Friday 13th October - 8:00 pm
16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.
It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! You will enjoy a broad spectrum of music from Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis as well as many well-loved folk tunes – all played with the Graffiti Classics virtuosity. There really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fails to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.
Graffiti Classics was formed by a group of young graduates from London’s top musical conservatoires, including the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music, who met whilst street-performing in London’s Covent Garden. They decided that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy, creating a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.
Since then, the group has performed in major theatres, festivals and venues across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Vietnam, Sweden, Holland, Estonia, USA, Norway, Italy, Denmark and Greece, including the Ashbourne, Canterbury Carlisle, Devizes, Dorchester, Edinburgh, Fishguard, Leeds International Jewish, Petworth and Swaledale Festivals, the Rochester Proms, Welsh Proms, Stadt Theater Minden Germany, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Watermill Theatre Newbury, International Arts Centre Singapore, Theatre Royal Bath, Royal Festival Hall London, London Wonderground Festival, Udderbelly Festival, Teatro Principal Menorca, Fest Sevilla, Leeds Castle, Waterfront Hall Belfast, Pavilion Theatre Dublin, Faenol Festival with Bryn Terfel, Albert Hall Nottingham and Arken Kulturhaus in Norway, the New Orleans Mardi Gras, the Spark Festival and London Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival, as well as headlining at the Babaró International and Aisling Children’s Festivals in Ireland.
Graffiti Classics has appeared on national TV and radio in the UK, Ireland and Spain, played for presidents and royalty, appeared as guest artists with major orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic, has been a member of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now! scheme and is also in huge demand as a lead headliner act on the most exclusive cruise-ships in the world, such as Seabourn, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Saga, Holland America and Celebrity Cruises. The band also collaborated with Thorbjørn Egner on an awarding winning album of Norwegian children’s songs on the Naxos label. Graffiti Classics has appeared on BBC TV’s Hoopla, performed live on BBC Radio, has been profiled on Lyric FM’s Culture File and was a finalist at the 2014 Irish Event Industry Awards in Dublin, being one of the acts chosen to perform live at the ceremony. In 2015 and 2016 Graffiti Classics embarked on three tours to Taiwan, a two-week trip to Ireland and in January 2017 completed their first residency at the Bermuda Festival. They will be returning to Taiwan in the autumn of 2017.
‘A delightful comedy string quartet…. high-brow music finds fusion with visual comedy for those who choose to smile their way through classical music.’
‘Unique! A real gem.’
‘A cabaret that will leave you wanting more.’
‘A simply wonderful show! ‘