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October 2019

Platforma 5 : Kent & Medway

1 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Kent & Medway United Kingdom + Google Map

Poster image: A Hostile Environment, 2019 - original artwork by Adam Chodzko, commissioned for Platforma 5 by Counterpoints Arts Kent & Medway Platforma is our biennial festival that spotlights local and national work about displacement and migration. Each edition of the festival is produced in collaboration with different partners and takes place in a different part of the UK, showcasing…

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Migration at the RNCM

15 October 2019 - 5 December 2019
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9RD United Kingdom
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Migration has been in the DNA of the RNCM from its earliest roots, when in 1893 the German-born conductor Sir Charles Hallé realised his vision of founding a Northern conservatoire which became the Royal Manchester College of Music.

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November 2019

Insiders/Outsiders: The Concert

10 November 2019
New North London Synagogue, 80 East End Road
London, N3 2SY United Kingdom
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For this concert, Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ will work with the community at the New North London Synagogue to celebrate the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture through music.

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The Ballad of the Cosmo Café

16 November 2019
St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Square, Belsize Park
London, NW3 4HJ United Kingdom
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£16

An imagined immersive ‘singspiel’ recreating this much-loved café in Finchley Road, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Park. Based on selected memories and stories from the Cosmo research group and translated into lyrics by the Cosmo writers group.

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The Ballad of the Cosmo Café

17 November 2019
St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Square, Belsize Park
London, NW3 4HJ United Kingdom
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£16

An imagined immersive ‘singspiel’ recreating this much-loved café in Finchley Road, in St Peter’s Church Hall, Belsize Park. Based on selected memories and stories from the Cosmo research group and translated into lyrics by the Cosmo writers group.

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January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day – Songs of Arrival

27 January 4:00 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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Free

As part of Holocaust Memorial Day, Manchester Jewish Museum’s song-writing group will present an initial performance of songs inspired by the moving stories of Jewish Refugees arriving in Cheetham in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer

29 January 7:30 pm
RNCM, 124 Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9RD United Kingdom
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£8

Written and devised by David Fligg, this theatrical presentation portrays, for the first time, the Czech-Jewish composer Gideon Klein’s pre-war life. Featuring three actors from the MMU School of Theatre, with music by Klein, Mozart, Hindemith and Janáček performed by the Theseus Quartet, it gives an account of artistic and Jewish life in Prague immediately before, and during, the German occupation, and of Gideon’s struggles to survive imprisonment.

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February 2020

Farewell to Vienna: A New Beginning

9 February 3:00 pm
St John-in-Bedwardine Parish Church, 1A Bromyard Road, St Johns
Worcester, WR2 5BS United Kingdom
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£10 – £12

St John-in-Bedwardine Parish Church, Worcester Join Ensemble Burletta on a journey from the Vienna of Mozart and Brahms, to the dark days of pre-war Austria and the flight of Jewish-born nationals from the Nazi regime. As part of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival, they perform works for clarinet and strings celebrating the musical links between Vienna and those that were forced to…

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Farewell to Vienna: A New Beginning

27 February 7:30 pm
JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road
London, NW3 6ET United Kingdom
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£17

Join Ensemble Burletta on a journey from the Vienna of Mozart and Brahms, to the dark days of pre-war Austria and the flight of Jewish-born nationals from the Nazi regime.

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March 2020

Festival of Belonging

7 March - 14 March
Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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From March 7-14th – featuring one-off events and nights of comedy, theatre, storytelling, films and visual arts to examine how we assimilate in new places, explore what makes us feel that we belong and question what happens when we do not.

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Only the Violins Remain: Alma and Arnold Rosé

9 March - 30 May
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Rd
London, NW1 5HT United Kingdom
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Free

The story of a father and daughter – icons of Austrian musical life – whose careers were cut short by the Nazis. Arnold fled to London but Alma was imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she led the Women’s Orchestra and saved the lives of many women prisoners, before perishing in the camp.

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Ernst Schoen: Lunchtime Concert

20 March 1:00 pm
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate
London, EC2M 4QH United Kingdom
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Free

This lunchtime concert features the recently rediscovered music of the anti-fascist and experimental radio producer and composer Ernst Schoen. Schoen, a former director of Radio Frankfurt and friend of Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht and others, escaped to London after being arrested for crimes against the Third Reich in 1934, and continued his writing and activism in exile.

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