What’s on

concert, gender, history, LGBT, women

Powerful and Dangerous!

19th October 2019 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm

We are delighted to be presenting a concert by The Fourth Choir, London's leading LGBT+ chamber choir. Known for their performances of great choral works from early music to contemporary choral masterpiece, the choir was formed in 2013, and has built a reputation on the world-class classical music scene. ‘Powerful and Dangerous’ celebrates an extraordinary group of women from different centuries and from many walks of life from Queen Elizabeth I (one of the most notable people to stay here at the Charterhouse) to Lady Phyll, from Sappho to Marielle Franco, and from Nina Simone to Lyra McKee. The music will be just as diverse as these amazing women are – with compositions by African-American Rosephayne Powell, Baroque nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Italian singer Barbara Strozzi, as well as music honouring women written by John Wilbye, Francis Poulenc, and a set of Mexican folk songs by David Conte. Narrators for the evening will be two "Great Ladies of the Theatre" - Fourth Choir Patron, Dame Ann Murray and Annette Badland. We regret that this event has now SOLD OUT!
access, architecture, heritage, london, modern

Architecture Tour

25th October 2019 | 2:15pm - 3:45pm Following its success during London Festival of Architecture we are scheduling more dates for our new Architecture Tour. Join one of our expert guides to explore the many architectural surprises at the Charterhouse. From medieval monastery to Tudor mansion, post-war renovation to invigorating 21st century adaptation of the Charterhouse buildings and open spaces, comprise a wealth of fascination in the heart of London. Tudor brick juxtaposed against medieval stone, windows and doorways recycled into modern entrances, elegant Victorian functionality and 1950s innovation; every element of these historic buildings breathes a story about the visionaries who have contributed to this remarkable estate, from Henry Yevele to Eric Parry and Michael Hopkins. Tickets £20. Book here

Christmas, fair, Family, festive, gifts, london

Christmas Fair – bigger, better, bolder!

12th November 2019 | 11:00am - 8:00pm Relax and know you've got all your Christmas gifts sorted! With over 50 stands of artisan crafts, homeware, accessories, food & drink you'll be able to find something beautiful, tasty or distinctive for all your family and friends.  This year we've made sure we have more ethical and sustainable gifts, as well as products made by local craftspeople. Soak up the festive atmosphere as you browse the stands in our unique historic site, and enjoy lots of Christmas treats. Look out for House of Eunice, Pinkster Gin, Lottie Murphy Greeting Cards, Han Makes, Divine Chocolate, and Hunter Gatherer all exhibiting with us this year + many more. We’ll also be offering a lovely selection of decorations made from trimmings from the Charterhouse Gardens, as well as honey from our Charterhouse bees! And check out the Charterhouse Christmas Café for home-made mince pies and mulled wine. Entry £3, children under 12 and concessions free

archaeology, black death, london, museum, Plague

Crossrail and the Charterhouse Tour

15th November 2019 | 10:30am - 12:00pm From the Black Death to the founding of a Carthusian monastery to London's newest railway, discover the secrets that lie behind, or rather underneath, the Charterhouse. As Crossrail tunnelled its way across London, the remains of a 14th century plague pit were unearthed. Following on from her series of SOLD OUT walking tours for the Museum of London, join London Town Tours guide Julie Chandler to find out about the tunnelling, station design, the trains, the archaeology, and how Crossrail impacted on life at the Charterhouse on this unique tour. £20. Approx 90 minute tour. Book here

concert, early music, lute, Spanish

Tonos Humanos: Secular songs to the guitar & lute from C17th Spain

17th November 2019 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm Born 400 years ago this year, Jose Marin - defrocked priest, convicted murderer, guitarist and composer - wrote over fifty songs to the baroque guitar, known to us only from a manuscript held in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Known as “Tonos Humanos”, a number of these form the core of this programme, complemented by works by some of his contemporaries such as Hidalgo, Duron and Aranies. These rarely heard songs help to light up a relatively dark period of Spanish music.  As a native speaker, Madrid-based soprano Olalla Vargas will bring out the full flavour of these idiomatic songs with their Iberian rhythms. Din Ghani will accompany on baroque guitar and lute. Olalla and Din perform as part of Din’s “Musicke in the Ayre” project whose 7-year mission so far has been to explore (with a growing group of singers) the wider reaches of the 16/17th century repertoire for solo voice(s) and plucked string, bringing it to audiences across the UK and on the Continent. Tickets £12 at the door, or £11 in advance from http://bit.ly/TonosCH

access, architecture, heritage, london, modern, tour

Architecture Tour

22nd November 2019 | 2:15pm - 3:45pm Following its success during London Festival of Architecture we are scheduling more dates for our new Architecture Tour. Join one of our expert guides to explore the many architectural surprises at the Charterhouse. From medieval monastery to Tudor mansion, post-war renovation to invigorating 21st century adaptation of the Charterhouse buildings and open spaces, comprise a wealth of fascination in the heart of London. Tudor brick juxtaposed against medieval stone, windows and doorways recycled into modern entrances, elegant Victorian functionality and 1950s innovation; every element of these historic buildings breathes a story about the visionaries who have contributed to this remarkable estate, from Henry Yevele to Eric Parry and Michael Hopkins. Tickets £20. Book here

Carols, chapel, Christmas, City, concert, london

Candlelit Christmas Carol Concert

3rd December 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm Hurry! Last few tickets! Please join us for what promises to be our most memorable Carol Concert to date!  Raise up your voices to sing your favourite carols, and immerse yourselves in the sublime sound of the Pegasus Choir, in the wonderful festive atmosphere of our Jacobean Chapel. This year we are delighted to present a host of special celebrity readers including actor Jenny Agutter and writers Bonnie Greer and Tracey Borman, bringing Christmas stories vividly to life.  Mingle beforehand with a mince pie and cup of warming mulled wine (included in the ticket price) at this celebratory evening. Advance booking recommended. Tickets £20 (children and Friends of the Charterhouse free).

Christmas, craft, handmade, Workshop, wreath

Wreath Making Workshop

7th December 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm Give your home distinctive festive flair with a beautiful hand-made wreath using trimmings from the Charterhouse garden and a selection of ribbons and decorations. Spend a lovely afternoon, with the guidance of our Head Gardener Kate Robinson, on this course which takes you through all the techniques of mossing, preparing foliage and decorating your own bespoke wreath. Price includes all materials and festive refreshments, (but do feel free to bring any favourite decorations to adorn your creation). Price:  £55 (£50 Friends of the Charterhouse) Book here

Christmas, handmade, Workshop, wreath

Wreath Making Workshop

12th December 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm Spend a creative evening making your own bespoke wreath as a centrepiece for your festive decorations.  Using wreath rings partly prepared by our lovely Head Gardener Kate Robinson, select from a variety of foliage and berries trimmed from the Charterhouse gardens, and a range of ribbons and with Kate's guidance, decorate a wreath that's absolutely your own creation. The price includes all materials and festive refreshments (though do feel free to bring any favourite decorations of your own). Price £45 (Friends £40) Book here

Charterhouse Christmas Service

18th December 2019 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm As Christmas approaches join us for our special Christmas Carol Service and lift your voices with the St Michael Chorale in the atmospheric surroundings of our Jacobean Chapel, where centuries of Brothers have worshipped before.

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