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12 SCHUBERT MASTERPIECES FROM LONDON CONCERT CHOIR On 19 October, Mark Forkgen will conduct London Concert Choir and the Counterpoint ensemble in a concert of masterpieces by Schubert at London’s Cadogan Hall. This will be a rare opportunity to hear Schubert’s magnificent final Mass No. 6 in E flat major, which was written in 1828, only five months before his tragically early death. The setting is on a vast scale, principally choral, one notable exception being an exquisite trio for the two tenors and soprano. The orchestral colour is dominated by woodwinds, brass and timpani. Schubert’s own gift for melody is combined with the drama of Beethoven and some astonishing harmonies that were way ahead of their time, anticipating the work of later Romantic composers such as Brahms and Bruckner. The soloists in the Mass are Raphaela Papadakis (soprano), Amy Lyddon (mezzo soprano), Bradley Smith and James Way (tenors) and Laurence Williams (bass). Also in the programme is Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony, No. 8, which was begun six years earlier. There is evidence of his tortured soul in the darkness of the scoring and the poignant silences punctuated with moments of light. Why it was left unfinished is not clear, but its two movements are complete in themselves, as the sublime second movement resolves the tensions of the first. Perhaps this symphony has become almost too wellknown, but hearing it performed on Counterpoint’s original instruments should brush off some of the dust and restore its original impact. The concert will begin with Mendelssohn’s setting of the version by Luther of the Latin hymn Da nobis pacem, a graceful prayer for peace strongly influenced by the music of Bach. London Concert Choir has been a significant part of the London music scene ever since 1960. Under its Music Director Mark Forkgen the choir displays remarkable conviction and expressiveness in an unusually broad repertoire and regularly appears at all the major London concert venues as well as touring abroad. The Counterpoint ensemble, formed in 2000 to work with vocal groups, draws its players from the leading young period instrument specialists who live and work in London and perform with the leading British early music ensembles. Tickets at £12 to £30 are available from 020 7730 4500 or online at Cadogan Hall is a short walk from Sloane Square station, which is on the District and Circle Lines. PROJECT POLUNIN AT THE LONDON COLISEUM Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin’s company, Project Polunin, will present a mixed programme of new and revived work at the London Coliseum from 5 to 10 December. The programme will feature an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself. At 19, Sergei Polunin was the youngest ever dancer to become a Principal with The Royal Ballet. After four years in the company, he went on to perform in Russia with the Stanislavsky Theatre and Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Earlier this year, Sergei's story was made the subject of documentary feature film Dancer produced by Gabrielle Tana. The documentary is book-ended with Sergei's Take Me To Church video, directed by David LaChapelle, which has now amassed nearly 20 million views. Later this year, Sergei will be seen in the new Kenneth Branagh film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, due for release in November. With Project Polunin, Sergei aims to create new dance and ballet works for both stage and film, through the collaboration between dancers, contemporary artists, musicians and choreographers from all creative backgrounds. Project Polunin will strive to make dance accessible to people of all ages and incomes, and to inspire, nurture and support young people to be more creative. It is produced in collaboration with David Banks and Gabrielle Tana. Sergei Polunin. Photo: David LaChapelle. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

BEN WATERS SET TO 'LIFT THE BLUES' AT CADOGAN HALL Ben Waters, Europe’s official ‘Best Boogie Woogie Pianist’, is bringing his high energy Big Band plus special guests to the Cadogan Hall. Working with 'Lifting the Blues', a charity dedicated to destigmatising mental health through music, £10 from every ticket sold is being donated to the cause. With a career spanning 25 years, Ben has worked with some truly legendary musicians (The Rolling Stones, Sir Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Dave Gilmour, Paul Weller, PJ Harvey) and entertained audiences at prestigious venues across the world. Jools Holland, Ben’s good friend and mentor, has described Ben as one of the greatest pianists of all time. Ben even played at Jools’ wedding. You can hear the influences of the early rock ‘n roll greats in the Big Band’s music. Ben has played both with Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, as well as recording with one of the world’s finest musicians, Sir Ray Davies (who curated the Meltdown Festival for the 60th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall and selected Ben’s band as one of his favourites). The Big Band will be playing the music of their heroes, such as Fats Domino, Amos Milburn and Louis Jordon. Supported by the Tom Waters Quartet with a special appearance of Lila Ammons of the famous Chicago boogie and jazz dynasty of Albert and Gene Ammons, this will be a sensational evening with both hot rock ‘n’ roll and cool jazz music from some of the finest musicians in the world. Tom Waters (who happens to be Ben's son) is a young alto Sax player who currently studies at the prestigious Purcell school for Young Musicians in Watford. His accomplished style of Jazz is way beyond his years, and he has been on the circuit with his dad's band since the tender age of 8. At only 16 years old, Tom has already toured the world playing regularly in Europe and much further afield. Ben Waters Big Band is to take the stage at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 21 October (19.30). Tickets are available at or by telephoning the box office on 020 7730 4500. 13 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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