Help Carla Gala

I’m in Cyprus at the moment, on flaky hotel wi-fi, so not able to post much today. But I do want to draw attention to the Help Carla Gala, which will take place this Thursday at St Marylebone Parish Church.

Carla Rees is a renowned new music flautist and founder of Rarescale. A resident of Croydon, Carla was hit devastatingly by the recent riots in London. Her flat was burnt down, along with 10 flutes and a private library of more than 600 scores. She also lost her two cats.

She and her boyfriend had just come back from a weekend coaching the National Youth Wind Orchestra, when they encountered gangs of youths and smashed cars in the street. Fearful of the atmosphere, they grabbed clean clothes, fed the cats and booked into a hotel. An hour later, her home was in ruins.

This Guardian story has more. This is a terrible loss for Carla, and for new music in general.

The driving force behind helping Carla with this benefit concert has been Tim Benjamin, and a poster for the event can be downloaded from his website. Here are some more details:

7.30pm, Thursday 15th September 2011
St. Marylebone Parish Church
Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT

The concert features a huge array of performers, plus music by composers from Telemann to Knussen, plus nine miniature world premieres. Please go if you can.

Tickets are £10 on the door.

The Help Carla Gala is one of several benefits for Carla being organised by the new music community:  one just past was on Sunday 11th September at St Paul’s Church, Chiswick featuring Flutophonic. Another will take place on Sunday October 9th 7pm at the same venue, St Paul’s Church, Grove Park, Chiswick W4 3SB featuring Flutophonic, Claire and Pasha and pianist Anthony Hewitt. Free admission, with a retiring collection.

You can download a poster for the event here.

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