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Viva London

Viva Acappella are very excited to announce our big concert of the year, Viva London!

Our first very special guests will be two times World Mixed barbershop champion quartet, DOUBLE DATE, in their UK concert debut! Spearheading the growth in popularity for mixed quartets in the USA and barbershop-worldwide, we can’t wait to share the stage with this incredible group.
From their website:
Double Date is a vocal quartet formed in 2012. They met in choir at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In both 2014 and 2016, they won the Barbershop in Germany! World Mixed quartet competition.
The quartet consists of two couples: Michaela and Nathan, and Blair and Ravi. They’re best friends. Their two beautiful dogs are best friends, too.”
http://www.doubledateqt.com/

Fresh from their BABS Gold Medal win we’re excited to have Portobello Road joining us!
With an impressive performance heritage of over 100 years between them, the current British Association of Barbershop Singers Gold medal quartet Portobello Road could, justifiably, describe themselves as experienced. Formed in 2013, winning in 2017 was the crowning glory for this group who have, between them, amassed 13 Gold medals along with numerous other colours.

Our MC for the evening is barbershopper and musician extraordinaire, Simon Arnott.
Simon is a young British composer, music educator, arranger and barbershopper. He is currently the Director of two choruses in London,London City Singers (current SABS International Chorus Champions) and Meantime Chorus (current BABS Small Chorus Champions). He is bass of two award-winning BABS quartets: Park Street Quartet were 2012 Youth Champions and 2014 National Champions, and Trailblazers won the Youth contest in 2015 and are current SABS International Quartet Champions.
This is only a small amount of Simon’s musical pedigree (as well as his BA Hons in Music and current Head of Music position in a London Pre-Prep)! We’re delighted to have him on board for the concert in September. Follow his Facebook page: Simon Arnott: Composer, Arranger, Conductor & Educator.

Viva Acappella is an award-winning all female a cappella choir based in Kent, ranked 20th in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Convention in Las Vegas October 2016. We’re taking a year out of competing after our wonderful trip across the pond last autumn, but we haven’t been sitting idle – we can’t wait to share our new music as well as old favourites with you all!
https://www.vivaacappella.com/

With a central London venue, some of the biggest names in British barbershop and a US quartet like no other, this isn’t a gig to be missed!

 

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2uawtKi
Tickets: £20 / £15 https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/viva-london-viva-acappella-double-date-portobello-road-tickets-197331

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion play at Farnham Maltings

A truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene!

The great news for blues-rock fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in Surrey is that they will be playing at Farnham Maltings on Thursday 14th September……….guaranteed to be a great night and one show not to miss!

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion create a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse. Zoe Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”.

The band’s exciting live set is based around rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves featuring Rob Koral’s electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions.

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact these last five years; producing five well received and widely broadcast albums (6 plays on the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones show), and picking up a series of awards including Runner-Up in both Best Band and Best Female Vocals at the British Blues Awards for 2 years running……………….its fair to say that they have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to blues scene in the UK!

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC radio 2, 2017

“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude” – Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“A whip-crack band… expressive voice… impressive material” – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine, 2016

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist” – Making A Scene USA, 2017

“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work” – Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2016

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage; lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral & Zoe’s powerful, impassioned vocal”Moray Stuart, Blues In Britain, Sept 2016, Ealing Blues Festival

Words alone cannot convey the special sound these musician’s exude and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what’s in store, by having a look and listen to a video track of “Broken” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ktzI5O43Iw&feature=youtu.be ……….blues-rock has never sounded or looked so good!!

Don’t miss out on seeing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at Farnham Maltings on Thursday 14th September

The venue is located at Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR

Advance tickets are £12.00 and can be purchased by calling 01252 793 430 or reserved online at http://www.boogaloopromotions.com/tickets/

To see, hear and find out more about the band and where else they are playing in the UK, please check out http://www.bluecommotion.com

Don’t be late, doors open at 8.15 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/zoe.schwarz

https://twitter.com/bluecommotion 


Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion play at The Corn Exchange

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion……..a truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene!

The great news for blues-rock fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around Devizes is that they will be playing at The Corn Exchange on Friday 8th September……….guaranteed to be a great night and one show not to miss!

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion create a luxurious and irresistible sound.  Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave; Rob Koral has an electrifying and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The Highly accomplished rhythm section of Jonny Henderson-Hammond organ, Paul Francis Bass and Andy Chapman-drums bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in spontaneous and exciting directions…………together they display virtuosic skills and artistic finesse!

The band have made a considerable impact these last five years; producing five well received and widely broadcast albums (6 plays on the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones show), and picking up a series of awards including Runner-Up in both Best Band and Best Female Vocals at the British Blues Awards for 2 years running………..it’s fair to say that they have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to blues scene in the UK!

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC radio 2, 2017

“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude” – Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“A whip-crack band… expressive voice… impressive material” – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine, 2016

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist” – Making A Scene USA, 2017

“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work” – Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2016

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage; lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral & Zoe’s powerful, impassioned vocal”Moray Stuart, Blues In Britain, Sept 2016, Ealing Blues Festival

Words alone cannot convey the special sound these musician’s exude and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.  Having said this, you can get a feel for what’s in store, by having a look and listen to a video track of “Broken” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ktzI5O43Iw&feature=youtu.be ……….blues-rock has never sounded or looked so good!!

Don’t miss out on seeing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at The Corn Exchange on Friday 8th September

The venue is located at the Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1HS

Advance tickets are £10.00 (£12.00 on the door) and can be purchased by calling 01380 725 944 or online at https://zoeschwarzbluecommotion.bandcamp.com/merch/zoe-schwarz-blue-commotion-the-corn-exchange-devises-08-09-17

To see, hear and find out more about the band and where else they are playing in the UK, please check out http://www.bluecommotion.com

Don’t be late, doors open at 7.30 p.m. and the music starts at 8.30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/zoe.schwarz

https://twitter.com/bluecommotion 


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Pianist Rachel Fryer makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut, performing Bach‘s extraordinary Goldberg Variations, as made famous by Glenn Gould, in its entirety. The variations last 75 minutes and she will perform the work from memory. The concert takes place at St. Michael’s and All Saints Church, 28 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH on Tuesday 8th August at 3.30pm. Admission is free and there is a retiring collection.

Opera in the Park returns with Hatstand Opera

The delightful Opera in the Park live performance is back for one night only on Wednesday 26 July in the leafy setting of Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Hatstand Opera return to thrill and entertain all ages with their iconic opera highlights show “Golden Moments from Opera”.

Hatstand Opera on stage in Victoria Park, Portsmouth

The live performance is the culmination of a month of opera in Portsmouth, which includes live relays from the Royal Opera House in London on the Big Screen in Guildhall Square.

The performance is also a welcome return for the Hampshire-based touring opera company, who last delighted audiences in Portsmouth in the same location back in 2010.

And, by a spooky coincidence, the Hatstand Opera cast includes baritone Jochem van Ast, who has just finished performing at …the Royal Opera House Covent Garden!

Make a night of it

Kirsty Young, Director of Hatstand Opera, said:

“We are delighted to be back singing in Victoria Park this summer. It’s a lovely little oasis of calm, or at least, it will be until our soprano racks up to her top notes! Even if you don’t think you know any opera, come along and enjoy the show. We’ll sing all sorts of items people will recognise without realising it, as used in adverts, TV shows and blockbuster films. Best of all, it’s free! So why not come a little early, bring a picnic and some friends, and make a night of it!”

All the ‘best bits’ of opera

“Golden Moments from Opera” is Hatstand’s flag ship show of hilarious scenes and heart-rending arias from the world’s favourite operas, presented in Hatstand’s informal and entertaining style. Expect lots of well-known items and some more unusual songs too, all performed with style and passion for a great evening of music and laughter. No need for surtitles either, as mezzo and compare Kirsty explains exactly what’s happening, who’s singing what – and why.  With a emphasis on making opera fun and easily digestible, it’s no wonder that Classic FM magazine declared “Nobody does opera quite like Hatstand Opera”!

The cast for this fun evening of opera features Australia soprano Toni Nunn, afore-mentioned baritone Jochem van Ast, and mezzo Kirsty Young (not the newsreader). At the piano will be Gill Ford, just before she jets off to Hong Kong for a month!

Free entry – bring a party!

If you’d like to join in the fun, here’s the details:

Opera in the Park presents

“Golden Moments from Opera”

Wednesday 26 July 2017, at 7.30pm

Victoria Park, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3LD

Free Entry – please bring a rug or a chair

Further Information: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk

Opera in the Park is presented by Portsmouth City Council