A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A torchlit walk and a candlelit performance of Schubert’s string quartet No 14 in D minor
Saturday 28th October at 7:30 pm

The string quartet has traditionally been the medium via which the composer exposed their innermost feelings. The poverty-stricken and already terminally ill Franz Schubert wrote “Death and the Maiden” in 1824 at the same time as churning out jolly gemütlich music for Viennese society balls. The title of the piece comes from its second movement which was based on a song “Der Tod und das Mädchen” that Schubert had written seven years earlier. The bleak, foreboding theme of mortality permeates all four movements of the quartet. The last movement is a tarantella - a traditional dance to ward off madness and death.

The quartet was not publicly performed in Schubert’s lifetime. He died four years after completing it, at the age of 31. Enter the cemetery at sundown, pause for a morale boosting Hendrick's gin and tonic and proceed at your peril on a candlelit procession to the Anglican chapel in the heart of the cemetery.

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

The Thanatos Quartet is an Anglo-Dutch-American-Spanish string quartet whose members met while studying for Masters Degrees in performance at the Royal College of Music in London. Their name is inspired by the god of death in Greek mythology and they specialise in playing music of the macabre.

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