Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ealing Music and Film Festival

Ealing Studios
For those with and eye on the past the name Ealing is forever associated with a certain type of British comedy film. But the Ealing Music and Film Festival celebrates the culturally diverse borough of today. In 2015, the festival returns for Valentine's Day running from 10 to 15 February. This year the festival celebrates the Polish connections in the borough with music and film from Poland. 

The festival opens at Ealing Studios themselves with Henryk Gorecki's Szeroda Woda performed by the London College of Music Choir. Tenebrae Choir will be performing music by Pawel Lukaszewski plus Palestrina, Lobo and Victoria.

The English Chamber Orchestra, which is based in Ealing, is conduced by Akira Mori in a programme of Panufnik (Andrzej and Roxanna), Chopin, Henryk Wienawski (1835 - 1880), Boyce and Mozart. The Boyce symphony in the programme will include pupils from Twyford Academy. Ealing Youth Orchestra, conductor Leon Gee, is joined by violinist Tasmin Little for Sibelius's Violin Concerto plus music by Dvorak and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876 - 1909).  Ealing Symphony Orchestra is conducted by John Gibbons in a programme which pairs Chopin and Mieczyslaw Vainberg (1919 - 1996) with Elgar and Walton.

There are films, of course, jazz and talks including the composer Roxanna Panufnik (whose father was the Polish emigre composer Andrzej Panufnik) talks about Music in Exile.

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