Mental Fight Club presents Creative Ways to Wellbeing: free mini festival inc. concert, ballad walk, & workshops on chant & drawing

27 Sep 2022 / Greater London


Date: 27 Sep 2022

Cost: Free

Details: 11:00-19:00

Location: Holy Sepulchre London Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD



Run by: Vivien Ellis

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‘A feast for the mind, a boost for the body, a salve for the soul’

Join us at the National Musicians Church on the 27th of September for a day of creative events focused on wellbeing, free with refreshments included.

11 am -1 pm: City Churches Ballad Walk– with Vivien Ellis (singer) & Dafydd Wyn Phillips (London Blue Badge Guide). The streets around Holy Sepulchre once echoed with the voices of street vendors crying out their wares, ballad singers pushing the latest news in song, and church bells ringing the time. Through songs and stories, learn about the soundscape & fascinating history of the City and its Churches, and how they helped to shape modern London. An easy walk, starting & ending at Holy Sepulchre Church. Free, booking is required.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Chant For Well-Being – Introduction to early chant from London, and world traditions, taught by ear. Led by Vivien Ellis, song leader of The Mental Fight Club, and the Dragon Cafe Singing Group. No skills or previous experience is required. Come and take part, or listen and chill out. All welcome. Free, booking advised.

4 pm – 5 pm: Drawing Sound with Vanessa Lawrence – Come and join artist Vanessa Lawrence for an hour of drawing sound, capturing a unique moment in ink, graphite, & chalk pastel.

6 pm – 7 pm: ‘Noyses, Sounds and Sweet Ayres’ – Concert by Alva – Early, folk and new music from Alva ensemble: Giles Lewin (voice, fiddle), Leah Stuttard (voice, early harp), Vivien Ellis (voice, sinfonye). Music to celebrate the National Musicians Church and its role in London’s history and culture. A wealth of music includes an execution ballad from Newgate Prison, exquisite plainchant, a new setting of the beautiful C15th text ‘Adam lay ybounden’, and a song from a witness to the Great Fire of London. Free, booking advised on the link here –