Compton Avenue, London, London, N1 2XD
- Tel: 020 7226 1686
Union Chapel is today a working church, an award winning venue and a centre for those homeless and in crisis in London
Union Chapel hosts the Jewish music festival as well as other gigs and bands.
Services and products
- Bible Study
Valentine's Vespers at Union Chapel
17/02/2011 by Ukrainejane
In our single state on Valentine's Day, my sisters and I attended Union Chapel in the heart of Highbury and Islington. What a delight it was to be comforted by the soulful tones of 23-yr-old Michael Kiwanuka, an up-and-coming soul/blues singer, gracing the audience with his delicate guitar embellishments and nostalgic sentiments- notably, 'Home Again'- a thrilling musical journey for anyone with a heart and soul. To see him in the magnificent pulpit amid the Gothic architecture was truly stunning. During the interval, I had time to contemplate the surroundings and it is no wonder Union Chapel is such a renowned arts venue. The octagonal arrangement of the pews coupled with the lack of obstruction from any pillar means that any seat is as good as the next and everyone present is focusing on the performer. As well as the bar upstairs, out of a little alcove at the back emerged the smell of hot chocolate and rustle of snacks being sold to provide some warmth, while awaiting the imminent performance of the eagerly anticipated headline act. Cue the humble bumbling of The Bees, a timeless male group cooking up a concoction of jazz-infused psychedelic rock. Proving that many hands make light work as they juggled saxophone, trumpet, drums, percussion, piano, guitars and the peculiar Jew's harp (English trump, in the interests of avoiding controversy), I almost felt like I was in a magical kitchen and they were cooking up a storm of words and beats and melodies! If only it weren't for the curfew at 10.30, I'm sure these guys could have played into the night and lulled us all into a psychedelic sleep right there on the cold, hard pews. Needless to say, the powerful acoustics and glorious setting more than made up for the basic seating. Above all else, this treasured venue has the power to carry any music and make anything sound sacred and beautiful. All in all, a great night to be had at Union Chapel after a tiring day's work in a dull and dreary lacklustre office, where no thought has been put into Feng shui, so that you end up chained to a small desk in a forgotten corner, either over-heated or unusually drafty! Friendly staff and a wonderful sense of community. Perhaps I'll start attending Sunday Mass once again...Report this
03/09/2008 by FallenAngel
A stone's throw from the joys of Upper Street and walking distance from Highbury and Islington Tube, this magical venue is made for music performance. Usually acoustic acts or indie bands, the acoustics lend themselves perfectly to such music. The building itself is breathtakingly beautiful and the round set up of the seating contributes to an intimate feel. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There is wheelchair access (although the ramp the bring out is fairly precarious) and an accessible loo. The bar is upstairs however and offically alcohol isnt allowed in the auditorium (it being a church and all that) so you're a bit stuck if you can't get up the stairs. As with all churches, the pews arent all that comfy so take a cushion. Despite these small grumbles, a great venue with brilliant music. Oh and if you forget your tickets (guilty)- don't worry there's always a list at the door.Report this
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