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Ealing Music and Film Festival 2018 gets underway with celebration of music, film and culture

LCM student with trumpet

A joyful celebration of Ealing's cultural heart opened with a high-quality classical concert by Emilie Capulet, the Head of Classical Performance at the University of West London (UWL), on Wednesday.

Raising the curtain on the sixth annual Ealing Music and Film Festival (EMFF), Dr Capulet gave a piano recital of pieces by Claude Debussy at St Mary's Church in South Ealing. The EMFF comprises five days of outstanding culture for the community and culture-lovers to enjoy.

Later, the University's award-winning restaurant Pillars hosted the Festival's official launch reception, an invitation-only event attended by local dignitaries including the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Simon Woodroofea and UWL Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John.

The EMFF celebrates Ealing's world-leading heritage in the fields of music and film. Helping young people develop artistic talents is also part of the Festival Trust’s charitable mission – which complements UWL’s own focus on developing the next generation of talent.

LCM Head of Classical Performance, Dr Emilie Capulet                 PIC: John Ross

This year’s festival features performers in genres as diverse as rock, blues and classical, including the renowned Tippett Quartet and soloists such as Julian Gallant and Tasmin Waley-Cohen – along with young musicians from London College of Music’s junior college.

Also at the heart of this year's Festival are UWL students and the University's Weston Hall, which is acting as a venue for a number of concerts and screenings. Short films made by London School of Film, Media and Design students screened at Weston Hall last night.

Festival manager Pauline Gilbertson, said: ‘This year’s Festival is off to a great start. There is so much creativity in Ealing, and the Festival offers a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a fabulous slice of culture. The response from the community has been excellent as usual.’

Click here for the full programme of the EMFF.

Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Simon Woodroofe (centre) and UWL Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter John

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