Herne Hill Music Fest WEEKEND RECAP! The Secular, the Sacred & everything-in-between!
We're working on a Festival Music Trail! Progress so far:
The Festival got off to a flying start on Friday at a sold-out Prince Regent with Django jazz from locals The Crispy Hot Club followed by ace blues stalwarts Steve Morrison and Alan Glen.
Saturday a super busy day - Fest's busiest - beginning with The Calton String Quartet at the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road for string classics at lunchtime and snacks laid on by Carnegie Friends.
Next ... further down Herne Hill Road to St Saviour's Hall for Youth Jazz Showcase, presented by Rupert of Ingham Swing Ensemble and represented by local players and a junior ensemble from Southbank Centre residents Tomorrow's Warriors. Run for your lives circuit jazzers, these kids are unbelievably good.
Saturday closed with a surrealist production of Mozart's comedic opera 'Abduction from the Seraglio' at Methodist Hall in Half Moon Lane, standing in for the flood-damaged Half Moon Tavern. The principals wowed us with their voices. Hats off to Jose Gandi for his Bunga Bunga production and principals laire Egan, Catriona Bell, Adam Torrance, Andrew Armistead, Natan Barreto and Thomas Arnold-Haynes. We'd all hoped for more local participation in the harem chorus but props to the locals who really gave it a go - and these folks are: Emma Dixon, Simon Philips and Irina Karacheva. PHWOAR!
Sunday saw an event doubleheader at St Faith's (Red Post Hill) beginning with a Family concert of choral + wind works from Koruso! Community Chorus + London Consorts of Winds. Fresh performances of locally-penned works and Fest MD Alan Taylor on baton for the latter. Hardly a break then followed by Choral Evensong with a soaring Dulwich Chamber Choir ... proceedings included a sermon from the Archdeacon of Southwark Jane Steen!
Monday has been a Fest rest day ... back in action tomorrow at The Cambria on Kemerton Road (off Herne Hill Road) for Jazz Stars (Myke Masters funkster extraordinaire and HH's very own sax-playing pharmacist Roger Humbles with his ensemble Territory, 8pm). Be there or be square!