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MEDIA RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2011

Penguin Café to perform at Canary Wharf

Friday 7 October 2011
East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London

Pioneers of music experimentation Penguin Café have been confirmed to play Canary Wharf Arts & Events’ After Hours with…’ series. Led by Arthur Jeffes, son of the late Simon Jeffes who founded the original Penguin Café Orchestra in 1972, this talented collective of musicians will play to the spectacular setting of Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden.

Penguin Café, Arthur Jeffes’ second-generation ensemble of Penguin Café Orchestra, features outstanding musicians including luminaries from The Royal College of Music to Neil Coding of Suede and Gorillaz’ regular Cass Browne. Together they have toured festivals such as The Big Chill, Edinburgh Festival and Bestival and performed a string of special concerts in Spain, Ireland and across Britain since 2009.

Penguin Café’s first official album, A Matter of Life…. is widely regarded as cementing Arthur Jeffes’ right as an exceptional composer. It brings the group’s accessible brand of minimalism to life, alongside radical reworks of the charming, dreamlike arrangements his father created, recognised in later times by the chill-out compilations of Café del Mar. Born of Simon Jeffes’ disillusion with the rigidities of classical music and the limitations of rock, Penguin Café continues the legacy of a music legend with its unique, lasting and unclassifiable style.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events Manager, Sian Astrop said, “The ‘After Hours with…’ series is a perennial favourite on the Canary Wharf Arts & Events calendar, and we are pleased to welcome Penguin Café to our list of exceptional artists that have performed in the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf’s premier events venue.”

Canary Wharf continues to grow its reputation as a dynamic leisure destination, attracting visitors to its world-class arts and exhibitions, live events, shops, bars and restaurants. Penguin Café will be supported by alt-folk singer Katy Carr.


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Event Details:
After Hours with… Penguin Café (support by Katy Carr)
Venue: East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14
Date: Friday 7th October 2011
Time: 7.45pm (Doors 7pm)
Tickets: £20 (Maximum 4 tickets per person)
Ticketweb – 0844 847 2268 (24hrs) / ticketweb.co.uk
Further info: arts&events@canarywharf.com / mycanarywharf.com
Transport: Take Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway to Canary Wharf or Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf in 23 minutes

For further event information/photographs etc. please contact:
Dorothy Howe, Freelance Press & Publicity
Tel: 020 8995 3920 Email: press@dorothyhowe.co.uk

For further Canary Wharf information etc. please contact:
Hamish McDougall, Communication Manager, Canary Wharf Group plc
Tel: 020 7418 2326 Email: hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Arts & Events
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc. For more information visit www.canarywharf.com or contact arts&events@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

More than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers are found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow. CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

95,000 people work at Canary Wharf in a diverse range of sectors, with the population projected to double by 2025.
CWG is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
Canary Wharf Group is supporting Tower Hamlets’ bid to become a City as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. To find out more go to www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/citystatus.
www.canarywharf.com