On February 4th 2017, OSO is proud to celebrate the music of local, talented singers and musicians in a special performance: Unsung Heroes. This special event brings your favourite local musicians together in one night to celebrate our talented local community.
Recently, the OSO’s growing profile as an Arts Centre has meant that we are increasingly featuring professional musicians from around the country. However, the OSO was built on the hard work of local musicians, supported and enjoyed by local audiences. This musical connection with the community is extremely important to us, and so we are putting on this special night of local musicians and singers, supported by the OSO house jazz band.
We are excited to announce the line up for the event. Featuring everything from jazz to pop, folk to funk, this is truly a party for everyone. You are all invited.
The Barnes Community Choir is a choir drawn from all ages, who share a love of song and an enthusiasm for making music together. With their Musical Director Joe Bunker, the Choir has performed in special events at the South Bank, Young Vic, Tate Modern and the Olympic Cinema as well as locally at the Barnes Fair, White Hart and Bull’s Head, as well as, of course, at the OSO. They have become a popular feature of the Barnes Music Festival.
Madeleine Jones is a rising young singer who is turning heads amongst West London audiences; still completing her musical education, but already performing with professional musicians at venues such as the Bull’s Head & Cafe Posk, she shows a talent that wows, wherever she performs.
Andy Keen-Downs is well known locally as a talented and soulful blues and jazz singer. Andy was instrumental in introducing the original OSO programme of music events as music co-ordinator and later, as an OSO Trustee. He has organised and performed in many OSO musical events, and is a veteran of several successful bands.
Gerard Gregg-Smith is a classically trained saxophonist. Having played internationally in punk, rock, funk and dance bands, he now focuses on jazz. His lyrical improvisations, exploring a variety of timbres, rhythms and harmonic textures, can currently be heard at jazz venues across South West London.
The Queen Bees formed in May 2014 when four friends discovered a shared love of music, food and laughter. They sing an eclectic mix, covering everything from folk to pop and back again. For gig information or to contact, follow @QueenBeesSing on Twitter or visit their Facebook page.
The musicians will be supported by our talented House Jazz Band: Jonathan Smith, piano, Paul Southern, bass, and Chris Metcalfe, guitar.
We look forward to welcoming you to this very special event. Tickets are available online, in person at our box office or by calling 02088769885.