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Sunday, March 6th 2016 Springtime with the London Klezmer Quartet

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: The London Klezmer Quartet

LKQ is a dynamic group of performers, whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group will play old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

Sunday, February 21st 2016 Classical Mayhem – Decomposed

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Classical Mayhem

This family show, with identical twins and a soundtrack of great music recorded by the world-class London Symphony Orchestra, takes you on a journey through classical music with the odd operatic outburst!

Fate has deemed fit to reunite the twins: Will, a failing orchestral conductor and control freak, and Igor his smelly doppelganger. In close proximity after ten years, can Will overcome his own ego and turn his life around to save his brother from becoming a total gaming Zombie?

Sunday, January 24th 2016 Encore Battuta: Old friends, Old instruments with Baroque Masterpieces

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Battuta

Eleven years ago, almost to the very day, period-instrument ensemble Battuta presented the first ever season of concerts at the Hackney Proms.

Now musicians with international reputations, they return with a familiar yet fresh programme of orchestral and chamber masterpieces from the Baroque era, performed in-the-round on historical instruments for all the family to enjoy.

Sunday, November 22nd 2015 Gulliver’s Travels

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Spiritato!

• The Sunday morning concerts are ideal for all the family and children are welcome. • Coffee and croissants will be available before the concert and during the interval

Sunday, February 8th 2015 London to Istanbul Express

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: She‘Koyokh

Friday, January 16th 2015 Love, Grief and Passion

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Three

Friday, December 5th 2014 Handel at the Playhouse

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: L’Avventura

Sunday, November 23rd 2014 Peter and the Wolf

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: London Winds with Adam McKenzie, narrator

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 Benefit Concert for Choice in Hackney

Venue: The Old Church, Stoke Newington, Stoke Newington Church Street

Artists: The London Klezmer Quartet

Benefit Concert for Choice in Hackney.

Join Mary and Geoff to celebrate their seventieth birthdays.

Choice provides advocacy, support and training for disabled people.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014 The Cosmic Jazz Combo play ‘Jazz from the Screen’

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: The Cosmic Jazz Combo

THE COSMIC JAZZ COMBO PLAY JAZZ FROM THE SCREEN Music has an important role in the history of the moving image. Jazz, with its infinite variations and invention, is the soundtrack to many films, television series and adverts. The Cosmic Jazz Combo and special guests, The Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble [young musicians of the next generation] present a selection of themes by composers such as Henry Mancini, Quincey Jones and Johnny Dankworth alongside some more unexpected contributions. The emphasis, however, will be on improvisation. The Cosmic Jazz Combo is: Dave Blackmore – woodwinds; Alison Rayner – double bass, electric bass; Justin Pickett – drums, percussion; Gerry Hunt – guitar, woodwinds and violin; Steve Lodder keyboards, violin; Roger Cawkwell – woodwinds, brass and cello.

Friday, January 24th 2014 Bach Revealed: the healing power of music and science

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Matthew Barley

A lively and engaging evening to look closely at why Bach’s works for solo cello are so extraordinary. Bach’s music has a purity and directness that has ensured global popularity three centuries after it was composed. Matthew will talk through some of the nuts and bolts of how it works as pure music, and also relate it to the healing properties of music that fascinated ancient Greeks and Chinese. Two complete Bach suites will be performed, as well as a piece of Gabrielli and some improvisation.

Sunday, November 24th 2013 Sing Joyfully: 500 Years of Hits

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: VOCES8

As VOCES8 hits the shuffle‐button, audiences can expect to hear a wide range of vocal repertoire from a selection of compositional styles and periods. This fully mixed programme includes a selection of sacred choral music, spirituals, madrigals, jazz standards and pop classics. Demonstrating the technical and stylistic versatility of VOCES8 perfectly, this programme really does have something for everyone.

Sunday, April 28th 2013 East European Extravaganza

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: The Merlin and Polina Shepherd Quintet

The Merlin and Polina Shepherd quintet take us on a journey which both crosses borders and takes us deep into ourselves. They bring together Klezmer, the music of Jewish Eastern Europe, with Demotika and Fasil from Greece and Turkey, as well as tunes from Hebraic, Yiddish and Russian traditions. Combining these elements and their rhythms, reminiscent of the shtetl and the souk, with new repertoire, they present a programme of music old and new which will captivate by its technical brilliance, warmth and exuberance.

Sunday, March 17th 2013 Brazil in Song

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Steve Lodder and Monica Vasconcelos

Brazil is an enormous country with a vast range of musical styles. The music of the North‐East reflects the cultural influence of Africa, the music of Rio the sophistication and vibrancy of city life. With the help of a stellar Brazilian band, this prom will guide you through the stylistic variations of a rich musical culture, exploring the rhythms and musical devices unique to Brazil.

Steve on piano and keys is joined by Mônica Vasconcelos voice, Marius Rodrigues drums, Matheus Nova electric & acoustic bass, Adriano Adewale percussion, Guillermo Hill guitar.

Sunday, February 10th 2013 With Strings Attached

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Ken Aiso (violin) and Martin Fogel (guitar)

These two internationally acclaimed soloists offer an intriguing concert with a Spanish flavour from around the world, by composers including Mozart, Sarasate, Ibert, Schubert and Piazzolla. It features Alan Ridout’s setting for solo violin and speaker of the story of Ferdinand the Bull, a pacifist who would rather smell the flowers than fight.

Sunday, November 25th 2012 Musical Pearls from the 18th Century

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Emma Dogliani

Emma Dogliani (soprano), Stuart Wild (harpsichord), Kate Conway (violin), Kwesi Edman (cello) and Nicolas Ridley (oboe).

Discover more about the riches of the Baroque; exuberant, ornate, whimsical and mesmerising, established in Italy and reaching its zenith in the music of Bach and Handel.

Sunday, April 22nd 2012 The Cosmic Jazz Combo: A Brief History of Swingtime

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: The Cosmic Jazz Combo

A Brief History of Swingtime

Jazz, always a melting pot of many musical ingredients, often wrongly considered overly intellectual and inaccessible, remains at the forefront of creative music making. The Cosmic Jazz Combo will boldly go where many musicians have gone before, revisiting styles ranging from The Blues to Bebop, Ragtime to Rock and Mainstream to Modern, with music from all time greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and many more played on a huge variety of instruments.

The Cosmic Jazz Combo is ‐ Joanna Eden ‐ voice and piano; Dave Blackmore ‐ saxophones, clarinets and flute; Paul Jayasinha ‐ trumpet, flugelhorn and cello; Tom Hewins ‐ double bass, electric bass, tuba and trombone; Justin Pickett ‐ drums, percussion and rap; Gerry Hunt ‐ guitar, banjo, saxophones and clarinet.

Hackney Proms present relaxed, family‐friendly, Sunday morning concerts in the refurbished Assembly Hall with coffee and croissants available. Children are welcome!

Sunday, March 4th 2012 The London Klezmer Quartet: A Jewish Odyssey from Clapton to Kiev

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: The London Klezmer Quartet

A Jewish Odyssey from Clapton to Kiev

The London Klezmer Quartet takes you on a musical journey across time and space. Experience the highs and lows of Jewish life over three centuries and four continents depicted through music, song and dance. This almost lost music was essential for weddings. The programme captures the drama and emotion of such occasions, featuring heartrending traditional tunes and toe tapping self‐penned melodies. Be prepared to laugh, dance and cry with the LKQ big band: clarinet, accordion, fiddle, cello and double bass.

Hackney Proms are relaxed, informal and family friendly, with coffee and croissants available in the interval. Children are welcome.

Sunday, December 18th 2011 Elements of surprise: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Battuta

In this original programme, period-instrument ensemble Battuta explore the four Classical elements—Air, Fire, Earth and Water—and their representation in the Baroque period. Thunder, lightning, storms at sea and the fiery descent into hell are depicted in thrilling music by Rameau, Rebel and Telemann, and the more earthly delights of nature by Vivaldi’s most famous work, Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons).

Friday, November 25th 2011 ‘My Life and Music’, an evening with Sir Mark Elder CBE

Venue: The Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Rd, London N1 3DT

Artists: Sir Mark Elder CBE in conversation with Dr. David Sloan

You may purchase tickets by emailing The Rosemary Branch Theatre at rosemarybranchtheatre@googlemail.com.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 J.S. Bach: Church, Court & Coffee

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Battuta

J.S. Bach is best known for his compositions for the Lutheran church, but he was also a committed teacher, father of 20 children, director of music for a prince and was even imprisoned for a month! This concert by period instrument ensemble Battuta gives glimpses of some of the more unusual sides of this fascinating man, including a performance of the humourous Coffee Cantata, written for Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse in Leipzig.

Sunday, November 28th 2010 Homes & Gardens: Mozart in the Round

Venue: Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0JR

Artists: Battuta

This entertaining programme explores the masterful operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the public’s craze for performing them at home. Contemporary arrangements for wind octet and string quartet will be performed in-the-round by the period instrument ensemble Battuta, along with dramatised readings from the time.

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 Hackney Empire Spice Festival: No. 3, Leipziger Straße

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, July 5th 2009 Hackney Empire Spice Festival: The Helen Chadwick Group: Hackney Empire Sings

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: The Helen Chadwick Group

Saturday, December 20th 2008 Circle of Fifths

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Circle of Fifths

Sunday, December 16th 2007 A Day in the Life of Baroque London

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, December 17th 2006 Pastorales & Noëls at Christmas

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, December 11th 2005 Autumn 2005: Bach, Handel, Corelli

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, November 6th 2005 Autumn 2005: Handel’s Senesino arias with Iestyn Davies

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, October 9th 2005 Autumn 2005: Boccherini, Mozart, Haydn

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, April 3rd 2005 Spring 2005: Purcell, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Fasch, Biber, Bach

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, February 27th 2005 Spring 2005: Bach, Zelenka, Farina, Rameau

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

Sunday, January 30th 2005 Spring 2005: Vivaldi Four Seasons

Venue: The Hackney Empire Theatre, Hackney Empire Theatre, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Artists: Battuta

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Supported by Hackney Proms

We hope you will join us for a great evening of lively celebratory music in a beautiful venue and help a very good cause. Doors open at 7pm. Bar and raffle

Who are we supporting? CHOICE in Hackney is a small charity which provides advocacy, volunteer befriending, training and employment and other independent living services to local disabled people. Proceeds from this concert will help fund these services. CHOICE’s mission is to have independence, control, choice, flexibility and a voice over how disabled people run their lives.

Who are we? Geoff is a musician. He is also a trustee of CHOICE and a user of CHOICE’s services. This way of marking his birthday was his idea. Mary is chair of CHOICE in Hackney and a trustee/organiser of Hackney Proms. We are nearly the same age and have lived in Hackney for most of our lives.

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