Tuesday 04 June 2013 – Media Release

Canary Wharf to Host Sizzling Summer of Music and Dance

Canary Wharf is the venue for an exciting summer of eclectic dance and music performances. The programme, prepared by Canary Wharf’s Arts & Events team, includes whirling dervish dances, Latin grooves, West End classics, Rock and Roll, the best free jazz to be found in London and more.

DANCING CITY – June 24-29

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival’s annual celebration of outdoor dance extends its residency at Canary Wharf. In an exhilarating weeklong programme of bite-sized, alfresco performance, Dancing City culminates in an extraordinary showcase of youth talent produced by Sadler’s Wells and Big Dance in Jubilee Plaza. Featuring over twenty of the best UK and international dance companies of 2013, Dancing City goes on a journey across the parks, piazzas, open spaces and waterfronts of Canary Wharf. Among its other highlights, encounter exquisite Sufi whirling dervish choreography, a unique aquatic display in Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock and a rare outdoor performance by English National Ballet.

SUMMER SESSIONS – July 10-August 14

Every Wednesday throughout July and August, Summer Sessions host live acoustic music performances from emerging and established artists, including harpist Siobhan Swider, contemporary string ensemble The Urban Soul Orchestra, chill out Ibiza inspired DJ Philly and The BRIT School Musical Theatre students. While away lunchtime at the Canada Square Park summer stage with this eclectic variety of musical accompaniment.

HOT HAVANA NIGHTS – July 16 (part of Twilight Delights)

A free evening of Latin grooves and Cuban rhythms hit Canary Wharf as fiesta fever arrives at Canada Square Park. The evening captures the passion, power and soul of the very best of Latin and Salsa music.


The City of London Festival hosts an array of exciting and entertaining acts at Canary Wharf, including unique lunchtime performances by The Central School of Ballet in the specially commissioned ‘Tilt’, Brass Volcanoes, London’s funkiest New Orleans style jazz band that bring Caribbean and Latin American influences to Jubilee Park and two dancers from the Simon Birch Dance Company, who are encapsulated in a giant transparent bubble in ‘Terrarium’ at Westferry Circus.

THE PUPPINI SISTERS & FRIENDS – July 23 (part of Twilight Delights)

The Puppini Sisters met just across the water from Canary Wharf at Trinity Laban but have come a long way since their student days. In the eight years since their inception, they have received accolades from fans as disparate as Prince Charles and Cyndi Lauper, been awarded Gold and Multi-Platinum discs and have performed on iconic stages all over the world, most recently at l’Olympia in Paris and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.


An evening with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra includes classics from the ‘golden age’ of musical theatre. The remarkable music from Rodgers and catchy lyrics from Hammerstein come to life in Canada Square Park when the internationally acclaimed Orchestra perform songs from musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

WEST END CLASSICS – August 6 (part of Twilight Delights)

Musical theatre classics from the West End will be performed at this free concert, including favourites from Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Billy Elliott and My Fair Lady. Following last year’s motion picture success of Les Miserables, this year’s concert will feature a special
dedication to the most successful musical of all time, including I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home and One Day More.

ROCKABILLY ROLL WITH BUDDY & ROY – August 13 (part of Twilight Delights)

A rocking tribute to the pioneering Buddy Holly and the soul of rock and roll, Roy Orbison. The crowd will be singing along to the timeless classics of Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby, Rave On and That’ll Be the Day and Only the Lonely, Oh, Pretty Woman and You Got It.


Now in its seventh year, Canary Wharf Jazz Festival 2013 brings Soweto Kinch, Omar Puente and Carleen Anderson as just some of the influential jazz and soul stars taking to the stage. Throughout the three day event, world-class artists and rising stars appear in back-to-back performances. For those completely new to jazz or committed aficionados, Canada Square Park is the place to be for a memorable jazz experience.

BBC BIG BAND – August 20

The famed BBC Big Band graces the Canary Wharf summer stage once again with a celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, featuring timeless classics such as Manhattan, Lady is a Tramp, That Old Black Magic, Someone to Watch Over Me and Mack the Knife.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group said: “Canary Wharf will come alive once again this summer with some of the best free music and dance to be found in London. Highlights include Dancing City, which showcases some of the most exciting UK & International performance dancers’ utilisiling Canary Wharf’s unique open spaces for five days. We are also delighted to announce that the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival returns for it’s seventh year with some of the most influential jazz and soul artists taking to our stage. Enjoy our wonderful free programme of events and visit the many new shops, restaurants and beautiful green spaces that Canary Wharf has to offer”


For further information, please contact:

Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group

T: 020 7630 1411
E: rbowen@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk
E: cknow@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc

T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

Twitter: @yourcanarywharf.com


Dancing City
Monday 24 June – Saturday 29 June,
Throughout Canary Wharf

Summer Sessions
Wednesday 10 July, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 17 July, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 24 July, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 31 July, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 7 August, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 14 August, from 12.30pm
Canada Square Park

Hot Havana Nights (part of Twilight Delights)
Tuesday 16 July, 7pm
Canada Square Park

The City of London Festival Presents Random Acts
Friday 19 July, Central School of Ballet, Cabot Square, 5.30pm & 6.15pm
Monday 22 July, Namvula, Jubilee Park, from 12.30pm
Tuesday 23 July, Up & Over It, Cabot Square, from 12.30pm
Wednesday 24 July, Marianne Green, Jubilee Park, from 12.30pm
Thursday 25 July, Simon Birch Dance Company, Westferry Circus, from 12.30pm
Friday 26 July, Brass Volcanoes, from Jubilee Park to Canada Square Park, from 12.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Rogers & Hammerstein (part of Twilight Delights)
Tuesday 30 July, 7pm
Canada Square Park

West End Classics (part of Twilight Delights)
Tuesday 6 August, 7pm
Canada Square Park

Rockabilly Roll with Buddy & Roy (part of Twilight Delights)
Tuesday 13 August, 7pm
Canada Square Park

The BBC Big Band with Frank and Ella (part of Twilight Delights)
Tuesday 20 August, 7pm
Canada Square Park

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Friday 16 August, from 7pm
Saturday 17 August, from 1.30pm
Sunday 18 August, from 1.30pm
Canada Square Park


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.

For more information visit www.canarywharf.com or contact arts&events@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world. The Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years in parallel with other central London developments including the Shell Centre on the South Bank (in a joint venture with Qatari Diar) and 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (in a joint venture with Land Securities). The Group has completed the construction phase of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station ahead of schedule and on budget.

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