Take a tour of Stroud Green’s musical heritage
The Hunter memorial organ at St Mellitus is one small part of Stroud Green’s rich and eclectic musical history. To celebrate it we’ve teamed up with Oonagh Gay and Susan Hahn, from Islington Guided Walks, to create the first in our short series of podtours, which explores some of the highlights.
Focusing on the musical heritage of some of the significant communities in the area, you will:
- visit the site of a piano factory, a former music hall and studios belonging to the oldest independent record label in the world;
- hear about ‘jelly mould’ cinema organs and some of the memorable performances at Finsbury Park’s iconic Rainbow Theatre;
- local residents – Sarah White of the George Padmore Institute; Alice Georgeou, whose father ran a cafe on Hornsey Road; and Geri Caulfield who saw The Pogues play at the Sir George Robey pub – also share their musical memories.
The tour is designed to be taken on location as a guided walk, but you can also listen to it any time you like from home.
If you are walking with us, take a screengrab on your mobile of the map in the photo gallery, download the podtour and head to St Mellitus Church on the corner of Tollington Park and Evershot Road, where Oonagh and Susan are waiting to tell you all about N4’s fascinating musical past.