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Guitarrísimo: Eduardo Martín & Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas

Guitarrísimo: Eduardo Martín & Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas

London,St Peters Church29 Mar
When Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas first heard the music of fellow countryman Eduardo Martín he felt euphoric. Martín’s style has an expansive sense of freedom that taps into pre Columbus traditions, jazz, flamenco, pop, Afro and traditional Cuban. The guitar is his favored instrument to mirror the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of the America’s cultural diversity. Before moving to England, Dickinson Cárdenas took lessons with Eduardo and their friendship, idiosyncratic empathy and mutual respect has since transformed into a…

All About Piano

London,Institut français in London31 Mar - 2 Apr
All About Piano! returns to the Institut français for its 5th edition, with a programme as exciting as ever: from concerts to talks, cine-concerts, masterclasses, free tuitions, kids’ activities and even an art exhibition: there is an event to suit all! Come and join us for three days of music and fun.
Pauline Viardot's "Cendrillon"

Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon”

London,Leighton House Museum5 Apr
As part of the Season devoted to women and their role as composers and the inspirations for operatic pieces, we bring a work by a lady who filled both of those roles. Pauline Viardot was a key 19th century singer, inspecting roles and music from her composer friends Berlioz, Chopin, saint-saëns and Meyerbeer. She devoted herself to not only creating new roles, but historical research into music of the baroque and classical periods. Her salon performances enabled listeners, such as…
Lenka Dusilova at O2 Academy Islington

Lenka Dusilova at O2 Academy Islington

London,O2 Academy Islington7 Apr
Having won several awards in the Czech Republic, charismatic singer-songwriter Lenka Dusilová brings her own style of brave, innovative pop to the UK. Lenka is not used to stagnation and repeating herself. She became an extraordinary phenomenon of the Czech music scene, moving from the position of a rock star to peculiar expression, freely receiving impulses from various styles as well as extra musical experiences. Lenka Dusilová has won six annual Anděl awards (Czech equivalent of Grammy). She has been active…
“The Composer and His Muse: the great women behind great men”

“The Composer and His Muse: the great women behind great men”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall25 Apr
The operatic canon overflows with male composers, and there is no shortage of female roles. Today’s lecture explores the relationships between some exceptional women and the composers who, inspired by their talents, wrote for them. The links have been wide ranging – from the familial such as Mozart and the four Weber sisters, marital in the case of Rossini and his famous wife Isabella Colbran, to the amorous in the case of Puccini’s multiple affairs. In each of these examples,…
“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon"

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall2 May
Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and morally incorrigible Manon. Banned in France for its scandalous depiction of this unrepentant libertarian of a woman the novel became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Manon’s love, won and lost with the wheel of Fortune, is presented as capricious, addictive and impossible. Indeed, upon reading Prévost’s novel in Dumas’…
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