Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Participating are:
Hackney Song Works
Hackney Singers
Sing17 Choir
Wing It Singers
Tatiana Pook
Bow and Bellows
The Volunteers
Carola Emrich Fisher
Colin Emrich Fisher
Susie Evans

Two minutes silence will be held at 11am.


Apple Day, 2pm Sunday 7th October in Butterfield Green Orchard

Allen Road / corner Shakespeare Walk, Stoke Newington, London N16 8SB


“MEMORIAL” Brink Productions

UK premiere, The Barbican,  27-30th Sept 2018

Helen Morse has won critical praise for her performance as narrator. Photo: Shane Reid

The atrocities of war never cease to haunt, and Alice Oswald’s 2011 poem Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad is one of the more powerful recent meditations on the theme of battle.
Now Oswald’s verse has been adapted for the stage by Australian company Brink Productions, which is bringing the show to the Barbican for its UK premiere between 27 and 30 September 2018. Featuring a score by Jocelyn Pook, the production boasts a community chorus of the same size made up of local choirs including Song Works Choir Hackney.

An interview by Hackney Citizen paper with Martina about Hackney Songworks involvement in the upcoming show Memorial at the Barbican

More info

Martina’s choir Hackney Song Works will be part of the 215 strong chorus in ‘Memorial ‘at the Barbican (27-30th Sept 2018). The staging is based on a poem by Alice Oswald, with an original score by the wonderful composer Jocelyn Pook.

Hackney Song Works


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Crouch End Chronicles

7.30pm, 15th June, Hornsey Town Hall

Bow and Bellows (Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz) “a stunningly versatile violin, horn and accordion duo” perform in Crouch End Chronicles the latest of Blacktooth productions shows. As always it mixes readings, live music and raucous anecdotes and digs into the local history and the characters who have helped make it.


Martina’s composition “L’eau de l’eau!” at Sing for Water London – on 17 September 2017, its 15th year on London’s South Bank. A spectacular concert led by the fantastic Katie Rose and Michael Harper as part of the Thames Festival Programme, the event was co-founded in 2002 by renowned composer, singer and musical director Helen Chadwick and the Thames Festival Trust (video recording: Bryan James)


BIG DATA SING / UCL Culture  – Music by Martina Schwarz

Martina was commissioned to write a cycle of songs for this interactive and innovative event, performed by a scratch choir at the Grant museum. Songs include ‘Big Data’, ‘Love Bytes’ and ‘Stored up in a cloud’

Produced in partnership with UCL Grand Challenges programme:

Grant Museum of Zoology, 21 University St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6DE
Music composed by Martina Schwarz
Conceived by Helen Pike and Dean Veall
Images: UCL Culture
Commissioned by UCL

Big Data Scratch Choir:
Helen Pike, Jo Howcroft, Joanna Foster, Jane Wymark, Marie Lawrence, Heather Coomb, Ruby Wright, Emma Parsons, Beatrice Pemberton, Maria Ragan and Stephen D Fletcher. Conducted by Martina Schwarz


Take ‘A Journey Round Ulysses’ with James Joyce

A Journey Round Ulysses

James Joyce image: www,

June 16 is a big day for James Joyce fans. It is the day on which his masterpiece, Ulysses, is set.

We’ll be celebrating in style, with readings from the novel which mix raucous humour, sexual frankness, Wildean wit and a wonderful evocation of Dublin life. The cast includes Nora Connolly and Oengus Macnamara, with live music from Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz.

‘A Journey Round Ulysses’ was part of this year’s Crouch End Festival at the Town Hall


May Daze at Hornsey Town Hall

May Daze at Hornsey Town Hall

A Springtime Celebration at Hornsey Town Hall

On April 27, Blacktooth productions will be celebrating the joy of spring, as seen by novelists, poets, natural history writers, diarists and wits through the ages.
May Daze combines anecdotes, jokes, stories and music, with readings from DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Robert Browning, the Bible, Kenneth Grahame and many others. Kate Walsh and Daniel Dresner performed the readings, with music from Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz.


Please check back later for news of future events and meanwhile watch out for Martina in Palavah:


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