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GCE Heritage presents The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who will accompany José Carreras performing a repertoire of opera classics, conducted by David Giménez. The Sunday finale in London will be extra special as José Carreras says goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour. Alongside a discography that includes over 160 recordings that range across classical and popular music, earning him several Gold and Platinum discs with over 80 million records sold in total, Carreras is one of the most accomplished tenors in history.
ComposHER celebrates the best contemporary music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. The aim of the concert is not only to showcase the incredible talent in the UK, but to inspire the next generation of women composers.
The composers to be showcased at the event are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones (selected by the NFTS to represent their alumni), Anne Nikitin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap (music performed by LCO and SHE Choir), Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.
The Royal Society of Musicians is Britain’s oldest music charity and its aims remain as relevant today as they were in the earliest years – to provide immediate financial assistance to musicians unable to work due to accident, illness or old age. Being a charity run by musicians for musicians, the Society is uniquely placed to fully understand the challenges faced within the profession.
The Royal Society of Musicians was founded in 1738 as the “Fund for Decay’d Musicians”. 228 members of the profession signed its Declaration of Trust; they included Arne, Boyce, Carey, Festing, Greene, Pepusch, Edward Purcell (son of Henry), Roseingrave, Sammartini, Stanley (the blind organist and composer) and, most valuably, Handel. The Society still maintains at Drummond’s Bank the account which Michael Festing (the first Secretary) opened in November 1738. From the beginning Handel took part in the annual concerts for the Fund’s benefit, and he bequeathed it £1,000 in a 1759 codicil to his Will.
Article from http://www.royalsocietyofmusicians.org/history/
Nicole Crespo O´Donoghue signing the book of The Royal Society of Musicians
See video for a behind the scenes look into the recordings created for the forthcoming tour of Captain Corelli's Mandolin with composer Harry Blake.
The show is an epic love story set on the Greek island of Cephalonia. It follows the lives of Dr Iannis, his beautiful, strong-willed daughter Pelagia and the Italian Captain Antonio Corelli, during the Italian and German occupation of the island in World War II. The book written by Louis de Bernières won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Overall Winner for Best Book, the 1995 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. In 2001, the novel was adapted into a film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin will be directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee, Melly Still and adapted by Evening Standard Award winner and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Rona. Set and costume designs are by Mayou Trikerioti, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, sound design by Jon Nicholls, projection design by Dom Baker for OD Vision and music composed by Harry Blake. Produced by Neil Laidlaw, Rose Theatre Kingston and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.