As we approach the end of All Eyes on Korea, the 100-day festival of Korean culture coinciding with the Olympics, South Korea is putting on one final spurt of energy to honour the paralympians. At the Thames Festival this weekend the Korean Village will be screening Marathon – a film about an autistic athlete. I’m not a big fan of feelgood sporting movies, but I’d highly recommend this one.
And this Wednesday and Thursday the Beautiful Mind Charity is putting on a concert to mark the London 2012 Paralympics, combining disabled and able-bodied musicians from Korea and Britain.
If you watched the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, you may remember The Kaos, a children’s choir that sings while also performing in sign language. They will be appearing at both concerts, performing “One Earth One Sky”, composed in honour of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and “Respect”, which they performed in the Olympic Stadium:
They’ll also be performing a newly composed work by Suzy Davies, their musical director.
Also appearing will be Denise Leigh, the visually impaired soprano who performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics, and Stefan Andrusyschyn, her husband and youngest holder of the Teacher’s Diploma of the British College of Accordionists.
From Korea, there will be a range of musicians specialising in western classical and Korean traditional music. Expect kayageum sanjo, an Arirang, everyone’s favourite song “You Raise Me Up” and plenty more. The full press release follows.
Beautiful Concert, Beautiful World
Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korea Foundation, Beautiful Mind Charity is presenting a concert series to celebrate the 2012 London Paralympics which serves as an inspiration to challenge our perception of human possibility
Korean and British musicians, both with and without disabilities, will deliver a message of hope and challenges through their musical collaboration.
This concert series will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the musical worlds of Eastern and Western cultures. You are cordially invited to this concert series and to become part of an unforgettable experience.
Wednesday 5 September 2012, 6:30pm at Beveridge Hall, Senate House. Malet Street. London, WC1E 7HU
Thursday 6 September 2012, 6:30pm at Coombehurst Studio, Kingston University, Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7LB KT2
For free tickets please contact 07869117994
On 7 and 8 September the musicians will be visiting the Richard Challoner School and other schools in the Kingston area.