Sparkling launch for Eltham CD!

A few heads are a bit sore today after yesterday’s buzzing launch party for our CD ’Aspects of Winter – The Eltham Collection’.  We celebrated our talented local musicians at a packed event with the vibrant artistic backdrop of Eltham’s Capital Art Gallery in the Well Hall Parade. There was wine, music and song on offer, along with a chance to mingle and meet the musicians.IMG_5884

Lots of you generously bought the remarkable CD of folk and blues-inspired songs in a collection of original compositions performed by musicians who had first got together during the Winter Song Challenge of last November’s Eltham Arts Winter Festival. You can read more about all the artists and the CD project here.

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While we chatted, sipped and snacked, we were also treated to some wonderful ‘unplugged’ impromptu performances by:

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Pytchwood (Zahira Al-Zahira & Dave Kenningham

 

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The Gillies (Susan Turner & Mark Evans)
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Keith Ferris
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Tony Clarke
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Stephen Brayne
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Eltham AllStars!

DSC_0854Lots of the Eltham Arts team were there –  here’s Treasurer John Wingham saying a few word of thanks to everybody – the wonderful musicians, Capital Art Gallery owners Carl and Michelle, the Eltham Arts team and above all, Chair Gaynor Wingham who co-ordinated this project which has been many months in the making!

 

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Keith Ferris & Gaynor Wingham

We’ll be announcing details shortly of the local outlets where you can buy the CD, £8. Or email us now (elthamarts@aol.co.uk) and we’ll keep in touch with you about it! In the meantime you can watch our short film here on the making of the CD, featuring all of the artists including some who couldn’t make the launch.

We were so pleased to see so many of you there yesterday. Do let us know in the comments below if you were there and about your ‘best bits!

(n.b thanks to Natasha W for many of these photos!)

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‘Aspects of Winter – The Eltham Collection’ – CD launch 2 July

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We will soon have our own CD. During the Eltham Arts Festival 2015 there was a Winter Song Challenge. Local musicians were challenged to write a song about Winter. The songs revealed the incredible song writing talent within our community. Many of these were performed at our Festival Finale event at the White Hart.

Ten of these have now been recorded and a CD is being produced. We are launching the CD at Capital Art Gallery 13 Well Hall Parade, SE9 6SP on Saturday 2 July. Call in between 3pm and 6pm to meet the musicians, hear some of them perform live, hear the CD and to buy a copy.

The tracks were recorded at a ‘pop-up studio’ in Eltham with technical services volunteered by Alex Wingham and Phil Saatchi,. The result is a fabulous CD capturing the original songs by ten local talented musicians who are passionate about their music.

A short film, ’The Making of a CD: ‘Aspect of Winters – The Eltham collection’, is available to watch NOW on the Eltham Arts YouTube Channel.

Featuring contemplative songs on the winter theme, the CD focuses on a folk and blues style with both mellow and upbeat tracks. The artists on the CD include:

•Angela McCarron (guitar and vocals)
• Alan Cummings (guitar and vocals)
• The Gillies (Susan Turner and Mark Evans on guitar and vocals)
• John Handley (guitar and vocals)
• Terry Timmons (vocals)
• Zahira al Zahira (guitar and vocals) and Dave Kenningham (guitar and vocals)
• Keith Ferris (guitar, harmonica and vocals)• Stephen Brayne (guitar and vocals)
• Tony Clarke (guitar and vocals)
• Eltham AllStars (Dave Kenningham (guitar and vocals) plus, John Handley (harmonica),  Zahira al Zahira, Gaynor Wingham, The Gillies and Alex Wingham)

A specially-commissioned front cover, seen here above, was kindly designed by local artist Himani Weir reflecting the winter theme of the lyrics and something of the wooded landscape in and around the SE9 area.

The CD (£8) can be purchased at the 2 July launch and after then by following details on the Eltham Arts website www.Elthamarts.org

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It’s a wrap!” Fabulous musicians and technical wizards

Left-to-right: John Handley, Susan Turner, Zahira al Zahira, Dave Kenningham, Gaynor Wingham (Eltham Arts Chair, seated), Alex Wingham, Phil Saatchi, Mark Evans

We are enormously grateful for all the many voluntary skills and talents donated to give us this marvelous CD, something of which we can all be proud. Above all, we think the CD is yet another great way of bringing the community together, showcasing the creative and artistic talents of Eltham and having fun!   See you at the launch!

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Eltham Arts AGM – 18 June 2016

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Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 18 June at 10.30am at CANE (New Eltham Library) Southwood Rd, New Eltham SE9 3QT. The AGM will be followed by a meeting about our Eltham Arts Winter Festival 2016. There will be refreshments and we expect to be finished by 12.30pm.

At the AGM we will be voting on our new constitution and safeguarding policies all of which have been submitted and agreed by the Greenwich Action for Voluntary Services (GAVS). You can download the following documents here:

Eltham Arts Constitution

Eltham Arts Children’s Safeguarding Policy 2016

Eltham Arts Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy 2016

Do let us know if you can come along. It will be great to see lots of friends, supporters and network there!

Eltham Arts in 2016

Since last year’s successful Winter Festival, the Eltham Arts committee has been busy planning its activity for 2016.

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Some of you may remember we organised a Winter Song Competition as part of the festival, in which songwriters performed their songs at the finale at The White Hart on Eltham High Street, on 22 November. We’re pleased to let you know that we are planning to record a CD of the 10 Winter Festival songs, which will be available to buy in due course.

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We’re also delighted to announce that the second Eltham Arts Winter Festival will take place between 29 October-20 November 2016.

We’re working on the format now, so if you have any creative ideas, or would like to be involved, do let us know.

Eltham Arts Winter Festival hailed a great success

Eltham Arts Winter Festival logoThe Eltham Arts Winter Festival, which ran from 31 October to 22 November, created a first-ever platform for local creative talent – existing, emerging and new, to showcase the rich artistic and cultural life of this part of the Royal Greenwich borough.

The 23-day arts fest offered more than 120 events from art exhibitions, music competitions, crafting, literary and historical tours, beer festivals and theatre. The diversity of venues reflected the community with events taking place in community halls, local pubs and retailers as well as established arts and historical venues. The offerings also included a first-time Art Trail including over 18 different venues around the SE9 area. The varied programme also featured a tour of the Avery Hill Mansion House as well as various healthy walks with Greenwich Get Walking.

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The Eltham Arts Committee out in force at the festival’s opening event on 31 October

The Festival was organised by Eltham Arts, a voluntary community organisation, who responded to a suggestion by its network of individual artists and artistic groups. Taking up the call several months ago, the Eltham Arts Committee started busily putting together the eclectic programme of events and the Art Trail. An array of artistic talent was unearthed of existing arts practitioners, of emerging artists but the call also sparked creativity in those needing a bit of encouragement and confidence.

The celebratory opening event on 31 October in Eltham’s Passey Place, set the tone with its playful poetry, mellow music and children’s crafty fun, the latter in conjunction with nearby Eltham GPO pub. The costumed cast of Wizard of Oz, a regal town crier and some friendly visiting local police added to the fun.

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Local MP Clive Efford at the Festival’s closing event

At the closing event on 22 November at the White Hart on Eltham High Street, local MP Clive Efford agreed on the important role of the Festival and said: “Too often we don’t recognise the talent which exists in our community and events like the Eltham Arts Winter Festival have an important role in this. Not only has it led to a wider appreciation of existing artistic venues such as the Bob Hope Theatre but it has highlighted the contribution of local pubs, a longstanding fine tradition in British life.”

Meanwhile as the umbrella of the Festival closes for this year, the artistic and cultural life of Eltham continues with plenty of ongoing artistic happenings.

Eltham Arts has so far organised many creative events in the local area including a short story, poetry and postcard competitions, live music events, talks, tweetups, conferences and quizzes.

Follow @ElthamArts on Twitter and www.facebook.com/ElthamArt on Facebook to find out about Eltham Arts’ future activities.