Music

Parisian chic comes to you as the vocalist Magdalena Atkinson and the pianist Philip Clouts preform a varied programme of French Chansons and jazz standards

LE VOYAGE À PARIS

Parisian chic comes to town as vocalist Magdalena Atkinson sings a varied programme of well loved songs from the greats, including Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Charles Aznavour. Most familiar will be the classic music of Piaf, France’s most beloved entertainer, national icon and musical legend. Magdalena’s singing is not an impersonation but an interpretation, always heartfelt, sometimes humorous, and highlights are plentiful, from Milord to La Vie en Rose, Mon Dieu to the inevitable Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

Magdalena’s journey with chansons started in her childhood, when her family spent three years in French-speaking Algeria. She was immersed in the language and was deeply touched by the songs she heard on the radio. Later on she studied music to masters level at university and was inspired by classes with the renowned soprano Evelyn Tubb and countertenor Kai Wessel. Combining her singing with her lifelong study of French language and culture, chansons have become the ideal way for her to communicate her love of both.

Philip Clouts is the perfect accompanist for this project, being a composer and pianist both in his own quartet and also in Zubop “that spirited, hugely enjoyable jazz outfit, which takes the whole world of music as its home territory” (The Observer)

“What an evening! Magdalena’s sultry singing transformed us back to the smoky cafes of Paris in the 60’s – she has the vocal richness of Piaf, with her own imaginative embellishments, richly supported by Philip.” Pat Sale, Dorset Twinning Associations.

Jazz duo Magdalena Atkinsons and Philip Clouts are performing with success since 2014 across South England, including Bridport Arts Centre (Feb 2015), Marine Theater (March 2015) and French Twinning and Circles groups. Our music can be enjoyed on its own, supported by stories about the origins of the songs and its artists or can be a perfect addition to the drinks reception or sit down party. We are available for concerts, parties and weddings throughout the UK.