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Brains Movie is a (indy) Go-Go!

24 Oct

© Bob Pipe / Channel Flip

It’s the news we’ve been waiting for… The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains is becoming a movie – and YOU can get involved with the production!

Written and created by Bob Pipe (the man behind The Forgery Club) and James Wren (the man behind The Hen & Chickens), the film will be an adaptation of the cult web series, which featured a whos-who of TVO and beyond.

Phil WhelansRichard GloverColin HoultStephen EvansAlex KirkNeil ColeGareth Tunley, Waen ShepherdAntony ElvinWill Summers and Richard Sandling were joined by Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short), Chris Kendall (Crabstickz), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Ricky Grover (Red Dwarf), Phil Nichol (Holy Flying Circus), Marny Godden, Thomas Nelstrop, Lizzie Roper, Nick Helm, Katy Derby and many, many more for the 50s B-movie homage.

If you haven’t seen it, and really, with all the love we gave it at the time, you really should have, you can see the each individual episode – including several off-shoots featuring Colin Hoult as egotistical actor Eric Shepherd and Warwick Davis as preposterous movie mogul Stanley Chester, over yonder – or right below this sentence.

Now the team are gearing up for a full length version of the tale, and are asking for pledges from fans and supporters through Indiegogo.

PLEDGE FOR THE MOVIE HERE!

For £5, you get a simple thank you, and £10 gets you a social media based thank you.  Where it gets interesting, is if you want to stump up a little more…

If you fancy a Brain Drain goody bag, you can have one for just £25.  If you’d prefer a unique, personalised picture of James and Bob holding hands in bathing shorts thanking you – and frankly, who doesn’t need one of those in life – it can be yours for just £40.

Pop your bid up to £50, and get all of the above, plus a movie poster – which you can have signed if your bid reaches £75.

© Bob Pipe

Those budding filmmakers out there may want to bump their bids up to £100, you get online access to the whole production and making of process – including scripts, storyboards and edits.  And if you have even more cash, £500 will give you a daily skype chat update with the film makers during film festivals, whilst £750 will get you pints and chats with the film makers AND the stars about the production at Shoreditch House.

For really flashy types, £5000 will get you the pints, and also the opportunity to be an extra in the film… and £10,000 will make you an associate producer with an invite tot he film festival of your choice.

All in all – this is a great opportunity to support independent film makers and see a brilliant project reborn as a whole new adventure.  So get involved now!

Daylight Music At The Chapel

28 Apr

Antony Elvin and Will Summers will be appearing as Tudor Unit at The Union Chapel on Saturday (3rd May), as part of Daylight Music 161.

The happening is described as “A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake”, so what’s not to like. The show is produced by Arctic Circle, and entry is free, but a donation would be appreciated (suggested donation £3.50).

The show starts with Tudor Unit at midday, and other participants are My Autumn Empire  (Staffordshire based dreamy folk-pop melodicist Benjamin Thomas Holton) and film composer David Julyan, who is teaming up with  Iskra Strings on a new non film project.

For more information about the event and the participants, head over to the event Facebook Page, and you can see Antony and Will in action at TVO Live! below:

Get It Seen

1 Apr

No, that title isn’t just an instruction from us… it’s also the name of a new underground film festival taking place at legendary venue The Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington this month.

© Hen & Chickens

The venue, which has been a spiritual home for TVO regulars for almost two decades – from The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi to recent shows like the magnificent Kill Phil, has gathered together some of the finest low-budget features and shorts of recent years to come out of the London comedy scene, to show from today through to April 26th,

This includes Peacock Season on April 1st, 4th & 11th.  This legendary film about the Edinburgh Fringe shot at the festival features a top-notch cast including Justin EdwardsPaul FootRichard Glover, Nina Conti, Rhys Darby, Richard Herring, Reece Shearsmith, Isy Suttie, Glenn Wool and co-writer James Wren.

Other TVO connected films on offer include Phil Whelan‘s slapstick farce Clowntime Is OverStephen Evans‘ nostalgic short The Notorious Bruiser Brothers Revisitedand a chance to see the star-studded Bob Pipe masterpiece The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains on a big screen!

© Bob Pipe

There’s loads more on offer too: we particularly recommend Adriel Leff’s brilliant mockumentary Bloody Lip! To see the full list of shows, and to pick up tickets, visit the festival’s Facebook page now!

Princes In Chelsea

15 Mar

© Edward Lloyd

Tudor Folk trio Princes in the Tower, are playing their next gig in London at 6.30 on Friday 28th March, and it’s happening at The Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design.

The trio, comprising Michael Tyack, Antony Elvin and William Summers, will be wearing clothes designed by Stephanie Dickinson.

Their appearance is part of Utopographies – a two-day event of work by teachers at Chelsea and a few guests.

Admission is free, and you can find out more about the Space here.

Don’t forget to check out our store for Princes related media.

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part One

1 Jan

2013 has been a funny old year in Onion Land. We’ve seen our regulars scoop bucketloads of awards, from Best British Film at the Empire Awards to International Emmy Awards and everything in-between. Some names on our roster have reached new heights of success, becoming household names to people who have no idea of their cult origins. Others have just continued being quietly amazing, but all of them have been worthy of your attention.

As a result, we’ve been ploughing through the 12 months of TVO, to pluck out the best bits from over 700 news stories across 2013. This first instalment of our round-up covers January-March, and is jam packed with forgotten treasures and instant classics alike.  Enjoy.

JANUARY

The year began quietly, with the only key new show on the box being, on the surface, designed for kids. FIT was a sports-based sketch show on CBBC from the team behind Sorry, I’ve Got No Head, and featured TVO regulars Tony WayRufus Jones and Aisling Bea in its ensemble cast. For the most part, however, it was the involvement of Peter Serafinowicz – reprising his beloved cult character Brian Butterfield – which got everyone’s attention…

On the other end of the spectrum, Michael SmileyDan Tetsell and Simon Farnaby turned up in the very-much-for-grown-ups cyber-thiller Utopia on Channel 4. The show concerned itself with attempts to trace the only known copy of a graphic novel which left a trail of bloody carnage in its wake. With Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar part of its ensemble cast, as well as Kill List actor Neil Maskell as a creepy hitman, and The Thick Of It‘s Paul Higgins as a blackmailed civil servant, the show became an instant cult hit, and will be returning for a second series in 2014.

Closer to home, and the good folk of Onion Land seemed keen to dish out advice. Comedic agony aunt Rachel Stubbings was offering specially crafted miniature versions of herself for sale to anyone in need of a friendly ear. Or, to be more exact, a bit of unemotional plastic which happened to look a bit like her, in a variety of costumes. The Stubby Buddy was a quick sell out, though something tells me we won’t be seeing them in the shops next year…

Elsewhere, conceptual artist and Luxury Comedy star Kim Noble was offering handy tips on how to buy an oven

And as Bowie-fever gripped the world, James Cook released his own, haunting interpretation of Mr Jones’ classic track, Ashes To Ashes

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The Union Of Elvin & Summers

19 Dec

Footage of Antony Elvin and Will Summers performing at The Union Chapel has emerged online.

Earlier this month, Elvin released his festive ditty My Heart Is As Pure As Snow on the Highline Records Festivus 2 compilation, as well as digitally in its own right.  The result is typically delightful – an ethereal, haunting treasure, and the track is amongst those featured in their recent show at The Union Chapel as part of the Daylight Music event on 7th December.

Front-row footage has appeared online, alongside additional tracks – a cover of A Winter’s Tale and a performance of fan favourite Regina.  You can see all three below.

Festivus Fun With Antony Elvin!

30 Nov

© Lozzy Taylor/The Velvet Onion

Earlier this month we mentioned that Antony Elvin is contributing to a Christmas compilation album from Highline Records. Well now there are a couple of album launch parties!

The record, Festivus 2, features the likes of the Lilys and Dodgy, Glam Chops (Eddie Argos from Art Brut), Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub, LA rockers Western Lows, Piney Gir – and the very splendid Mr Elvin, who has contributed the track My Heart Is As Pure As The Snow.

He’s told us that the launch gigs, on 7th and 12th December, will feature all of the acts on the album playing a short set with a Christmas theme; he himself will be accompanied by the pipe-based musical artistry of his regular collaborator, William Summers.

The show on 7th December will take place at the Union Chapel in Islington as part of their free entry Daylight Music event (further details here), and the 12th December show will take place at Brixton Jamm in Brixton (further details and £6.85 tickets can be found here).

The Festivus album was released on November 25th, and is available to purchase The Velvet Onion Amazon Store for only £7.99.  If you’d prefer to just buy Antony’s track, that’s also available as an mp3 download here.

Princes In The Park

19 Nov

© Fiona Campbell

Fans of Tudor-folk will want to hop on down to Camley Street Natural Park in North London next month, to celebrate the forthcoming release of the long-awaited debut album from Princes In The Tower.

The traditional trio, featuring Antony ElvinWill Summers and Michael Tyack (former collaborators via Tyack’s band Circulus), have been performing across the capital and beyond over the last few years, and their album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower was recorded throughout 2012 and 2013.

Late last year, TVO exclusively premièred a track from the record, on our limited edition In Holoserica Cepa EP.

Now the album is about to get its proper release, details of which we will bring you as soon as they’re completely confirmed, and to celebrate, the band will be heading up three hours of musical celebration at the nature reserve not too far from King’s Cross St Pancras, on Sunday 8th December.

The event promises to be a sterling lunchtime with, in Elvin’s words, “some other very marginal and interesting bands”, and will run from noon until 3pm.  For more details, keep an eye on the Princes In The Tower Facebook page.

You can still hear a preview of the track Stingo – second track featured – via our EP sampler, saved for posterity below.

Brains Redux

1 Jul

Just as we had started to miss The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains - there’s a brand new version of it to savour!

The sitcom-sketch-hybrid from the minds of Bob PipeJames Wren and Phil Whelans arrived on YouTube channel The Multiverse earlier this year, and featured a whole bevvy of TVO regulars in the cast.

Now some of the best bits from the short episodes have been put together into a 30-minute version, which demonstrates how wonderfully the concept would work on television.  Revisit the magic below…

If you missed it earlier this year, you can read our interview with Bob, James & Phil about all things Brains right here

TVO Live Videos Part 2: Antony Elvin & Will Summers

7 Jun

Last week marked the first anniversary of The Velvet Onion Live – our inaugural live event, which will hopefully be followed by many more in the future.

Whilst we begin to gear up for another event, which we hope we can confirm before too long, we’re going back to that first night, and showcasing footage from the star studded event, which featured the likes of Dave Brown, James Cook, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn Hall, Mike Fielding, Richard Glover, Alex Kirk, Alice Lowe, David McNeill, Tom Meeten, Steve Oram, Laura Patch, Richard Sandling, Holly Jane Shears, Rachel Stubbings, Will Summers, Dan Tetsell, Gareth Tunley, Dolly Wells and the disembodied voice of Rich Fulcher.

This week’s slice of lo-fi posterity features the folktastic pairing of Antony Elvin & Will Summers regaling our audience with a couple of angst free ditties.  You can see the results below.

Come back each Friday for a brand new installment, and stay peeled for further developments of TVO Live: The Sequel, coming soon…

Onion Talking: The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains!

5 Jun
© Bob Pipe / Channel Flip

© Bob Pipe / Channel Flip

You’d have to have been living under a rock these last few months not to notice us banging on about a brilliant new web series called The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains.

Jam-packed with TVO regulars, the show is the brainchild of Bob Pipe, and as the show comes to the end of its first run, TVO spoke to Bob and co-writers James Wren and Phil Whelans for the scoop on …Brains.

They came from outer space. Ok, not really. They live in London, but outer space sounds more exciting. Their mission: to suck out our brains. Again, this may be a lie. They’re more interested in stimulating our limbic systems within said organs to make us laugh.

When Forgery Club head honcho Bob Pipe got the call to create his own web-series, he turned to two regular collaborators – Hen & Chickens guru James Wren and improv legend Phil Whelans – to help develop it. The trio are jacks of all comedic trades and masters of several, and the resulting series became The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains, which premiered exclusively on YouTube earlier this year.

The cast list for …Brains reads like a who’s who of alternative comedy, with Richard Glover, Colin Hoult, Waen Shepherd, Alex Kirk, Stephen Evans, Gareth Tunley, Richard Sandling, Neil ColeAntony Elvin and Will Summers all furthering the TVO connections. Phil Whelans is also on hand as recurring scientist Professor Langhorne, who pops up to offer invaluable advice on avoiding brain sucking with his esteemed colleague Dr Von Busey (Glover). Alex Kirk plays the hapless Prime Minister with no clue how to handle the crisis, which sees everyone from Army heroes to spaced out teenagers to simple Northern Folk facing the wrath of the alien invaders. It’s all gloriously silly, and insanely addictive.

“To be fair,” Phil Whelans explains, when asked where it all began, “it was all Bob Pipe’s idea. But if it’s successful, then I’ve always wanted to do it. If not, then I thought it was a terrible idea. This concept is called ‘Schrodinger’s Answer’ – the theoretical concept that, in a lead-lined box with a decaying radioactive particle, my answer to this question exists in two distinct states at the same time.”

Bob Pipe directs Will Summers & Antony Elvin [© Bob Pipe]

“Bob is a go-to guy for filmed comedy,” he adds on a more serious note. “For people who are used to turning up at a venue with a bag of props and just walking on stage, filming stuff can be a bit daunting, but Bob knows how to make it happen.”

…Brains has been gestating in Bob Pipe’s mind for many years, with an early version of it forming Bob’s end of year project in his Media Studies HND back in 1999. “We only had a shitty S-Video camera, video deck editing and no proper actors at our disposal,” Bob remembers. “I knew I was limited at what I could make, so I decided to make a B-Movie! I tried to remake it when I was the In-House Director for [now defunct website] ComedyBox, but I never got round to it. Me and a friend tried to pitch it to Channel 4’s Comedy Blap initiative a few years ago but it never got picked up.  But I’ve never given up on the idea, so I pitched it again to Channel Flip when I heard about The Multiverse, who loved it. The rest is history. Or perhaps, the future?” Continue reading

The Velvet Onion Live: One Year On…

31 May

Today marks the one year anniversary of The Velvet Onion Live!

In character, Matt Berry once memorably said: “Time is a menstruous woman. One cannot control her eddying currents.”  Rarely has a truer remark been uttered in jest.  It’s hard to believe a whole twelve months have passed since our inaugural live event at The Vandella, Shepherd’s Bush, made in collaboration with James Wren and Bob Pipe.  And yet, there it is – a big fat first anniversary.

To celebrate this occasion, as we slowly but surely gear ourselves up to arrange further live events before the second anniversary is upon us and we increasingly look like one-hit-wonders, we will be bringing you weekly installments of footage from the jam-packed event.  It’s fairly lo-fi due to a few technical hiccups on the night, but we recorded the whole event for posterity and now, at last, we can share it with you all.

For those not in the know, the event gathered together a number of our regular names for a night of fun and games.  We had live comedy sets from duos Steven Oram and Tom MeetenRichard Glover and Stephen EvansDolly Wells and Laura PatchGareth Tunley and Alex Kirk.  We had solo sets from Dan TetsellRichard Sandling and Rachel Stubbings, whilst David McNeill nabbed Evans & Glover back for a spot of twisty-nonsense.

And that wasn’t all. Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin gave us a set from Hot Brew, whilst Elvin also regaled us with jaunty ditties alongside Will Summers.  There was a rare chance to see DeadDogInBlackBag perform, and we heralded the return of Waen Shepherd as Gary Le Strange.  The night was rounded off with a sumptuous set from James Cook, and we had Mike Fielding DJ-ing whenever performers took a well earned rest.

The night began, proper, however, with an important health and safety announcement from our honorary member, Bollo:

We’ll be bringing you more footage, all being well, on a weekly basis, so come back next Friday for your next installment!

First Contact

16 May

The latest edition of The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains is now online for your peepers to cast their gaze upon.

This week, the leading faiths of our land join forces to try and fend off the alien invaders, and there’s a surprise waiting in Professor Langhorne’s laboratory…

Joining Richard Glover and Phil Whelans this week are none other than TVO regulars Colin HoultAntony ElvinWill Summers alongside the likes of Louie Bayliss, Nathaniel Tapley, Jamie Glassman and Toby Williams.

For those who don’t know, TDTCTSOOB is the brainchild of one Bob Pipe, and is co-written with Phil Whelans and James Wren.  New episodes air each week exclusively on The Multiverse,   and many of the team behind it – including composer Waen Shepherd – can be seen at this Friday’s Forgery Club on London’s South Bank.  For more info, visit this earlier peeling.

Pipe recently spoke to friend of TVO, John Dredge, on behalf of comedy website Comedy Chords, and you can read the results here.  TVO has also been having words with Bobo, and his co-writers Whelans & Wren, and we’ll be bringing you our report on all things …Brains soon, so stay peeled!

Hunderbafta

29 Apr

© Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

Hunderby collected another award last night at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

The period comedy from the mind of Julia Davis aired its first series on Sky Atlantic last year, and became an instant critical darling and audience favourite – which is no small surprise when you consider how many TVO links it features!

Co-written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, the series starred Davis alongside Rufus Jones, Kevin Eldon, Alex McQueen, Alex Roach, Rebecca Staton and How Not To Live Your Life star Daneil Lawrence Taylor.

It was also narrated by Julian Barratt and featured cameo appearances by Princes In The Tower too, as well as being produced by the wonderful folk at Baby Cow Productions.

The show is set to return in the unspecified future for a second run, and last night picked up yet another gong: the award for “Writer – Comedy”.

© Baftaimages

No photographs of the team have been released by Bafta, sadly, though Kevin Eldon was on hand to present the award for “Photography – Factual” to Steve Robinson for Amish: A Secret Life.

Rhys Thomas was also nominated as Breakthrough Talent for his stunning documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, but unfortunately lost out to the rather talented Tim Whitnall (former star of CITV classic Mike & Angelo!) who wrote a docudrama which also featured Mercury – Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story. Rhys can console himself, however, with the news that his documentary has also been nominated this week for the Rose D’or, which will be held in Brussells on May 30th.

Hunderby and The Great Pretender are both available to buy now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

The Multiverse Keeps Going

11 Apr

The Multiverse – that glorious new online portal for sci-fi related silliness from Warwick Davies – has unleashed two new TVO flavoured slices of nonsense to savour.

The latest edition of The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains was released today, and features Alex Kirk as the Prime Minister, with Stephen Evans as his advisor Brain Brian.  You can see the results below.

The ten part web-show is from the genius minds of Bob PipeJames Wren and Phil Whelans, and features music from Waen Shepherd and a large ensemble cast including Colin Hoult, Richard Glover, Gareth Tunley Pros From Dover star Sean Garratt, Chris Kendall, Lizzie Roper, Kerry Gilbert and Multiverse mastermind Warwick Davies.  TVO can also exclusively reveal that two more TVO regulars will be making an appearance in the coming weeks: none other than Antony Elvin and Will Summers, so stay tuned for that!

Gareth Tunley has also uploaded a fun Multiverse sketch of his own: The Day The Earth Kept Going.  It stars Mike Wozniak as a blathering UFO spotter with a dislike of YouTube commentators, and can be seen below.

For more fun, subscribe to The Multiverse right here.

EXCLUSIVE: In Holoserica Cepa – A Gift From The Velvet Onion

25 Dec

© The Velvet Onion

Yes, it’s Christmas time, and as another year draws to a close, The Velvet Onion has not one, but two presents for you.

Our annual TVO Calendar has sadly been delayed a little, but will be here for your perusal before 2012 runs out of gas.  We’ve been working round the clock the last few days to ensure it’s up to scratch, and reaches you before the end of the month, and we think you’ll love what we’ve come up with, so stay peeled over the festive season for that!

The other present… well that’s arguably more special.  We’ve called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you can download completely free!

Just visit our Soundcloud page to get all eight tracks, featuring the likes of James Cook, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, William Summers, Gareth Tunley, Michael Tyack and Tony Way.

But hurry, because the files will only be available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever.  For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with all eight songs, see below.

TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.

TRACKS1

01. Secret Wolf – GARY LE STRANGE

Taken from the long deleted third Gary Le Strange album, Beef Scarecrow, this song has only previously been made available at Waen Shepherd’s live shows many moons ago.  Stay tuned for the full reissue of his GLS albums over the next twelve months, with the first, Polaroid Suitcase available now.

02. Stingo – PRINCES IN THE TOWER

Originally a spin-off from folk legends Circulus, the magnificent Princes In The Tower have become an almighty Tudor force in their own right.  This track is taken from the forthcoming debut album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be available soon…

03. Midnight, The Stars And You – RICHARD GLOVER & STEPHEN EVANS

Described by Evans as a ‘short and daft’ version of the 1930s classic (forever immortalised in The Shining), this is a previously unreleased recording from the Splendid duo…

04. The Self Machine – JAMES COOK

Taken from James’ wonderful debut solo album, Arts And Sciences, this track sees the former Nemo frontman on typically fine form.  The album is available now.

TRACKS2

05.  Song Of A Wayfarer – WILLIAM SUMMERS

Recorded live at St John the Divine Church in Richmond upon Thames back in July, this is an exclusive, haunting live recording from the multi-instrumentalist.

06. Unicorn – DEADDOGINBLACKBAG

The first new DeadDogInBlackBag song for a long, long time, this is a complete and utter exclusive from the electropop duo.

07. Another Rainy Day – SUE DENIM

A 60s influenced b-side from Sue’s recent Bicycle single, this track acts a taster for her delightfully summery debut solo album, Sue And The Unicorn, which is available now.

08. This Christmastime [2012 Mix] – ANTONY ELVIN, ALICE LOWE & FRIENDS

Originally recorded for Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Film of the same name back in 2010, this fresh mix from its producer and co-writer Antony Elvin features a host of TVO stars – Gareth Tunley, Shelley Longworth, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Rich Fulcher – spreading an important message for the festive season.

Princes Of The Renaissance

11 Dec

Tudor folk trio Princes In The Tower made an appearance on London based traditional music station Renaissance 104.4FM last week, and their appearance can now be shared beyond the boundaries of South Bank.

© Edward Lloyd

The three-piece, comprising Michael TyackAntony Elvin and William Summers, were on typically joyous form – fresh from their appearance in Hunderby and their performances in support of Elvin’s score for the new adaptation of The Prince And The Pauper we told you about recently.

You can hear the full broadcast below, and those of you who can’t get enough of this lute, flute and crumhorn induced frivolity can rejoice in the fact that the trio are currently putting the finishing touches on their album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be released forthwith. Stay peeled for more info!

Summers In Autumn

23 Nov

© William Summers

Two chances to see prog-folkster Will Summers are coming up in the next few weeks.

The traditional multi-instrumentalist, often to be found collaborating with Antony Elvin (including this year’s TVO Live event and last Autumn’s Soho Scribblings with Noel Fielding & Dave Brown) will be producing two more concerts as part of his Loki Music project at the 14th century Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston, Greater London.

The first on Wednesday 28th November features restoration songs for spotano and harpsichord, whilst the latter on Thursday 13th December will feature 16th century Spanish and English songs for alto, lute and flute.

More information on the Loki Music project can be found on their site, which also houses details of ticket acquiring should those of you with an ear for pleasing traditional melodies be swayed to Will’s charms.

Elvin, The Prince & The Pauper

23 Sep

Antony Elvin will be Musical Director for a production of  The Prince and The Pauper at The Unicorn Theatre in London later this year.

© Unicorn Theatre

He is also writing the music for the production which will run from 25th November 2012 to 13th January 2013. The play is set in the 16th Century, and is an adaptation of the Mark Twain classic tale of confused identities.

Adapted by Jemma Kennedy and directed by Selina Cartmel, we’re assured it’s safe family viewing, “yet a little twisted,” according to Elvin!

There will be a special foyer event before and after the play on 9th and 23rd December at which Princes in The Tower will perform and Tudor delicacies will be served. For more information about the production take a look at this, and to book tickets click here.

Fans of Antony Elvin and Will Summers‘ music can also see them as Antony Elvin and the Tudor Unit on Wednesday 17th October, when they perform at the Society of Imaginary Friends Soiree. This event takes place upstairs 8-11pm at the Clerk and Well pub, 156 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DU. And what’s more, entry is free!

Summer’s Songs

15 Sep

© Mog

Fans of the unique music of Princes in the Tower, the trio consisting of Antony ElvinWilliam Summers and Micheal Tyack, can look forward to an Autumnal show from the group and some solo performances from Will Summers!

Princes in the Tower are playing at the Canbury Bandstand, Canbury Gardens KT2 5AW (just north of Kingston station) on 30th September, 3-5pm. It’s free to watch, but donations will be gratefully received.

Then, on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30pm you catch Will Summers playing flute and recorder with the harpsichordist Yeo Yat-Soon in Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, Garrick’s Lawn, Hampton TW12 2EA (see garrickstemple.org.uk for more information).

Tickets are available on the door priced £10, but booking is advisable as the venue is small. The performance will consist of English music by composers associated with the Chapel Royal. There will be a second chance to see Will performing at Garrick’s Temple on 24th October; the programme for this is still to be decided.

If further musical culture were needed after that little lot, you can look forward to some further performances from Will in Kingston between the 9th and 11th November as part of a local arts weekend. Then finally, he will be playing in the Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston (built in 1309, fact fans!)  on Thursday 13th December. This will be a Christmas programme, with details still to be confirmed.

Programmes for all of these performances will be finalised very soon and the information uploaded here. So go on, why not switch off the old ipod and immerse yourself in some wonderful tunes from another era?

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