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8 Johan Persson. VAMOS CUBA! AT THE PEACOCK Vamos Cuba! the sizzling spectacular from celebrated Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra returns to London for a run at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue The Peacock, from 24 October-11 November. Set in the crazy chaos of Havana airport, the Sadler’s Wells Production is an exuberant mix of traditional and modern dance styles including salsa, rumba, cha-cha-cha and reggaeton, with a live band led by drummer Rodney Barreto and a cast of the hottest dancers Cuba has to offer. The show received its World Premiere at Sadler’s Wells last summer, and returns to the West End to bring some Cuban sunshine to autumn in London. The high-energy production exudes the joyous spirit of Havana and reveals contemporary Cuban culture through a mix of music, dance, and the stories of the characters waiting in Havana airport. Internationally established director and choreographer Nilda Guerra is the creator of the smash-hit Havana Rakatan. She began her professional career in 1993 as a dancer at Havana’s Teatro Lírico. In 2001 she founded Ballet Rakatan, one of Cuba’s most prestigious dance companies, performing on world renowned stages including Sydney Opera House, New York City Center, Le Carre Theatre, Tokyo City Hall and Oslo Opera House among others. Havana Rakatan has been seen by more than 200,000 people worldwide including six West End seasons at The Peacock. Born in Havana in 1984, Rodney Barreto has been a percussionist from a very young age and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in Cuba. He has performed with Chucho Valdes, Isaac Delgado and Omara Portuondo and played on the soundtrack for the film Chico & Rita. His numerous awards include a Grammy Award in 2016 for the Chucho Valdez CD and DVD Live in Marciac and the Cubadisco Award for best record with Drums La Habana in 2010. Tickets telephone 020 7863 8222. LONDON MOONLIGHT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT ST PETER’S A classical concert showcasing Vocal and Orchestral performances by the London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra to raise funds for the 'Oracle Cancer Trust’, the UK’s leading Charity solely dedicated to funding research into head and neck cancer, will take place on 14 October (19.30) at St Peter's Church, Notting Hill. The programme includes works by famous composers in the opera world, including Mozart, Bellini, Verdi and Offenbach. The London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble composed of vocal and instrumental showcasing young artists and talented prize winners. Arianne Rooney will play French Horn, Isolda Da Costa Soares will sing Soprano with Elizaveta Tyun as Violin First Chair, and Matthew Hardy will conduct the performance. Canapés will be served during the interval, followed by a retirement collection for donations. St Peter's is a building of notable architectural quality, and is listed Grade II*. The interior of the building is very elaborate, with many of the pillars boasting gilded capitals. For tickets, visit the Event Brite website at Elizaveta Tyun.(Violin First Chair). 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

ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY PERFORM HAYDN: THE CREATION On an autumn evening what could be better than enjoying some glorious music in beautiful surroundings? On Saturday 21 October, the Royal Choral Society – one of the UK’s oldest and best-loved symphonic choirs – will be performing Haydn’s choral masterpiece, The Creation (Die Schöpfung) at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square. Inspired by Handel’s oratorios (heard on Haydn’s visits to London in the 1790s), The Creation was a groundbreaking work in its time, remarkable for its ingenious and original use of the orchestra to describe the Book of Genesis. It is full of delight. Great whales, sunrise, the rolling seas – even leaping tigers – are evoked in a fantastic tapestry of sound in one of the greatest ever oratorios. Singing in the original German, the combined forces of the Royal Choral Society, the English Chamber Orchestra and a trio of top flight soloists all conducted by Richard Cooke, will deliver a dramatic, lively and truly heartwarming evening of music in the stunning surroundings of what John Betjeman called the ‘Cathedral of the Arts & Crafts Movement’. It’s an evening no music lover will want to miss. This concert is supporting CarersUK, the charity that makes life better for carers across the UK. The choir’s history reads like a 'Who’s Who' of the musical world. Former RCS conductors include Charles Gounod and Malcolm Sargent – the latter, described as ‘the finest British choral conductor of his generation’, had a 40-year association with the choir. The RCS has always had a wide repertoire; their performance of new works has been a feature, with Verdi and Dvorák conducting the choir in premières of their own works. Tickets can be reserved by telephoning the Cadogan Hall Box Office on 020 7730 4500, or visit the website at The Royal Choral Society (pictured) began its illustrious life as the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society, formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871. Its inaugural concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th May 1872. The choir’s name was shortened to The Royal Choral Society (with permission from Queen Victoria) shortly afterwards. 9 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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