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Mozart & Handel by Candlelight

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by Matthew Cook (subscribe)
Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.

For many Friday the 13th is a day to lay low, maybe lock your bedroom door, put a pillow over your head and sing a muffled Rule Britannia to keep your spirits up. I say pish to this contention. If there is one thing that lightens the mood and sworts the evil forces, it's Mozart.

Music, the sweet tones that smooth our souls and ignites our passions. Given the right composition I would either laugh or cry and no other occasion beats the feeling straight into your heart than when surrounded by an orchestra.

Now don't mistake me for some pansy dandy with the emotions of a 5th grade girly girl. Only the other day I roughed up some vagabonds, and boxed with a group of particularly nasty morris dancers. But if you ease your button pressing finger onto playing Mozart, I will wistfully gaze out of the window and pine for Vienna in the Autumn, until a friend slaps me round the chops.

The Belmont Ensemble Of London has recently enjoyed their 21st birthday, attracting a varied international audience since its conception in the 90s. The 'By Candlelight' series of concerts has given great joy to the increasing fan base. Often held in the beautiful Church St Martin On The Fields, the unique acoustics of this space creates a vibrant and invigorating occasion.

The Belmont Ensemble will be offering selected works from Mozart and Handel this speedily approaching Friday. I shall be there with my ruffle, codpiece and unflattering tights. Also if we've all behaved they sometimes throw in a little surprise offering, last time they produced a composition of Michael Jackson songs, unbelievably random but great fun.
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Why? Top quality music in a beautiful setting
When: Friday 13th July
Phone: 020 7766 1100
Where: St Martin On the Fields
Cost: 8 - 24
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