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This Week 29th - 5th October

29 September 2014 Jessica Johnston

Autumn is in full swing and London is bursting with fun things to do! Make sure you check out our top five picks for this week!

 

 Snowdon: A Life in View

What to expect: famous faces and iconic images

This week sees the opening of a new display at the National Portrait Gallery, showcasing 130 of Lord Snowdon’s most iconic photographs. During his illustrious career, Snowdon worked for numerous prestigious publications and his images often graced the pages of British Vogue and The Sunday Times Magazine. The exhibition will include over 40 black and white portraits featuring a plethora of famous faces from the worlds of theatre, fashion and high society. With several images being shown in the gallery for the very first time, this is a great opportunity to see the captivating work of a fine British photographer.

Snowdon: A Life in View is on at the National Portrait Gallery from 26th September – 21st June 2015. Admission is free, for further information please click here.

 

 Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art

What to expect: treasures from an ancient harbour city

This autumn, The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art explores the enduring nature of human creativity with a fascinating exhibition spanning two millennia. Mosaics and antiquities from the important archaeological site of Ostia Antica, near Rome, will be displayed alongside the work of two modern Italian artists: Umberto Mastroianni and Ettore De Conciliis. Highlights from the exhibition include intricate mosaics unearthed from Ostia’s cemetery, scenes of chariot races at the Roman Circus and a full-length marble statue of Hercules standing heroically with his club. A stimulating display of art and artefacts well worthy of a visit.

Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art is on at The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from 24th September – 21st December. Tickets cost £5, available here.

 

 The Scottsboro Boys

What to expect: a true story that changed history forever

Following a sell-out run at the Old Vic, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to the Garrick Theatre, in London’s West End this week! This critically acclaimed musical tells the extraordinary true story of nine young black men who were travelling on a train in 1931. During their journey a fight breaks out and the boys are wrongfully accused of assault. Their consequent arrest and trial led to an important milestone in the American Civil Rights Movement and in 2013 the Scottsboro Boys Act was passed, finally exonerating the innocent men. Don’t miss your chance to see this bold new musical bring an unforgettable story to life!

The Scottsboro Boys is on at the Garrick Theatre from 4th October – 21st February 2015. Tickets from £15, available here.

 

 Symphony Orchestra Side by Side

What to expect: a masterpiece of the orchestral repertoire

Kicking off Trinity Laban’s autumn season of concerts, Jonathan Tilbrook conducts a performance of Shostakovich’s sensational Symphony No 5 this Friday! Forming part of the inspiring 2014 concert programme, Trinity Laban orchestral students will play alongside members of the teaching staff – who are all professional orchestral musicians – for a free Side-by-Side concert at the historic Blackheath Halls. This mesmerising evening of music gives guests a wonderful opportunity to listen to one of Shostakovich’s most powerful and enduring symphonies live, so make sure you don’t miss out! 

Symphony Orchestra Side by Side will take place at Blackheath Halls on Friday 3rd October. Admission is free but ticketed - booking available here.

 

 Match & Fuse Festival 2014

What to expect: dynamic new music from across Europe

Bringing a diversity of music to its audiences, Match & Fuse Festival presents an electric line-up of artists whose work spans a multitude of genres! Hosting four shows over three nights, in three venues, the festival features everything from extreme jazz and hip-hop to doom jazz and electronica. Music lovers will hear new works from the likes of Elliot Galvin, James Allsopp, Rebecca Sneddon, Physics House band and many more! Showcasing the very best cutting-edge artistry, Match & Fuse brings music and audience together for three exhilarating nights of festival fun!

Match & Fuse Festival 2014 is on at The Vortex, Rich Mix and Café Oto from 2nd – 4th October. Tickets cost £10 - £12 or £24 for a 3-night pass. For more information and full event listings, please click here.

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