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Music Hall Wednesday Talks Now On YouTube

The five talks that made up Music Hall Wednesdays in the Lambeth Heritage Festival have now been added to their youtube channel Music Hall Brixton and Beyond. So if you missed out on a talk, or enjoyed them so much you want to go back and see them again, they are all online for you to enjoy at your leisure. 

A quick reminder about each talk:

  • Come round any old time – Brixton’s music hall community. Sue McKenzie looks at how and why Brixton was home to so many people from music hall, early cinema and variety in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She also tells the stories of some of the performers in what was a precarious and unpredictable world. Link to Sue’s talk here.
  • The Empress, Theatre of Varieties. Bill Linskey talks about the history of The Empress Theatre of Varieties. Opened in 1898 it quickly became one of Brixton’s best-known venues; described as ‘one of the finest of London’s suburban music halls’. Link to Bill’s talk here.
  •  Researching Brixton’s Music Hall connections. Christine Beddoe and Tracey Gregory share stories of music hall people associated with Glenshaw Mansions on Brixton Road and sources they have used to uncover the stories.  Link to Christine and Tracey’s talk here
  • Music Hall Jugglers of Lambeth. Charlie Holland’s talk on music hall jugglers, featuring original props, posters, programmes and photographs, draws you into the globe-trotting lives of Paul Cinquevalli, the Mongadors, and Hanvarr & Lee. Link to Charlie’s talk here.
  • International Music Hall. A panel discussion on how music hall linked Brixton to the world and how performance names and personas disguised true identity. Featuring Alison Young (a solicitor who has turned her research skills to exploring the lives of her paternal family, of music hall performers); Steve Martin, (Brixton based historian and author specialising in Black British history); Amy Matthewson, (Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). Link to the panel discussion here.

In addition to the talks, the collection of Music Hall Brixton and Beyond collection on Layers of London continues to grow. There are now over 50 short histories of music hall people in and around Brixton. You can explore streets by street.

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