projects

Weimar, Now!

'Weimar, Now!" is a journey back to the dark, exciting Kabarett of 1920s Berlin. The free spirit of Weimar Berlin was explored in songs through criticism of government and the airing of previously taboo themes of gender conflict, corruption and homosexuality. Join Singer William Ludwig and MD Dean Austin for an evening of the songs of Brecht/Weill, Hollaender, Spoliansky and others. Satirical and confrontational, in today’s political climate these songs are as relevant and current as they were almost a hundred years ago.

The Tango Collective: the Piazzolla project
The Tango Collective is a new collaboration by four musicians to create a programme celebrating the music of Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla.
Piazzolla was born in 1921 and after studying in Paris was at the forefront of the nuevo tango movement.  He incorporated elements from classical music and jazz in his compositions and created some of the most exciting, moving and passionate music.  This Piazzolla evening will feature some instrumental pieces as well as classic songs, such as Libertango and Oblivion, in new arrangements.
The Tango Collective features singer William Ludwig, Musical Director Dean Austin and the outstanding talents of Beatrix Lovejoy, violin and Ben Chappell, cello.
 

Songs of Resistance

RESISTANCE: The refusal to accept or comply with something.

An exploration of resistance and protest songs across time and continents, starting with the satirical songs of the Weimar Cabarets and continuing with the political songs of South America. Featuring the songs of Brecht/Weill, Hollaender, Mercedes Sosa, Astor Piazzolla and more.

mARLENE

Actor, singer, soldier, icon.  Marlene Dietrich, Germany’s only star, left behind a legacy of fantastic songs and stories. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel in 1930 brought her international fame. She went on to become one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout the Second World War she was a high-profile frontline entertainer. Although she still made occasional films after the end of the Second World War, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a cabaret performer. Marlene Dietrich died in Paris in 1992 as a recluse and enigma. Join “cabaret kings” William Ludwig and Dean Austin for an homage to the legendary Marlene – from her beginnings in the Berlin Cabarets and The Blue Angel to her last screen performance singing Just a Gigolo, we will try to look behind the beautiful mask and perform some of the songs that were written for her and that she made famous. Falling in love again , Boys in the Backroom and many more..