University of London, St Mary's Road
Wednesday 12th February, 1:00pm - Until Sunday 16th February, 10:00pm
The must visit cultural event of the winter Ealing Music & Film Festival (EMFF) returns in 2020 with a packed to the rafters schedule of entertainment. Running from 12 – 16 February it includes an enriching, eclectic programme, from classical concerts, to opera by way of blues, jazz and soul, classic films, a play and workshops for budding musicians, future video stars and more. There’s something for everyone.
The Thorne Trio open the festivalwith a lunchtime concert atSt Mary’s Church, South Ealing, followed by something a little different, an EMFF first gives attendees the chance to experience the hugely successful Headspace Project, an immersive performance which gives the audience headphones to listen to a range of musical work, from experimental soundscapes to commercial dance tracks.
Mixing film and music elements a screening of Nino Oxilia’s Faustian classic Rapsodia Satanica, (1915), a seminal Italian silent movie accompanied by Pietro Mascagni’s only film score, this masterwork will be heard alongside alternative soundtracks composed by LCM students.
Award-winning choir, Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, present an evening of British music ranging from exquisite miniatures to complex masterpieces, marrying text and song. Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson and Milton are the inspiration for works from renowned composers such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Holst.
The festival’s first play is Enron, a thrilling show that charts the notorious rise and fall of the company and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. There will be three evening performances and a matinee at Lawrence Hall, UWL. Director Paul Harvard will also present a talk on the production.
Valentine’s Day evening at 7:30pm at St Barnabas’ Church, sees the Ealing Youth Orchestra make a welcome return, performing Sibelius’ Finlandia, Rachmaninov’s Symphony no. 2 and Creston’s Saxophone Concerto, featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 finalist, Rob Burton. They will perform alongside the London Mozart Players.
Two cinematic classics will screen 14 February, in conjunction with Ealing Classic Cinema Club at Weston Hall, UWL, St Mary’s Road. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the greatest romantic films, the 1945 gem Brief Encounter, David Lean’s heart-breaking tale of forbidden love, adapted for the screen by Noël Coward.
Lovers of ‘local band’ The Who, are in for a treat with a screening of Ken Russell’sTommy(1975). Described by The Guardian ‘a daring, risky and mad rock opera’, the film features Pete Townshend’s songs and stars Roger Daltrey in the lead alongside an all-star line-up including Oliver Reed, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton.
The much-loved Ealing Symphony Orchestra return on 15 February and continue the festival’s romantic Valentine’s nod to Rachmaninov, performing his operetta Francesca da Rimini.
There’s a slew of wonderful workshops: Percussion Workshop offers attendees the chance to create their own musical masterwork; Vlogging Workshop is for budding content creators, teaching the basics of how to start plus developing and improving on-screen presenting skills, these take place on Saturday. LCM Music Technology Workshop on Sunday offers 15 – 19-year-olds the chance to create sounds and effects for films and video games and is led by renowned DJ, producer, lecturer Jay Daniel (aka J.Daniel).
16 February brings Opera Holland Park’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) to the big screen – William Barry Theatre, UWL, St Mary’s Road. There will also be a talk with the company’s director of opera.
Other events include The Ealing Club - Live Music Events, Love2Sing Choir and a concert by LCM Classical Students.