The venue for the festivities was The Nursery, Arch 61, an intimate warehouse-style building, hidden in the deepest depths of Southwark, under the railway line, and the low rumble of the trains added to the cool urban feel of the space.
The night began with the Internationally acclaimed recorder ensemble Consortium 5, who are signed to NonClassical and released their debut album, Tangled Pipes, with them in 2010. I never knew the recorder family was so big, and included such bizarre looking relatives! In their 20 minute set they expertly performed repertoire from across the genres, and I particularly enjoyed ‘Screech’ by Kerry Andrew, exploring different bird sounds, the first movement is especially cool.
Next up were the brilliant London Brass Dectet, a tour de force of brass players from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, performing a taster of the repertoire for this ensemble, from Jim Parker to Richard Wagner.
And then for something completely different, in came the Capoeira Performers! Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, inspired by dance, acrobatics, fighting and games, and the troupe gave a dazzling display, cartwheeling across the stage, and dancing beautifully choreographed fights. Their set ended with some amazing salsa dancing, followed by the chance for us all to get up and have a go!
Just time to grab a mulled wine before the next act, Thrales, London’s premier rapper sword dance group! The group filled the room with an explosion of energy, accompanied by a firey folk-recorder player, which made tapping your feet along to the beat irresistible.
The final act of the night were Mayibuye, a traditional South African township funk band, and their lively performance was the perfect way to get the party goers in the spirit for some dancing into the early hours with Dj’s Gabriel Prokofiev, Nwando Ebizie and Ciaran Mayes.
Platform 33 promise to ‘showcase the most incredible artists from completely different genres’, and they definitely lived up to it last night. Follow them on facebook/via their website, to make sure you don’t miss out on attending their next event! See you there!