Press Releases | – Kingston Music Reviews.Ca

L-R Tyler Goudreau (Vocals/Bass), Sean Watson (Guitarist, Vocals), Avery Desmarais (Drums) Photo credit: Dana Zuk Performing last week at the Loud As Hell fest in Drumheller, AB on August 30th alongside Protest The Hero, Titans Eve, Death Toll Rising, All Else Fails, Ninjaspy and many more, Edmonton, AB s death metal outfit Display of Decay has posted live video from their set for fans at the following link: The death metal trio turned four piece with the recent addition of guitar…

Posted in Kingston, Products | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The classical music lover's guide to Exeter

Jonathan Wood gives you a rundown of Exeter s classical music highlights to look forward to in the 2014/2015 academic year.

Many people say that classical music isn t for everyone, but as I watch the variety of music on offer at this year s Last Night of the Proms, I must admit that I find that hard to believe. From films to opera, classical music is undoubtedly the genre encompassing the widest range of styles.

If you are a classical music aficionado like myself, then I imagine this article may perhaps be less useful to you, but if you are one of the many students who feel like they want to try something new this academic year, why not give classical music a go? With apps such as Spotify and Classic FM Radio readily available on smartphones and tablets, classical music has never been more accessible to young adults.

Here is a guide to some of the highlights and hidden gems of Exeter s classical music scene that I hope I can tempt you to experience in 2014/15:

Choral Music at Exeter Cathedral

Looks like it would have a better acoustic than the Lemmy. Image Credit: paradoxplace.com

Looks like it would have a better acoustic than the Lemmy. Image Credit: paradoxplace.com

This is the building around which the city was built, and is the second largest source of income to the city after the University itself.

Exeter Cathedral is home to Exeter Cathedral Choir who perform evensong on a daily basis at 5:30pm. It has always shocked me how few of my student friends have even been inside the Cathedral, let alone gone to a service perhaps it is due to the misplaced idea that you have to be a Christian to go inside! I can tell you from first-hand experience that there is nothing more relaxing than listening to an evensong service at 5:30pm after a long day of lectures and it s also free!

I experienced this in my first year of study and it inspired me to join the choir full-time. Whilst the services are religious, there is no necessity for you to partake in the religious parts if you do not wish to. It is a friendly place and I encourage you to pay a visit not just for the choral music, but for the incredible architecture and panoramic views of the city from the tower, too.

Aside from the Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral also hosts many of the leading names in classical music.

Regarded as one of the finest chamber ensembles in the world, The Sixteen (comprised of sixteen of the best choral singers in the UK) usually perform once a year in Exeter Cathedral, and it is an event not to be missed.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Great Hall

Image Credit: classicfm.com

Image Credit: classicfm.com

Aside from being the venue for Freshers Ball and graduation ceremonies, Exeter University s Great Hall is also one of the home venues for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The hall is situated next to the Forum, and the orchestra with its principal conductor Kirill Karabits continues to enhance its reputation as one of the best orchestras outside of London. In 2014/15 it will offer a varied program of classics, from popular pieces like Mozart s Clarinet Concerto and Grieg s Piano Concerto, to more obscure works such as Prokofiev s 4th Symphony, and is a must for any orchestral music enthusiast.

Film music buffs should also make sure to book tickets for their film music concert on 19 February 2015.

English Touring Opera at the Northcott Theatre

The ETO during a performance of Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Image Credit: atgtickets.com

The ETO during a performance of Mozart s opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Image Credit: atgtickets.com

Exeter Northcott Theatre is home to many of the university s leading performing arts societies such as Footlights and Gilbert & Sullivan Society, both of which put on fabulous shows every year in the Easter Term that are not to be missed.

However, the visit of the English Touring Opera to the theatre is definitely the professional highlight of the year, and with a full program of shows in both autumn and spring, Exeter is one of the fortunate cities in the UK. Opera can carry a scary stereotype, but the operas that the ETO brings are often sung completely in English and tend to be very accessible. For me, their production of Puccini s La boh me in spring 2015 is likely to be the highlight of a varied program.

Even if you don t manage to get to any of these highlighted events, I challenge you to at least give classical music a chance this academic year.

If you are not ready to jump into a 2-hour concert of orchestral or choral music just yet, why not put on Classic FM instead and listen to their carefully crafted playlist of famous classical melodies that you will undoubtedly have heard from films and TV shows. This is the way into the genre, and after you have heard the Downtown Abbey theme tune for the tenth time, perhaps you can become more adventurous and take a risk with something different. If I haven t managed to convince you thus far, let me leave you with this: studies have shown on many occasions that listening to classical music can help increase brain activity and therefore, improve studying.

Perhaps that first class degree would have been attainable after all maybe they should start playing Bach at Cheesy Tuesdays.

Jonathan Wood

1234567891011

References

  1. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  2. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  3. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  4. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  5. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  6. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  7. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  8. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  9. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  10. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
  11. ^ (xmedia.ex.ac.uk)
Posted in Classical, Ely, Exeter, London | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

preview // INALA a Zulu Ballet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange …

preview // INALA a Zulu Ballet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange | slatethedisco.com

Menu

Previews “fuses western contemporary and traditional Zulu dance and music, to create a unique, immersive experience reflecting both cultures” – we preview INALA at the Corn Exchange posted September 19, 20141

INALA, a Zulu Ballet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

INALA, a Zulu Ballet s final night of touring takes place in Cambridge, at the Corn Exchange on Saturday October 4th.

INALA, a new Zulu ballet features live music by four-time Grammy Award -winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, it made its world d but at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, and is now being followed by an autumn tour.

The production is the brainchild of British composer, Ella Spira and First Artist of the Royal Ballet, Pietra Mello-Pittman. INALA, meaning abundance of goodwill in Zulu, fuses western contemporary and traditional Zulu dance and music, to create a unique, immersive experience reflecting both cultures.

Spira, INALA co-founder and co-composer, worked with members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, led by founder Joseph Shabalala, to write the music, accompanied by piano, percussion and strings. The group has never annotated its music before, so writing the score for INALA was, in itself, a challenge says Spira, but the passion and culture of Ladysmith soars through and brings the narrative of the ballet to life.

Ladysmith were brought to international acclaim through their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1986 and won a fourth Grammy Award in January this year for Best World Music Album.

INALA A Zulu Ballet is part of cornex: discover, an exciting new strand of programming at Cambridge Corn Exchange, encouraging audiences to venture beyond the mainstream which Slate The Disco is proud to be a media partner of.

also in Previews

f4b81346-9bd4-4d2e-bbf5-309ff7d2afa7

3 days ago 13921_10152561885832209_4845535586439986993_n

4 days ago Frank_Turner_-_press_picture_5_-_April_2013_-_credit_Brantley_Gutierrez Website

5 days ago WoodenArmsUKtourposter copy

1 week ago SSP_8768_1_

1 week ago

Latest

f519cfe4-8a9a-4c1e-bf13-0d99e0a70cb6Interviews2

“We Fam Econo is a South of France record.

It’s what a punk band from South France would sound like.” Slate chat to FAMY 11 hours ago image002new music3

Debut album due in January 1 day ago 10500551_758549597501678_6162294082493101233_nnew music4

New single out on tape & free digital download now – Cambridge show coming up Sunday 21st at The Portland Arms. 1 day ago 96728397-a081-4f14-968b-780073fed5eagigs5

Band play the J2 opening for Real Estate 1 day ago jaywick-production-stillArt6

“The striking thing about this exhibition, and the documentaries which lie at its heart, is the juxtaposition of both the most intimate and entirely analytic of approaches.” 2 days ago kourbajArt7

“Kourbaj cares about the individual, about the broken books and the crooked backs of his mother s letters. He thinks about the light within the church, and the journey along the path up to it, he thinks of perspective and of texture.” 2 days ago frank-turner-0028in photos8

Photos of Frank Turner’s sold out Cambridge Corn Exchange show 2 days ago HBLP4_credit_LauraCoulson_med_Previews9

Bitter-sweet Glaswegian duo behind one of the best debut albums of the year return to The Portland 2 days ago koo-koo-kangaroo-9982in photos10

Koo Koo Kanga Roo open for Frank Turner at the Corn Exchange 2 days ago 10414921_316882771809449_6214456355803556046_nnew music11

Debut album ‘Don’t Say That’ is out in November 2 days ago

preview // INALA a Zulu Ballet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange | slatethedisco.com

Menu

Previews “fuses western contemporary and traditional Zulu dance and music, to create a unique, immersive experience reflecting both cultures” – we preview INALA at the Corn Exchange posted September 19, 201412

INALA, a Zulu Ballet at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

INALA, a Zulu Ballet s final night of touring takes place in Cambridge, at the Corn Exchange on Saturday October 4th.

INALA, a new Zulu ballet features live music by four-time Grammy Award -winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, it made its world d but at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, and is now being followed by an autumn tour.

The production is the brainchild of British composer, Ella Spira and First Artist of the Royal Ballet, Pietra Mello-Pittman. INALA, meaning abundance of goodwill in Zulu, fuses western contemporary and traditional Zulu dance and music, to create a unique, immersive experience reflecting both cultures.

Spira, INALA co-founder and co-composer, worked with members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, led by founder Joseph Shabalala, to write the music, accompanied by piano, percussion and strings.

The group has never annotated its music before, so writing the score for INALA was, in itself, a challenge says Spira, but the passion and culture of Ladysmith soars through and brings the narrative of the ballet to life.

Ladysmith were brought to international acclaim through their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1986 and won a fourth Grammy Award in January this year for Best World Music Album.

INALA A Zulu Ballet is part of cornex: discover, an exciting new strand of programming at Cambridge Corn Exchange, encouraging audiences to venture beyond the mainstream which Slate The Disco is proud to be a media partner of.

also in Previews

f4b81346-9bd4-4d2e-bbf5-309ff7d2afa7

3 days ago 13921_10152561885832209_4845535586439986993_n

4 days ago Frank_Turner_-_press_picture_5_-_April_2013_-_credit_Brantley_Gutierrez Website

5 days ago WoodenArmsUKtourposter copy

1 week ago SSP_8768_1_

1 week ago

Latest

f519cfe4-8a9a-4c1e-bf13-0d99e0a70cb6Interviews13

“We Fam Econo is a South of France record.

It’s what a punk band from South France would sound like.” Slate chat to FAMY 11 hours ago image002new music14

Debut album due in January 1 day ago 10500551_758549597501678_6162294082493101233_nnew music15

New single out on tape & free digital download now – Cambridge show coming up Sunday 21st at The Portland Arms. 1 day ago 96728397-a081-4f14-968b-780073fed5eagigs16

Band play the J2 opening for Real Estate 1 day ago jaywick-production-stillArt17

“The striking thing about this exhibition, and the documentaries which lie at its heart, is the juxtaposition of both the most intimate and entirely analytic of approaches.” 2 days ago kourbajArt18

“Kourbaj cares about the individual, about the broken books and the crooked backs of his mother s letters.

He thinks about the light within the church, and the journey along the path up to it, he thinks of perspective and of texture.” 2 days ago frank-turner-0028in photos19

Photos of Frank Turner’s sold out Cambridge Corn Exchange show 2 days ago HBLP4_credit_LauraCoulson_med_Previews20

Bitter-sweet Glaswegian duo behind one of the best debut albums of the year return to The Portland 2 days ago koo-koo-kangaroo-9982in photos21

Koo Koo Kanga Roo open for Frank Turner at the Corn Exchange 2 days ago 10414921_316882771809449_6214456355803556046_nnew music22

Debut album ‘Don’t Say That’ is out in November 2 days ago

References

  1. ^ Previews (slatethedisco.com)
  2. ^ Interviews (slatethedisco.com)
  3. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
  4. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
  5. ^ gigs (slatethedisco.com)
  6. ^ Art (slatethedisco.com)
  7. ^ Art (slatethedisco.com)
  8. ^ in photos (slatethedisco.com)
  9. ^ Previews (slatethedisco.com)
  10. ^ in photos (slatethedisco.com)
  11. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
  12. ^ Previews (slatethedisco.com)
  13. ^ Interviews (slatethedisco.com)
  14. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
  15. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
  16. ^ gigs (slatethedisco.com)
  17. ^ Art (slatethedisco.com)
  18. ^ Art (slatethedisco.com)
  19. ^ in photos (slatethedisco.com)
  20. ^ Previews (slatethedisco.com)
  21. ^ in photos (slatethedisco.com)
  22. ^ new music (slatethedisco.com)
Posted in Books, Cambridge, Dance, Edinburgh, Ely, World Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment