17 October 2020: live solo gig in Lancing, Sussex

A journey around the world, visiting many musical traditions as well as own compositions – find out more.

5 September 2020: “Northern Lights”, a Blacktooth Production

‘A celebration of London N8 in readings, live music and ribald anecdotes’, a socially distanced outdoor event.

July 2020: Creative Retreat with the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh

March 2020: Martina composes music for the three witches in the RADA production of Macbeth

February 2020: Creative Retreat with the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh


7 November 2019: Palavah in Northern Lights, a Blacktooth production

October 2019: Creative Retreat with the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh

22 June 2019: Accordion Extravaganza at St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico

London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra presents a relaxed afternoon concert of fun music, featuring a world premiere from London based composer and accordionist Martina Schwarz.

29 June 2019: Palavah at the Royal Greenwich Community Festival

Palavah band will also be playing on 21st June and 26th July at the Wonder Pub in Enfield, 9pm and Sunday 30th June 2019 1-3pm at Lavender Primary School garden party and fayre.

16 June 2019: Bow & Bellows (Martina Schwarz & Sally Davies)

playing at the Gospel’s Mission Hall at 4pm to help to save the lovely building.

11 May 2019: Song Works at Abney Park Chapel

16 April 2019: A NIGHT IN EUROPE with Bow & Bellows.

March 2019: Creative Retreat with the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh


11 November 2018: Commemoration in Abney Park Cemetery

Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. With Hackney Song Works, Hackney Singers, Sing17 Choir, Wing It Singers, Tatiana Pook, Bow and Bellows, The Volunteers, Carola Emrich Fisher, Colin Emrich Fisher, Susie Evans. Two minutes silence will be held at 11am.

7 October 2018: Apple Day with Bow and Bellows

27-30 September 2018: ‘Memorial’ at the Barbican; Brink Productions UK premiere

Martina’s choir Hackney Song Works will be part of the 215 strong chorus in ‘Memorial ‘at the Barbican (27-30th Sept 2018). The staging is based on a poem by Alice Oswald, with an original score by the wonderful composer Jocelyn Pook.

Helen Morse has won critical praise for her performance as narrator. Photo: Shane Reid

The atrocities of war never cease to haunt, and Alice Oswald’s 2011 poem ‘Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad’ is one of the more powerful recent meditations on the theme of battle.
Now Oswald’s verse has been adapted for the stage by Australian company Brink Productions, which is bringing the show to the Barbican for its UK premiere between 27 and 30 September 2018. Featuring a score by Jocelyn Pook, the production boasts a community chorus of the same size made up of local choirs including Song Works Choir Hackney.

An interview by Hackney Citizen paper with Martina about Hackney Songworks’ involvement in the upcoming show Memorial at the Barbican


Hackney Song Works

15 July 2018: Wonderful Beasts Fundraiser at Walpole Old Chapel, Suffolk

15 June 2018: Crouch End Chronicles, Hornsey Town Hall

Bow and Bellows (Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz) “a stunningly versatile violin, horn and accordion duo” perform in Crouch End Chronicles, a Blacktooth Productions show. As always it mixes readings, live music and raucous anecdotes, and digs into the local history and the characters who have helped make it.


17 September 2017: ‘L’eau de l’eau’ at London’s South Bank

Martina’s composition “L’eau de l’eau!” at Sing for Water London. A spectacular concert led by the fantastic Katie Rose and Michael Harper as part of the Thames Festival Programme, the event was co-founded in 2002 by renowned composer, singer and musical director Helen Chadwick and the Thames Festival Trust (video recording: Bryan James)



Martina was commissioned to write a cycle of songs for this interactive and innovative event, performed by a scratch choir at the Grant Museum of Zoology London. Songs include ‘Big Data’, ‘Love Bytes’ and ‘Stored up in a cloud’.

Produced in partnership with UCL Grand Challenges programme: Conceived by Helen Pike and Dean Veall. Images: UCL Culture
Big Data Scratch Choir:
Helen Pike, Jo Howcroft, Joanna Foster, Jane Wymark, Marie Lawrence, Heather Coomb, Ruby Wright, Emma Parsons, Beatrice Pemberton, Maria Ragan and Stephen D Fletcher. Conducted by Martina Schwarz

16 June 2017: Take ‘A Journey Round Ulysses’ with James Joyce

A Journey Round Ulysses
James Joyce image: www,

June 16 is a big day for James Joyce fans. It is the day on which his masterpiece, Ulysses, is set. We’ll be celebrating in style, with readings from the novel which mix raucous humour, sexual frankness, Wildean wit and a wonderful evocation of Dublin life. The cast includes Nora Connolly and Oengus Macnamara, with live music from Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz. ‘A Journey Round Ulysses’ was part of this year’s Crouch End Festival at the Town Hall.

27 April 2017: May Daze at Hornsey Town Hall

May Daze at Hornsey Town Hall

A celebration of the joy of spring, as seen by novelists, poets, natural history writers, diarists and wits through the ages. May Daze, produced by Blacktooth Productions, combines anecdotes, jokes, stories and music, with readings from DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Robert Browning, the Bible, Kenneth Grahame and many others. Kate Walsh and Daniel Dresner performed the readings, with music from Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz.


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