Abney Park Chapel to host international choir

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Photo credit: Tommaso Grant

One of Hackney’s oldest chapels is set to play host to an internationally-performing choir on Sunday 25th March, in a concert inspired by the music of 18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts.

This Is The Day will be an hour-long recital performed at Abney Park Chapel by Ishirini, a young British-based choir formed in 2009. The choir will be appearing in Hackney for the first time since 2013, when they performed in the Old Church as part of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival.

Jo Willmott, a member of the choir who has lived in Hackney for the past five years, described the range of unusual places that the choir’s success has taken it to:

‘We have sung in many often unusual locations, including Tanzania, Nepal, India and Georgia. We meet up for specific projects, which are usually strongly connected to the place we’re performing in.’

Ishirini take care to ensure that the music they perform is closely linked to the place in which they perform, and often conduct workshops for new singers from local schools and community groups.

The profits from the performance in Abney Park will raise money for the completion of a statue of Isaac Watts, a Christian minister who lived much of his life in Stoke Newington.

Watts is famous for having written a huge number of famous hymns including Joy to the World and O God, Our Help in Ages Past.

If the campaign to raise money is successful, the completed statue will stand in Abney Park Cemetery.

Tickets for the performance are available at www.ishirini.co.uk, prices start at £12 per head. The performance will take place at 7:30 on the 25th March.