One of the most attractively original ideas I’ve come across in ages is a place called The Forge that crosses boundaries in every possible respect. A relatively new designer-build in Camden Town (Delancey Street, just off the High Street on the Regent’s Park side) it multi-functions as a cafe/restaurant/performance space with an all-inclusive programming brief that runs from Sunday morning piano recitals to Saturday night jazz-cabaret.
It’s intimate, relaxed and stylish without any of the self-important tosh that stylish places tend to throw at you. And it’s picking up a lot of business as a place for laid-back, mini-festivals – much like the kind of the thing that runs at Kings Place (the new arts centre by Kings Cross Station) but on a smaller scale.
Running through March and April, it’s offering a Festival of English song with concerts every Sunday evening from 13th to 3rd inclusive: five in all. And Concert No 2 – Sunday 20th, 7pm – features Kate Symons-Joy, the young mezzo who was last year’s recipient of the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship at the Royal Academy.
There’s more about her on the JV Scholarship page of this site. But for details of the concert – and of all the English Song Festival dates – visit: www.forgevenue.org/what’s-on