Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's is the world's last surviving Grand Music Hall and London's best kept secret. This stunning and atmospheric building is led by Frances Mayhew and produces an exciting programme of imaginative, diverse and distinct entertainment including exhibitions, theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret.
Gallery, Heritage site
Opening Hours * Monday - Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
Current exhibition and bar are free (other performances vary)
The main auditorium is currently being repaired (due to finish in February 2013) but the bar and front of house areas are still open with a variety of entertainment. We regret to say that the upstairs of the bar, where some events take place, is not wheelchair accessible.
Animals and children are welcome.
The Perfume Salon
- 14 April 2015 8-9:30am
Perfumista Anna Katz presents a fragrant evening for the senses with an opportunity to sample the creations of top perfumer, Haeckels, and hear live music from The Ottermen
"Entertainment to delight your nose and your ears” Time Out
"The Perfume Salon works perfectly as a platform to explore
and discuss the world of perfumery. The crowd around me all
enjoyed themselves thoroughly.” Fragantica
First launched in 2014 and now firmly established after three successful London salons, The Perfume Salon offers both established and emerging perfumers and musicians an opportunity to showcase their wares. This Salon will feature a presentation by Perfumer Dom Bridges, founder of the Margate based wild fragrance brand Haeckels, followed by live music from English blues and swing artists The Ottermen.
Haeckels is a wild fragrance brand founded in 2012 by Dom Bridges who wanted to reconnect fragrance with the beautiful Jurassic chalk coastal area that surrounded him in Margate, Kent. All Haeckels products are formulated at its cliff top Margate laboratory including distillation of herbs and other plants grown nearby in its local allotment. Haeckel's products are very much a work of love, of natural ingredients, of design and quality but ultimately a love of reconnection whether with a plant, a person or a place.
Playing a mix of Blues, Swing, Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly, with influences from Hoagy Carmichael to Bob Dylan, The Ottermen are band with a unique English take on tradition, music and culture. In recent years they have performed alongside such acts as 'Sweet Babboo', 'The Wave Pictures' and Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets).
Siliva the Zulu - part of 'South Africa at 20: The Freedom Tour'
- 17 April 2015 7:30-9pm
Directed by Attilio Gatti (1927)
In 1927, Italian explorer and filmmaker Attilio Gatti, inspired by Robert Flaherty's groundbreaking documentary Nanook of the North, travelled to Africa with anthropologist Lidio Cipriani to make a film that would depict the realities of life among the Zulu natives and blend them with a scripted story. The result was Siliva the Zulu, a story of a romantic rivalry in a primitive African village. Along with the love story wedged into Gatti's footage, Siliva the Zulu also includes historically invaluable scenes of daily life among the Zulu people, including healing rituals, dancing, and magical ceremonies. While Gatti originally intended to feature European actors as well as the Zulu natives, African immigration officers prevented this, and as a result the film was produced with a fully African cast. Siliva the Zulu was long thought to have been lost, but a print was discovered in the 21st century and it played a number of international film festivals.
This rare screening will be accompanied by live music from composer-performer Juwon Ogungbe. Drawing its influences from folk, township jazz, popular and art music genres from South Africa, Juwon Ogungbe's composition will be performed on piano, marimba and mbira.
- Any age
Carradine's Cockney Sing-A-Long
- 20 April 2015 8-10:30pm
Join Mr. Tom Carradine on the ‘Ol Johanna as he presents an evening of timeless songs
After an uproarious series of sing-a-long sessions in the Mahogany Bar and a festive spectacular in the hall, our piano playing host is back. Leading you in an traditional sing-a-long, music includes ditties from the Music Hall era, WWI and II, the West End stage and traditional popular songs from across the decades. It's a good old-fashioned knees-up!
Pay what you can (minimum £1)
Debussy And His Muse
- 27 — 29 April 2015
A seductive evening of music and storytelling - Youthful songs and compositions of Claude Debussy, inspired by his beguiling muse and first true love, Blanche Vasnier, recounting their passionate but unrequited affair
Gillian Keith Soprano
Simon Lepper Piano
Nina Brazier Director
"I was moved to tears by Gillian's exquisite singing and by this sweet tale of young, unrequited love. It makes for a perfect evening of music and storytelling."
Central Seen - London
"It was simply beautiful. I had no idea there was such a touching story behind all those songs." Audience Member (on preview performance)
When an 18 year old Debussy took a job as accompanist in the studio of fading diva Madame Moreau-Sainti, he fell in love with one of her most talented pupils, a captivating society lady with the voice of an angel - Marie-Blanche Vasnier. This green-eyed muse, 14 years his senior, mother, and married to Eugene-Henri Vasnier, well-respected civil engineer, sang her way in to his heart, as he charmed his way into the Vasnier household. During this period of great happiness, creativity and self-discovery, Debussy wrote nearly 40 songs, 27 of which were dedicated to Marie.
Through memoirs written by Vasnier’s daughter, this skilfully crafted recital of words and music leads us through their tale - Debussy’s love for Vasnier is poured out in the sublime music he wrote for her as a young composer, and a man in the throes of his first love affair.
Award winning duo Gillian Keith, soprano and Simon Lepper, piano have been enthralling audiences with their interpretations of French Song since the release of their original album, Debussy: Early Songs. Past winners of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Wigmore Song Competition and Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, Gillian and Simon have performed in the world’s major concert halls and festivals, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Usher Hall Edinburgh, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Verbier Festival, and Musikverein Vienna.
Nina Brazier is "one of Britain's leading young directors of opera" (The Observer). She has worked as a Staff and Assistant Director for the Royal Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, ENO, WNO and Opera North and her previous credits include productions for Ryedale, Lammermuir, Tête à Tête and Grimeborn festivals. As well as all this, she has been a visiting director at the Italian Opera Summer School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Birkbeck University.