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FEBRUARY Thursday 22nd February  7:30pm SWEET TOOTH                                                                                                                                 Image: Brian Roberts “They will remember that we were sold, but not that we were strong. They will remember that we were bought but not that we were brave." William Prescott, 1937 (former slave) Acclaimed vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener gives the London premiere of SWEET TOOTH. This ambitious cross-disciplinary music theatre piece uses text, improvisation and movement to stage a dramatic engagement with the brutal realities of slavery as revealed by the historical records of the sugar industry and to reveal its contemporary echoes. The work was premiered in November 2017 at Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme on 30 December 2017. Tickets: £10, may be purchased online at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sweet-tooth-by-elaine-mitchener-tickets-42089227011 Credits: Concept, Direction & Music: Elaine Mitchener Movement Direction: Dam Van Huynh Historical Consultant: Christer Petley Lighting Design: Alex Johnston Devised and performed by: Elaine Mitchener, Sylvia Hallett, Mark Sanders, Jason Yarde View clip: https://vimeo.com/elainemitchener/sweettooth SWEET TOOTH has been supported with public funding from Arts Council England. Commissioned by Bluecoat in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation, London and The International Slavery Museum with further support from PRSF Open Fund, Edge Hill University, Centre 151 and St George’s Bloomsbury.    ______________________________________________________________________ MARCH Saturday 3rd March  6:45pm Singing Cultures Choir Harmonies from Classical Melodies Victoria Oruwari (conductor and soprano) Kevin Staizabal (piano) Rowland Sutherland (flute) Harmonies from Classical Melodies – a rare chance to experience the legacy of African Classical Music and it aspirations for ‘a better world’. The Singing Cultures Choir will perform an exhilarating repertoire of songs by Nigerian composers Ayo Bankole and Fela Sowande, African folksongs and original songs inspired by the spirit of African Classical Music and its visions for ‘a better world’. The choir will be accompanied by dynamic pianist Kevin Satizabal. The programme will also feature performances by acclaimed soprano and choral conductor Victoria Oruwari, and celebrated flautist Rowland Sutherland who will perform solo flute pieces by contemporary African composers Justinian Tamusuza (Tanzania) and Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa). An inspiring programme bringing an important and lesser known aspect of African, British and Classical Music heritage to life. Tickets: Adults £10 Children £5 Available through: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/transculturalvisions-12244455380    ______________________________________________________________________ Saturday 10th March  7:30pm Renaissance Singers Dr. David Allinson, Director I heard a voice from heaven: Portuguese penitential music Duate Lobo: Missa pro defunctis a8 (selected movements) Joao Lourenco Rebelo: Lamentations of Jeremiah with additional motets by Manuel Cardoso, Pedro de Cristo and Feilipe de Magalhaes Join us for an evening of rich Lenten music from early 17th-century Portugal, all in the ideal acoustics of St George’s, Bloomsbury. The serene sonorities of Duarte Lobo’s consoling Requiem setting will be set in relief by the intensity and drama of motets by Magalhāes, Cardoso and de Cristo. The main event, however, is a rare chance to hear Rebelo’s magisterial setting of the “Lamentations” - a tour de force of expressive, chromatic double-choir writing. Tickets: In Advance through our website (http://www.renaissancesingers.com/concerts): £12/ £10 (concessions) On the Door: £14/ £12 (concessions)       ______________________________________________________________________ Monday 26th March 1:10pm DC Knight Tones & DC Choral Ensemble As part of their concert tour to London, the DC Knight Tones and DC Choral Ensemble, the flagship vocal ensembles from Delaware County Christian School (Pennsylvania, USA), will be giving a special, free performance at St George’s Bloomsbury at 13.10 – 14.10 hrs on Monday 26th March 2018.  Their eclectic repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary vocal music and features both accapella and accompanied choral music, with some dynamic and exciting soloists, plus a bit of choreography thrown in for good measure!   Tour repertoire will include the following works: This Marriage-Eric Whitacre The Argument-Francis J Nesta Afro-Celtic Diddle-MIchael Coolen You Will Reap What You Sow-Pepper Choplin Writing’s On the Wall-arr Mac Huff Angus Dei-Jay Althouse Throw Open Your Shutters-Amy Bernon With A Little Help From My Friends- arr Deke Sharon He Is Marvelous-Rosephanye Powell To Be Like Thee - Paul Liljestrand Admission free, suggested donation £8    ______________________________________________________________________
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