Totally last minute! I got word from Fran (@Crosseyedpiano) about 7 Star Arts’s concert taking place not too far from me. It was their Sweet Harmony concert which focused on the genius of Shakespeare through music, words and art. The event took place at Chiswick’s quaint St Michael’s Church with a small and intimate audience, yet the performers and artists were far from amateur. This was an special occasion to get up close with accomplished, talented and professional artists who had graced the stages of The National Theatre, performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and released classical music albums.

The evening was a feast for the senses. Shakespeare’s writings, from his diverse plays, and romantic sonnets were confidently and passionately narrated by Susan Porrett. After each reading, it was an immediate escape for the eyes and the ears.

Susan Porrett

Vic McLean and David Le Page gave an inspiring and outstanding performance with piano and violin to the delicate music of Prokofiev, Medtner, Monti, Rachmanioff and Schubert. Le Page also composes his own music, which made the evening a touch more interesting – to hear brand new pieces concentrating on some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, including Ariel from The Tempest, and Le Page’s own take on their personas and narratives.

Viv McClean

Alongside this, a musical journey flowed with beautiful illustrations by Klara Smith. She had pre-recorded clips that magnified parts of her images and followed the curves and mysterious themes of her illustrations. This made the audience keen to see the final picture, all of which were original interpretations reflective of her own ideas of Friar Lawrence from Romeo and Juliet, Orphelia in Hamlet or Sylvia from Two Gentlemen of Verona, to name a few.

David Le Page

7 Star Arts promotes interesting and diverse performances by a collective of musicians and artists. Their programme combines pictures, music and words in intimate spaces for a thrilling and unique experience. Now that I have discovered 7 Star Arts, I’ll be attending their concerts more often. For more information on 7 Star Arts, please go click here.

Susan has performed previously with Viv McLean at two concerts with her own written narration of ‘Divine Fire’ (the story of Fryderyk Chopin and George Sand) and ‘Classic Gershwin’ (the life of George Gershwin.) They shall be performing ‘Classic Gershwin’ at Posk Theatre in Hammersmith on Friday April 28th. To book tickets click here.


Notes:

Susan Porrett‘s long theatrical career has seen her as Audrey in As You Like It, Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and the Second Witch in Macbeth at the Nottingham Playhouse, the National and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Accomplished pianist Viv McLean won first price at the 2002 Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona and has performed with first-class orchestras in the UK and abroad. Being a keen chamber musician, he has collaborated with groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet.

Klara Smith originally trained as a Landscape Architect and went on to specialise in book arts and illustration for hand-made books. She is influenced by music and has created a set of books of hand pulled linocut prints to Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Click here for her website including http://klarasmith.com/.

David Le Page has won numerous awards including BBC Young Musician of he Year and collaborated with various artists and ensembles, such as Opera North, Chroma and Micheal Tippet. He is director of the Harborough Collective and leads concerts based in Harborough annual, parallel to releasing albums. He will be releasing his forth album ‘Barcos’ this year.

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