Charity fundraiser SMLLCA and IAWW60 click blue links for details


Saturday, 10th & 17th of November 2012

Art viewing: 6.30pm. Live Acoustic Music: 7.00pm - 9.50pm

10th of November only,

Compered by ROGER PHILLIPS / BBC Radio Merseyside

Evening accompanied by art exhibition

Image courtesy of Nicole Bartos,

  • Music ranging from soothing Celtic harp sound, flowing and peaceful sounds of classical music on guitars, piano and soprano voice, melodious selections from 16th and 17th century lute music from across Europe, experimental and improvised contemporary music and jazz, to Eastern folk flavoured contemporary rhythms.
    Among the many styles you will also hear a generous repertoire from classical guitar quartets that will move from Bach to Debussy, Faure, etc. or, voice and piano duets performing a varied selection of classical and jazz as well:
    Over the rainbow – Arlen/ Harburg; O mio babino caro – Puccini; Georgia on my Mind – Carmichael; Caro mio ben – Giordani; Tenderly – Gross/Lawrence; Bring him home – Schonberg/Kretzmer/Boublil, etc.
  • Join us for an evening of great live music and contemporary art, and an opportunity to raise money to support our local communities, SMLLCA and IAWW60, by providing basic facilities such as transport for the pensioners or youth’ activities, basic resources for workshops with the elderly or, contributions towards securing the rent payments, etc.

  • Starring musicians, singers and artists:
    Liverpool Guitar Society quartets
    (10th, 17th Nov), Tony Crotty (lute)(10th, 17th Nov), Graculus (Phil Hargreaves (flute, soprano sax), Richard Harding (guitar))(10th, 17th Nov), Stan Ambrose (Celtic harp)(10th, 17th Nov), Skirmish (harmonica, guitar)(10th, 17th Nov), Patricia Mackrell (soprano) & Nizar Babay (keyboard) duet (10th, 17th Nov), Alan Derrick (pianist) & Joyce Kench (soprano) duet (10th Nov), Wayfarers Barbershop Chorus (10th Nov), Martin Robinson (keyboard) and ‘guest’ soprano duet, Bisakha Sarker (Indian story telling) (17th Nov), Stephanie Guiderra (Mezzo soprano) (17th Nov), Irina Ljubohh (keyboard) (17th Nov), Nicole Bartos (art) & Tatiana Edves (art)(10 &17the Nov), others to be confirmed.
  • Event Venue:
    Main Hall, The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane, Liverpool, L17 8UU

    ! Entrance through Sefton Grove (last entry at the rear)
    Please note: ! Doors open at 6.30pm. Acoustic Music Event starting at 7.00pm. Ends at: 9.50pm
    Tickets: £8.00 (concessions £4.00)

Tickets sold via:
SMLLCA, at The Old Police Station, 80 Lark Lane,
L17 8UU (www.larklane.com/smllca);
tel. 0151 728 7884; Monday-Friday 11am-6pm &
News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, L1 4HY;
tel. 01517087270;

Or, tickets sold at the door before performance.
Number of seats limited, therefore please, book in advance or, 'first come, first served' applies.

Other enquiries:
tel. 07756912911

Click thumbnails above for viewing large version format.



Many thanks to all contributors: musicians, SMLLCA, Roger Phillips & BBC Merseyside, News from Nowhere Bookshop.

All income funds from tickets/ cafe sales, raffles & including 50% from any art sales go to charity.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.


View image archive 2012 by clicking this link. (pages still developing)

View image archive 2011 by clicking this link.


Profiles - musicians, singers and artists


Joyce Kench (soprano) and Alan Derrick (piano) duet - (10th November)

Wirral musicians Joyce Kench (soprano) and Alan Derrick (piano) have been establishing a repertoire together since 2009.
Joyce is an experienced performer in musical theatre. After a considerable gap she returned to singing by joining the Wirral Community Choir in 2006 and subsequently did occasional solo work in the choir concerts.
Alan is the Concert Manager and Compere with the 100-voice Wirral Community Choir. He has been part of the Merseyside musical scene for many decades, performing frequently as a jazz pianist and accompanist. His partnership with the well-known local tenor, Nick Hardy, has lasted over 30 years.
Joyce and Alan’s extensive repertoire focuses on the great Broadway songbooks, including George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter, but they also perform Italian Neapolitan songs, popular English pieces and jazz.


Liverpool Guitar Society - (10th & 17th November)

Guitar quartets

A varied programme of music for classical guitar quartets that will move from Bach to Debussy. Presented by quartets of guitarists from the Liverpool Guitar Society.


Their repertoire may include selections from:

Faure ' Berceuse'
Mozart 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
Maxwell-Davies 'Farewell to Stromness'
Bach 'Prelude and Fugue'
Debussy 'La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin'
Debussy 'Reverie'

Watch a youtube clip at the Walker Art Gallery


Wayfarer's Barbershop Chorus - (10th November)

Wayfarer's Barbershop Chorus was born in 1986 after a public performance from Liverpool Barbershop Chorus inspired a handful of keen singers to attempt to recruit singers from Southport and surrounding areas to commit to a practice schedule.
The chorus has gone from strength to strength and now numbers 35 performing members and many associate members.


Stan Ambrose - (10th & 17th November)


Stan Ambrose, is known by many of us for his generous harp playing across the city at most artistic events, having worked along with many fine artists, poets, writers and choreographers. He story on how he started to play the harp, is fascinating. Stan is one of the few musicians who have been involved with Gallery4allarts since 2010 to fundraise for this venue and community association, together with Skirmish, Graculus, Jo Bywater, Patricia Mackrell and Oritsema Ejuoneatse, etc.

"Stan Ambrose shares presentation of BBC Radio Merseyside's weekly folk programme, Folkscene (Tuesday and Thursday 21.00).

In Liverpool, Stan began to indulge his passion for folk music:
" I had been part of a skiffle group growing up and used to knock out tunes on the piano. I had a collection of records and used to make programmes of music from them. We started a club in Southport called The Bothy. We ended up with a club full of people. It was an amazing time."
Stan's involvement with the folk circuit allowed him to meet Geoff Speed:..."
Story excerpts from BBC NEWS. Read full story here:

- (10th & 17th November)

Harmonica and guitar

Images N. Bartos, 2011

A duet of local musicians playing original compositions on harmonica and acoustic guitar, being inspired by 'flavours' and ingredients from some Eastern folk thesauruses such as Estonian folk, etc. Original, full of passionate rhythm and surprising fun.


Graculus duet - (10th & 17th November)

Phil Hargreaves

Tenor sax/soprano sax/flute

Phil Hargreaves is a Liverpool-based instrumentalist and composer working in the field of improvised and experimental music.

“I began playing as a guitarist in a punk band in the West Midlands, where i grew up, before moving to Liverpool at the age of twenty and buying a tenor sax, both decisions that would radically shape the rest of my life. Initially i was involved in Liverpool's pop scene, recording John Peel sessions with Personal Column, but eventually i moved via streetband work into the jazz field.
After stints playing fusion and dinner jazz, i finally found the area where i could fully combine my talents, interests and influences, in improvised music, an area first stimulated by work with Peshkar theatre, and my subsequent study of Indian music with Aziz Zeria in Manchester.
I played with guitarist Phil Morton in the duo Bonehouse, and also helped establish the Frakture club in Liverpool, a club space for improvised and experimental music. Highlights of bonehouse's playing career included playing w/Derek Bailey and Lol Coxhill. Arising out of the Frakture work, the Frakture Big Band was a loose grouping of improvising musicians based in and around Liverpool, mostly playing phil hargreaves compositions - their collaboration with Simon H Fell was one of the highlights of the 1999 Frakture Festival.
In 2001 i premiered the Dislocation Sermons, a major work in collaboration with poet Dinesh Allirajah, and performed by an augmented version of the Frakture Big Band. That year also saw the release of trees, a first CD release from amere3, a trio of phil, simon fell on bass and rob dainton on drums.
2002 saw the premier of the chaos concerto, for large improvising group and creative soloist, featuring Evan Parker and the Frakture Big Band, and also the release of a double CD of 'postal duets' with North Carolina guitarist Bret Hart.
In 2003, due to mental health problems I stopped playing saxophone, but eventually finished two ongoing projects, duets albums with Caroline Kraabel and Lee Noyes. Since then i have finished a further postal duet with Glenn Weyant, playing cello and singing.
In the summer of 2007 I took up the saxophone again, and recorded 'musick for two machines' with Barry Chabala.
2009 saw the release of 'Imperfect Silence', a compilation CD of contributions to the 'cadavre esquis' website that i curate; 2010 will see the release of 'Human', with Maggie Nicols, 'Graculus', a duo CD with guitarist Richard Harding, and a second amere3 CD.”

excerpts from: http://www.whi-music.co.uk/xphilharg.htm


Richard Harding

Acoustic guitar

Richard Harding, musical director and composer for the Liverpool and Guitar society. Plays in a duet with Phil Hargreaves, as Graculus.

Graculus have been generously collaborating with Gallery4allarts and Nicole Bartos since 2010 through gallery events such as exhibitions and charity fundraising acoustic events. They also collaborate and perform with/at the Bluecoat.


Martin Robinson (canceled)


Liverpool based musician, Martin plays sax with the local Mammadou Super Libidor Band, specialising in African music, currently playing a mix of Senegalese Mbalax traditional music and jazz, Soukous (African rumba), rock and Afro-beat. He has a background in Jazz music and plays the sax and flute as preferance.
During the 2011' Acoustic & Art event, Martin has beautifully accompanied Tayo Aluko (baritone) and Oritsema Ejuoneatse (soprano).
For this event Martin is invited back.


Bisakha Sarker - ( 17th November) (canceled)

Indian storry telling and dance correography

Bisakha Sarker is a leading practitioner of Indian creative dance. She has worked as a performer, choreographer, researcher, educationalist, critic, writer and video maker.
Bisakha was born in India. She received her masters degree in Statistics from the University of Calcutta. After coming to the UK she adopted Liverpool as her home.
She works all over the country in a wide range of situations. Her innovative work, much of it with disabled people, has challenged traditional cultural boundaries. Her rich spiritual creativity inspires others to translate their experiences and emotions into the shapes and rhythms of dance.
Bisakha hands over the ownership of the dance to all those with whom she works, empowering them in a unique way. Both her performance and participatory work is informed by eastern spirituality.


Patricia Mackrell & Nizar Babay - duet (10th &17th November)

Soprano & keyboard

Soprano, Patricia Mackrell, and keyboard player, Nizar Babay, have come together for the first time specifically for this event. Patricia’s training led her to study at the Bel Canto School of Singing in Dublin, Eire, where she was schooled in the art of “story-telling” through singing.

Originally from Tunisia and came to Liverpool to study music, Nizar has worked professionally as a musician for many years and has supported George Benson, amongst others.
The mix and style of songs are influenced by Patricia’s classical background and Nizar’ s improvised jazz.


Irina Ljubohh (17th November)


A gifted and internationally accomplished pianist and music teacher with a classical background, Irina Ljubohh, has been choosing a long term career as a piano, singing teacher and accompanist to enrich the world, and touch the lives of people through her skills and knowledge in music.
She studied piano and music obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from Music Academy Novosibirsk, Russian Federation in 1989, but also has studied social work in Estonia and most recently, studied counselling in London.
Since, 1989 Irina has worked for a period of 10 years as a Concertmaster, Piano and singing teacher at the Institute of Culture for the Russian Federation, Theljabinsk.
Further for almost another decade has worked as a Piano Teacher, accompanist for singers, at the Music school, Sindi, Estonia.
Since, 2009 to present, Irina is working as a Private piano teacher for the Russian-British Music Academy “Musica Nova” in London, being responsible for conducting piano classes from beginner to diploma levels, teaching students of all ages (as young as 4 years old) and levels of ability from those with no previous musical training to diploma level.
She says: “I enjoy helping my students to find similarities and principals which can be same in music and in general life as well. I am glad that I have wonderful connections with my students even long time after they finished their study. I am proud to say that some of my students are laureates and winners of international competitions and have excellent results in exams."

Irina will accompany Stephanie Guiderra mezzo soprano, during the 17th November.


Stephanie Guiderra (17th November)

Mezzo soprano

Stephanie lives in Crosby and is a member of Liverpool Italian Opera Company and Opera Viva. In 2008 she won the title, Liverpool Voice of the Yearand in 2010 Stephanie was the top female performer in the Rotary Club competition, Merseyside Young Singer of the Year. While studying at the Guildhall School of Music and DramaSir John Eliot Gardiner awarded Stephanie a coveted Apprenticeship with the Monteverdi Choir during which she gave a live televised solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall Proms and performed across Europe as a concert soloist and chorus member in operas and oratorios. In February this year, Stephanie was described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘an outstanding soloist with heroic reserves of energy’ on the release of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s acclaimed CD, Songs of the Baltic Sea.

"I have witnessed her latest performance at the Liverpool Parish Church, the Cavalleria Rusticana, where she performed next to some well known voices such as local tenor Nick Hardy and baritone Terence Obaye; her voice has made quite an impression, standing out with it' s crystal clear beauty." (N.B.)


Tony Crotty (10th and 17th November)


Tony Crotty has worked with Notable Music for over fifteen years and during that time has played at many weddings, corporate events and held residencies at Thornton Hall Hotel and Chester Grosvenor Hotel. His experience is impressive and not only does he play the Classical Guitar but also Renaissance and Baroque Lutes, Mandolin, Baroque Guitar, 19th Century Classical Guitar and Spanish/ Flamenco Guitar.

For this event Tony will play on lute a broad selection of 16th and 17th century' music.

Tatiana Edves - (10th & 17th November)


Self taught fine artist working within the graphic and painting area. Inspired by Zen tangle technique she develops patterned combinations and narrative compositions that evoke a spiritual side and have an echo of storytelling. Her work will be presented along by Nicole Bartos as a joint installation and exhibition.

Nicole Bartos
- (10th & 17th November)

Artist and curator / Soprano / Gallery4allarts

Nicole mingles metaphysical and spiritual philosophy with meditation and pure art; her works embrace an invisible side of the world; she aims to paint the uncontrolled and immaterial, the ethereal and builds in pure chromatics, flowing energy and a concept of fusion with the 'light'. Her works are mainly created along with meditative, instrumental, classical music or singing Nicole's creative portfolio speaks about silence, music, stilness, light, meditation, thought vibration, prayer.
Read more on: http://www.gallery4allarts.com/artist

During these 2 evenings (10th &17th Nov), the audience can view the "2nd Manifesto of Spiritual Freedom in Art - "SEE" ", art exhibition part of the Independents Biennial 2012. The installation created by Nicole will feature works by Tatiana Edves. The other two exhibition manifestations as such, featuring a large number of paintings by Nicole Bartos, can still be viewed in town, at the Blackburne House, off Hope Street, until 5th November and at the Junction Coffee, 305 Aighburth Road, until 30th November 2012.

Read Manifesto here.

Most work will be for sale, to raise funds for SMLLCA and IAWW60.

On 17th November 2012, Nicole has performed (soprano solo) next to Irina Ljubohh (piano). Repertoire: Pergolessi: Se tu m'ami; Handel: Laschia ch'io pianga; Dvorak: Kdiz mne starra matka (Songs my mother taught me).












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