Reunited for charity concert

December 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

Reel Monkey captured images from a unique evening concert earlier this year organised by music teacher, Anne Flower, of Leicestershire. To raise money for the development of local charity, The Well, of Kibworth, Leicestershire, Anne arranged for some of her talented students and friends past and present to perform at a diverse concert in aid of the charity. Some of the musicians travelled from across the UK and overseas to take part in this special occasion.

 

Anne Flower - Music Teacher and organiser of concert in aid of 'The Well' charity, Kibworth, Leicestershire

Anne Flower – Music Teacher and organiser of concert in aid of ‘The Well’ charity, Kibworth, Leicestershire

 

The concert took place at St.Wilfrid’s Church in Kibworth in front of a packed audience. Musical renditions ranged from the classical (Indian and Western) to pop and rock. Over £1000 was raised for ‘The Well’, a charity which serves the local community with a cafe, shop and meeting point for those in need. Below are some images of the entertaining concert:

 

Flute Quartert - Charity Concert in aid of 'The Well', Kibworth, Leicestershire

Flute Quartert – Charity Concert in aid of ‘The Well’, Kibworth, Leicestershire

 

Young guitarist on stage

Young guitarist on stage

 

Indian Classical Music - Tabla solo from maestro, Rohit Mistry

Indian Classical Music – Tabla solo from maestro, Rohit Mistry

 

Virtuoso violin performance

Virtuoso violin performance

 

If you have an upcoming event (concert, theatrical performance, trade show, conference, corporate function etc) you would like capturing or documenting either through photography or video, get in touch and let’s discuss how we can help you achieve your visual media objectives.

 

Colourful Porto – city highlights

June 24th, 2015 | No Comments

One of Europe’s liveliest annual street parties, Festa da São João do Porto (Festival of São Jão), took place yesterday and ended today in Porto, Portugal, with it’s traditional attractions of outdoor music, dancing, festive food and drink delights and fireworks by the river entertaining the thousands of visitors who attended.

 

Entertainment on the embankment of the river Douro - Porto, Portugal

Entertainment on the embankment of the river Douro – Porto, Portugal

 

Porto was not listed on our earlier post this year outlining some of the destinations to travels to in 2015, but having recently returned from there, it should have been! The city has plenty to offer a discerning traveller with it’s historical sights, colourful buildings, cultural activities and gastronomic experience.

The focal point of Porto is the  Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro which provide a hive of activity and entertainment. The top tier of the 19th century steel arched bridge provides a scenic overview of the historical part of Porto and the river Douro as it heads both inland and out to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

View of the historic old town of Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge - Porto, Portugal. The historic old town of Porto has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

View of the historic old town of Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge – Porto, Portugal. The historic old town of Porto has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

 

Porto is probably most famous for its production of port wine and visitors have ample opportunities to sample and taste the various tipples on offer at bars, restaurants and directly via the producers who run tours of their cellars in the district of Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the river Douro opposite the main city of Porto. Some of the producers also run cruises in traditional wooden boats to the Douro Valley along the river to see where the port wine comes from.

 

Old style wooden boats (Rabelos) moored on the river Douro by Cais de Gaia overlooking the the historic part of Porto, Ribeira and the Ponte Luis I, Portugal. Rabelos are typical vessels of the Douro River which once traditionally carried barrels of Port wine from where the vineyards are located to Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto, where the wine was stored and then distributed.

Old style wooden boats (Rabelos) moored on the river Douro by Cais de Gaia overlooking the the historic part of Porto, Ribeira and the Ponte Luis I, Portugal. Rabelos are typical vessels of the Douro River which once traditionally carried barrels of Port wine from where the vineyards are located to Vila Nova de Gaia – Porto, where the wine was stored and then distributed.

 

Other principal sites of interest in Porto include the old and the new, the new modern design building of Casa de Música where concerts and cultural events take place and the Bolhão market, a traditional and old looking market which sells local produce from dried cod fish to meats, sweets and of course wine.

 

Side view exterior of the Casa de Música building - Porto, Portugal. The Casa de Música is a uniquely designed and engineered concert hall and cultural venue in Porto. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and was opened by the Portuguese President on 15 April 2005.

Side view exterior of the Casa de Música building – Porto, Portugal. The Casa de Música is a uniquely designed and engineered concert hall and cultural venue in Porto. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and was opened by the Portuguese President on 15 April 2005.

 

Colourful exterior of delicatessen, A Pérola do Bolhão - Porto, Portugal. The local grocery store is situated on Rua Formosa in downtown Porto in the district of Bolhão by the market. It stocks local Portuguese produce including wine, cheese, meats, sweets and dried cod (hanging by the door in the image).

Colourful exterior of delicatessen, A Pérola do Bolhão – Porto, Portugal. The local grocery store is situated on Rua Formosa in downtown Porto in the district of Bolhão by the market. It stocks local Portuguese produce including wine, cheese, meats, sweets and dried cod (hanging by the door in the image).

 

To see more sights and attractions of Porto, visit our stock image library and browse the ‘Europe’ collection or type ‘Porto’ in the search field. Images located there can also be downloaded, purchased and licensed for use with prints also available for non-editorial only images.

Below is a brief timelapse video, captured with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 camera, which illustrates life by the Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro in Porto. To see the video in HD, click on ‘HD’ on the video player interface and it will take you to vimeo.com.

 

 

 

 

Students perform to raise funds for charities in need – Mastana 2015

June 6th, 2015 | No Comments

Earlier this year our resident photographer, Mehul Patel, captured live performance imagery of the Mastana 2015 show in Cambridge, England. The annual event marking it’s 19th year in 2015 is organised by students of Cambridge University to raise money for designated charities.

 

Bhangra style dancing at Mastana 2015 show - Cambridge, UK

Bhangra style dancing at Mastana 2015 show – Cambridge, UK

 

The live show, which in recent years has taken place at Cambridge’s premier stage auditorium the Corn Exchange, showcased the talents of the students who produced an eclectic mix of music, dance, drama and comedy for an engaged and supportive audience. Performances ranged from diverse cultural influences flowing from Indian classical music and dance to energetic bhangra and Tamil dancing, to melodic guitarists, banjo players and colourful contemporary ballet.

 

Contemporary ballet performance finale at Mastana 2015 - Cambridge, UK

Contemporary ballet performance finale at Mastana 2015 – Cambridge, UK

 

This year Mastana 2015 raised around £10,000 for two charities, Akshaya Patra which provides food for children in schools in India and The Best of Both a charity which aims to help the education of students in Botswana and Ghana by providing facilities, equipment and food.

 

To view more images captured at Mastana 2015 click on the images or slideshow link below: