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The calendar of upcoming gigs and concerts in West Hampstead, Kilburn and (occasionally) further afield.

It was 56 years ago today, Decca said the Beatles couldn’t play

On a very cold New Year’s Day in 1962 the Beatles arrived in West Hampstead for their audition at Decca Studios. The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein had several record shops in Liverpool and had a meeting with the marketing people at Decca. They told Dick Rowe – Decca’s A&R (Artists and Repertoire) manager – about […]

St Cuthbert’s showcases world-class pianists

Fancy enjoying some wonderful music performed by world-class musicians this summer – all within easy walking distance of West Hampstead? The Fordwych Master Concerts series of performances, held at St Cuthbert’s Church, starts on June 13th with the outstandingly talented young Italian Scipione Sangiovanni, winner of second prize in the prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Following […]

No step closer to step-free access for West Hampstead tube station

Many local organisations have been pushing for step-free access to West Hampstead tube station over the past few years – even if opinion diverges on what the solution should be. It was therefore disappointing, as local residents association WHGARA pointed out recently, that West Hampstead was not included in the recent batch of stations to […]

Mt Rushmore

From Kilburn to Mount Rushmore: The story of Gutzon Borglum

It’s Thanksgiving in America, so what better time to dig into the link between Kilburn and the man behind one of the most iconic landmarks in the US. American artist and sculptor Gutzon Borglum lived and worked at Harlestone Villa in Mortimer Road, Kilburn from about 1897 to 1902. The property was later renumbered as […]