Boris Giltburg, and Duncan Rock are amongst the performers lined up for 2017’s ‘Night Under The Stars’ on Tuesday 7 November 2017. The annual gala concert takes place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in aid of The Passage – a London charity that provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives.
This year’s concert programme entitled ‘Russian Soul’, features music by Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky as well as a new arrangement of the traditional Song of the Volga Boatmen by Raymond Yiu who has been long associated with this annual concert. Hosting the evening’s proceedings will be Griff Rhys Jones, who was a presenter at the 2010 concert, and conductor Toby Purser together with the Orion Orchestra. Also performing will be Streetwise Opera, a charity that uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness, and a guest appearance by Westminster Choral Society and bass Robert Lloyd.
‘Night Under The Stars’ Artistic Director, Antonio Orlando, commented: "This year we're exploring the multi-faceted ‘Russian Soul’, described by writers such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as a spirit of depth, strength, warmth and passion. These qualities permeate the music of the great Russian composers, especially Rachmaninov - whose music exudes a nostalgia for a time before the upheaval of the 1917 Revolution."
Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage, added; "It costs £5 million a year to run The Passage, with government grants covering just 30% of this figure. The money raised through Night Under The Stars allows us to deliver a programme of services and support which has helped thousands of homeless men and women off streets and back into employment and society, breaking the cycle of rough sleeping for good."
Since launching in 2001, ‘Night Under The Stars’ has raised over £1.5 million for The Passage. The past few years have seen Benjamin Appl, Jo Brand, Lucy Crowe, Jon Culshaw, Stephen Fry, Edward Gardner, Armando Iannucci, Miloš Karadaglić, Christopher Maltman, Duncan Rock, Ksenija Sidorova, Simon Trpčeski and Esther Yoo all participate in the event.
Over the past 36 years The Passage has helped more than 120,000 people. It has served 3.25 million meals, found jobs for 2,300 clients and, through its outreach workers, has made 95,000 contacts with homeless people on the street.
‘Night Under The Stars’ is kindly supported by Orchestra Sponsor Intu Properties, alongside Gold Sponsors 3i, Associated British Foods, Grosvenor Estates, Land Securities, Linklaters, Maple Springfield and Savilles A/V.