St Pancras International to host prestigious musical premiere of Pictures of Life
“They say today our DNA makes every man a brother,
every woman a sister, kin to one another.”
Lionel Oscar Segal Composer
12th June 2012
St Pancras International is to host an exhilarating musical pageant in July, just as the station plays host to the flood of visitors expected over this extraordinary summer.
Pictures of Life, by composer and lyricist Lionel Oscar Segal, celebrates the Earth, its inhabitants and the human spirit. Extracts will be performed on the station concourse at 3pm on 15th July 2012 near the Olympic rings.
This will be the first time that extracts from the musical pageant have been performed publicly. The choir will be led by conductor Steve Edis and will feature 8 soloists including a barbershop quartet, an ensemble of vocalists and a 9 piece orchestra. Following the performance on the station concourse a full performance will take place at the Camden Centre, starting at 5pm.
Ben Ruse, from HS1 the owners of St Pancras International, explained why they are hosting this production, “Pictures of Life is an excellent way to celebrate what is set to be a busy and dynamic summer at St Pancras International. We are fully dedicated to providing a platform for new artistic works within the station and Pictures of Life is a fantastic example of this.”
The performance, put on by production company Quirkas, will raise money for the World Land Trust who is acting as charity partners to Pictures of Life. John Burton, CEO, of the Trust explained their involvement, “Pictures of Life raises awareness of important environmental issues in a unique new way. The music is exhilarating and the lyrics memorable and very fitting for 2012. We are delighted to be a part of it.”
Composer Lionel Oscar Segal views the piece as the culmination of his life’s work. He said. “I’m absolutely delighted and honored to have the first extracts played at this incredible venue so that it is freely available to all. Sir David Attenborough inspired the piece so it is fantastic that the World Land Trust have agreed to partner with us.”
If you want to attend this free performance you simply have to be on the station concourse at 3pm on the 15th July 2012. A full performance of Pictures of Life is taking place immediately after at the Camden Centre, directly opposite St Pancras International. Tickets are £10 adults and £5 children and are available online from www.picturesoflife.eventbrite.co.uk.
To find out more about Pictures of Life, the extraordinary life of the composer and see extracts of the lyrics go to the website www.picturesoflife.com.
If you would like to donate (all profits from the performances on 15th July are going to the World Land Trust) you can do so at www.sponsume.com/project/pictures-life.
Notes to Editors
Among Lionel Segal’s many stage musicals are music and lyrics for World in My Pocket, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland and most recently Little Women The Musical which was nominated for the 2011 Best New Musical Off West End awards and is currently being prepared for a National tour.
World Land Trust
A registered charity (no 1001291) whose patrons include Sir David Attenborough. The Trust was established in 1989 and since then has worked with its overseas project partners to save over 500,000 acres of tropical forests and other threatened habitats for their biodiversity. WLT also raises funds for tree planting in areas where forests have been lost in the past and offers a Carbon Balanced opportunity for companies and individuals.
Quirkas is a theatre production company run by two independent producers Skye Crawford and Kerry Irvine. Quirkas work on individual projects as well as with associate artists, but integrate their core production values and ethos presenting a wide spectrum of work that falls under the Quirkas umbrella.
Producer: Skye Crawford and Kerry Irvine for Quirkas Productions
Production: Pictures of Life – A Musical Pageant by Lionel Oscar Segal
Venue: St Pancras International and The Camden Centre
Address: St Pancras International: Euston Road London N1C 4QP Camden Centre: Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE
Dates: Sunday 15th July Only
Time: St Pancras International: 3pm The Camden Centre: 5pm
Ticket Price: St Pancras event is free. Camden Centre: Adult: £10 entry for show & expo. Children under 16: £5 for show & expo
Box Office: Book tickets through http://picturesoflife.eventbrite.co.uk/ or http://www.picturesoflife.co.uk or http://www.quirkas.com
Sponsor Pictures of Life: http://www.sponsume.com/project/pictures-life
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