Sandham launches new arts season

Sandham music image for AW 2016

This autumn, we’re launching our first ever arts programme, with a season of workshops, talks and musical performances which will allow you to experience this very special place in different ways.

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new events programme here at Sandham Memorial Chapel.  Following the completion of our  carpark and our newly decorated work space we are able to provide a diverse programme of events and activities. 

We have lots going on from September, so why not find out what we have to offer?  

Hear the story behind Sandham

Perhaps you would like to know more about the chapel and how it came into being. Who was Harry Sandham? How was the chapel paid for?  Where did Spencer's idea for his 'Holy Box' come from?  Our monthly chapel talks cover all of this and more.  

Tea on the Ward by Stanley Spencer at Sandham Memorial Chapel
Sandham, first world war, art,
Tea on the Ward by Stanley Spencer at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Services and poetry in the chapel

We are a working chapel and our monthly services conducted by our local Rector, David Bartholomew, are very important.  In our fast paced lives  an opportunity to sit, reflect and listen to David's thoughts of the day, interpsersed with music provides a grounding and spiritual experience.

We continue to have our First World War poetry readings, normally on the first Saturday of the month where you can listen to Jonathan Jones reading iconic First World War poetry throughout the day.

Jonathan Jones reading First World War poetry in the chapel
Sandham Memorial Chapel First World war poetry readings
Jonathan Jones reading First World War poetry in the chapel

Evening of Baroque music

If you love classical music, join us for an evening of Baroque in the chapel on Saturday 17 September. The acoustics lend themselves to both voice and instrumental performances so it is the perfect setting for our inaugural concert.  

Distinguished Baroque musicians Theresa Caudle on violin, and Alastair Ross on harpsichord will play music by Bach – Stanley Spencer’s favourite composer - together with pieces by Handel and Corelli. 

Theresa Caudle, violin and cornett.
Sandham Theresa Caudle Violin and cornetto
Theresa Caudle, violin and cornett.

Mountains, mules and malaria

Find out more about the fascinating ‘Forgotten War’ in Alan Wakefield’s illustrated talk about the Salonika campaign, on 11 October. ‘Mountains, Mules & Malaria – soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915 – 18’ examines the experiences of British soldiers who fought in Greece and Serbia during the First World War, and how they battled the terrain, climate and endemic disease. 

Bivouac camp of the 2/14th Battalion, London Scottish, in Macedonia, 1917
Sandham Salonika tents from Alan Wakefield
Bivouac camp of the 2/14th Battalion, London Scottish, in Macedonia, 1917

Ceramic tiles workshop 

If you’d like to try something creative this autumn, join our ceramic tile painting workshop on 20 September. Working with a local professional ceramicist you will design and paint your own "Delft"-style ceramic tiles, perhaps having been inspired after viewing and learning about Spencer's iconic paintings.

A hand painted tile
Sandham Roelofs coaster-tile
A hand painted tile

Find out more and how to book here