Friday Late – The May Fayre
The return of our May Fayre, inspired by the infamous annual festival that took place around Brook Street in the 18th century, and gave Mayfair its name.
You are cordially invited to our upcoming after-hours event, bringing one of London’s lewdest and most shocking fairs of the 18th century back to life. Expect a fascinating evening of Baroque music, drama and intrigue to celebrate this wilder side of Mayfair’s past.
On the first floor, in Handel’s Music Room, Baroque mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard, accompanied on our 18th century harpsichord, will perform music celebrating the coming of Spring using some of Handel’s greatest pieces.
On the second floor, in the great composer’s bedroom – and the room where Handel died in 1759 – a variety of Georgian characters from Handel’s London will be brought to life to entertain our guests.
Meanwhile on the third floor, where Jimi Hendrix lived in 1969, Art Macabre will present a curious vision of the strange, surreal elements of British folk traditions and May Day parade rituals for you to sketch. Create colourful illustrations depicting our weird and wonderfully macabre May Day moments. A riot of colour, pattern and your chance to get creative with “death drawing” from observation and imagination! Materials sponsored by GreatArt.
Finally, throughout the night – and throughout the different rooms of the house – critically-acclaimed folk trio Said the Maiden will be performing impromptu sets of traditional and original songs.
All of this, plus a few surprises, face-painting, and drinks at our pop-up bar. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to visit the whole house after hours!
Take a look at last year’s event.
Limited earlybird tickets £15 – SOLD OUT.
Standard tickets £20 – AVAILABLE.
Booking in advance is advised as our Friday Lates often sell out.
When: 17th May 2019 at 19:00