BT River of Music
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2012
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Free admission (ticketed event, £3 per ticket admin charge will apply)
BT River of Music, part of London 2012, is a free live music festival on the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Established, award-winning and emerging artists from around the world will perform on stages at six iconic sites along the length of the River Thames; Somerset House is hosting the Europe stage, with live performances from artists including Penguin Cafe, Beverley Knight, Mariza and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Read more about the artists below.
British saxophonist Andy Sheppard brings his large scale participation project, Saxophone Massive to the Europe Stage at Somerset House, filling The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court with 200 saxophonists from 49 European countries, all of different ages and abilities.
Mariza is the leading Portuguese fado singer of her generation; a global icon who has reached world wide audiences with her blend of traditional and contemporary songs. Enjoy her soulful performace in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.
Renowned for his hit show Later…with Jools, and recognised for his abundance of performances and collaborations with world-class talent, Jools is one of the UK’s most well-respected and well-loved musicians. For BT River of Music, he brings his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to Somerset House, featuring a selection of musicians including special guest, GRAMMY-nominated Jazz singer Gregory Porter.
Inspired by soul greats such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, Beverley Knight is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers. For BT River of Music she will bring a special collaboration to Somerset House.
Penguin Cafe’s music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless theme tunes, and they’ve played festivals from Bestival and The Big Chill to the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Their album A Matter of Life... is out now.