Singer / songwriter Annija Zahovska, known by fans as 'Koukie', was invited to perform with LCM Sinfonia and Ealing Youth Orchestra at St Barnabas Church on Wednesday 13 March 2013.
Koukie was joined on stage by Niall Woods, Daniel Baune, Dave Mooney and Nikola Kovacevic (also alumni of LCM / TMS).
Over the course of the evening the audience was treated to a performance of a modern composition - Rainbow Body, by Christopher Theofanidis, conducted by Leon Gee. Koukie and her band, whose music genre is described as a fusion of rock opera, gypsy, punk and cabaret, performed a set of original pieces during the first and third parts of the event.
Koukie graduated from the University in 2011 after studying BMus Popular Music Performance at LCM / BIMM. The 24-year-old has spent the last two years writing and recording her debut album Songs From An Empty Stage and has recently signed a release and distribution deal with independent label Rights Recording.
Commenting on the concert, Koukie said:
It was an absolute honour to have performed at St Barnabas Church and to work again with the London College of Music. During the three years in college I not only gained knowledge and skill, but I grew as an artist and a performer.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Sara Raybould who noticed me when I only had a few songs and an idea of what Koukie might be. She saw my potential and put me forward for the LCM Summer Showcase which opened a lot of doors for me and gave me the confidence to pursue this.
Sara Raybould, Director of the London College of Music, added:
What a wonderful evening we had with LCM Sinfonia, Ealing Youth Orchestra and Koukie. They staged a spectacular performance which was enjoyed by all who attended. The event was also a true reflection of the London College of Music connecting with past, present and future students.
It was wonderful to see the positive reaction of the audience and musicians alike, as they performed Koukie's anthemic tracks under the careful direction of Leon Gee. Well done to all those involved.