Our staff do all sorts of interesting things in their spare time. On Monday 27th April the Crouch End Festival Chorus will be involved in some very shady business, along with our Veronica Gray from Prickett and Ellis’ Alexandra Park Road office. ‘Lansky:The Mob’s Money Man’ is a vibrant concert drama, based on the life of notorious New York criminal Meyer Lansky. Don’t miss what will be an amazing World Premier – and break a leg Veronica!
Here’s how the Crouch End Festival Choir website describes the show:
Roland Perrin – Lansky: The Mob’s Money Man (CEFC commission and world premiere)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor
Roland Perrin and The Blue Planet Orchestra
Rachel Sutton – jazz singer
Allan Corduner – narrator
In this vibrant concert drama, composer and jazz musician Roland Perrin spotlights the remarkable life of mobster Meyer Lansky – a key player in the criminal underworld who built an international gambling empire. Infused with Klezmer, New York and Cuban jazz styles, it is a vivid portrait of the ‘Mob’s Accountant’.
A brilliant mathematician, Meyer Lansky was a major organised crime figure from the 1920s to the 1960s who developed an international gambling empire and was never caught with blood on his hands. His life was interesting, from fleeing pogroms in Russia as a boy to getting involved in crime from 16 years old on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side and then rising to the top of the underworld. He was also involved in violently disrupting rallies held by Nazi sympathisers in New York.
CEFC musical director David Temple says:
“I am always on the lookout for fascinating subjects for commissions, and the life of Meyer Lansky is just perfect. Roland Perrin’s experience and ability in the world of jazz, both as a performer and a composer, will provide us with a work the like of which choirs have never experienced before. I simply can’t wait to get started on it…”