Ealing Music and Film Festival launches with Gala reception at the University of West London

UWL Vice Chancellor Professor Peter John

A gala reception on Wednesday evening at the University of West London’s (UWL) award-winning Pillars restaurant marked the start of this year’s Ealing Music and Film Festival, of which the University is a proud sponsor.

Figures including Ealing Mayor Dr Patricia Walker and UWL Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter John, attended to celebrate the successful launch of the fifth annual Festival.

Welcoming guests to the University, Prof John paid tribute to all involved for making the Festival into a fixture on the local calendar.  He said: ‘The longevity of the Festival is testament to the deep well of cultural desire which exists in Ealing for activities like this year after year and of course, it is a tremendous link to Ealing’s fantastic history and heritage in the areas of film, music and the Arts.  We are, once again, very proud to sponsor and launch the Festival.’

Julian Gallant, artistic director of Ealing Music and Film Festival, said: ‘Our partnership with the University of West London is a central element of the Festival, without which it would be unable to exist in the form it does. The co-operation between the Festival and the University is incredible and something which we will continue to nurture and develop together.’

Mayor of Ealing, Dr Patricia Walker and husband at Pillars Restaurant
Earlier in the day, a beautiful piano performance by Emilie Capulet of London College of Music (LCM) brought the curtain up on the five-day programme. In the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church in South Ealing, Emilie played a selection of pieces on a Spanish theme.  The crowded pews attested to LCM’s Head of Classical Performance’s playing skill and the popularity of the Festival.

The evening launch reception at Pillars Restaurant was followed by a screening in the University’s Weston Hall of four short films, with question and answer sessions afterwards with the directors – all of whom were alumni of UWL.

Also at the reception, a scholarship was awarded by the Ealing Music and Film Festival to promising young musician, Julia Flint, who showcased her skills on the bassoon for attendees.

Ann and Patrick Chapman - Chairman EMFF, Julian Gallant, Julia Flint, Prof Peter John and Ealing Mayor, Dr Walker

The festival truly got underway on Thursday with a world class concert, again at the University’s Weston Hall, which centred on Mozart's Requiem and Clarinet Concerto, and featured the English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae with soloist Anna Hashimoto and conductor Nigel Short.

Check out the Festival on Twitter: @emff_valentine