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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 info@ioniansingers.co.uk. Tickets £13.00 (£11 concessions). Visit www.ioniansingers.co.uk 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 www.concordiachamberchoir.co.uk. Concessions (students and those on means tested benefits) half price. SaveSave

Herne Hill Music Festival

South London’s multi-genre music festival returns this October from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th. The annual festival is becoming an established fixture in the capital’s musical calendar and will this year present its largest and most varied programme ever. In total, there will be a record 19 individual events across various venues around the SE24 postcode. As always, Herne Hill Music Festival tickets are extremely attractively priced (from £5) and are further complimented by a variety of free entry performances. The aim is to maximise musical engagement across the community over the 10 days and to act as a platform for musicians and groups from many musical styles. All events are listed on the festival website www.hernehillfestival.org There really is something for everyone in this year’s lively and inventive programme including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk and Musicals as well as Choral music of various styles. This is paired with a strong community strand of events reflecting the wide range of local talent across South London. This year dance is also included for the first time. In another …

Multi-Story Orchestra Membership

The Multi-Story Orchestra is one of the most exciting young arts organisations in the U.K: “Forget concert halls, the future of music is emerging in a municipal car park” (The Times). And, Peckham is its home. Join our Membership and help us make The Multi-Story Orchestra as open, brave, and brilliant as possible! You can pay any amount to be part of our story! From car parks to schools and festivals, we create amazing live classical music experiences performed by incredible musicians. Every year we have to fundraise around £100,000 to keep The Multi-Story Orchestra going. Our ticket sales only cover about 5% of our costs and as a registered charity we are dependent on the huge generosity of our supporters to meet our costs. We have launched a new Membership Scheme to help us keep our ticket prices low and enable our ground-breaking work with local communities, schools, musicians and new collaborators to continue. “…it just blew my mind away” Primary school student, Peckham “The response was ecstatic and it deserved to be” The …