Music & Theatre / Arts & Culture Budapest Café Orchestra

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The Budapest Café Orchestra are the refreshingly unconventional, snappily attired, boutique orchestre-extraordinaire from Harringay, touring extensively across Great Britain and beyond. Small, but impeccably formed, they create an awesome aural alchemy, normally only characteristic of far bigger ensembles, combining violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika to dazzling effect.

BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas plus their own unique re-imagining of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats. Their shows evoke vivid images of Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way – it’s good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

The Budapest Café Orchestra was established in 2009 by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick and led by him, have won legions of fans with their magical and infectious performances. Two of the country’s celebrated international soloists revel at the heart of proceedings. Accordionist exemplar Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain. In his illustrious career he has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Chris Rea. Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. He has played with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene and Caro Emerald. Another member of the Orchestra is one of Russia's most enigmatic musical exports, The Sultan, played expertly by Adrian Zolotuhin, is a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz. Veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon has been in the business of laying down the low notes for many-a-moon. Kelly first found fame in the as a Vagabond with Northern Soul sensations, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

The Hub Creative Director, Anthony Evans says: ‘These guys are awesome – their amazing musicianship and humour guarantee a fabulous night out. Nothing else compares to the Budapest Café Orchestra!'

‘The music is magic in their hands.’ – Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3

Not so much a band name as a whole genre of its own, Budapest Café Orchestra embraces an encyclopaedia of music and mischief.’ – Scotsman

‘Absolutely acoustically electrifying!’ – Time Out

Tickets: Tickets for the show, at £18 are available online or pop in and see us at The Hub

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Thursday 20 June 2024, 20:00 - 21:45

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