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Do you a little bit of time to spare to help out the Society?

The Society’s Blue Plaque Initiative includes two concerts this autumn. The first is a jazz event on 31 October at Pizza Express Soho, the second a folk concert at Cecil Sharp House on 3 November.

As well as having a couple of great evenings of music, one of the key elements of the initiative is to apply for Blue Plaques for four London musicians :

  • Ewan MacColl: English folk singer/songwriter, communist, labour activist, actor, poet, playwright and record producer.
  • Sandy DennyEnglish singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention.
  • Ronnie ScottEnglish jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner.
  • Leslie ThompsonA Jamaican jazz trumpeter who moved to England in 1929

We need a keen research volunteer to join the organising team to aid with the application process. In return we can offer a great deal of gratitude (and probably a couple of free tickets).

For more information please contact Society Trustee Ben Derbyshire  –

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2016 marks the 150th anniversary for the English Heritage Blue Plaque scheme which famously helps to connect the greats from the past with the buildings of the present. To celebrate this long-running scheme, the London Society begins a campaign launch to increase the number of Blue Plaques secured, particularly for those from the folk and jazz genre. To mark the launch, the society will promote two fantastic gala concerts to highlight the contribution that such musicians continue to make to the cultural life of London.

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