When: 1st – 28th November 2013
Where: Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH
£: Prices vary depending on the event
What is it?
Immodesty Blaize, who has performed with high-profile bands including Scissor Sisters and for fashion houses Dior and Cartier, will return to the stage where she performed her first solo London show in 2004. East London’s Hoxton Hall will usher in their milestone birthday with a series of seven fundraising events throughout November. The events are being held to help raise restoration funds of £300,000 for critical works to the music hall, one of only two such spaces left in East London.
Immodesty Blaize will perform at a special cabaret evening on 8th November backed by pianist, singer and composer Rod Melvin. Also performing will be hula hoop performer extraordinaire Marawa, the hugely talented choir Urban Voices Collective (who will perform a special finale with Immodesty Blaize) and Flabbergast Theatre with their Boris and Sergey puppetry routine.
Urban Voices Collective is made up of singers from a variety of musical backgrounds, from church singers to recording artists, bringing together some of the strongest and most adaptable vocal talent in London. They have performed backing vocals for Paloma Faith’s latest album and with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Marawa is conquering the world with hoops. She has been shaking and spinning her way through international performances in New York, San Francisco, Denmark, Paris, Poland, St Tropez to the Edinburgh Festival, Glastonbury, Lovebox, and wowed over 10 million viewers on the Live Semi Finals of Britain’s Got Talent. She tours internationally with the Olivier award-winning La Clique, and La Soiree and will perform a spectacular routine as part of the cabaret evening.
Formed in 2010, Flabbergast Theatre are keen to break the preconception prevalent in the UK that puppetry is a children’s medium. They use performers from many disciplines including acting, dance, clowning, circus arts and puppetry and hope to bring an innovative and unpretentious approach to their work. Their Boris and Sergey show is ‘An improvised crossover cabaret for discerningly twisted adult audiences’.
MVMNT, a quarterly music event showcased, programmed and hosted by Hoxton Hall to support local upcoming artists, will take place on 1st November with an exciting lineup of young urban acts. The event champions music as diverse as Grime, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Rock and underground Pop. Performers for MVMNT include Birmingham born Lady Leshurr, a female MC/singer and producer, SpaceAge, a new collective featuring some of East London’s fasted trending talents and local performer Jasmine, better known as MC Frizz.
The Vintage Variety Day on 16th November will run from 1pm. It will feature a live band, and a tea dance from 2pm – 4pm. Hoxton Hall has had a rummage through their wardrobe department unearthing some treats and finds they’d even forgotten they had for this special clothing fair. Gems include 60s dresses, fake fur coats and army and navy coats, with buyers having a chance to try out their new purchases and their ballroom moves at the tea dance.
Visitors to the Victorian music hall will get the opportunity to see Archive Imagining the East End, a new photography exhibition documenting prolific moments in East London’s history which runs from 13th – 28th November. The venue also hosts its first cult film night on 20th November with a double bill from local legend and master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Classics Frenzy and Psycho will be projected onto the big screen in the atmospheric space with additional cinematic touches.
Hoxton Hall has been pioneering East London creative activity since 1863 and is one of the last surviving Victorian music halls. Shoreditch once boasted more than ten music halls and although only two remain in East London, the area is once again a hot bed of creativity and young talent.