How much do you know about Richmond Unitarian Church?

Unitarian Church

Tucked away on Ormond Road (between Nandos and the cinema!) is the Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, built in 1896. It’s a lovely, peaceful space inside, with an airy feel, great acoustics and beautiful stained glass by none other than Edward Burne-Jones (colleague of William Morris). But did you know that as well as its Sunday services (friendly and completely inclusive), its community groups and nursery, it hosts a wealth of musical activities? It has its own opera company: Ormond Opera, a small professional group producing outstanding operas, such as Madame Butterfly (2016) and Carmen (2017); it is home to Richmond Choral Society, who hold their termly concerts there (their next one is music for Easter by Gounod and Lauridsen, on March 24th and contemporary music gets a look in too: the Richmond New Music Collective holds their annual showcases there. Two music events coming up are a lecture-recital exploring the piano works of Liszt (with fabulous pianist Mengyang Pan) on March 10th, and a stunning evening of song on March 16th from Philomel, a professional vocal ensemble performing music from the Renaissance and the present day.
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