All posts tagged: music

Sound System: The Political Power of Music. Talk and Q&A with Dave Randall.

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order – and to prop up the status quo. Dave Randall explores what makes music so powerful. In his talk, he’ll look at examples ranging from Beethoven to Beyoncé and pose the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few? Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has contributed to multi-million selling albums and toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Sinead O’Connor, Emiliana Torrini and many others. Dave will be taking your questions and selling his book on the night. 7.30-9pm on Tuesday 15 August at Rye Wax. Free to attend. “A deeply intelligent look at music and society. Thought provoking, readable and clever.” Mark Radcliffe (BBC 2 / 6Music) More information About the book: About Dave Randall: About Rye Wax:

Dulwich Symphony Orchestra – Gala Summer Concert in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice

Dulwich Symphony Orchestra is a local, community orchestra of dedicated members who perform exciting repertoire at the beautiful All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21. DSO’s summer concert on Saturday 8th July is a fundraiser celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of St. Christopher’s Hospice by Dame Cicely Saunders, with a charity reception after the concert with drinks and nibbles. Mozart:
 Overture The Magic Flute Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3, Soloist: Leslie Howard Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E minor From the New World Conductor: Leigh O’Hara, Leader: Paula Tysall 7pm, Saturday 8th July at All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, London, SE21 8JY, disability accessible. Ticket prices: £20 (with reception) £12 and £10 concessions. Under 16s free. West Dulwich or Tulse Hill rail stations – free on street parking. Visit or Twitter @DulwichSymphony Tickets available on Eventbrite, search for ‘Dulwich Symphony Orchestra’ Photo credit: Ingrid Beazley

Bizet’s Carmen comes to Herne Hill

Dulwich Opera Company are bringing Bizet’s classic tale of love and revenge to the Oak Room at Herne Hill School this July. This young and vibrant company have devised a brand new chamber adaptation of Bizet’s classic, which will be touring South East England this summer. Featuring a cast of young professional singers making role debuts, sung in French with English surtitles, with international conductor, Jeremy Silver, directing the music from the piano. The company is delighted to reunite the creative team behind their highly acclaimed production of Così fan tutte, which is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer, Leah Sams. Between them, they bring a great deal of experience to the production, having worked for many of the major opera and theatre companies here in the UK and abroad. Premièred in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous Habanera, Toreador song, and Flower Song. Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera tells the story of …

Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe

Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe will perform at JAGs on Monday 22nd May at 7pm. This new show with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. It’s a gala gig that’s making waves! Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too. Formed in 2009, LiTTLe MACHiNe set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. It’s poety but not like you’ve heard or seen it before. ‘LiTTLe MACHiNe’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old and new favourites all over again. They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke A book signing will follow the performance (in conjunction with Village Books) For more info on Roger McGough + LiTTLe MACHiNe visit ‘profound surprises and lasting images on almost every line’ Siân Hughes, T.E.S. ‘the most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades’ Carol Ann …

Peckham Rye Music Festival

The Peckham Rye Music Festival is an independent celebration of Peckham’s music scene. Bringing together local artists, labels, radio stations and record shops alongside headline acts from across the globe. New for Peckham Rye Music Festival in 2017 is the addition of an Outdoor Stage in the heart of festival. The Outdoor Stage will be kicking off the festival on the Friday, playing live music until 10:00pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 9pm on the Sunday. This is the first time a stage like this has been put up in the Copeland Park space, and it will be playing host to some of the most exciting and varied acts providing some sunshine soundtracks to your weekend. On the opening weekend of 12th – 14th May, they have Liam Monoghan’s Reggae Roots & Bass taking control, bringing a lively mix of live ska, dub, and of course, reggae and ska acts to get you going on the Friday. On Saturday the stage will play host to a variety of musicians indulging you in music from across the …