So soon after the amazing performance of "The Armed Man" by North Camden Chorus comes another local church concert, this time it's an invitation to join the Fleet Singers at both rehearsal and performance of Mozart's Requiem, from 1.30pm to 8pm, with a break for afternoon tea, at St Anne's Church Highgate - tickets £20.
Booking essential - full details here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/106-highgate-west-hill/st-annes-church/come-and-sing-mozart-requiem/e-edmarx
or here: www.concert-diary.com/concert/1761312771/Come-and-Sing-Mozart-s-Requiem-with-Fleet-Singers - Attending the concert from 7pm-8pm is free, no ticket needed but donations welcome.
Another event for our calendar - Channing School for Girls - https://www.channing.co.uk - which is at The Bank, Highgate, London N6 5HF - is holding a Communitea - meaning a "Communi-Tea" - to which we are all invited.
The advert in the Camden New Journal says "Join us at Channing School for free tea, sandwiches and cake, get help from our digital leaders with your device, and enjoy some music while you're here!" It's from 4.15 to 5.30pm - see you there!
Some light has been cast on the future planning for reinstatement of the Community Centre, which used to serve a wide-reaching area offering low-cost communal lunches exercise classes for the over-60s, some of whom have been wondering when we are going to get our centre back.
The architectural plans for the site development had the new community centre as an integral part of the building, which was designed to provide high-value accommodation for sale on the open market. Logistically, the new community centre will inevitable prioritise providing services to local residents.
However, as the building process nears completion, funding has now become available from central government for the accommodation to be made available to Afghan Refugees, enabling them to be moved from expensive hotels to proper homes. See Richard Osley's article in the Camden New Journal, dated 5th March 2023: https://www.camdennewjournal.co.uk/article/private-flats-taken-off-market-and-set-up-for-afghan-refugees
The article quotes Andrew Sanalitro, director of the HNCC, as saying: “Our community centre and partners will be delighted to welcome the new residents into the heart of our community and to involve them in our programme of activity in any ways that can support them to settle and thrive. “This will be an exciting and positive development for our neighbourhood.”
I hope you are OK and surviving this cold spring weather. I just remembered that I had forgotten to update the website, and managed to do some of that today. I've tweaked some details and added two new organisations to the Events Page: https://hnca.org.uk/wp/events/
Friends of Highgate Library has one of their very interesting lectures this Thursday 9th March, which you can join in person or online. The next one, with Catharine Wells, is about the Highgate Pink Plaques Project: Honouring Women from Angela Burdett-Coutts to Stella Gibbons: https://www.fohl.org.uk/events/.
One interesting addition to our Events page is On Bouge, a long-standing French Folk Dance Club, which has its monthly meeting this Friday 10th March - in the basement of the Heath Street Baptist Club. If you book in advance it's only £10, but you can show up at the door and pay £12 - see https://onbouge.org and https://www.wegottickets.com/onbouge.
North Camden Chorus holds term-time rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9.15pm at William Ellis School, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RN, for their end-of-term concerts - the next one, at St Mary Brookfield Church, is coming up on Saturday 25th March from 7.30pm. The choir will be performing: KARL JENKINS – THE ARMED MAN - an anti-war piece written for the Millennium celebrations and dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis, MOZART'S AVE VERUM - composed in the final year of his life to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, and FAURÉ's CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE. Tickets cost £15 at the door, but only £12 if booked in advance - see https://ncchorus.org.uk/spring-concert-saturday-25-march/.
If you have any other information which may be of interest to our friends, do let us know. Meanwhile that's it for now.
Best wishes to all
Mary Fee (020 7607 7852 - 07966 216891)
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