Hold Hands with Strangers

Time for another ceilidh (kay-lee) folks! Get your dancing shoes on, get your tickets (at buytickets.at/cricklewoodlibrary) and get down to the Clayton Crown to dance the night away to the fab Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band.

It’s upstairs in the Sala Suite, Clayton Crown Hotel, 152 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 3ED.

Friday 13 April, from 8pm. Limited number of concessions available, so book fast!

See you there!

Cricklewood Library Mini-Festival

We’re having a fundraising mini-festival this month as part of our Spacehive fundraising drive.

Make sure you make it down to one of these fabulous events; all local, and something for everyone!

Wednesday 20 September – Comedy Night at The Windmill, hosted by MC Mel Byron
Thursday 21 September – A Cricklewood Serenade – a classical concert with Musical Director Ian Peter Bugeja
Friday 22 September – a fundraising ceilidh – come and dance your socks off with the fantastic Wraggle Taggle ceilidh band.

Tickets for all events here.

Music Recital by Sonja Nerdrum and Mark Packwood – Fundraiser

We’re very pleased to announce that our own Sonja Nerdrum, who runs the pop-up library at Willesden Green, will be performing at a fundraising concert for the library on 14 June. She will be performing works by Quilter, Thiman, Strauss, Grieg and Satie, and will be accompanied by pianist Mark Packwood.

About the Artists

Sonja Nerdrum began her singing career as a mezzo and later retrained as a soprano.

Her roles have included Rosina; Mirtillo (title role Il Pastor Fido); Dorabella; Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro); La Baronne (La vie Parisienne); Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus); Carmen; Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda; Tosca,   Opera and concerts in U.K., Norway, France, Turkey, Middle and Far East. Sonja is on the coaching staff at the Royal Opera and has performed in the lunchtime concerts there with Mark Packwood. She also coaches at Royal College of Music.

Mark Packwood was educated in Worcestershire and North Wales and studied composition with William Mathias. After leaving the National Opera Studio, he joined the music staff of The Royal Opera and has worked for many English companies. Among artists he has played for are Angela Gheorghiu; Dimitri Hvorostovsky; Leontina Vaduva and François Le Roux. Mark is a composer of songs, choral and instrumental music and enjoys performing cabaret.

The performance will be at Rosslyn Hill Chapel on Friday 14 July, from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets are priced at £15.00 (full) and £8.00 (concs). They will be available on the door, but you can also buy them in advance online at Billetto.

 

 

Charity Pub Quiz Date Announced

We’re very pleased to announce that NW2 Residents Association are supporting the Friends of Cricklewood Library campaign by organising a pub quiz with all proceeds going towards funding the reopening of the library.

The pub quiz will be at The Queensbury, 110 Walm Lane (opposite Willesden Green tube station) on Tuesday 9 May, from 1930 onwards. There will be a raffle and fantastic prizes to be won, and we’re lucky enough to have Shaun Wallace of The Chase making an appearance.

So, get your teams together, choose a name and bring along your thinking caps for the Quiz of the Year. Maximum team size 6 persons, £5.00 entry fee per person.

First Library Table Day a Success!

We had our first Library Table Day today, on a cold, blustery, grey February day, enlivened only by the great coffee, tasty cakes, good company and general air of bonhomie. We had visitors from the Park Run (hi Park Run people!), families looking at flats in the development across the road, a smattering of dog walkers (with very cute pooches!) and some cold, but friendly random passers-by join us for a cuppa and a natter about the library.

We had some volunteers sign up for the mailing list and for the many, many tasks that lie ahead. The plan is to run monthly table events until we open the library later in the year. Can you volunteer to help at them? The upcoming dates are (all Saturdays 1000-1300):

25 March
22 April
27 May
24 June
22 July
26 August

It’s a fun way to meet your neighbours and get to know your community better. If you can help, email us on info@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk for more info.