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Acclaim and News on Music From The Heart

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mfth-feb2013YouTube even has its own symphony orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. We look at some of their work and the way in which artists of different genres use it to promote their work.

These include the dubstep violinist Lindsay Stirling, the singer Sandi Thom, the pianists, Alice Sara Ott, Yuja Wang, Valentina Lisista, the violinist Daniel Hope and the cellist Sol Gabetta. Lisista rose from being a complete unknown and through her uploads on YouTube is now a sell-out in concerts round the world.

Friday 6 December 7.30pm – 10.00pm in the Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (refreshments available)

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Recent glowing acclaim for Music From The Heart in the June 2013 edition of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal:

…The next unexpected encounter was at the Jesus Centre in Northampton. Each Jesus Centre has a drop-in, aimed primarily at supporting the disadvantaged and homeless or vulnerable. Jesus Centres offer mentoring to mums and tots, from maths to money-management, from healing groups to haircuts. The day centre supports people who are homeless or marginalised and offers showers, laundry, clothing, cheap food, and fortnightly drop-in sessions for ex-offenders. And it was here that I stumbled upon ‘Music from the Heart’. This is n relaxed gathering of friendly people, of all ages, who get together to celebrate musical themes on DVD. My visit to Northampton coincided with their tribute to Vaughan Williams, and a showing of job conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, What an absolute delight to see this greatest of conductors again. In his latter years one can only say his style epitomised “less is more”, with that long baton tweaked from the wrist, rather like an extension of his arm, his left hand caressing the orchestra, his feet planted firmly on the ground. He rarely looked at the score.

And the players rarely looked at  Adrian, as if they were well drilled, confident and trusting. Those musicians with their mutton chops, the top pocket handkerchiefs… it was all as l remember the seventies. If filming techniques have moved on, so what?

Located around a tea bar, tables and chairs and good company made this group a remarkable find, and I will be returning to join them again to see a documentary on Anne~Sophie Mutter, and to see music from the ghettos of Kinshasa and a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony by the symphony orchestra of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Such is the variety of their programme! At one point a client of the centre came around and blessed us one by one before settling down for a kip, but it was all very good natured. They are developing a website for non-regulars.

There are all kinds of grand musical societies, but I doubt if shall ever find a more friendly and down to earth group than this.

Robert Rush
London

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Music From The Heart – Handel’s Belshazzar

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A performance directed by William Christie of Handel’s Belshazzar from the Aix Festival is being shown. His experienced team brought Handel’s not-so-high drama and philosophic tragedy to almost operatic dramatic standards as the Persian prince, Cyrus, overran the dissolute Babylonians and freed the captive Jews.

Belshazzar, written in 1744, was among the first English oratorios that Handel composed after he had abandoned the Italian opera form and so still retains a strong dramatic element.

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Friday 15 Feb 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (Refreshments available)

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