HOTFOOT Concert 2008 – Cafe Europe (Liverpool)

HOTFOOT 2008 flyer ~ Cafe Europe, Richard Gordon-Smith (world premiere commissioned by HOPES:The Hope Street Association) plus music by Saint-Saens, Coleridge-Taylor, Engleman, Rossini, Bizet & Mozart HOTFOOT 2008, in Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 7 September [NB: 7 pm], is the twelfth such annual concert. Promoted as ever by HOPES: The Hope Street Association, the theme for the city’s 2008 European Capital of Culture year is ‘Cafe Europe‘, with music devised by local children working alongside professional musicians from HOPES.

The HOTFOOT annual events in Liverpool, devised and promoted by HOPES: The Hope Street Association, are never less than exciting…
Here we explain what the HOTFOOT concert is about, how it came to be, and why HOPES continues to do it.

Come and join us!
Intended to be welcoming to everyone, whether used to such concerts or not, the HOTFOOT shows are musical performances tailor-made by – rather than just for – their participants and audience; and they seek always also to bring into focus the many aspects of life in Liverpool, a cosmopolitan and richly diverse city.
Tickets (£7 -11, children £5) are available on the Philharmonic website (here) or from the Phil Box Office (0151-709 3789).
The address of the Philharmonic Hall is Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BP (location map here), and the performance begins at 7 pm [NB not 7.30pm] as it is a family show.
The concert will finish by around 9.15 pm, and the Philharmonic Hall Foyer Bar will be open afterwards, for performers and audience to meet and mingle.
The HOTFOOT 2008 concert programme
This year’s (2008) programme for the HOTFOOT even illustrates the point, with a wide variety of musical formats and inspiration, not to mention, in keeping with our theme, geographically spread, with musical visits to ‘cafes’ in a number of different parts of Europe, including Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The concert begins with excerpts from two lively ‘chamber music‘ or small group pieces, performed by the professional musicians of Ensemble Liverpool (also known as Live-A-Music), most of them also members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:
*** Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921, France) ~ Septet for string quartet (two violins, viola, cello), double bass, piano and trumpet and
*** Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) ~ Quintet for string quartet and piano.
[HOPES has consistently promoted Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who remains Britain’s greatest black classical composer, known especially for his work Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. He was a friend of John Archer, son of Liverpool and the UK’s first black Mayor, appointed to the post in 1913 in Battersea, London.]
After Ensemble Liverpool comes a popular dance music piece by the mid-twentieth century British composer, owner of the Harry Engleman Tango Orchestra
*** Harry Engleman ~ Fingerprints
performed by John Peace and the HOPES Festival Orchestra.
And the first half ends with the Orchestra’s performance of
*** Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868, Italy) ~ The Thieving Magpie.
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Next is the World Premiere of a work commissioned by HOPES: The Hope Street Association, one of several musical works HOPES has commissioned from Richard Gordon-Smith over the years. In keeping with Liverpool’s status on 2008 as European Capital of Culture, the work is
*** Richard Gordon-Smith ~ Cafe Europe.
The piece involves children from Liverpool’s Greenbank, Kingsley, Rudston and St. Sebastian’s Primary Schools, who, encouraged by their teachers, have been working from April with HOPES musicians (and Philharmonic colleagues) Richard Gordon-Smith and Martin Anthony (Tony) Burrage, to devise the words and music, which are then composed in full score as an integral work by Richard Gordon-Smith.
The children will themselves perform in the piece, with the HOPES Orchestra and soloist Sarah Helsby Hughes (Soprano). Included in this brand new work, which employs the multi-lingual skills of the performers, are ‘Song of New Friends’, ‘Conversation in Paris’, ‘Urban Castaways’, ‘Postcards from Germany’, ‘Flamenco Girl’ and ‘When the World Comes Knocking’.
To follow this World Premiere we have Sarah Helsby Hughes with the HOPES Orchestra in two of the most dramatic and well-loved Soprano arias, Bizet‘s Habanera from Carmen and The Queen of the Night from Mozart‘s Magic Flute.

Posted on September 7, 2008, in Arts, Culture And Heritage, Events And Notable Dates, HOPES: The Hope Street Association, Liverpool And Merseyside, People And Places, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Man And His Legacy, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dear Hilary and Tony,
    Hello from Mauritius!
    With my best wishes for HOTFOOT 2008 on the 7 September; I must salute the relentless effort in ‘community engagement and renewal’, using music making and sharing in Liverpool.
    That Croydon composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor features on the bill is very welcome. Only wish I could still be in the UK to join the applause.
    Best regards
    Daniel

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