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The Dulwich Music Festival hits the high notes!

The 7th annual Dulwich Music Festival piano competition is adjudicated by Nancy Litten and takes place at Kingsdale Foundation School in West Dulwich. An innovative amateur music festival for young pianists in South London has moved to a new performance space in West Dulwich, the award-winning Pod at Kingsdale Foundation School. The Dulwich Music Festival started in 2012 and has grown in popularity from a one-off piano competition to quarterly competitive music events at historic venues across London such as the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill and Handel & Hendrix Museum in Bond Street. The piano competition in June offers school-age children a performance platform with a child-friendly audience and encouraging adjudicator feedback. South London-based classical musician and music teacher Lorraine Liyanage established the Festival in 2012 to address the lack of any performing arts festivals for her piano students in the surrounding area. The festival attracts great support from local businesses that sponsor a trophy and the Festival now has an impressive collection of silverware to present each year. “The Festival is reinventing the old-fashioned image of classical …

The Last Word: Nygel Packett and Sue Whitehead, The Goose Is Out!

Nygel Packett and Sue Whitehead are The Goose Is Out! They run regular folk music concerts, club nights and singarounds, plus stages at various local community events including the Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green. The Goose celebrates its tenth birthday in March. How long have you lived in the area? Sue moved to East Dulwich in 1991. Nygel is an honorary East Dulwichian based at Packett Mansions (not really) in Surrey Quays. What brought you here? (Sue): A new job. East Dulwich was a reasonably easy commute, houses were affordable (!) and the woods and parks were a major attraction. (Nyge): Sue. What has changed most during that time? Obviously there’s been huge gentrification. The pubs are no longer rough and there’s a wider choice of places to eat. The average car size seems to have quadrupled! What do you most value about the area you live in? The trees and green spaces. Also, there’s still a sense of community despite all the changes – it’s rare that we don’t meet people we know …

The Massive Violins are coming to South London

  If you want a night out this Christmas that is truly sensational, you need go no further than Alleyn’s School in Dulwich where the Massive Violins, based in North London, will be performing their genius versions of iconic rock and pop songs, with some operatic arias thrown in for good measure. The Massive Violins, incidentally, don’t play violins – they play cellos, which, they say, ‘are bigger and better’! These seven singing cellists are truly unique. They manage to make each song they perform sound even better than the original and, by some peculiar magic, all their songs inspire joy and often laughter as well as being musically thrilling. They do a huge variety of numbers, from Elvis to Adele, via the Beatles, Queen, Simon and Garfunkel, Shaggy, Bjork and many many more. Ricky Chatto, who founded the band, is particularly partial to the Beach Boys and says,’Good Vibrations is the best pop song ever written and the Beach Boys are the best band – apart from the Massive Violins, obviously.’ He started playing the …

Music for Voices, Viola and Harp

The Ionian Singers and their conductor Timothy Salter will be joined by violist Luba Tunnicliffe and harpist Oliver Wass, members of the Pelléas Ensemble, for a concert on Saturday 25th November in All Saints Church, Rosendale Road. An exciting mix of music arises from the unusual combination of voices and the two instrumentalists who will perform both as a duo and with the choir. The programme will include English music by Bax, Elgar and Salter (his Nocturne for harp, viola and chorus) and Russian works for the duo by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (movements from Romeo and Juliet). A selection of piano pieces and songs by Debussy, transcribed by Salter, and a rarely heard choral piece by American composer Dominick Argento, his robust setting of Keats’ celebratory poem Hymn to Apollo, complete the programme. 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church, Rosendale Road, London SE21 8LN.  Tickets at the door or in advance from 020 8693 1051, 07950 143 916 or Tickets £13.00 (£11 concessions). Visit SaveSave

It’s the Mozart Requiem!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Mozart Requiem is one of the masterpieces of choral music.  The mysterious circumstances of its creation are still debated by scholars, but its overwhelming beauty and unforgettable impact on the listener are beyond dispute. The Concordia Chamber Choir is proud to be performing it as the centrepiece of their autumn concert to which they welcome The South Circular Orchestra. Also on the programme are three exquisite Rossini motets while their orchestral guests will be playing one of Bach’s stirring Brandenburg Concertos, which are among the finest works of the Baroque. It will be a magnificent evening of music. The performance is at 7:30 pm on Saturday 11th November 2017 at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY. Tickets cost £12 at the door, or £11 in advance from Concessions (students and those on means tested benefits) half price. SaveSave