Alan Taylor

Dance and the Frankenstein

By Alan Taylor
Founder, Herne Hill Music Festival


The two most ambitious projects in this years Herne Hill Music Festival came about through collaborations, in one case between composers, choreographers and players, and in the other between a composer and a story writer.

The Peasants' Opera - a Herne Hill Premiere on Wednesday Oct 14th!


The Peasants of a Kentish village, gathered outside the hut of Matilda and Thomas, the village elders.


A peasant's life is very hard work;
Each day there're tasks to be done
Now word has come down from the Lord of our land
It's time to bring in the hay.


Some Herne Hill Music Festival events in new venues due to flooding damage

Due to the Herne Hill flood, several Herne Hill Music Festival events set for October have had to be moved to new venues. Festival programmes were printed before the changes of venue were fixed, so have a look at Festival MD Alan Taylor's detailed article in the latest online edition of Dulwich OnView about which events have been affected and where they'll now take place:


Damage at The Half Moon Pub - and this doesn't reveal

the cellar, flooded at the time this picture was taken. It

will take a long time for the pub to get back on its feet


Extra HH Music Festival Bandstand Day - Update!

The Herne Hill Forum have agreed to fund shortfall in money for the bandstand music schedule, so HH Music Fest can now also put on music for Sunday, September 1st. Great stuff! HHFM MD Alan Taylor has been in touch with the Crystal Palace Brass Band about appearing and will be asking them to confirm for this date. Support acts in the works.

Renato D'Aiello closes out Festival with great show - now we need your feedback!


Herne Hill Music Festival ended with a rousing jazz gig from Renato D'Aiello & Co. last night at the Half Moon in the late night slot. After their show, which adeptly mixed up new originals with jazz standards, Fest MD Alan Taylor came up on stage and announced that the festival will return next year ... but we're looking for ways to improve for our third year, so we need your feedback! Tell us what you thought about our events by writing an email with feedback to:

Herne Hill Fest News - Sarah Moule pops by St Faith's ... and gets a pic with Alan Taylor!

Jazz/blues/cabaret singer Sarah Moule brings her well-reviewed and ecletic one-woman show Femmes Fatales to the Herne Hill Music Festival in the "late night" jazz slot at the Half Moon Pub on Friday the 19th, 10:30pm start. Hopefully with Simon Wallace on keys! Anyway, she'll be doing songs by Teddy Thompson, Ida Cox, Fran Landesman & Simon Wallace, Jacques Prévert, Nellie Lutcher, Cole Porter and Leiber & Stoller. Sarah came by St Faith's before FifteenB Consort's performance on Saturday night to say hi & drop off some flyers ... and we took this photo of Sarah with her Half Moon flyer, and another with Festival Director Alan Taylor! Sweet!

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