Big turn-out for music and film festival

by Marco Cillario Thu 25 February 2016, 10:13 am

Hundreds of people attended an Ealing-based festival which celebrates the borough’s artistic heritage.

The fourth Ealing Music and Film Festival took place between 10 and 14 February 2016, and featured music concerts and film screenings bringing together professional artists and young people with roots in the borough.

The festival, supported by several local organisations, including the council and the University of West London (UWL), was organised by a non-profit trust of the same name, set up in 2012 by a group of local residents.

“It is our desire to make sure that the borough’s artistic traditions are passed down to new generations,” artistic director Julian Garrant told Ealing in London.

“It is the fourth time we have organised the event, and we now feel much more confident about what we do.”

The programme featured a series of well attended concerts. On the first day, pianist Emilie Capulet and members of the Ealing-based English Chamber Orchestra (ECO), performed works by Franz Schubert in St Mary’s Church in south Ealing in front of 150 people.

The new generation of musicians was on stage on 12 February, when the Ealing Youth Orchestra, formed by young people aged between 13 and 18, performed with members of the ECO, the London Oriana Choir and the London College of Music Chorus in St Barnaba’s church on Pitshanger Lane: 200 people appeared onstage, with 400 in the audience.

A parallel programme of movie screenings brought together the old and new generations of Ealing film makers, from experienced Gareth Jones, director of Desire, and Gurinder Chadha, creator of Bend it like Beckham, to young Ilie Zubasco and Marta Ariza.

Proceeds raised through sales and donations will be used to encourage and support young local artists and pay professional musicians to go into schools and coach young pupils.

Garrant said he was looking forward to next year’s festival, for which a programme will be outlined in the summer.

“After four successful editions, the festival is there to stay,” he added. “We have a very good team in place, we are going to expand carefully and I believe we are really doing good things for Ealing.”

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