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This Is London - 8th February 2018

12 HELEN JANE LONG

12 HELEN JANE LONG RELEASES PERSPECTIVE Top 10 Billboard and award winning artist Helen Jane Long has established herself as one of the most popular female pianist and composers of all time. She has written extensively for film and television writing memorable music for some of the world’s most lucrative brands. This is not surprising given that Helen has worked closely with prestigious composers including the late Jerry Goldsmith, Ron Goodwin and Howard Shore, when he was composing and recording his Academy Award winning soundtrack for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Without knowing, most people will have heard her music hundreds of times and in unexpected places. ‘Earlier in the year, I was walking through Philadelphia airport and I could hear familiar music playing from a shop. As I stepped closer, I realised it was a piece from one of my albums. The shop assistant asked if she could help me and I smiled and said I recognised the music. She then asked if I would like to buy a copy of the album. I thanked her and said, that’s ok, I think I’ve already got a copy! It was a funny moment.’ Born and raised in South-East England, Helen was playing piano by ear aged four. Her ability to recreate the sound she heard quickly became one of the cornerstones of her composing career, as she taught herself to play many instruments in quick succession. In 2006, Helen was discovered and signed a record deal with Warner music, who released her first album Porcelain. It went on to critical acclaim on major radio stations worldwide and countless requests for live shows were the catalyst for bringing Helen out of hiding and kick starting her international touring career. ‘Now I wonder why I avoided it for so long, it’s the one thing that connects me to my audience and I love it!’ Between 2007 and 2016, Helen released another 4 piano albums and continued writing for film and touring the USA. In 2017, Helen created and produced her first music video ‘When Angels Rise’ which recently won 5 international awards including ‘Best Inspirational Music Video’ in the New York Film Awards and Global Film Awards. In 2018, with a worldwide following of millions, Helen is set to embark on her fifth USA tour. All of her piano albums have climbed the charts in rapid succession, including her latest single ‘Outside’ with its catchy melody. Helen’s new album, ‘Perspective’ due for release on 11 February, is an exciting new direction in her compositions, yet stays true to her original and muchloved style. Visitors can be the first to hear the new album and pre-order the digital copy now from Itunes, Amazon and many other online stores. www.helenjanelong.com George Barton. ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE PRINCIPAL SOUND FESTIVAL Following a critically acclaimed celebration of the music of Morton Feldman in 2016, the Principal Sound Festival returns to St John’s Smith Square in February for three days of concerts that juxtapose the late works of Feldman and Luigi Nono. Bringing together some of contemporary music's most respected ensembles, including EXAUDI and the Bozzini Quartet, with the UK's most exciting young talent – including Explore Ensemble and St John's Young Artists George Barton and Siwan Rhys – the festival offers the opportunity to be immersed in the contemplative works of these two giants of post-war music, both of whom opened up new worlds of sonic exploration, focusing in on the minutiae of individual voices, textures and sounds. For tickets, telephone 020 7222 1061. Photo: Dejan Mrdja 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

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EXCHANGE LONDON CONCERTS The International Music Exchange has teamed up with the Conway Hall Ethical Society to present a free concert by the Princeton High School Orchestra on Sunday 11 February at 13.00. The concert will take place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square and donations will be taken on the day in aid of UNICEF. This highly regarded symphony orchestra of 50 young musicians from the USA will perform violin and piano concertos by Saint-Saens and Sibelius, plus popular classical and film music by Morricone, Piazzolla, Puccini, Arvo Part, Fauré and many more. This is a familyfriendly event, ideal to kick-start the halfterm which will not fail to delight and impress, all in aid of a very good cause. There will also be a free concert by another visiting student ensemble from the USA, the Grossmont High School choir who will perform at Actors Church, Covent Garden on 17 February at 13.00. They will perform spiritual, sacred and traditional songs by Mozart, Palestrina and Byrd amongst others. The perfect way to warm the heart and hands on a chilly February afternoon! FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR JIM STEINMAN’S BAT OUT OF HELL The cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical at the Dominion Theatre will be led by Andrew Polec, winner of the Joe Allen Best West End Debut in the Stage Debut Awards 2017, as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane. Also starring will be Alex Thomas-Smith as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Wayne Robinson as Jagwire and Giovanni Spanó as Ledoux. Bat Out of Hell is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland. Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian. The Princeton High School Orchestra. 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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