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Eccentric storytelling singer-songwriter Hazel Iris will celebrate the release of her first full-length album, Nine Sisters, on Thursday 25 October at one of London’s most historic landmarks, St. Bartholomew-the-Great at Smithfield!

This event is closer to a festival of arts rather than an ordinary launch gig, as some of the most brilliant and innovative artists from various genres guest on the bill!

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jayson Gillham (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony)  and dramatic soprano Katrina Sheppeard (English National Opera, Sydney Opera House)  join forces to perform Richard Strauss’s final and most haunting song cycle, Vier letzte Lieder.

With hammered dulcimer, violin and vocals, Kate Arnold fronts the 'punk baroque' project Fear of the Forest and has worked with Lisa Knapp, Doudou Cissoko, Rose McDowall and Daemonia Nymphe. She performs a unique unplugged set influenced by her interests in folk, medieval and Middle Eastern music.

And finally, Hazel Iris introduces her debut full-length album, Nine Sisters.  Fusing together elements of Alt-Folk, Lieder and Jazz, she is supported by a stellar ensemble including celebrated conductor Jessica Cottis (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) on horn, classical & jazz harpist Tara Minton, jazz drummer Fred Harper, double-bassist Twm Dylan, composer/cellist Matt Constantine, classical accordionist Aine McLoughlin, violinist Aurora del Rio, and guitarist Federico Accardo.  With theatrical elements choreographed by Alicia Britt of Wondering Hands Puppet Theatre, it will be a night to remember!

"Landscapes always play an essential role in my music. Although each piece appears to stand alone, they are conceived as a group of sisters bonded together by distinct geographic features throughout California. In a small valley on the Central Coast there is a chain of extinct volcanoes which run into the Pacific Ocean. They are called the Nine Sisters.” - Hazel Iris

Nine Sisters is officially on sale from Friday 26th October.  Get your early copy ONLY at the gig!

It can be chilly in churches, make sure you dress accordingly!