The first time I went to the Union Chapel was for a wedding, which isn’t really surprising seeing as it was, and still is, a working church that holds a service every Sunday.
It was a lovely wedding and I thought at the time that the architecture and space was amazing. Well, that glorious space is now also a fully functioning music venue – and a very good one at that!
Not surprisingly, perhaps, they started out with acoustic gigs and one-man shows – for example, my mother went to see Kris Kristofferson last year – but since it started hosting concerts and events in 1991 it has grown and developed further as a venue and now will be hosting the full big band bonanza experience of the Sun Ra Orchestra.
Intimate gigs sound amazing in the Chapel so I can only imagine what a full on space jazz orchestra will sound like!
I suppose it’s the fact that it is obviously still a church and not a modern converted space that makes the gigs feel that bit extra special. You sit in pews and admire the amazing Victorian Gothic architecture before the lights dim. Sipping a beer at the bar safe in the knowledge that all the money raised from the concerts goes to the restoration of the building.
Good music and good karma at the Union Chapel.