A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A torchlit walk and a candlelit performance of songs on the theme of death and madness with Béatrice de Larragoïti
Sunday 22nd October at 7:30 pm

Guests will gather at the Dissenters’ Chapel in Kensal Green cemetery shortly after sunset to steel their nerves with a bracing Hendricks’ gin and tonic before embarking on a candlelit procession through the gravestones until they arrive at the heart of the cemetery - the Anglican chapel - where French-Brazilian soprano Béatrice de Larragoïti will await to perform a candlelit recital on the theme of death and madness.

Drawing on her native French repertoire the programme will include Charles-Valentin Alkan’s mysterious “The Song of the Mad Woman by the Sea”, Poulenc’s chilling “My Corpse is Soft as a Glove” and Messiaen’s feral “Terror” as well as more established repertoire such as Mendelssohn’s “Witches’ Song”, Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre” and “The Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” from Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Béatrice de Larragoïti
After studying at the Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris, Béatrice graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, obtaining a Master of Music and a Postgraduate Artist Diploma with distinction under Alison Wells. Béatrice also holds degrees in Art History from the Sorbonne University and the Ecole du Louvre. She recently sang Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Hampstead Garden Opera.

Tickets £15 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke Grove to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.

The Venue - Bromptoon Cemetery