess! Please let us know your answer by...
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Free lunchtime rehearsal drop-in at Handel Festival

As part of the London Handel Festival, we are delighted to announce the opportunity to come along to a free event at the chapel. On Tuesday 20 March, please pop in to the open rehearsal between 12.30pm to 2pm. It’s free, informal and a chance to listen to wonderful music. If you can’t make that, there are two evening concerts at 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets for those at

Laurence Olivier reads RL Stevenson

“I don’t believe that there was ever such a literary feat before as the writing of Dr Jekyll. I remember the first reading as though it were yesterday. Louis came downstairs in a fever; read nearly half the book aloud; and then, while we were still gasping, he was away again, and busy writing. I doubt if the first draft took so long as three days.” — Lloyd Osbourne, Stevenson’s stepson As well as being one of our most famous actors, Sir Laurence Olivier was also a former Fitzrovia resident. He attended a church choir school in Margaret Street. Just...
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Fitzfest 2018 programme announced

The complete programme for Fitzfest 2018 has been announced, with many of the events taking place at the Fitzrovia Chapel. Fitzfest is the annual celebration of London’s Fitzrovia with all its musical heritage from past generations together with the contemporary diversity that thrives today. With a programme of music made entirely by musicians who have lived or worked in Fitzrovia over the centuries – and often played on historical instruments made in Fitzrovia – the festival is grounded in the local community. It offers a diverse array of community concerts, workshops, social and fitness events to draw the local people...
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Handel at the Fitzrovia Chapel

In March, as part of the 2018 London Handel Festival, you have the opportunity to listen to the sublime music of Handel at the Fitzrovia Chapel — with the bonus of a free event. The chapel events On Tuesday 20 March, the festival presents Handel Singing Competition showcase concerts at the chapel. The first concert is at 19:00 and the second is at 20:30. In the afternoon, you are warmly invited to drop in to their rehearsal. We will be announcing details of the free event shortly. Festival highlights Highlights of the festival include celebratory anniversary performances of two works Handel...
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A chapel wedding proposal

A chapel wedding proposal As well as hosting beautiful weddings throughout the year, we’ve become quite the venue for that important bit before: the proposal. Here’s a couple defying the January gloom with an engagement amidst roses, candles and high emotion. St Valentine’s Day And if you’d like to take advantage of that most traditionally romantic of all days, St Valentine’s Day, to pop the question, do get in touch and reserve your place. (Proposals on other days can be lovely too.) Wesley and Cheryl’s proposal this January was arranged at the chapel by The One Romance.   

Women of Fitzrovia on International Women’s Day

Women of Fitzrovia on International Women’s Day Introduction Thursday 8 March  signals International Women’s Day across the world. This year we’re inviting you to the chapel to help us celebrate famous women associated with Fitzrovia. The writers The audio presentation, held at 13:00 on the day itself, will focus on women including  Virginia Woolf, Caitlin Thomas and Florence Nightingale. Woolf lived at 29 Fitzroy Square, a house previously owned by George Bernard Shaw. Caitlin and Dylan Thomas actually met in Fitzrovia and Florence Nightingale spent part of her illustrious career working at the former Middlesex Hospital. The chapel’s Lineage programme...
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