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THURSDAY 11 Consortium 5 featuring You Are Wolf


Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, W1. 6.30pm-7.30pm, £9, £5 students. Recorder quintet Consortium 5 premiere composer-in-residence Kerry Andrew’s second Handel House commission, badluck birds. Andrews guests with the group in her alt-folk guise You Are Wolf. Info: 020 7399 1953 www.handelhouse.org


FRIDAY 12 White Keys


Dover Street Restaurant and Bar, 8-10 Dover Street, W1. Approximate set times 10.30pm and midnight, cover charge £15. Nine-piece jazz and soul band. Info: 020 7491 7509/020 7629 9813 www.doverst.co.uk


SATURDAY 13 Belsize Baroque: Royalty and Aspiration St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J. 7.30pm, £12.


Belsize Baroque performs a programme including Lully’s Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Purcell’s suite from The Fairy Queen. Info: 020 7381 0441 www.st-james-piccadilly.org/ EveningConcerts.html


SATURDAY 20 Singing Mr Blake – Concert and Workshop St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J. Workshop 3pm-5pm, concert 6pm-7pm, £20, £5 students and unemployed, under 16s free. To attend the concert, there is a suggested donation of £5.


Composer and songwriter Julian Marshall leads a sing-through of his new work for community singers – a series of short songs featuring a setting of one of Blake’s Innocence and Experience poems. It is written for anyone who enjoys singing, whether or not they read music. To reserve a place, email Julian@wigglylines.co.uk. Info: 020 7381 0441


www.st-james-piccadilly.org/ EveningConcerts.html


TUESDAY 23 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2012


Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U. 1pm, £10.


The final of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – formerly the Jackdaws Vocal Awards – features young singers aged 22–30 competing for a first prize of £2500. Judged by Sally Burgess, Julian Gavin, Iain Ledingham and chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg. The competition will run for around two hours, followed by an interval for the judging, and the winner will be announced at approximately 3.45pm. Info: 020 7935 2141 www.wigmore-hall.org.uk


THURSDAY 25 Handel as you like it Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, W1. 6.30pm-7.30pm, £9, £5 students. Music from composers such as Handel


and Purcell performed by Alexander Koshelev (baroque oboe), Lucy Thomas (soprano), Alice Manthorpe-Saunders (baroque cello) and a guest harpsichordist. Info: 020 7399 1953 www.handelhouse.org


FRIDAY 26 Milestones


Dover Street Restaurant and Bar, 8-10 Dover Street, W1. Approximate set times 10.30pm and midnight, cover charge £15. Seven-piece R&B and soul band. Info: 020 7491 7509/020 7629 9813 www.doverst.co.uk


WEDNESDAY 31 Jazz Dynamos Dover Street Restaurant and Bar, 8-10 Dover Street, W1. Approximate set times 10.30pm and midnight, cover charge £12. Rat Pack swing, Latin and soul, featuring Pat Reyford and Miriam Grey. Info: 020 7491 7509/020 7629 9813 www.doverst.co.uk


WEDNESDAY 10


The 56th BFI London Film Festival Various venues, including the Curzon Mayfair, Empire Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square and the ICA. Runs until October 21. The eyes of the film world turn to London for the annual festival. This year, 225 features and 111 live-action and animated shorts will be screened, alongside a programme of masterclasses, talks and other events.


The festival opens with the European premiere of Tim Burton’s black and white, stop-motion 3D animation Frankenweenie on October 10, the first film he has directed for Disney. The film and footage from the red carpet gala in Leicester Square will be screened in 30 UK cinemas in a simultaneous premiere.


RIGHT: SONG FOR MARION BELOW: GREAT EXPECTATIONS


Other gala films include Dustin


Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, about four opera singers reunited in a retirement home, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour, Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo, French animation Ernest and Celestine and Roger Michell’s (Notting Hill) Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as Franklin D Roosevelt. The May Fair Hotel is the official hotel of the festival and its gala screening is Song for Marion, starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton). Films participating in the Official Competition for the Best Film Award include Michael Winterbottom’s (24 Hours Party People, A Mighty Heart) Everyday, Sally Potter’s (Orlando) Ginger and Rosa,


Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) Seven Psychopaths and Salman Rusdhie’s adaptation of his own Booker Prize- winning novel, Midnight’s Children. The gala closing film is the European premiere of Mike Newell’s version of Great Expectations, adapted by David Nichols, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine. Highlights in the programme include Marion Cotillard, Salman Rushdie and documentarist Alex Gibney taking part in on-stage interviews, production designer David Wasco and set decorator Sandy Reynold Wasco giving a masterclass about their work on films including Pulp Fiction, and a screening of This Is England with a live score. For more details about the festival and to book tickets, visit the LFF website. Info: 020 7928 3232 www.bfi.org.uk/lff


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