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A Celebration of Sonny Roberts

9 September, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join us and Cleon Roberts, Sonny’s daughter for an afternoon of celebration of Sonny Roberts’s contribution to the music industry.

Sonny Roberts opened Planetone, the first UK black owned music recording studio at 108 Cambridge Road, Kilburn in 1961.

The premises were shared with Island Records and Trojan Records.

He went on to produce many firsts, as well as creating hit records for UB40 and Judy Boucher.

He was a music trailblazer.

The event starts at 3pm.

  • Talk by Cleon Roberts about her father’s legacy. The presentation will include music and pictures. There will be plenty of time for a “questions and answers” session.
  • Live music performance by Ciyo who worked with Sonny.
  • Enjoy a drink and a patty (chargeable). All proceeds of drinks and patties sales will go towards the maintenance of the Tin Tabernacle
  • Enjoy the interiors of the wonderful Tin Tabernacle , a grade 2 listed building also known as TS Bicester, the home of the Willesden Sea Cadets.

What you need to know:

  • FREE event– refreshments and food incur a charge.
  • The building is accessed via a few steps. If you experience mobility issues, please send us a message after booking so we can install a ramp.
  • Toilets on site but no disabled toilet. If needed , disabled toilets are available at the nearby public library or pub.
  • Limited spaces, so please book in advance to garantee a space- A few spaces will be available on the day for those who find it difficult to book online.
  • Donations towards the maintenance of the Tin Tabernacle will be greatly appreciated.
  • Cash and card payments on the day.

With great thanks to the team at the Tin Tabernacle for kindly offering the use of the space and the organisation and to Cleon Roberts for agreeing to bring to life an important part of Kilburn’s music history. It all started in Kilburn…

Looking forward to seeing you.

Please book here to avoid disappointment.


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The Tin Tabernacle

12-16 Cambridge Avenue
London, NW6 5BA United Kingdom
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