An Afternoon at the Musicals – PIzza Express Live – Holborn, Sunday 16th June with Romano Viazzani on accordion

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Spend Father’s Day hearing great numbers from the Musicals with stars of the West End Stage and Opera and a 7-piece band!

PIZZA EXPRESS HOLBORN

Sunday 16th June Doors open at 12.00 for 13.30 show

After it’s sell-out Saffron Walden premiere on Mother’s Day now you can celebrate Father’s Day in style in the heart of London! Stars from West End musicals including Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera come together for an array of songs and duets, bridging time and the worlds of jazz and musicals. Featuring your favourite tunes from classic musicals such as West Side StoryKiss Me KateCarouselSouth Pacific and many more. Come and enjoy a teatime treat for all the family!

Tickets £28: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/an-afternoon-at-the-musicals

Box Office: 020 7439 4962

With:

Joanna Strand vocals
Jacqui Tate vocals
Luke McCall vocals
Stephan Ulberini vocals
John Bailey pianoy
Phoebe Snelling violin
Jason Reeve drums
Richard Sadler double bass
Romano Viazzani accordion
Frank Walden saxophone
James Brady trumpet
Luke McCall
Jacqui Tate Joanna StrandStephan Ulberini

An Afternoon at the Musicals – Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex. Sunday 31st March with Romano Viazzani on accordion

Saffron Hall

Spend Mother’s Day hearing great numbers from the Musicals with stars of the West End Stage and Opera

Sunday 31st March at 16.00

Celebrate Mother’s Day in style! Stars from West End musicals including Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera come together for an array of songs and duets, bridging time and the worlds of jazz and musicals. Featuring your favourite tunes from classic musicals such as West Side StoryKiss Me KateCarouselSouth Pacific and many more. Come and enjoy a teatime treat for all the family!

Saffron Hall
Audley End Road
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4UH

Tickets £14-£30: https://saffronhall.com/calendar/an-afternoon-at-the-musicals/#performances

Box Office: 0845 548 7650

With:

Joanna Strand vocals
Jacqui Tate vocals
Luke McCall vocals
Stephan Ulberini vocals
John Bailey pianoy
Phoebe Snelling violin
Jason Reeve drums
Richard Sadler double bass
Romano Viazzani accordion
Frank Walden saxophon
James Brady trumpet
Luke McCall
Jacqui Tate Joanna StrandStephan Ulberini

TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019 – artist change

Romano Viazzani Ensemble with Barbara Dziewiecka-Data and Nick Pini inset

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho 10th March 2019

Doors 12.00 Concert 13.30

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble has been busy preparing for their Sunday lunchtime concert.  It’s with great sadness though that they are to lose their long-time excellent double bass player Yaron Stavi and his fiancée the wonderful violinist Corinna Hentschel as they are emigrating to Germany.  Stavi was with the very first combination of the ensemble back in 2009 and he and Corinna Hentschel have been RV Ensemble stalwarts since it’s relaunch in 2016. They will be sorely missed both as musicians and as friends and the Ensemble wishes them well in their new home.

The ensemble is very lucky to secure two wonderful new permanent members in the form of Nick Pini on double bass and Barbara Dziewiecka-Data on violin who will be stepping in on March 10th.

The Ensemble will be playing Tangos by Piazzolla, Traditional Tangos and some new compositions form the Ensemble’s forthcoming album London Tango.

 

Romano Viazzani: Accordion

Barbara Dziewiecka-Data: Violin

Jonathan Preiss: Guitar

John Bailey: Piano

Nick Pini: Double Bass

Jacqui Tate: Vocals

Joanna Strand: Vocals

Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble/164206423407

You can also enjoy some of the ensembles concert highlights from the past few years’ concerts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckbt5R095TI

 

About Barbara:

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Barbara Dziewięcka is a Polish violinist based in London. She graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Krzysztof Smietana and Itzhak Rashkovsky.

Barbara is a winner of numerous competitions including The Audience Prize at St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition in London.

Since 2010, Barbara has been regularly working with Nigel Kennedy as a member of his ‘Orchestra of Life’ and individually, including numerous tours, viola leading at 2013 BBC Proms Festival, and a Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall with special guests Jean-Luc Ponty and Robert Plant. She also appears on Kennedy’s album ‘Recital’ recorded in Abbey Road for Sony Classical.

As a violinist in a Latin-American group called Classico Latino, Barbara performed in Colombia, including concerts in Teatro Mayor and Teatro Libre, and also recently recorded an album called “Havana Classics”, in legendary Egrem Studios in Havana, Cuba.

As an orchestral player, Barbara works with various British orchestras, to include Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, and others. She has been privileged to work with such artists as Valery Giergiev, Marta Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Fleming, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Semyon Bychkov, John Elliot Gardiner and others.

Barbara also enjoys other music genres, and she recently performed with Quincy Jones, at the O2 arena in London.

Barbara is a passionate chamber musician. She co-founded the The Ultimate Tango Project and recorded a CD with Astor Piazzolla’s music in new arrangements with an innovative approach to interpretation.

About Nick Pini:

Nicholas Pini is the black sheep of the Pini family musical dynasty, wandering off-piste at an early age to explore different genres of music. After studying jazz performance at Trinity College of Music he has continued to enjoy a career playing and arranging for many different artists, from Folk/Americana artists such as Laura Marling, Ethan Johns and Nick Mulvey to Jazz musicians Jonathon Gee and Will Butterworth as well as MD’ing for Broadway singer Ramin Karimloo with his Broadgrass project.

Nick Pini

Nick Pini

Joanna Strand at The Pheasantry 16th March 2019

Joanna Strand

At short notice – Joanna Strand at The Pheasantry 16th March 2019

Joanna Stand makes an impromptu return to The Pheasantry to celebrate the music of the late Michael Legrand as a tribute to the composer of so many well loved songs including Windmills of my Mind, The Summer Knows and Yentyl. With John Bailey on piano.

Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest appearance: Romano Viazzani (accordion)

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Romano Viazzani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/joanna-strand-friends

 

TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019

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Romano Viazzani (accordion)
Corinna Hentschel (violin)
Yaron Stavi (double bass)
Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)
John Bailey (piano)
Joanna Strand (singer) & Jacqui Tate (singer)

Tickets £20  available from https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

 

TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019

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Romano Viazzani (accordion)
Corinna Hentschel (violin)
Yaron Stavi (double bass)
Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)
John Bailey (piano)
Joanna Strand (singer) & Jacqui Tate (singer)

Tickets £20  available from https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

 

Patrick Colson receives his Beltrami CVC5 accordion

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

He’s grown so much over the last year that he needed something bigger!

Patrick Colson is one of Romano Viazzani’s star students.  He started piano lessons from scratch in 2012 and has made steady progress to the point where he is now studying for his Grade 8 Piano.  About three years ago, witnessing his phenomenal progress on Piano, Romano Viazzani suggested he might like to try out the accordion too.  He agreed and purchased a small classical button accordion with a converter mechanism so that from the start he could learn both the Standard and Free bass systems.  True to form, he made rapid progress on this instrument too.  Meanwhile at secondary school he also took up the drums and the clarinet!  Patrick is very creative and loves composing music too. Now a teenager, he has made rapid progress size-wise too! His small student instrument was starting to look like a toy on him so he wisely invested in a full-sized professional instrument.  Luckily a very nice previously-owned instrument was available which belonged to Mauro Carra who sadly recently gave up playing professionally. Happily this wonderful instrument has found a new home in the hands of an emerging young musical talent.

Patrick’s Beltrami CVC5 is a double cassotto 64/120/58 converter instrument with the usual reed configuration in the right hand manual of 16’C + 8’C + 8′ + 4′ and with % sets of reeds in the Left-Hand manual with 3 sets of the free bass reeds configured as 8′ + 8′ + 4′ plus octave doubler. It has a wonderfully warm, played in sound from its hand made Voci Armoniche reeds.

I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Patrick in the future if he maintains his rapid learning curve, and it’s lovely to see a new generation of young people choosing this most wonderful and versatile instrument that is the accordion!

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5
Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

Be Brave and Come Home Safe – A unique performance 100 years since the end of WW1 – 8th and 11th November 2018

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

The Wheels on Debussy proudly presents:

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

Cello & Voice: Matthew Sharp, Accordion, Romano Viazzani, Clarinet: Anton Clarke-Butler Starring: Matthew Sharp, Cici Howells, Rosanna Lowe

Matthew Sharp
Matthew Sharp
Anton Clarke-Butler
Anton Clarke-Butler
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani
Cici Howells
Cici Howells
Rosanna Lowe
Rosanna Lowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Martin Riley
Directed by Matthew Sharp

A story of love and hope told in drama, song and dance.

Come in costume and travel back in time for this unique musical, immersive and interactive community event.

It’s November 1918. Families In a remote village are gathering in their church hall to give an emotional send-off to their fathers, husbands and sons returning from leave to the Western Front.

There’ll be popular songs from the Village Band with a chance for everyone to join in, a Tea Dance, a Children’s Choir who have written a special anthem for the occasion and a thrilling choral rendition of Jerusalem.

To begin the evening, Danny Scarriot, a renowned local musician, wounded at the Battle of Ypres, will play an excerpt from a cello concerto by Edward Elgar – a work still in progress- as well as sharing some of his experiences of life on The Western front.

Performance Details:

8th November 2018 @ 18.00pm
Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby School, Rugby

11th November 2018 @ 15.00pm
Daventry Community Centre, Daventry

Adults £8
Children £2 ( on the door)
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-brave-and-come-home-safe-rugby-tickets-49169625674?aff=eios&fbclid=IwAR0eRlkZlK0OIi_fFbRB1Jt-lurE1DcWSsEvEjHpFGTS-VKtLH2XX6-iN6w&ref=eios

So, put on your frocks and your feathers, your plus fours and khaki shirts and help us bring November 1918 to life!

The event starts prompt and will finish in time for the troops to catch the last train.

Written by BAFTA-nominated dramatist and librettist Martin Riley. Based on real-life experiences of soldiers from Daventry and Rugby during WW1.

It will combine the talents of International cellist, singer and performer, “virtuoso of the arts, Matthew Sharp” – The Times. www.matthewsharp.net.With actors, singers and dancers from the local community.

Northamptonshire Music Performing Arts Trust, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby School, The Grange School, St. Gabriel’s Academy, Houlton.

Produced by The Wheels on Debussy www.thewheelsondebussy.com for Armistice Festival November 2018.

The Armistice Festival is a 5-day festival with numerous events taking place within the communities of Rugby and Daventry. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund World War 1: then and now.

For the full list of events go to www.thewheelsondebussy.com.

West End Night Off – Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf – Joanna Strand & performers from West End Stage- June 17th 2018

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WEST END NIGHT OFF – Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf

A celebration in Song

Phantom of the Opera’s Joanna Strand brings together an exceptional group of jazz musicians and West End singers to celebrate the songs made famous by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. Alongside Joanna Strand tonight’s line-up will feature Olivier Dumait (Covent Garden Opera, La Scala, Milan, Theatre des Champs D’Elysee), Luke McCall (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables),Gillian Keith (Covent Garden Opera, English National Opera) and Lydia Jenkins (Jeckyl & Hyde, Elle and the Pocket Belles).

Joanna Strand
Joanna Strand
Olivier Dumait
Olivier Dumait
Luke McCall
Luke McCall
Gillian Keith
Gillian Keith
Lydia Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

With arrangements of the originals in French, and new translations by Phantom of the Opera’s librettist Charles Hart, this evening’s singers will be joined by Alec Dankworth on double bass, Romano Viazzani on accordion and musical director John Bailey on piano.

Book Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/jacques-brel-and-edith-piaf

 

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John Bailey
 Alec Dankworth
Alec Dankworth
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – The Pheasantry 14th July 2018

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble in action

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand 

The Pheasantry (Pizza Express LIve), Kings Road, London

Tel: 020 7439 4962

Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

After their sell-out concert at The Pheasantry in January the Romano Viazzani are back in London on July 14th 2018. The ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not
only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music. With special guest singers from London’s West End stage, Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate. Book now to avoid disappointment.