SMAAAK News and Events Update

Our thanks to all who attended the Whalebone gig which attracted punters from as far as Birmingham! It was a brilliant evening during which Kingsland was pronounced the best “Accompanying Singing Village” by Whalebone. Thanks Guys! Together we raised over £350.

Coming up….

Now in its fourth glorious year, and generously sponsored by Sarah and Tavey at The Angel Bar & Kitchen, July sees Pop Up Opera’s performance of Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, which takes place on Saturday 15 July, Kingsland Church at 7.30pm.

Did you know that Pop Up Opera was founded by Herefordshire born and bred Clementine Lovell whose vision is to make opera relevant and available to everyone?

Clementine writes: “When I began training as an opera singer, I had mixed reactions from my friends. Opera wasn’t really their thing…one even claimed to be “allergic” to it. That stayed with me, and I wanted to prove them wrong, to show them that opera could be magical, hilarious, devastating or moving. I founded Pop-up Opera in 2011, on my return from living in Italy. Opera is so much a part of Italian culture, so broadly appreciated, and is performed everywhere, not just in the big houses. I grew up in a small village in the UK, miles from an opera house. We never went to see it, it wasn’t an option. My uncle has a barn where he hosts folk and blues events and we put on an opera there for a largely non-opera going audience. They loved it. It made me think about how the setting can have a bearing on people’s enjoyment, or their willingness to give it a go. Each new space presents a challenge. The production grows and evolves as it pops up in different places”.

The plot? Ridiculously silly, but in essence, a rich Italian businessman attempts to marry off one of his daughters to a mad English toff with disastrous results. One of the most successful comic operas of the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Secret Marriage is about following your heart and makes for a perfect summer opera.

Tickets £25 /£10 under 18 are now available online from in addition to Kingsland Post Office, or by calling 01568 709579.

We aim for free seating but please call to discuss any special requirements T: 01568 709579.  Weather permitting, why not picnic on the Green and sample the delights of The Angel’s excellent Pimms Tent?  Our huge thanks also to Dan and Alexandra at Allstar Luxury Toilet Hire for providing luxury convenience at its best!

We look forward to seeing you there! Jim and Dee Davies, Trustees SMAAAK


SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383