Friday Late – The May Fayre
For this May’s Museums at Night, we’re celebrating the annual fortnight-long festival that gave Mayfair its name.
This May we have an evening of live music, performances and interactive activities to celebrate a forgotten part of London’s history.
On the first floor, in Handel’s Music Room, Baroque musicians Charles MacDougall (tenor) and Katarzyna Kowalik (harpsichord) will reveal a narrative celebrating the coming of Spring using some of Handel’s greatest operatic pieces.
On the second floor, Handel’s bedroom – the room where the great composer died in 1759 – will be taken over by Art Macabre.
Try your hand at life drawing with Art Macabre. Injecting a lethal dose of theatricality into sketching, Art Macabre will present an eccentric tableaux to inspire your sketches. Inspired by accounts of the May Fayre’s ‘beheading of puppets’, sketch curious characters and macabre marionettes to be found at the fair. Ghostly shadows of the May Fayre’s most strange and surreal entertainments.
Up on the third floor, where Hendrix lived in 1969, English songstress Olivia Chaney will perform a very special acoustic set in Jimi’s bedroom.
All of this, plus face-painting, gingerbread, drinks and surprise performances from some special guests.
Limited earlybird tickets £15.
General tickets £20.
Final release tickets £25 SOLD OUT
Call or email us to be added to the waiting list for this event.
“Her lovely voice is a mix of Joni Mitchell and pure-toned folk…” Financial Times
“She has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight.” The Guardian
Florence-born, Oxford-reared and London-based, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney released her debut solo album, The Longest River, in 2015, and collaborated with American indie-folk band The Decemberists to release the critically-acclaimed album The Queen of Hearts, a joint album of reworked folk tracks under the name Offa Rex.
Olivia’s 2nd solo release on Nonesuch Records, Shelter, will be out on June 15th.
“Imaginative, intimate and inspirational, Art Macabre is everything you could want from a life drawing class – or any night out, for that matter. ” Time Out London
From the Cutty Sark to Wilderness Festival, Tower of London to Tate Modern, Art Macabre have been injecting a lethal dose of theatricality into life drawing for the past 7 years. Founded in 2010 and directed by events producer Nikki Shaill, over the past seven years Art Macabre has inspired thousands of participants to pick up a pencil and explore the darker side of arts. Imaginative themes, diverse models and subjects, unique locations and cultural collaborators set Art Macabre apart from your average life drawing experience.
Based in Hackney, Art Macabre run events, exhibitions and workshops across the UK and beyond. From regular weekly weekend workshops in East London basement bars, to monthly collaborations with the UK’s top museums, galleries and heritage institutions’ Late events, or special after-dark events in Victorian cemeteries, crypts or summer festival fields.
Museums at Night is an opportunity for museums and galleries to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media. It’s a social experience, where visitors can get involved, delve deeper into fascinating subjects and perhaps enjoy a cocktail or two with friends.
When: 18th May 2018 at 19:00