I went to church last week.
Well, to be more accurate, I went into a church - the Union Chapel - for a concert. But there's a strong argument to made that experiencing music in that space is nothing short of a religious experience.
The Union Chapel is “a working church, an award winning venue and a centre for those homeless and in crisis in London.” I experienced it as an award winning venue, providing an intimate music platform to be moved by the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith.
Sexsmith preformed at the Union January 25th to packed pews. Playing two sets (as he joked, he opened for himself) the crowd eagerly welcomed each new song, whether he performed with a guitar or playing the piano.
The sound filled the space and Sexsmith’s melodies provided solace for the soul after a hard day’s work that made you smile while pulling at your heartstrings. He preformed songs from his recent album "Long Player Late Bloomer," gave us a sneak peak into his upcoming album, and took suggestions from the crowd.
As Sexsmith said after the performance, it was the perfect venue for a solo show. I couldn’t agree more. I will definitely be returning to the Union Chapel to experience further acoustic pleasure and will be keeping a watch out for the next time Sexsmith is in the UK.
For events at the Union Chapel click here.
Free lunch time concerts take place every Saturday from 12pm-2pm. Enjoy the venue and the music with your choice of teas, coffees, cakes and snacks available from the Margins Union Cafe will all profits going to the Margins Homelessness Project.
By LSESU Digital Communications Intern Wanda O'Brien