In these troubled times, music is universally recognised as the language of unity, hope, love and peace and the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) in Kensington, London, is the perfect venue to express and support this calming philosophy. Enjoy a lovely evening of beautiful, inspiring music, with the RAH’s Free Friday Music evenings.
This Friday’s event is with Jazz pianist John Crawford who has performed with many artists including Dave Pike, Dave O’Higgins, Tony Kofi and US3. He has also worked with artists from the pop world such as Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Lewis Taylor, The Braxtons, Andy Williams, Kirsty McColl and Rui Veloso.
With his amazing rhythmic sense, knack for a strong melody and skill as a jazz improviser, he delivers some of the most upbeat and positive piano music you’ll hear anywhere.
Entry to this musical event is free and seats are offered on an unreserved, first-come first-served basis. Dining of course is not free, but is a fabulous place to enjoy great food, drink and free live music in the Hall’s Italian restaurant, Verdi. Verdi offers casual dining and authentic flavours of Italy and is the perfect place to wind down, relax and eat well with friends and family over a bottle of great Italian wine. Leave the chaos of the world behind and imbibe the language, peace and hope of music. Part of Free Friday Music, John Crawford performance information: Friday 20 November 2015, entry via Door 12 to the Verdi Italian Kitchen: 7:00pm; starts: 8:00pm.
If you prefer an earlier soiree, Benoit Viellefon is also performing on Friday 20th at the same venue, doors open: 11:30am; performance starts: 12:00pm. Benoit presents his Hot Club, inspired by the swinging music that emerged from the infamous Parisian Cafes and nightclubs of the 1930s and 1940s.
A unique ensemble that celebrates the popular songs played by artists like Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet. With all the romanticism and nostalgia of the French repertoire and with a nod to the American jazz virtuosi who visited Paris, the Hot Club is the perfect mix of European finesse and the restless fervour of American hot jazz. For further information: http://www.royalalberthall.com/
Public transport access
London Buses 9, 10, 52, 360, 452
London Underground: Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington, South Kensington and Knightsbridge. For further transport information, visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/
The perfect manicure for the evening has to be Opal Street, JACAVA London:www.jacava.com
Reminiscent of frosty weather, shimmery pearls and dreamy ocean shells, Opal Street is like the jewel: boasting a frosted, creamy white duo-chrome micro-sparkle, with subtle undertones of pink, gold and blue. Opal Street will keep you infatuated, day or night, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Like the song, when you fall in love, it will be forever!