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Ealing Music and Film

Following its huge success in 2013, Ealing Music & Film Valentine Festival returns 12-16 February 2014 to light up February's dark days with a programme to celebrate the rich and varied music, film and dance heritage of one of London's most culturally enriched boroughs.

There will be a fantastic line up of music with Ealing Youth Orchestra performing Handel's Royal Fireworks Music exactly as Handel wrote it — for 26 oboes, 14 bassoons, 4 contra-bassoons, 9 horns, 9 trumpets, 3 pairs of timpani and 6 side drums.

Two of the soloists, not much older than the players from the Ealing Youth Orchestra and yet already tipped for international stardom, are the cellist Michael Petrov who studies at the Guildhall School of Music, and the truly breathtaking, Alena Baeva: from Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan. Baeva attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and won First Prize at the prestigious Wieniawski competition in Poznan while still at school, soon followed by the Grand Paganini Prix in Moscow and First Prize and Gold Medal in Sendai, Japan. An extraordinary young talent, there is scarcely an international orchestra that she not already played with, as well as appearing on many media outlets the world over. This is a rare opportunity to see such a truly great musician.

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra will be performing ballet music, including Romeo and Juliet and a little known ballet called Horoscope written specifically for Margot Fonteyn by the then music director of Sadler's Wells Ballet, Constant Lambert, also her lover, who subsequently dumped her at the door of the Registry Office. Constant was the father of Kit Lambert, the manager of The Who — and Pete Townshend will be giving a talk about his own life.

The full schedule and trailer can be found via the link below.

Information: www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org

Posted: 7 January 2014 by Debbie Murray / AIM Publicity

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