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Lift to the Scaffold + Q&A

Lift to the Scaffold + Q&A

London,Cine Lumiere30 Apr
As part of the global celebrations for the International Jazz Day, Institut Français presents Louis Malle’s mesmerising debut film, “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud” (Lift to the Scaffold) featuring Miles Davis’s legendary score. ‘Nouvelle Vague’ before such a concept truly existed, this richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolds over one restless Parisian night. Preceded by live music by jazz multi-instrumentalist Julien Alour and followed by a Q&A with jazz specialists Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise Magazine) and Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise Magazine…
“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’…
'Enescu Concerts' Series: Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri

‘Enescu Concerts’ Series: Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri

London,Romanian Cultural Institute4 May
Characterised as “one of the most gifted pianists to move to New York in the past decade“ (Bruce Lee Galanter), enthusiastically  reviewed by major British jazz publications like Jazzwise and Jazz Journal, Romanian ground-breaking composer and pianist Lucian Ban and American Grammy nominee violist & improviser Mat Maneri debut at 1 Belgrave Square on 4 May with a programme inspired by the music of George Enescu as well as Romania’s ancestral soundscape. The concert is presented within our ‘Enescu Concerts’…
Alex Otterburn

The Golden Age of Russian Classical Music

London,Pushkin House10 May
From Glinka to Rachmaninov: Exploring the evolution of Russian Classical style. The 19th century provided a great outpouring of classical music. Inspired by Russian folk stories and a need for a nationalist musical identity, a new language of music was born. With Callie Gaston (soprano), Alex Otterburn (baritone) and accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya (piano).

The Hidden Composers: Women Who Dared to Write Music in a Man’s World

London,Kensington Central Library16 May
With Anna Beer, soprano & mezzo, accompanied by Natalie Burch, piano. Anna Beer is a cultural historian and writer as well as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has recently published a long over-due book: “Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” celebrating the musical legacy and hidden histories of eight remarkable women composers. From 17th century Florence to 20th century London, they created their music in public and private; in the Courts of the Medici’s…
Jenny Miller

Barefoot Opera and Opera Prelude’s Young Singers

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall6 Jun
“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion” Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Preludes to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday communication and the art of classical singing. With two brilliant young Opera Prelude singers, Jenny will take us through operatic examples from Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Verdi and more to the present time, demonstrating how sighs, laughter, cries, and whispers translate into the gripping music-theatre that is the art of opera.…
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