A Parisian Promenade: Mozart to Montand, Puccini to Piaf

On Saturday 7 May at 7pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to a visual, musical and evocative lecture exploring how Paris has inspired countless musicians throughout the centuries. From classical to popular, ethereal to “oh-la-la”, their music conjures up the atmosphere of Parisian boulevards, cabarets, cafés, restaurants and the river Seine.

The talk, by Desmond Colborne, international lecturer and lifetime resident of Paris, will take the form of a walk down musical memory lanes, following in the footsteps of composers and singers. The Promenade will include music by classical composers Mozart, Chopin and Liszt and popular music by Broadway composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as songs popularised by musical stars like Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.

Guests will be transported through sight and sounds during this musical promenade, evoking in the words of singer/composer Charles Trenet, “La Romance de Paris”.

Tickets (including light refreshments) £12 (£10 for Friends of HS) available from
Clare Fleck, 01462 646257, or Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard.