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Sat, 07 May



Romano Viazzani Ensemble

An evening of wonderful Argentinian food, wine and music, featuring a programme of works by Astor Piazzolla.

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Romano Viazzani Ensemble
Romano Viazzani Ensemble

Time & Location

07 May 2022, 19:00 – 23:00

Brockham, Brockham Ln, Brockham, Betchworth RH3 7JJ, UK

About the Event

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Nocturne Supper Club is a unique and sumptuous classical music dinner event, each with a theme taken from the work of a great composer.

About this event

The theme for our 6th Nocturne Supper Club at Brockham Village Hall, Brockham, Surrey on the 7th May 2022 is Astor Piazzolla - King of Tango.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina to Italian parents. From ages 3-16 he lived in New York City, where he was exposed to Bach and Rachmaninoff (from his Hungarian piano teacher), traditional tango and Gershwin (from his bandoneon teacher, with whom he began studying at nine), and Ellington and Calloway (from the ‘hood). At 13 he met the dashing French/Argentinian singer, Carlos Gardel, who had made tango into a craze in the US. Astor was so proficient on the bandoneon that Gardel invited him to join his band, but father, Vincente deemed the boy too young. Gardel and his band died in a plane crash in 1935. Piazzolla is said to have quipped, “If my father hadn’t been so careful, I’d have been playing the harp instead of the bandoneon!”

Piazzolla reinvented a folk genre (traditional tango) as an art form, not dissimilar from what Duke Ellington did to jazz, what the Beatles did to rock and roll, what Bob Dylan did to folk music. He was a consummate musician on an instrument no one’s heard of (the bandoneon, a clunky accordion with buttons instead of keys), a courageous and stubborn artist of absolute integrity. He managed a long and prolific career, fighting artistic and political criticism from his homeland, constantly experimenting and growing artistically. - Jeff Meshel.

We will be joined by the fabulous London tango band, The Romano Viazzani Ensemble

Once again, the event is hosted by Chevalier Richard Winter-Stanbridge, GOTJ. Our Chef in Residence, Mary Ince will conjure up an Argentinian feast appropriate to our composer, his chosen compositions, and time in history, whilst our new sommelier, Corinna Osbourne-Patterson will again curate thematic wines for the occasion.

Cost of £45 per person includes a Welcome Drink, Canapés, 3 Course Dinner & Entertainment and a donation to charities related to music training and benevolence for musicians in need. A Raffle held during the proceedings further supports these charities.

Where: Brockham Village Hall, RH3 7JJ. When: Saturday, 7th May 2022, 7-11 PM


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