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Magic Numbers duo to appear at Sydenham Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 11:36 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 14 June 2016

Romeo and Michelle Stodart of The Magic Numbers

Romeo and Michelle Stodart of The Magic Numbers

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The event will also showcase local up-and-coming talent

Two members of pop group The Magic Numbers will appear at the Sydenham Arts Festival this year, in an event that will also showcase up-and-coming local talent.

The Ealing band achieved chart success in the early 2000s with catchy, bittersweet tracks such as Love Me Like You, which led to their Mercury Prize-nominated eponymous debut album gaining double-platinum status.

Romeo Stodart and sister Michele Stodart, who together make up one half of the group, will play with Ren Harvieu at St Bartholomew’s Church on the evening of July 9.

Michele Stodart has been working on her second solo album, Pieces, and the duo will be performing material from their respective back catalogues.

A new generation of singer-songwriters will demonstrate their talents at the TNG Community Centre on July 6.

Local artist Jay Johnson, who is currently recording at Abbey Road Studios and is artist in residence at The Roundhouse, will headline the event.

He will be joined by emerging artists Lola Reicher and Brodie McBride before the floor is opened for an open-mic session.

Balalaika, much loved locally for their high jinks and jollity, are due to make their seventh appearance at Sydenham this year, promising some great entertainment.

There will also be appearances from The Devonshire Road Folk Festival in the Forest, two evenings from The Blues Club featuring The Contenders, and Dave Hickey and the Jukebox Heroes.

Classical music fans will be able to enjoy A Blue Plaque Celebration Concert by the Hillmore Ensemble in honour of Sir George Grove, author of Grove’s Dictionary of Music, as his plaque is unveiled by English Heritage and Sydenham Society on Westwood Hill.

Movements will be played from Schubert’s Octet, along with two songs from Dominick Argento’s cycle To Be Sung Upon Water.

An evening of Baroque music is to be performed by Auski Sumi on violin and Masumi Yamamoto on harpsichord, while the biggest Blues Brothers tribute band in London will complete the eclectic programme of music.

Also featuring theatre, comedy, art and workshops, the arts festival will run from July 1 to July 10.

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