All posts tagged: music

Straight Outta Surrey, 36 Years Too late

School band reunites after three decades during lockdown to release their debut album ‘Neon Highway’. In 1981 ‘Don’t Mention It’ was another hopeful ‘new romantic’ band dreaming of releasing an album and being featured in Smash Hits Magazine alongside their idols, Kraftwerk, Ultravox and Duran Duran. The band; Mark Duggan, Martin West and Steve Shillito (our wonderful graphic designer based in SE23) spent their days in school but when the parents went away during bank-holiday weekends, they recorded electronic music on C-60 tapes with hired equipment and borrowed synths. After a few years’ life happened and they drifted apart, their dreams of releasing an album never realised. Fast-forward to February 2020 and the COVID-19 lockdown provided space to reunite on Facebook and dust off the old synthesizers and guitars. Martin had moved to New York, Steve was in London and Mark lived in Kent, but they embraced new online technology and started mixing songs ‘in the cloud’. The guys fell instantly into familiar roles with Mark on vocals, synths and guitar, Martin on keyboards, bass …

Oakfield Prep School release video in tribute to the NHS’s ‘Heroes in Blue’

We have all been taking part in clapping every Thursday to show our support for the bravery and dedication of NHS and frontline workers at this time. Over the last few weeks Oakfield Preparatory School in West Dulwich decided to go one step further and recorded an original song, ‘Heroes in Blue’, in tribute to all NHS staff. The video for the song, which you can find on their YouTube channel, was written, recorded and filmed entirely in lockdown. It features Oakfield staff, pupils and their families singing, dancing and dressing-up as part of the moving singalong. Mr Sam Howes, Oakfield’s Director of Music and writer of ‘Heroes in Blue’, said, “We wanted to do something to demonstrate our appreciation for all that frontline workers are doing to help those in need, and hopefully bring these real-life heroes some much-needed cheer. We hope this song reaches as many of them as possible” Mrs Moyra Thompson, Head of Oakfield Prep School, is in awe of the solidarity and community spirit, “Oakfield has always been a warm, …

Ensemble26 Concerts

Ensemble26 is a collective of musicians founded by three friends, Ellie Fagg, Tom Norris and Eleanor Meynell. Ellie and Tom play the violin and Eleanor plays the piano. They are professional musicians living locally who love to play classical chamber music together. They invite other wonderful instrumentalists to join them as their concerts which are made up of pieces with different combinations of instruments. Their aim is to bring high quality chamber music to their local community so that music lovers don’t necessarily have to travel into London and so that it’s easier for prospective music lovers to come and see what it’s all about. There are many professional musicians living locally who play with the top London orchestras and chamber groups so it’s nice for them too to play in a local concert. Eleanor met Tom at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and later in life kept meeting at film sessions every now and then. They wanted to play chamber music together so they organised a couple of concerts. Meanwhile, Tom and Ellie …

An Evening With Brahms and Schumann

For their autumn concert, the Concordia Chamber Choir brings you a unique programme devoted largely to the work of Johannes Brahms, one of the great composers of the 19th century Romantic Period. The centrepiece is the magisterial German Requiem. Originally written to be performed with a full orchestra, Brahms later prepared this version for soloists, chorus and two pianists with a single piano. Yet instead of diminishing its impact, it is, if anything, enhanced, allowing the voices full rein to soar and capture the intensity of the music. The soloists will be Helen Meyerhoff and Alex Jones. In addition, they will also bring you songs from Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben sung by Helen Meyerhoff, accompanied by Luis Parés and, not least, the stunningly beautiful Brahms Geistliche’s Lied, a ‘spiritual song’ whose mood anticipates the great Requiem itself and whose lyrics contain the line ‘let no sad thought oppress thee.’ The performance is at 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd November at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road, SE21 8JY. Tickets cost £14 at the door, or £13 in …

The Ionian Singers: A Triple Alliance – music from France, Germany and England

The Ionian Singers and Timothy Salter (conductor and piano) are joined by the clarinettist Marina Finnamore on Saturday 9th November in a programme of music from France, Germany and England. Finzi is represented in both choral and instrumental form, with the English element complemented by two of Walton’s short choral pieces and the first performance of Ave verum corpus, a new work by Nicholas Ansdell-Evans.  The French music is by Poulenc (from his Sept Chansons of 1936), with clarinet and piano music by Debussy (Première Rhapsodie) and Messager. From Germany come Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces op.73 for clarinet and piano and two of Brahms’s contemplative part-songs. The concert concludes with Salter’s transcription of three Wolf songs that bring all the performers together. St Stephen’s Church, College Road, London SE21 7 HW Saturday 9 November 2019 at 7.30pm Tickets at the door or in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-ionian-singers £14.00 (free for under 16s and full time students) Contact Ulla Gray on 020 8693 1051 or 07950 143 916 info@ioniansingers.co.uk  www.ioniansingers.co.uk