Join us for a wonderful evening full of song, reminiscence & nourishment!
OPEN Ealing is delighted to combine forces with Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman as they take a nostalgic look at music-making as it was a hundred years ago whilst Chef Vix looks to the future with his food. – what a divine combination!
Hand-crafted, multilayered, acoustic and virtuosic: descriptions that define them all
Matt Redman plays a multitude of instruments from the time, including a banjo that went to the Western Front in WW1 and made it back in one piece! Patricia Hammond sings from her extensive collection of old sheet music, telling the stories behind the songs and presenting not only the enormously familiar (Pack up your Troubles, Roses of Picardy, Long Long Trail) but fascinating glimpses of some songs you might not know so well. We hear tuneful offerings from the French, German and Pacifist perspectives. Chef Vix cooks up a storm to complement the music whilst bringing the dishes right up to date and putting his twist on things.
This is as near as it gets to time-travel… Serious research mingled with uplifting music and sublime cooking!
About the Performers:
Patricia Hammond, mezzo-soprano,
moved from Canada to Europe in 2000, and since then has performed in opera and oratorio, and in recital in an increasingly eclectic range of venues. Her intimate knowledge of historic performance styles
is sought after by museums and festivals around the world, and she recently was called upon by BBC Four TV to demonstrate an Edison “Tone Test,” and the making of a wax cylinder. Patricia’s CDs have been heard on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.
Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, arranger, music director and composer Matt Redman is an expert in a dizzying array of styles and has been professionally involved in pop/rock, jazz/blues, folk, world, country, and classical projects from medieval to contemporary, from chamber groups to full orchestra. Matt studied at Chethams School of Music in Manchester before going on to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he earned a BMus (Hons) in jazz guitar. For Patricia Hammond he arranged and directed a recording for Sony, then for Imperial Records, and lately, a careful reconstruction of songs from the First World War using instruments from the time in unique, period-appropriate arrangements.
Don’t just take our word for it…
- A music-box of vintage treasures, beautifully sung by a remarkable woman. – Sir Michael Parkinson
- Bravo to you and Matt and all of you! what a very talented lot of people!
- We do so appreciate the tender and respectful way you have treated the songs, not wrenching them up to date but just giving them your honest and creative reaction, as of now. – Dame Emma Kirkby
Bookings are closed for this event.