There’s a fair bit of virtual sleeve-tugging going on at the moment…

…as many of you are extremely keen to find out the details of the next Counterpint session.

(In case you needed reminding, Counterpint is Polyphony Down the Pub’s slightly flightier and less reliable sibling, in that it’s always in a different pub and on a different night of the week each time.)

I have a couple of pubs in the pipeline but it would be utterly great if any of you could also suggest some London venues in which you think a Counterpint session might work.

The ideal pub:

  • has a private room that can accommodate around 40 – 50 people (seated)
  • is less than 10 minutes’ walk from a tube station
  • has a good selection of beers and wines. And gins, for the sopranos.
  • is willing to have you lot rock up to belt out Palestrina and Byrd.

If your neighbourhood boozer meets these criteria then drop me the details via the comments below and we’ll see if we can set something up.



PS If you are stuck for something to do on Saturday night, why not go and hear the excellent Crouch End Festival Chorus perform Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Barbican?

PPS If you’re still twiddling your thumbs on Sunday, the also excellent St Bride’s Choir are singing Victoria in the morning and Byrd, Gibbons and Weelkes in the evening.


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K O'Neill

I am a classical music enthusiast and a lover of choral music in particular. I run the Polyphony Down the Pub social/singing night, probably the most thrilling singing-Renaissance-motets-in-the-backroom-of-a-pub experience you could ever hope to have.

6 thoughts on “There’s a fair bit of virtual sleeve-tugging going on at the moment…”

  1. Hi Kevin,

    Have you considered the Balham Bowls Club in, unsurpisingly, Balham? It is two minutes walk from Balham tube station, they do decent beer, and have one, possibly even two spaces of a decent size we could potentially use. Every second Sunday they host the Balham Ukulele Jam, so they are not adverse to strange musicians making music (and don’t tell the Balham Uke Jam people, but the PdtP lot sound a lot better than they do ;-))

    Hope that’s in some way helpful, Michelle.


  2. Hi Kevin,

    From the vicar at St Mary’s Primrose Hill, where I sing in the choir:

    “The Washington in England’s Lane NW3 has a separate basement bar. When I went there recently a stand-up comedy class for clergy was just finishing so they are obviously open to peculiar bookings …”

    This is a very short walk from Chalk Farm tube (or just a bit further from Swiss Cottage).



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