Corrido: A Ballad For The Brave

Enjoy an immersive audio-visual concert conceived and produced by Emily Blacksell and violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball, with accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, guitarist Jorge Bravo and special guest, Morgan Szymanski, with narration by Eve Best

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • For Members

  • Tickets cost £20.00

    Includes wine reception.

Past Event
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CORRIDO – A Ballad For The Brave is an immersive concert, performed by internationally renowned violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball, Polish accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, Chilean guitarist Jorge Bravo, and featuring special guest, Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski. The evening pays musical homage to artistic self-expression, amplifying female voices and honouring established heroines, including the life and works of Frida Kahlo. Drawing inspiration from the cultural landscape of her time, the concert carries an audience on an impressionistic audio-visual journey through exquisite music, original art and animation, and bold video design.

Join us on the evening of Friday 2 November (Mexico's Day of the Dead) for the world premiere performance of this unique concert. Part celebration of creative individuality, part memorial to lost souls, this musical odyssey explores and foregrounds female bravery, courage and endurance. The concert’s rich programme includes new versions of Mexican folkloric music, and classical and jazz works from the 1600’s to the present day through key moments and encounters in 20th century women's history - some real, and some imagined. Original art and animation by French artist Coline Brun-Naujalis and visually arresting video design by Roderick Maclachlan are further enhanced by atmospheric soundscapes from theatre sound legend, John Leonard, and original compositions and arrangements by Lizzie Ball.

CORRIDO - A Ballad For The Brave

A concert conceived by Lizzie Ball and Emily Blacksell
Original composition, arrangements and co-direction by Lizzie Ball
Guitar arrangements by Morgan Szymanski
El Salón México by Aaron Copland specially arranged by James Pearson
Book by Emily Blacksell
Directed and Produced by Emily Blacksell
Video design and lighting by Roderick Maclachlan
Animation and original art by Coline Brun-Naujalis
Sound Design by John Leonard
Lizzie Ball - Violin and vocals
Bartosz Glowacki - Accordion
Jorge Bravo - Guitar
And featuring Special Guest, Morgan Szymanski on Guitar

Music includes adapted works by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Alessandro Marcello, Julio César Oliva, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Manuel Ponce, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Django Reinhardt, Germaine Tailleferre, and will feature the UK premiere of Frida Kahlo’s own ‘Corrido de Carlos Chávez y Diego’ by kind permission of Marcela Rodrìguez, from her opera ‘Las Cartas de Frida’.