- African & Arabic
- Asian & even further east
- Blues/Soul/Swing/Rock 'n' Roll
- Cover Bands
- DJs & Discos
- Eastern European/Russian
- Global Fusion
- Jazz: contemporary jazz styles
- Jazz: traditional jazz & standards
- Latin Styles
- Mexican/Spanish/Pan Pipes
- Western European
- Managed acts
Hot on the heels of Notting Hill, carnival came to London's exclusive Mayfair district on 24 September. We were asked by our client Ethix Production Services Ltd to supply Brazilian Samba Drummers to accompany a colourful and spectacularly costumed parade around Brown Hart Gardens. It wasn't Rio de Janeiro but it was a balmy, almost tropical, night and the joyful performance and infectious rhythms made for a very happy group of guests!
We were asked to supply entertainment at the after party for the Food & Farming Industry Awards on 14 December. The theme was 1940's Christmas and the event took place in the stylish surroundings of Gillray’s Bar at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall. We provided two glamorous Santa Girls - who handed out goody bags, assisted with a raffle and persuaded guests to wear stick on moustaches (!) - and the brilliant six-piece group In The Mood. They started the evening in festive mode with a selection of seasonal favourites and then, after a costume change, entertained those present with swing and jazz classics. Our client was Gary Parkes Music Ltd.
On 13 and 14 September, London's Regent's Canal was transformed into a floating night market to showcase IKEA's latest seasonal collection. We were approached to supply performers to play Swedish music on traditional instruments, such as nyckelharpa and fiddle, as guests enjoyed Scandinavian canapes and were punted around colour themed boats displaying the company's new lines. Our client was Contraband International Ltd.
In honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Piccadilly was closed for the first time ever for a huge street party on 3 June. We were engaged by Bliss Events Management Limited not only to organise a special arrangement of the National Anthem to be performed on site by a four-piece band, but to programme and stage manage all the roaming entertainment for the occasion. After a surprise visit by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall our acoustic musicians played whilst, in five sittings, 2500 people sat down at a 500 seat table and enjoyed picnics and food from the stalls in the street. A giant TV screen showed the River Pageant and, although it rained on and off all day, the spirits of the party-goers was high.
Amidst the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Chameleon Brass were to be found performing at a very stylish street party hosted by The Savoy in London on 3 June. The quintet played a selection of British music whilst champagne, Bombay Sapphire punch, canapes and classic English food were served to the delighted guests. Our client was Gary Parkes Music Ltd.
After an appearance at their festive 40's evening in 2009, fabulous a cappella trio Ooh Baby Ooh were back by popular demand at Jaques Samuel's sweet themed Christmas party on 2 December. During the event, held at their Edgware Road premises, guests of the revered purveyor of pianos were treated to a repertoire of seasonal favourites, cool classics and even a bespoke version of The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" from the girls. Our client was Gary Parkes Music Ltd.
We brought a little bit of Rio de Janeiro to Central London on 8 October when Matters Musical's Brazilian dancers, capoeira performers and drummers celebrated the launch of L'Artisan Parfumeur's new fragrance 'Batucada'. In association with our client Ministry of Fun, the artists created a party atmosphere in Covent Garden with walkabouts, shows and plenty of audience participation. The weather was warm (much to the relief of the acts!) and the promotion was enjoyed by large crowds throughout the day.
Chinese cross-over group Melody East appeared at the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Hong Kong Festival, which took place between 12 and 18 September in South Molton Street, London. Our brief was to supply a group who were able to give the folk music of China a 21st century twist. This they did by performing modern interpretations of the repertoire on traditional instruments to the accompaniment of dynamic backing tracks. Our client was Contraband International Ltd.
The Visual Ministry Choir participated in the Christmas light switch on celebrations at Duke of York Square, Chelsea on 6 November. During the festivities, they joined St Nicholas as he processed through the streets in a horse drawn carriage and later performed a 40 minute show of traditional carols and gospel music. Billed as the 'Chelsea Christmas Party' the crowds were also treated to fire and light artists; luckily it was a suitably crisp and dry evening! The event was organised by Shining Wit.
Over the years we have provided pre-match entertainment for a variety of rugby internationals and cup finals at England's hallowed home of rugby, Twickenham. Cup finals include the Zurich, Guinness and Heineken UK and European championships, and internationals including England vs Barbarians. We have supplied and stage managed samba bands, taiko drummers and massed gospel choirs amongst others, frequently dressed or branded relevant to the championship or teams. Other stadia that our performers have appeared at for rugby internationals include the Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield.
Bliss Events, on behalf of the GLA, approached Matters Musical to programme and run the stage at this event for veterans and their families. We had a selection of acts chosen to entertain all the age groups, even eliciting the response from many elderly veterans "It's the Andrews Sisters!" We also supplied a compere with a distinguished military record who brought his experience to bear with his announcements - luckily he was able to recognise the rank of some of the military celebrities! Our stage was in Potters Fields Park, right next to City Hall.
We were commissioned to create an Irish dance and music show for 2000 visiting Chinese business people over three days at North London's spectacular Alexandra Palace. This involved choreographing and rehearsing an entire dance routine, which was then performed live by the Beckett Irish band and the Beckett Irish dance troupe, most of whom were ex-Riverdance performers. Video footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xrD7N8A7UA The show was created to include audience participation, which proved most successful with the Chinese as it broke the language barrier! Projected on to large screens either side of the stage, the dazzling routine was enjoyed by all.
We were commissioned to supply a range of ethnic drummers to perform a new piece of music written by composer Ethan Lewis-Maltby for the FA Cup Final at Wembley in May 2009. This involved rehearsing the musicians, most of whom did not read music notation, and producing a choreographed routine to perform to the enormous crowd before kick off. The rehearsals took place in a large hall in Islington, and then the track was recorded at Angel Recording Studios several days before we went to Wembley. On site we rehearsed on and off the pitch over a further day, and on match day the drummers performed live with in-ear monitors to sync themselves with the recorded track. Video footage of the performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFZC8RFjoXs The large Taiko drum - the Odaiko - was so large it could not get through the soundproofed doors into the main studio at Angel, so we recorded it on the staircase outside the reception area, with Frank standing on the street to prevent anyone entering and spoiling the recording! The receptionist was deaf for a week afterwards. The project was produced by event360 on behalf of the Football Association.