St Mary Magdalene and the Community
St Mary Magdalene has many links with the local community. We make regular collections for the local North Enfield Food Bank. The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles, our vicar, is the Chair of the North London Credit Union based in Enfield Town.
Our buildings are used by various local groups to hold a variety of regular events. Southgate Opera hold rehearsals in our Hall twice a week while Southgate Symphony Orchestra and Enfield Choral Society both hold regular performances in our Church with the beautiful backdrop of the Chancel.
The Playgroup runs a pre-school age group weekdays while GA Dance Academy and Hayley's Irish Dance have regular dance classes that are open to new students. Looking after mind and body, Amy Zara Yoga and Tai-Chi offer a variety of ways to find well being. Mental agility is part of the Bridge Club's function and a regular, monthly meetings of Enfield's Walkabouts group will find like minded people extolling the virtues of a walk with good company.
Southgate Opera is one of the premier amateur opera companies in London. Founded in 1964 the company performs an ever changing programme of productions featuring opera, operetta and musical comedy.
Their productions are fully staged and costumed, feature a full chorus and are accompanied by an orchestra.
Run by volunteers, Southgate Opera is a registered charity and is dedicated to making opera accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Southgate Opera welcome new members, whether you wish to perform, help behind the scenes, backstage, with costumes or props.
Rehearsals are in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall Sundays 2:00 - 5:00 pm and Mondays 7:30 - 10:00 pm
I Pagliacci & Trial by Jury
20th - 22nd Feb 2020
Orpheus In The Underworld - Offenbach
Translation By Peter Clarke
17th - 20th June 2020
Southgate Symphony Orchestra
Southgate Symphony Orchestra is a North London symphony orchestra, performing concerts and open to amateur orchestral musicians. The orchestra has been part of the Enfield community for over fifty years.
Southgate Symphony Orchestra formed in 1961 when a privately-run group of enthusiasts invited Terry Hawes to conduct them in New Barnet. When Terry was appointed as music lecturer at the newly-open Southgate Technical College in 1963, the New Barnet group became the founding members of his evening class orchestra. Southgate College Symphony Orchestra, as it was known, continued as an evening class at Southgate College until the summer of 2005. The Orchestra then became a fully independent body, and renamed itself Southgate Symphony Orchestra, becoming a registered charity in 2007.
Our next concert takes place on 23 November 2019 and celebrates 150 years since the death of Berlioz. We are performing his 'Roman Carnival' Overture, Love Scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' and Hungarian March from 'La Damnation de Faust'. We are also performing Schumann's Symphony no. 3, "Rhenish".
The concert starts at 7:30pm on 23 November 2019 at Saint Stephen's Church, 56 Village Rd, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, EN1 2EU.
Tickets: £14 (£12 advance); concessions: £12 (£10 advance). Children: £5. Interval refreshments and programme included! Booking fee applies when purchased online.
Enfield Choral Society
Enfield Choral Society emerged from The Young People’s Society of Enfield, founded by Vincent Evans in 1938. The original Society was formed to provide a bridge for young people leaving the Sunday School choir at Christchurch, Enfield at 16 but being too young to join the adult choir.
Membership is open to everyone over the age of sixteen and there are currently approximately 70 members. They are a local choir in that most members live within the London Borough of Enfield. We aim to be inclusive and accessible. No auditions are required, but a good singing voice and enthusiasm are essential. Although amateur in status Enfield Choral Society has gained a local reputation for giving performances of a high standard, often with professional soloists and ensembles.
Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Saturday 13 October 2018 at 7.30pm
St Paul’s Church, Church Hill, London, N21 1JA
A selection of Christmas music, carols, songs and readings
Saturday 15 December 2018 at 7.30pm
St Stephen’s Church, Bush Hill Park, EN1 2ET
Messiah – Handel
Saturday 2 March 2019 at 7.30pm
St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Windmill Hill, EN2 7AJ
A Little Jazz Mass – Bob Chilcott
Saturday 29 June 2019
venue to be confirmed
The Playgroup is run by Sandra Pearce and is open for morning sessions Monday to Friday and afternoon sessions Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Open to pre-school age children, they are well established and have lots of activities geared towards this age group.
For more details please contact Sandra:
GA Dance Academy
GA Academy was formed with the core value of being at the fore front of Performing Arts. The school was established by Rianna and Aimee to project their confidence, talent and experience to the next generation of performers. Rianna and Aimee are still active performers in the industry and are passionate in transferring the most modern and upfront styles in dance.
GA Academy believes that dance should be accessible to all, so no matter your talent or age, all are welcome.
GA Dance Academy have a variety of classes for various age ranges and meet in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.
07932 783 211
07983 784 464
Hayley's Irish Dancing
Hayley's Irish Dance:
Irish dancing is a cultural and fun-filled experience that provides children with an untouchable artistic and athletic foundation. Stemming from vibrant cultural heritage, Irish dance has been enjoying mass appeal since the 1990’s. You don’t have to be Irish to Irish dance! For both boys and girls, Irish dancing is a mentally challenging and physically demanding sport and art.
Held in the vestry of St Mary Magdalene Church and taught by Champion Dancer Hayley-Lolita O'Connor who has 23 years experience in Irish dancing.
The Hayley O'Connor Academy is registered with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha - the oldest and largest governing body for competitive Irish step dancing globally.
Classes run on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm and again on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 pm.
Amy Zara Yoga says:
"Life is so busy! Juggling work, family and friends makes it almost impossible to find time for yourself. You get back pain, knee injuries, shoulder issues and headaches and these things get in the way of your busy schedule!
I know you want this to change, you want to be pain-free and have time for you and your family!
Then you have come to the right place.
I will provide you with the tools you need to fit a Yoga/Pilates routine into your life and guide you in finding a healthy, pain-free work/life balance.
Find out more here
You’ll feel like the young and healthy person you remember."
Classes are held at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall Thursdays 7:00 pm - 9 :00 pm.
Enfield Tai Chi:
James Richardson has been learning, practising and training (longer practice periods with an advanced teacher) and teaching Tai Chi for the last 40 years. He teaches Yang style short and long forms of Tai Chi, the sword form and chi kungs, along with a number of other exercises, shaking and breathing, joint release, relaxing swinging and calisthenics.
Tuesdays in the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall
Beginners: 7pm to 8:10 pm
(First lesson is free)
Advanced: 8:15 to 9:30 pm
Bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors.
The Bridge Club meets Mondays and Fridays in the Vestry. For further information please contact Malcolm Roberts:
020 8245 2587
For further details please contact Margaret Olley