The roaring success of the comedy festival's Silent Disco at the ORNC last Saturday (see photographic evidence below) left me wondering whether conventional music consumption could ever really be as good again. Well, the people of Greenwich are not daunted, as this week's events are something of a musical tour de force, and none of them involve wireless headphones.
Greenwich Theatre has not one, but two, musical plays showing this week. Dancing in my Dreams is a new play based on World War 2 evacuee memoirs and featuring evocative songs of the era such as Dancing Cheek to Cheek. Then on Sunday A Funny Valentine tells the real story of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, whose prodigious skill only loosely masked a lifelong fight with a drug addiction that caused his imprisonment and eventually contributed to his premature death.
For something a little more on the cheerful side head to Deptford on Saturday evening, where the Albany is staging the energetic Teatro Vivo's Hothouse, followed by a free tango lesson. The disco trend continues with the Indigo2 hosting the renowned Ultimate Boogie Night, also on Saturday. This week the journey to the past pays homage to the ‘Lovers Rock' genre, a form of romantic reggae that originated here in South London in the 1970s and has remained popular ever since.
If you think you have a singing voice but aren't quite brave enough for those terrifying X factor auditions, Blackheath Halls are running a two-day beginners singing course this weekend. The sessions will focus on establishing the range and pitch of your voice and giving you a few pointers, as well as providing plenty of opportunity to try out your newfound talent.
Finally, St Thomas' Church in Charlton is hosting what is probably the best value music event in London, with a cello and violin concert on Sunday afternoon. The £8.50 entry price not only buys you the enjoyment of listening to two extremely accomplished baroque musicians, but also includes pizza and wine. Ah, if only they transmitted it all wirelessly, it would be perfect...
Photos from the Silent Disco