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Some early rain and a tube strike couldn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands that came to the third City Beerfest on 8th July! They were rewarded with a huge range of beers and a fantastic musical programme in the beautiful setting of the historic Guildhall Yard.

The event was officially opened by the Lord Mayor and raised over £20,000 for City Music Foundation, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the City of London Festival. More information about the event is at www.citybeerfest.org.

Our special thanks go to our colleagues at the Worshipful Company of Brewers, the Guildhall, the City of London Festival and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal as well as to headline sponsor Gensler and our further sponsors Daniel Watney, Hempsons, Brown Shipley and Wirefield.

We are already looking forward to next year…..!

Pedro Segundo is one of the most in-demand percussionists and drummers on the international circuit. 2015 sees the launch of his first solo project: Solo Segundo.

A challenging, surprising and unique performance of the highest standard, Solo Segundo invites you to be enthralled by 75minutes of live, uninhibited solo drums and percussion.  Think Stomp, with just one performer.

The show will pay respect to traditional and world music drumming styles as well as introducing audiences to the world of contemporary solo percussion music; from traditional Indian and African drumming through to Xenakis, improvisatory jazz, John Cage and newly commissioned works from Goncalo Gato and Dave Maric.

Be prepared for a show that will forever change your conception of drums and percussion.

Solo Segundo premieres at St James Studio on the 25th September 2015 before holding a residency as part of the London Jazz Festival in November of the same year.

Find out all about Solo Segundo here…



 

This new recording by pianist Cordelia Williams (Piano Winner of BBC Young Musician 2006) is a unique combination of three of Schumann’s finest works for the instrument: the Davidsbündlertänze Books I and II, Fantasie and the Geistervariationen.

The Davidsbündlertänze is a set of 18 pieces for solo piano, featuring characters who did not really exist, except in Schumann’s musical imagination. They initially appeared as characters from his unfinished 1831 novel, Davidsbündler (the League of David). The pieces are not true Dances but more musical dialogues about music between Schumann’s characters Florestan and Eusebius. These respectively represent the impetuous and the lyrical, poetic sides of Schumann’s nature. Each piece is ascribed to one or both of them. Schumann’s wife Clara was practically his sole motivation for writing this work, an expression of his passionate love, longings and dreams. It remains one of Schumann’s greatest achievements.

Schumann composed the Fantasie Op. 17  in 1836 and dedicated it to Liszt. It consists of three movements in loose sonata form. The first movement is rhapsodic and passionate followed by a grandiose rondo in the second movement and ending with a slow and meditative third movement. The Geistervariationen lies at the other end of Schumann’s life – it was, in fact, his very last solo piano piece, completed in 1854 just before he was admitted to a mental institution. The ‘Ghost Variations’ are very rarely heard (Schumann said the theme was given to him by an angel) and constitute a hauntingly beautiful work.

On the evidence of this new recording it’s not hard to understand her success. Her playing has a warmth and finely judged flexibility that are immediately attractive. The spontaneity of the performances as well as the beauty  of the piano tone, … linger in the mind… ”
Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 **** (SOMMCD 0127, Schubert Impromptus)

Williams’ brilliantly fluid technique and unassuming mastery of the piano is to the fore on this recording, which promises much for the future.”
Classic FM Radio Review (Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 15-19 July 2013).

 

You can buy her new album via Somm Recordings here!

A wonderful evening was had by all at our Jazz in the Churchyard concert on the 16th June, organised in collaboration with St Mary-le-Bow Church. Giacomo SmithPedro Segundo and the rest of the Kansas Smitty’s Big Four treated an enthusiastic crowd to jazz standards and original compositions.

Huge thank you to Aberdeen Asset Management for sponsoring the event!

 

 

 

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