Music and film festival returns to Ealing

by Marco Cillario Fri 8 January 2016, 5:26 pm

Ealing’s artistic heritage will be showcased in the fourth edition of an annual festival, which features musicians and film directors with roots in the borough.

The Ealing Music and Film Festival will take place from 10 to 14 February 2016. Classical concerts, rock and blues performances and film screenings will take place.

The festival has been organised by a charitable trust of the same name, set up in 2012 by a group of local residents, and is being supported by several local organisations including the council and the University of West London (UWL).

It will start on Wednesday 10 February with a free lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church in South Ealing, featuring pianist Emilie Capulet and members of the Ealing-based English Chamber Orchestra (ECO), performing works by Franz Schubert. 

In the evening, two short films by young local directors Ilie Zubasco and Marta Ariza will be screened at the UWL, followed by director Gareth Jones’ feature film Desire. The directors will be in the film theatre to discuss their works. 

The music programme will continue over the following four days with performances by the ECO, the Ealing Youth Orchestra, William Walton’s grand oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast, the London Oriana Choir and the London College of Music Chorus.

Artists including boogie pianist Ben Walters and blues guitarist Ramon Goose will perform in the evenings at The Red Room (formerly the Ealing Club), where the Rolling Stones started their career.

The film programme includes Bride and Prejudice by local director Gurinder Chadha, creator of Bend it like Beckham

“As we enter our fourth year we realise once again just how much talent there is in Ealing,” said Julian Gallant, artistic director of the festival. “Our festival reflects this, and our aim is to develop that talent in younger generations of musicians and filmmakers.”

Patrick Chapman, chairman of the Ealing Music and Film Festival Trust, said he hoped the programme would appeal to everyone.

“We certainly look for their support, so that we can continue in turn to support young performers in Ealing through our charitable bursaries,” he added.

All proceeds from the festival will be reinvested in the young people of the borough.

The full programme is available at


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