I live in New Malden in the borough of Kingston upon Thames in SW London, UK.
Last Saturday (19th of march 2016) I went to St Andrew's Church in Surbiton to support my mum who sings as an alto in the Kingston Orpheus Choir in a performance of J S Bach's St John Passion. She's also the choir's librarian so we stayed for a while after the concert so she could collect the scores from the singers.
an economical orchestra (due to the choirs limited finances) comprised;
three 1st violins, two 2nds, viola, cello, contrabass aka double bass, 2 flutes, 2 oboes and a bassoon & chamber organ. (I tried my windpipes playing a bassoon for a brief spell at secondary school in the early 90s but found it wasn't for me at the time).
[3 additional] solo singers (for a total of 4) - soprano, alto, tenor* & bass
I met buenos Aires, Argentina based pianists Paula & Fabiana Chavez and Fabiana's boyfriend at the RAH for a performance of Mahler's beautiful, epic, dramatic, stormy, ground-shaking, tear jerking* 2nd Symphony. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the philharmonia chorus, soprano ____ and mezzo-soprano ____ were conducted brilliantly by Vasily Petrenko. I was indeed crying at the end.
After the concert, we went to the 190 bar in the Gore Hotel. I spotted 2 large photo prints of the Rolling Stones on the wall and we wondered why they were there so I Google'd the bar.
Over the years Bar 190 has been the chosen location for many a good evening, whether it be private soiree's, celebration parties, or rock and roll after parties. Bar 190 is famous for being the location for the Rolling Stones "Beggars Banquet" album launch in 1968.
London based music promoter Cheeky Promo is organising an arts festival to raise money for 2 vital charities - London's Air Ambulance and Nordoff Robbins (music therapy) - both close to Cheeky Promo founder Rupert Cheek's heart as he had music therapy as a child and was helped by the LAA after an accident in 2011.
The festival will have a strong musical focus and will feature musicians from London / across the UK, as well as creatives across multiple art forms such as live/performance art, visual art, theatre, dance, performance poetry, film and fashion.
Cheeky Promo is hoping to hold the festival in the early/mid 2017. Cheeky Promo is looking for a plethora of performers, a collection of creatives, a vat of volunteers, and a selection of sponsors so that they can pay the performers whilst raising money for the 2 charities.
My name is Jeroen Bakker (b1981), I live in the Netherlands and currently run a small publishing business for which I translate all of Lyman Frank Baum's Oz novels to Dutch. Also I aspire to compose and write poetry and prose. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and Autism between 2001 and 2008. Music is my first love and 'biggest' hobby next to JRR Tolkien and Star Trek. My first touch of music I got even before I was born when my parents went, whilst pregnant, to a concert of Led Zeppelin, if I remember it correctly wink emoticon.
My musical awakening came early in life, I remember buying my first record with my father, not the best choice I ever made but it was a Alfred Jodokus Kwak (The Adventures of Alfred J Quack) cd story and, because I had some money left of my savings I could buy a collection of Dutch popchard songs of 1991 including such international favourites as '35 koeien' by André van Duin and 'Goede tijden, slechte tijden' by Lisa Boray and Louis de Vries. Songs you all have heard off and can sing- a-long just fine, I guess.
During my school time I listened mostly to The Phantom of the Opera (A.L. Webber), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff) and the Wiz (film version), these CD's were on repeat for hours on end almost every day during homework and it drove my parents (and grandparents) crazy. I liked new age, jazz, film and classical music, especially opera, best in those days which resulted in a lot of bullying at school because most of my classmates liked the then new dance music by artists such as 2Unlimited and 2Brothers on the 4th Floor and the likes.
My real opening up in music came in my community college years (18-23) when I started to work on the school newspaper. I worked with two colleagues, both of whom I considered friends and we had a great time together running the paper and al. We did a lot together back then. I also came to their homes and we talked about lots of stuff. Including music. Bregje, one of the colleagues understood me very well, she knew I liked classical music and opera and she also understood that I had a dislike for much of the modern music many of peers liked. And she told me about rock music that was combined with classical music. I knew not much of rock music other then what my parents listened to at home (Pink Floyd, Santana etc), though I appreciate their music nowadays, as any obstinate teenager I rejected my parents music, probably because I couldn’t understand it or just for being obstinate.
But I told Bregje I would give it a try as long as the music didn't get blasphemous, not that I was (or am) religious but I felt music shouldn’t be insulting and I held very strong opinions back then. So we started a listening session with a song by Nightwish, I don't remember which song but it was from the Oceanborn album. Instantly I felt a click in my head and I knew it agreed with me.
We expanded with some heavier songs and the Wishmaster album. When her boyfriend came home he introduced me to the band Therion telling he believed the band used Bach music interwoven with their own music on their Vovin album. The opening song 'The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah' opens with a heavy string introduction, I loved it instantly. I didn't recognise any Bach, or Beethoven, elements but I did feel a strong connection with my classical music. The music by Therion was much heavier then Nightwish so I let Therion rest for a while, but they lent me the two Nightwish albums and the Within Temptation albums Enter and the Dance.
I instantly copied the music to my, then minidisc, walkman and over time I started to sing-a-long with them whilst cycling to the train station for school and to work. When I let my parents join in on my newly discovered music my father rejected it, almost furiously, but my mother became quite a diplomat. She noticed the characteristic voices of Tarja Turunen and Sharon den Adel and compared them to my father’s love for exotic female voices such as Kate Bush and the female vocalist from Magna Carta. Slowly my father and I grew a musical liking towards each other’s music.
My first ever none classical or jazz album I bought myself, aside from the Alfred J Quack and collection of Dutch popchard songs, was Symphony and Metallica. Over the cause of time I bought many albums from many genres of music, resulting in a collection of nearly 1900 items including, but not limited to, a variety of new age, gothic, world, pop, jazz and classical music and filmscores.
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I recently connected with Mindful Music on twitter, and then its founder Martha. We exchanged email addresses, and she invited me to an event she had organised in Bethnal Green. So I went along to meet her. And to hear some music.
Takunda Garwe rang a bell...
Back in, let's say 2012 (could have been '11 or 13), he and I were performing at the same gig at the Half Moon on Lower Mortlake Road in Putney. he was performing as Garwe whilst I was accompanying singer-songwriter (why is it always singer-songwriter, never songwriter-singer?) Nix Nugent. Garwe and I never saw eachother again. Until Saturday. And yet we both still 'knew' eachother. Don't ask me why, or how. (I saw someone at a gig a few months ago who I 'knew' but for the life of me, I couldnt remember his name, or where I knew him from; it irked me so much!).
After a breather, and a change-over I was delighted by the sounds of Yujin who 'guided us through a meditation'
Then DJ nrthsr delighted us with his choice of tunes, including Funkytown!
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Nakisha Esnard - Song bird
I supported Luton, UK based songwriter, singer & ukulele player Nakisha Esnard's crowd funding campaign to help her record an EP. It arrived in the post today. It's so good I had to listen to it twice straight away.
Millie Manders - Obsession Transgression
I supported South London, UK based songwriter, singer & ukulele player Millie Manders' Pledge Music crowd funding campaign to help her record another EP, and this is it.