The All Saint’s Session

 

Last night Valerie and I went to a wonderful performance of music and poetry at All Saint’s Church, Edmonton.  Produced by Cheryl Moskowitz and Alastair Gavin, it was exceptional in quality and the senses it stimulated.  When the lights went down the set, lit by candles (I counted 33) and simple spot lights, appeared as a painting and I would have been happy just looking at it imagining music and words as if I were in an art gallery. The cello played a few notes and then came Alastair’s electric piano.  Aprés Un Rève is a beautiful piece and the performance was delightful.

I had left my camera at home so my trusty iPhone was pressed into use.

Ian Burdge

 

 

 

Ian Burdge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alastair behind music

 

 

 

 

Alastair Gavin hidden behind his music and key board.

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Petrucci  and Cheryl Moskowitz then read, both are evocative and thoughtful, good poets who perform well.  Two excellent readings.

After the interval Mario read his translations of Sufi poems with Cheryl sounding very sinister.  Alastair managed to conjure the desert and altered state of consciousness in a most extraordinary fashion and the music composed by him and Ian complimented and underpinned the poems in a sensitive and  mystical way.

cast

 

 

 

 

Performing For The LOVE of GOD.

 

 

 

 

 

The church is an unusually beautiful and gentle venue for performance and, to complete the enjoyment, there was incense hanging in the air.

All Saints Programme164

 

 

 

Here is the rather crumpled programme.  The next performance is on Thursday 19th April at All Saint’s Church.  For details email:

allsaintssessions@gmail.com

 

Enfield Poem-a-Thon at the Dugdale, Enfield, October 1st 2017

Enfield has  long  nurtured poets starting with Henry VIII.  On October 1st this year 53 poets came together to voice their poems in 8 minutes slots between 10am and 7pm.  It was  the brainchild of Enfield poet Maggie Butt

Poet Maggie Butt

and organised by her and fellow poet Cheryl Moskowitz

Poet Cheryl

Not only was it  an exciting and vigorous day it finished on time!  An impressive feat of organisation; formidable.  It was held in the Dugdale Art Centre and a large part of the success of the project was due to the help and support given by both management and staff.  The readings took place in the toy and games museum and in one of the photos you can see “scrabble” which was, for a long time,made in Enfield.  The Centre is a good venue for poetry and  Enfield Poets , who are poets in residence at the Dugdale, meet in one of the rooms on the first floor.

Getting ready

 

 

 

 

Getting ready to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aim was to raise money for Enfield Refugee Welcome  to enable a refugee family settle in Enfield.  The original target of £4,500 – enough to settle one family – was quickly reached and the second target of £9,000 was then over taken and I am sure more than £15,000 will be raised.  The money was channelled through the Just Giving web site which will be open until December 2017.

Here is the list of poets in the running order:

Poem-a-thon Programme

and a few of the poets: Valerie Darville, Danielle Hope, Mario Petrucci and George Szirtes.

The whole event was filmed by Ken Sabbarton, a marathon in itself.  Nine hours of video would be too much so here is the video clip of my session.  I fluffed the last verse of When There Were Gods.  If you want to read the poem please click here.