Summer 2019 – French Touch

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Aux armes, musiciens, le jour de gloire est arrivé!

Well, it’s only been 230 years since the French revolution and apart from “La Marseillaise”, our programme this Summer, Mesdames et Messieurs, will examine works by foreign composers who came to Paris for inspiration and add some “Je ne sais quoi” – that’s english for “French touch”, to some of their most famous works!

Let’s have a closer look, in chronological order…

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Christmas 2018 – Glory to the newborn King

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Ho Ho Ho! Tis the season to be jolly again!

Join us in a flurry of famous pieces for our Christmas edition!

Our young musicians will play a collection of classic Carols, some well-known Jazz holiday tunes, the Corelli Christmas Concerto and excerpts from the Nutcraker. Check our videos below to get yourself familiar with the music.

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Summer 2018 – Battle of the Composers

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1868 – The maestro of Overtures, Gioachino Rossini dies near Paris and Scott Joplin, king of ragtime is born in Texas. Some 50 years later in 1918, Impressionist composer Claude Debussy dies in Paris whilst Leonard Bernstein, acclaimed composer, pianist and conductor is born in Massachussetts.

To celebrate the anniversaries of these 4 great composers, we welcome you to our Heavyweight Showdown. Come and elect your champion! Continue reading “Summer 2018 – Battle of the Composers”

Easter 2018 – A Space Edition

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50 years ago, a computer went rogue aboard a space station whilst apes were fighting next to a tall black monolith…
A decade later, a rookie pilot and a scoundrel were searching the galaxy in search of a young princess, flanked by two droids and a wookie!

This Easter, fasten your hyperspace seat belts as we will revisit the music of two iconic sci-fi movies: Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The latter famously used two pieces by Strauss and Strauss (not related to one another!) and became the first video clip for both tunes! Continue reading “Easter 2018 – A Space Edition”

Easter 2017 – East meets West

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Echoes of far away lands are resonating in West London, strange harmonies and exotic scales have reached our shores, the time has come for a fusion of the senses and open our minds to new sounds!

Many composers over the years have used so called “Jewish” or “Arabic” scales to flavour the Western harmonies with Eastern sonorities. Our pieces this week will reflect the Orientalism of European music.

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