Comida Fest 2017: A Project That Aspires To Embody The Spirit Of London’s Latin American Community:

Have you any idea how many Latin Americans are currently resident in the UK? As the “Latino Life” website has pointed out, no-one is really sure of the numbers, mainly because “On British Government documentation, “Latin American” is not given as an ethnic group”, so anyone from that part of the world filling in a […]

Filed under: Immigration & Visas, Music & Dance | Posted on June 29th, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Rampant Rooster: China’s Increasing Influence In the British Economy:

There’s a Chinese proverb which advises: “When you want to test the depth of a stream, don’t use both feet”. The People’s Republic, however, appears to have dispensed with such caution in its dealings with the UK. As the “China Daily” newspaper has reported, the appetite of Chinese companies for acquiring British assets has continued […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Politics | Posted on January 31st, 2017 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

No Escape From The Music: The Modern Shopping Experience:

“Have you noticed: You can never get silence anywhere these days?” If Bryan Ferry, the English songwriter & vocalist, was complaining about the incessant recorded music to which customers are submitted in many shops & supermarkets across the UK, perhaps he’s partly responsible: He’s made at least 15 rock albums during his career. For the […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Society | Posted on May 16th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Digital On the Defensive: The Revival Of Vinyl Music:

If you shop at Tesco and are a fan of the British “heavy metal band” “Iron Maiden”, you may already have noticed: Their latest release, “The Book Of Souls” went on sale on September 4th in 55 of the supermarket chain’s largest  stores – in a LP (Long-Player) vinyl format. As Tesco’s music buyer, Michael […]

Filed under: Music & Dance | Posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

“Traditional Rhythms Are Back”: The Resurgence Of Folk Music In The UK:

Did you know that the American actor, Richard Gere, once starred in a film called “Shall We Dance”?  It wasn’t one of his most famous roles and didn’t win him an “Oscar”. Made in 2004, it was about a “bored, overworked Estate Lawyer” in Chicago who – despite being “healthy, financially well-off, happily married with […]

Filed under: Music & Dance | Posted on November 9th, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The “World City”: London’s Evolving Cultural Community:

How many languages do you think are spoken in the UK capital? Walking down Charing Cross Road or sitting by a fountain in Trafalgar Square at any time of the day or evening, you’d probably conclude that the total must be several hundred. And you’d be correct. The “london.gov.uk” website estimates the figure at “over […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Society | Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

On The Streets & In The Underground: The Campaign To Unshackle London’s Itinerant Musicians:

How do you react when you see someone playing the violin, guitar or saxophone in a tube station? Pause to listen, take a photo and then leave a few coins? Or perhaps (more likely), hurry off to catch your train, with your attention focused on your i-Pad? As journalist Gary Moskowitz has pointed out on […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Society | Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Mellow Sounds Of Spain: Success in Piccadilly for the “Maria Camahort Quintet”:

St. James’s Church in Piccadilly (designed by Sir Christopher Wren and opened in 1684) offers an extensive music programme: Lunchtime concerts three days a week and “an array of evening concerts”. On 10th April at 7pm, the Maria Camahort Quintet performed there to an appreciative audience of more than 100. Laura Rahi (Soprano) is from […]

Filed under: Music & Dance | Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

New Licence-Free Era Opens Up For UK Entertainment Industry:

Most readers may not be aware of this – but in May 2012, “Mr Punch” celebrated his 350th birthday. Despite all the many noteworthy events in Britain during the year (the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics / Paralympics & Andy Murray’s tennis gold medal at Wimbledon being the most prominent) this apparently obscure anniversary received […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Society | Posted on November 14th, 2012 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

More Gigs, Less Bureaucracy: Imminent Changes To The Music Licensing Laws:

At the moment, if you go into a bar, pub or restaurant almost anywhere in the UK which claims to provide “live music”, what do you get? In many cases, you’ll probably find a single vocalist playing the guitar accompanied by pre-recorded backing tracks. There are practical, financial reasons for this: A single performer takes […]

Filed under: Music & Dance, Society | Posted on December 19th, 2011 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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