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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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Celebrating LGBT History Month in February

Celebrating LGBT History Month Introduction In February, help us to mark LGBT History Month by joining us at our free lunchtime event celebrating LGBTQ writers who all have a strong Fitzrovia connection. The writers The audio presentation, held on Friday 16 February at 13:00, will include contributions from the treasured works of writers including Rupert Brooke, Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde and Paul Verlaine. All these renowned writers have their own association with Fitzrovia. New Zealand-born Mansfield lived and went to school in the area and Verlaine lived with his lover Rimbaud in Howland Street. Culture and history The LGBT History...
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Fitzrovia Chapel Event and Operations Manager

Fitzrovia Chapel Event and Operations Manager We’re looking for an Event and Operations Manager who will care for, promote and cherish the unique Fitzrovia Chapel as much as our dedicated team of staff, volunteers and supporters. We’ve picked out a few words to explain some of the most important things about the chapel. Who we are The phrase most used to describe us is ‘hidden gem’. That’s because the chapel is a beautifully restored Grade II* listed building, one that has the capacity to amaze and enthral. Part of the former Middlesex Hospital (but never consecrated), the chapel includes ornate...
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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Chapel

Rudyard Kipling is one of our best-known, late-Victorian poets and storytellers. He spent the first years of his life in India, remembering it in later years as almost a paradise and as inspiration for his treasured Just So Stories. Join us under our glorious golden ceiling to hear a recording of these charming tales. This is an event to mark the anniversary of the death of Rudyard Kipling. He died in the former Middlesex Hospital on 18 January 1936 and his body was laid out in the chapel until he was buried at Westminster Abbey in Poets’ Corner. Event details:...
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