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Lizzie created and founded Classical Kicks Productions in 2012 in an ongoing mission is to bring classical music to a wider audience in a relaxed context. The Classical Kicks residency in the upstairs venue at Ronnie Scott’s, has included everything from string quartets to beat boxing flute players and female rappers, and has also given performances in festivals, schools and churches from a newly commissioned young-persons show to a electronic music meets classical instruments collaboration with Bestival Founder Rob da Bank: all presented with a classical twist. Read more about the Rob da Bank collaboration here
In November 2019 Lizzie curated and performed a headline event at Ronnie Scott’s Main House with internationally acclaimed The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, pianist (and Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s) James Pearson, accordionist Martynas Levickis , and rapper Isatta Sheriff Read 5 star review here
Lizzie’s Classical Kicks Productions have recently extended to innovative performances that deliver immersive audio-visual impact. Her co-production with Emily Blacksell Corrido: A Ballad for the Brave is an audiovisual storytelling of Frida Kahlo’s life and times with original animated film/artwork/design and video. This premiered to great acclaim alongside the V and A’s ‘Making Herself Up’ Frida exhibition in 2018.
Another recent production is a reframing of Schoenberg’s classical masterpiece, Verklarte Nacht, in collaboration with artist Joseph Fairweather-Hole, and Lithuanian chamber orchestra ‘Mikroorkestra’. Joseph created 2 animated films which unfold in real time in response to the pieces emotional narrative of love, loss, and shame, and projection was done by immersing the orchestra inside the see through projection material in a darkly lit concert hall to create the fullest audience impact. Read more here
Her current chamber music production is a show she created called ‘The musical life and times of Chanel and Stravinsky’ with visual projections, featuring Serbian accordionist Milos Milivojevic . They premiered this to great success at the Music at Malling Festival in September 2019.
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During lockdown, like so many artists, Lizzie has lost a great proportion of her income for the foreseeable short-medium term future. Whilst she pivots to change and develop the way she works at home, Lizzie is so pleased and proud to be the recipient of grant funding from the Arts Council England Emergency Relief fund. This vital support enables her to continue her work as an independent artist during this temporary wipeout of all possible live performance revenue and she is extremely thankful.
Lizzie will give her first Classical Kicks headline show at Ronnie Scott’s in the main house Nov 24th
Lizzie is DELIGHTED to announce the first Classical Kicks headline show in the downstairs venue of Ronnie Scott’s on Sunday November 24th 2019, collaborating with world renowned choir ‘The Sixteen’ and their acclaimed Founder/Director Harry Christophers CBE, together with her long time collaborators pianist and tour de force Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s James Pearson and accordion virtuoso Martynas Levickis.
Classical Kicks presents a unique journey from plainchant and medieval/renaissance song through to James Macmillan, Oscar Peterson and Brian Wilson and beyond. James Pearson, Lizzie Ball and Martynas Levickis collaborate with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in a one off opportunity to hear one of the worlds greatest vocal ensembles up close and personal in one of the worlds greatest jazz venues
Sunday November 24th Ronnie Scotts Main House Doors 6 30…. TO BOOK please visit www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Lizzie has had a super busy September so far, performing with Classical Kicks Ensemble on tour aswell as their return gig at Ronnie Scotts, and performing two special chamber concerts for the Oxford Philharmonic and renowned chef Raymond Blanc, and guesting with the wonderful Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as fitting quite a few hours the recording studio for some forthcoming projects…. She is currently working on a brand new show, a follow on from her show about Frida Kahlo. This time Lizzie will explore the life and times of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in a Musical Portrait of the two titans and their contemporaries, alongside virtuoso accordionist Milos Milivojevic.
‘A Musical Portrait of Chanel and Stravinsky’ premieres THIS Thursday September 19th at 7pm as part of the fantastic Music at Malling Festival (directed by Tom Kemp) in the glorious All Saints Church in Tudeley, Kent, which has original stained glass windows by Marc Chagall himself. for tickets and more info please visit http://musicatmalling.com/current-festivals/#tabs-5
Lizzie was delighted to make a welcome return to Ronnie Scott’s upstairs bar with her Classical Kicks night, last Sunday September 8th. The night was a complete sellout and featured the most stellar line up of artists and music. The night ended with an amazing bagpipe rendition of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck played by David Colvin, complete with CK band. Videos and photos coming soon!
Lizzie was delighted to be interviewed for Johnian Alumni Blog last week-this is the college that she attended at her time reading Music at Cambridge University. Read here for the full interview which included a career retrospective and details the joy of finding kindred spirits to collaborate with, referring to her recent partnership with Emily Blacksell, co-creator of their show Corrido: A Ballad for the Brave https://medium.com/@stjohnscamalumni/career-spotlight-lizzie-ball-d0bac591fb82
CORRIDO: A Ballad for the Brave, premiered on 2nd November to a sold out audience and standing ovation. Lizzie’s combined credits for the show as Lead Violinist, Vocalist, Composer, Co-Producer and Co-Creator set the scene for a tremendously bright and altogether fitting celebration for Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival. The show was hosted exclusively by the museum as a part of the hugely successful Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up exhibition, in which many of Frida‘s personal possessions left the shores of her beloved Mexico for the first time in 50 years.
Lizzie shared the stage with Polish accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, Chilean guitarist Jorge Bravo, Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski and award-winning, critically acclaimed Actress and Director, Eve Best.
CORRIDO: A Ballad for the Brave is an immersive concert which pays musical homage to artistic self-expression, amplifying female voices and honouring established heroines, including the life and works of Frida Kahlo. Drawing inspiration from the cultural landscape of her time, the concert carries an audience on an impressionistic audio-visual journey through exquisite music, original art and animation, and bold video design.
Behind-the-scenes the piece starred some of the entertainment industry’s most talented production team in Director, Co-Producer and Writer, Emily Blacksell (Old Vic), Animator and Art-Director, Coline Brun-Naujalis, Sound Designer, John Leonard and Video and Light Designer, Rod Machlachlan.
It’s no wonder that the show was welcomed with international press acclaim and riotous applause from as far away as Mexico itself where the show was celebrated as ‘a triumphant debut of a show honouring Mexico, Frida and other strong women of the age’.
For more information about the show and to download its Programme, visit the V&A website.
CORRIDO Animation by Coline Brun-Naujalis
Lizzie is delighted to host the first Classical Kicks Festival in the beautiful surroundings of the Cavendish Hall in the Chatsworth Estate this coming November 17/18/19. We are already SOLD OUT for both evening performances on 17/18, but there are tickets available for the afternoon concert on Sat 18th and lunchtime concert on Sunday 19th for which children are also very welcome. See flyer and events page for more details and to book please email email@example.com or call +44 (0) 7785 354 015
Happy New Year everyone -hope 2017 treating you well so far. Delighted to announce the first wave of my 2017 engagements including a tour to the U.S with Judith Owen, a happy return to Mexico to continue my work as Ambassador of Prisma , Morgan Szymanski’s wonderful foundation , and to perform a series of recitals and concerts with him in some of Mexicos finest concert venues, and much more. I will also be hosting the very first Classical Kicks Festival this year in my home county of Derbyshire and cant wait to bring you more news on artist line up and venue details. Watch this space 🙂
Lizzie is excited to present Remix-ED, the very first Classical Kicks show for children and schools as commissioned by United Learning. Lizzie and the UL team have been extremely busy in recent months creating this exciting project which focusses on bringing curriculum GCSE set pieces of classical music, amongst others, to life using an 8-piece band of the best of Classical Kicks’ favourite musicians and directed by acclaimed educator and musician Kevin Hathway. For more info on the project, which premieres next week in United Learning Schools, please visit this link http://musicpa.unitedlearningblogs.org.uk/classical-kicks-bringing-gcse-music-to-life/