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Phoenix Theatre London - Musical Once aaa to be reviewed

London 2013 – Melange – World Music from the…

During our hilidays in London we have visited two free concerts in the National Portrait Gallery. The second concert was given by a group named Melange.

Melange was  founded by the cellist Shirley Smart.

She has spent many years in Israel and has become acquainted with the music of the East. Melange is playing a mix of World Music from different regions of the world, using instruments like the cello of Shirley Smart, the Arabian oud or the saxophone.

The concert in the National Portrait Gallery was given by a trio with cello, accordion and percussion. The program contained a mix of pieces from the Middle East and from Africa.

I have found some videos with the group Melange from London:

Lamma bada – Melange

Melange live at Hootananny

Melange is also playing the music of South America, including Argentinian tango and Brazilian choro. I have found the following video of a performance that includen Anselmo Netto playing the bandolim, they play a version of the Czardas by V. Monti in a more Brazilian style:

Anselmo Netto Quintet @ The Gallery Cafe : Czardas

Anselmo Netto Quintet perform live at the Gallery Cafe on 24th June 2011

Anselmo Netto ; Bandolim
Netto Pio : Guitar
Shirley Smart : Cello
Matheus Nova : Bass
Kleyton Macedo : Drums

Playlist Melange + Shirley Smart

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo9NKJ5ApHUrmNYip92AAAnr

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/shirlsmart/videos

Website Melange: http://www.melangecollective.com/

Melange (reverbnation): http://www.reverbnation.com/melangecollective

Phoenix Theatre London - Musical Once musical

London 2013 – The Musical “Once” – With Mandolin,…

London is the musical capital of the world. I think almost every musical you can think of can be seen in London. In the Victoria & Albert Museum we saw an interesting exhibition about theatre and entertainment, with a display about the costumes used in Lion King.

We had seen the ads for the musical Once, and we passed by the Phoenix Theatre where it was played and were impressed by the illuminated neon advertising showing a guitar head. So we decided to visit Once.

The musical plays in Dublin, mostly in a Pub, but also on the street. The stage design was very convincing,  just by changing the light the impression of another situation was created. Especially interesting is the mirror in the back of the stage.

Before the musical begins the musicians are all on the stage and are playing typical Irish folk music, as well as some Croatian tunes with accordion. The band includes guitars, mandolins, a ukulele, a banjo, cello, accordion, drums, double bass and piano. The audience is invited to come to the stage and stand around the band.

Pictures – Musical Once

Videos: Once The Musical performs The North Strand

The cast of Once the Musical busking in Leicester Square tube station

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London Mandolin Ensemble mandolin ensemble

London 2013 – A Rehearsal with the London Mandolin…

The London Mandolin Ensemble was founded in 2012. In previous years existed an earlier London Mandolin Ensemble, but for many years there was not much mandolin ensemble music in London.

London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.

We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Packenham.

Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.

On Tuesday we have visited the rehearsal of the London Mandolin Ensemble. We rehearsed the mandolin concerto by Hasse, the Canon by Pachelbl and started with a piece by Eileen Packenham with a lot of chromatic scales. The rehearsal was conducted by Travis Finch who has studied with Alison Stephens. Travis does also organize a regular workshop for the mandolin players in London.

In recent years the London Mandolin Festival has been organized every year. There are some videos from the performances of the London Mandolin Festival at youtube:

Playlist London Mandolin Festival

Back in 1955 and 1949

The BMG has organized Banjo and Mandolin Festivals in the 1940s and 1950s, British Pathe has two short videos about the festivals of 1949 and 1955 – you can see many anjo players, but also some mandolins:

Plenty of Pluck (1951)

Musicians of Britain’s Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Clubs are arriving at Red Lion Square with instruments. An orchestra plays ‘Mind the Guns’ conducted by Phil Barker.

Music Festival on Strings (1949)

Participants are arriving, later a big Orchestra is playling.

Back in 1903

In 1903 a big mandolin orchestra has played in Queen’s Hall and in the Crystal Pallace. The following postcard shows”The Largest Mandoline Band in the World”

 

Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903
Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903

Additional Information

On the website of the London Mandolin Ensemble you can find additional information about the members and the conductor of the ensemble, about the rehearsals and a lot of more interesting information about the mandolin.

Website: http://www.londonmandolinensemble.org.uk/

Youtube Channel Travis Finch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ttamsivart/videos

About  Travis Finch: http://www.chadlingtonfestival.org.uk/artists/finch/

Website of the BMG: http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/

Merken

Merken

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London 2013 – 100 Club, Oxford Street – Orianthi…

On Wednesday we attended a concert with Orianthi in the 100 Club, Oxford Street. We had to wait for a long time in the typical English queue until we were let in, and event then we had to wait more until Orianthi came to the stage.

Orianthi is a young guitarist with Greek / Australian roots. She has played with Stevie Vai and Carlos Santana, and she plays heavy rock guitar and sings. Since 2011 Orianthi is the guitarist for Alice Cooper. So it was no surprise that Alice Cooper came to the stage for the last encore and sung Foxy Lady.

Orianthi and Alice Cooper live @ 100 club London 7th August 2013

Pictures – Orianthi in the Club 100

You can find many videos from the concert with Orianthi in the 100 Club – many of the visitors used their smartphones to record songs.

Videos Orianthi 100 Club


Additional Information

Orianthi official website: http://orianthi.com/

Wikipedia about Orianthi (engl.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orianthi

Orianthi – Playlist

100 Club Oxford Street, London: http://www.the100club.co.uk/