16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional String Quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.
It's a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! You will enjoy a broad spectrum of music from Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis as well as many well-loved folk tunes – all played with the Graffiti Classics virtuosity. There really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fails to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.
Graffiti Classics was formed by a group of young graduates from London’s top musical conservatoires, including the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music, who met whilst street-performing in London’s Covent Garden. They decided that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy, creating a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.
Since then, the group has performed in major theatres, Festivals and venues across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Vietnam, Sweden, Holland, Estonia, USA, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Greece, including the New Orleans Mardi Gras, Babaro International Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Leeds International Jewish Festival, Rochester Proms, Welsh Proms, Stadt Theater Minden Germany, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Watermill Theatre Newbury, International Arts Centre Singapore, Theatre Royal Bath, Southbank Centre London, Canterbury Festival, Devizes Festival, Swalefest, Royal Festival Hall London, London Wonderground Festival, Udderbelly Festival, Teatro Principal Menorca, Fest Sevilla, Leeds Castle, Waterfront Hall Belfast, Pavillion Theatre Dublin, Faenol Festival with Bryn Terfel, Albert Hall Nottingham and Arken Kulturhaus Norway.
Graffiti Classics has appeared on national TV and radio in the UK, Ireland and Spain, played for Presidents and Royalty, appeared as guest artists with major orchestras, such as the Royal Philarmonic, is a member of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scheme and is also in huge demand as a lead headliner act on the most exclusive cruise-ships in the world, such as Seabourn, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Saga, Holland America and Celebrity Cruises . The band also collaborated with Thorbjorn Egner on an awarding winning album of Norwegian children’s songs on the Naxos label.
Most recently, Graffiti Classics made a return appearance at the Rochester Proms, they also appeared at the Bermuda Festival and toured as guest artists with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. The group featured on BBC TV’s Hoopla, performed live on BBC Radio, were profiled on Lyric FM’s Culture File and headlined at the Spark Festival as well as the London Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival. Future plans in 2018 include returning to Taiwan for further touring as guest artists with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and making its very first TedTalk presentation.
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‘A delightful comedy string quartet….highbrow music finds fusion with visual comedy for those who choose to smile their way through classical music’ The Stage
'Unique! A real gem' Irish Post
'A cabaret that will leave you wanting more' Daily Mail
'A simply wonderful show!” - The Times
“They had the audience falling off their seats with laughter” - Western Gazette