From Wednesday 24th August, until Wednesday 14th September, in conjunction with the visual art exhibition Unfurling the Past into the Future by award-winning artist Jonathan Roson, Devonshire Square will be hosting ‘Music for Hope’, a 4-week programme of FREE to attend lunchtime piano performances, executed by highly accomplished and emerging young pianists from diverse backgrounds, with the aim of encouraging online donation in aid of the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
The lunchtime concerts will take place every Wednesday in Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard, from 1pm to 2pm, and will include music from some of the most renowned international composers of all times, as well as original songs composed by the young musicians.
To symbolically express the support of our community for the people of Ukraine, the pianists will be playing on Devonshire Square’s iconic wooden piano, which has been decorated by floral artist Kate Sparrow with an eco-friendly installation created using sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine.
The event will open with a performance by Karim Kamar (pictured), an exceptionally talented contemporary pianist and composer from London, who will be presenting a repertoire that includes some original songs as well as some pieces from contemporary neoclassical composers Ryuichi Sakamoto, Max Richter and Ludovico Einaudi.
The event includes the participation of Juliet Merchant – an international award-winning pianist and composer for film and TV – Melissa Piano, an 18-year-old London-based classical, anime, and game pianist who also composes in a neoclassical style, Jared Nandra – a young pianist who specialises in spectacular Boogie-woogie piano performances and the creation of original sentimental compositions – and the very talented emerging pianists and composers Alexandra Riddell and James Wallis, who both create beautiful and emotional contemporary music.
To mark the launch of the event, on Wednesday 24th August, Devonshire Square’s renowned Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen will be treating attendees to a complimentary tasting experience of some of their most popular sweet canapés, the ‘almond paradise’ and the ‘sweet summer dream’, which will be offered to guests on a first-come-first-served basis.
To donate online, please visit the DEC official website.
You are all warmly invited to attend the event and we would like to thank you all for joining Devonshire Square in supporting this urgent appeal.
For more information on the ‘Music for Hope’ lunchtime concerts and to know more about Devonshire Square’s forthcoming festival of arts and events, please contact the Devonshire Square Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org .