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12 WORBEY AND FARRELL

12 WORBEY AND FARRELL PERFORM AT CADOGAN HALL On Thursday 6 September at 19.30, Worbey and Farrell will grace the stage of one of London’s leading concert venues, Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The internationally acclaimed concert pianists, famous for their wicked sense of humour, will bring a one-off performance of their critically acclaimed show ‘Rhapsody in Blue’. The Steinway ensemble have achieved millions of hits on YouTube and entertained in over 150 countries around the globe with their barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and utterly sensational piano playing. They’ll astound audiences by pushing the boundaries of their instrument, using it in unconventional ways to mimic the sound of a full symphony orchestra. Expect exhilarating rhapsodies, beguiling boogie-woogies and sensational piano-playing. From Liszt to Jools Holland, from Queen to Gershwin, the ingenuity of these amazing musicians makes you laugh one moment and takes your breath away the next. Prepare to be moved, delighted and utterly surprised. The duo met at the Royal College of Music where Kevin Farrell was studying composition and Steven Worbey studying piano performance. Although pursuing separate careers they met regularly and the act came together, fusing their personalities and skills. As Steven reflects, ‘It just clicked – the humour, the synchronisation, the improvised sense of fun. We discovered that we played the piano together in a way that had never been played before. We spend months on each arrangement, sometimes contorting ourselves into odd positions to push the boundaries and create orchestral sounds from the piano’. Their first gig was at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, which lead to a flood of offers across the world including a performance on the maiden Voyage of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Their work is diverse, from a two month sellout run of the Canadian smash-hit play Two Pianos Four Hands in Vienna, Austria to performing with the late Mickey Rooney in Chicago. Worbey and Farrell are regulars on BBC Radio 3 and their concerts regularly take them to Australia, Far East and South Korea. This is a rare chance to see them in London so be sure to book in good time. You’ve never seen a piano played like this before! Cadogan Hall is a short walk from Sloane Square station, which is on the Circle Line. For tickets, telephone the box office on 020 7730 4500. SWAN LAKE RETURNS TO THE LONDON COLISEUM St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will give eight extra performances of their fulllength classic production of Swan Lake at London Coliseum this summer from 22 August to 2 September. Founded in 1994, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers, but also for its stunning fulllength productions. Led by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, the company travels internationally performing classical masterpieces from its repertoire including Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Irina Kolesnikova has a wealth of leading credits under her belt, having been prima ballerina at St Petersburg Ballet Theatre since the age of 21. Her last Odette/Odile in London was described as ‘Truly a thing of remarkable beauty and technically flawless.’ Irina Kolesnikova. Photo: Alexander Gronsky. Arguably the world’s most loved ballet, Swan Lake tells the immortal classic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform this balletic masterpiece as it was meant to be seen, boasting gorgeous traditionally painted backdrops, Tchaikovsky’s moving score, a full-sized orchestra and critically acclaimed dancers performing the fulllength production for London audiences. 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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