Tuesday 29 January 2019

Calling Any Beatle People visiting Madeira in 2019

We just received the report below about an opportunity for Beatles fans living or visiting Madeira. (Note: All the information is from a fan so we cannot verify it.)

Calling Any Beatle People visiting Madeira in 2019

I have just returned from Madeira and while there I spotted a poster for 'Orchestra Quartet Plays The Beatles'.

My wife (no Beatle fan) and I (no string quartet fan) along with another couple we had met on holiday went along and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed it.

If any Beatle Fan Club member or any one else is going to Madeira in 2019 then I can highly recommend this concert. A very unusual take on Beatle music but the talent and enthusiasm of the four musicians create a fantastic evening's entertainment.

The details are:

Concert: 'Plays The Beatles'
Venue: The English Church, Funchal
When: Every Thursday at 6pm
Musicians: Orchestra Quartet

What you get is about one hour and fifteen minutes of Beatle songs played by three violins and a cello. The quartet is led by Andrei & Olga Ladeichikov, a couple from Russia working at the Madeiran Concert Orchestra. On the night we went they were joined by a third violinist from Spain and a cellist from Poland. I think the line up varies and may include a guitarist on occasion.

The songs played included a great variety of hits from A Hard Day's Night to Hey Jude plus fabulous arrangements of album tracks such as Across The Universe and Norwegian Wood. In all 21 songs were covered and my only regret was that it finished too soon.

The church was pretty full so anyone going get there early to grab a seat near the front but do check that the concert is on by checking the posters around town or at the Church gate. The website does not mention it yet but when I pointed out to the ticket seller (who turned out to be Andrei the first violin) he promised to mention it to the web manager to get it updated.

I was so impressed that I felt I must tell any Beatle fans going to Madeira about these concerts so I hope you can put something on your website or in the magazine.

All the Best

Iain Allen

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