Balalaika concert tonight in Honor Oak

Saturday 3rd December 7pm for 7.30pm. St Augustine’s, One Tree Hill

An evening of traditional music from Russia and Eastern Europe. A quintet with Justin Bateman, one of the few balalaika players performing in Britain; Nigel Austen on bayan, the Russian version of an accordion; Adam Gaiman on acoustic guitar, Lucie Holden on trumpet and percussion, all solidly underpinned by Mick Prendagast on bass balalaika. Gypsy tunes, haunting melodies from the steppes, Klezmer favourites, waltzes, tangos from Old Russia and stirring Cossack numbers make for a night of spontaneity and movement.

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NAT said...

Balalaika were great last night, five fine musicians in a great setting, and the music by turns wistful and joyous.

The bass balalaika is quite an instrument.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I wish I had been able to go. Worth keeping an eye on St. Augustine's website - they have good music there and interesting exhibitions.

Anonymous said...

In 1926 when Man United met Man City in the first all Manchester FA Cup semi-final, Man Utd went to the theatre...

On the eve of the game, United went en-masse to the Ardwick Empire to see a variety show featuring ‘The Blue Saraphan Co.’ and ‘Hamilton Conrad’s Pigeons’!

Blue Saraphan was my Great granfather's company with a balaika orchestra with a massive bass balalaika.

neanderthal d said...

@ Anonymous 00:24

Loved reading about your Great grandfather's Balalaika orchestra.

But what i really want to know is how Hamilton Conrad's Pigeons got on? Formation flying? Formation strutting? Formation harmonised cooing? Formation crapping? What on earth (or in the air) did they get up to?

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