Music at the West Ealing craft market, Sat, Dec 1 2012

It’s local, it’s outdoors and it’s live – that’s music in the craft market in West Ealing on every Saturday in December.  This community experience comes free – with 20+ stalls of goodies on sale from local craftspeople in the open space just next to Blockbusters in West Ealing Broadway.

Line-up for Saturday, December 1st:

12-1pm: Harmonica Lewinsky performs music hall, TV theme tunes and cockney rock to audiences as far away as Sainsbury’s and Tesco Extra in Hanwell.  He is CRB checked and gives 10% of his income to British Gas. No animals have suffered in the making of his music, although several humans have ended up in Ealing Hospital A&E.

1-2pm: Questors Choir Hi – we’re Questors Choir – we’ll be singing carols at the Craft Fair on Saturday. Our aim is to help the event go with a swing, and bring a smile to the faces of shoppers and stall holders alike. We’re a mixed voice ensemble and we’ve been singing in Ealing for over 25 years. If you like what you hear, why not come to our concert next Saturday? It’s on the 8th December at St John’s, Mattock Lane. Musical director Philip Norman has put together a mix of traditional carols, with plenty of opportunities for audience participation, plus some Christmas choral pieces by Handel, St Saens and Eybler, and a few all-time Christmas hits too. If you enjoy singing, Questors Choir welcomes singers of all abilities. We have a good blend of experienced singers and newcomers who’ve only just started with the choir. Our repertoire is deliberately varied, from Baroque and Classical to Contemporary choral works, and folk songs. All of us share one passion – a love of choral music performed in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Visit .

2-3pm: Jacob & Goliath A West London-based folk/alternative band. “Like James’s Tim Booth, Jacob Simpson (lead singer of J&G) possesses a rare and subtle ability to mine deep soulfulness from rough scraps of emotion,’ writes music critic Jon Wilde. “The yearning quality in his voice is both bold clarion call and whispered confession. Jacob & Goliath inhabit a sonic landscape that is equal parts earthy folkiness and propulsive pop”.

A glimpse into the future:

The good news is this happens every Saturday in December – a new show, more crafts, more community. So, don’t go to Westfield – stroll up the road!

For December 8th, local charity Tangled Web join with Beavers and Scouts for some rousing carols, Pinnacle Performing Arts will be dancing to cheer our wintry spirits and Singology choir serve us a slice of gospel joy.
For December 15th, watch out for the Westside performers from the local youth club, a barbershop quartet (who will start by flashmobbing Sylvester’s the local barbers – grow your hair and drop in about 12.15), followed by ancient carols with local voices and instruments, and a nativity from St James’s which will involve a live quadruped (we can say no more but bring a shovel).
December 22nd is for reflective, moving carols from the Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter – come and be part of that party, scoop up some last-minute bargains and feel just like a ‘West Ender’. (Wear reindeer headress if possible – or at least a Sarah Lund jumper. You know it make sense.)

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