Music is an integral part of every market.
This year Kew Village Market will celebrate its tenth birthday. Music has been integral to the market over those ten years, traditionally hosting the best from our community, including the St Margarets Elastic Band, and the Richmond Youth Jazz Ensembles. From 2016 our musical programme has expanded: our sunny yellow gazebo has sheltered and shaded brass, folk, blues, Americana, jazz, choral, massed ukuleles, and even opera. We actively encourage a diverse and high-quality range of performances.
Without exception our musicians tell us they love to play the market, despite having to perform at what is for many an unusually early hour and in every type of weather. They love our friendly and generous family audiences, with joyous participation from toddlers up to adults, including a kilted gentleman who danced the Highland Fling in the station piazza on one memorable occasion. Many from the steady stream of visitors decanted from Kew Gardens Station pause to listen and enjoy as they make their way into the market and on to Kew Gardens, or just stay to enjoy a coffee, or a drink at the Tap on the Line. We have been proud to welcome some of the very best players and look to many more happy years of entertainment for our customers.
Our thanks not only to our rolling roster of musicians but also to The Kew Bookshop who generously allow us to plug into their power every month.
If you would like to know more about our music, or how to perform at the market, please do drop us an e-mail at: email@example.com
You can buy Kew Village Market – Taste The Music, our compilation CD of great music from favourite local bands, from the KVM stall on market Sundays, with all the profits going to local charities. Or you can now download it any time from Amazon or iTunes.
Illustration by Penelope Grant