The Speakeasy is back!

by Dave on October 1, 2015


Here at St Luke’s, we love a party. We’re also blessed with some amazingly talented people in our congregation, from singers and musicians, to actors and comedy writers. Our yearly Speakeasy is an opportunity to be entertained by the best of the church’s talent – and to enjoy a great social evening and a singalong, too.

So, what can you expect from a St Luke’s Speakeasy? First, you’ll walk into the church to find it’s been transformed into a twinkling candlelit cafe, with the stage set for the show. There’ll be a bar in the kitchen, and nibbles to snack on while you relax among friends and enjoy some top-class musical performances, sketches, cabaret acts and a few surprise moments. Plus there’ll be a house band to lead a singalong we can all join in with. Crispin – who conceived and created the Speakeasy – will be our master of ceremonies.

So put the next Speakeasy – our eighth – in your diary for Friday 16 October, 8pm-11.30pm. Tickets cost £5, or £2 concessions, and the event is only open to those aged 16+ (no exceptions). Tickets are on sale now at Sunday morning services and at – advanced sales are encouraged so we can make sure the bar doesn’t run out!

As well as a chance for us all to get together and have some fun, it’s also a great opportunity to invite friends, family and neighbours along for a relaxed evening out. So get your gladrags on, brush up your vocal cords and get ready for a great night at St Luke’s!

Sing your heart out at St Luke’s

by Dave on September 12, 2015

Some members of the Choir singing during a Sunday morning service

Here at St Luke’s, we love singing – and not just on a Sunday morning (although we do enjoy a rousing hymn led by our fabulous choir). There are several musical projects at St Luke’s where members, friends and local residents get together to limber up their vocal cords.

First of all, there’s our community choir, Vox Holloway (‘voice of Holloway’). Founded in 2009 by our musical director, Justin Butcher, it’s open to all – no experience is required and there’s no audition. The new term starts on 15 September, with Tuesday evening rehearsals working towards a performance of music inspired by ‘the unquiet mind’ on 29 November. Visit to learn more.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday evenings, we have Voices Singing Workshops run by music therapist Angela Reith. Sessions involve breathing and vocal exercises, group singing in different styles, and some improvisation (but no pressure to sing solo). With an emphasis on stress relief, confidence building and wellbeing, it’s suitable for any ability. The new term started on 9 September. Email or visit to find out more.

If you’re an experienced singer, St Luke’s church choir is open to new members, particularly tenors and basses, to lead worship and perform at services and church events. You’ll have to audition and commit to weekly rehearsals. Speak to Justin if you’re interested.

Finally, those of us who enjoy a more informal sing-song are already anticipating the next Speakeasy, our annual cabaret night and singalong run by Crispin Holland. Put 16 October in your diary for an evening of entertainment, courtesy of the top talent at St Luke’s.

Singing is proven to be good for our physical and mental health. You’re warmly invited to join us in enjoying the benefits of lifting our voices together.

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