Lizzie Ball (special projects only)

Lizzie Ball (special projects only)

Biography

Lizzie is an internationally performing violinist, vocalist and creative producer. She was recently awarded an Honorary Masters Degree in November 2018 from The University of Derby in recognition of her achievements in the field of music and her innovative and creative approach to classical music. She founded Classical Kicks Productions Ltd in 2012 where it enjoyed a 4 year sold-out residency at Ronnie Scott’s featuring a whole host of top notch classical musicians, string quartets, mixed with appearances from beatboxers, rappers, poets, jazz musicians and more. Classical Kicks also has its own children’s show, a show with DJ Rob da Bank combining electronic music with the CK Ensemble, and a festival that runs in Derbyshire twice yearly. In December 2018, Lizzie was chosen as one of the top 50 females in the UK by the Daily Mail’s Top 50 of 2018 list, Lizzie’s career has seen her enjoy a world class diverse range of experiences. Highlights include touring internationally for several years with Nigel Kennedy as soloist and Concertmaster of his Orchestra of Life (including directing for him the ‘Palestine Prom’ for the BBC Proms 2013 in the Royal Albert Hall) and appeared with Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck as a featured artist in US-wide tours which gave her rave reviews in every one of the 30 concerts they performed together. She is Ambassador for the charity PRISMA, (founded by Morgan Szymanski) providing arts workshops to underdeveloped areas of Mexico.

More recently she co-created (with Producer/Writer/Director) Emily Blacksell) ‘Corrido: A Ballad for the Brave’, an audio-visual odyssey telling the life story of Frida Kahlo and her female contemporaries, which premiered at the V and A Museum alongside their prestigious ‘Making her Self Up’ exhibition to wide acclaim. Lizzie is Derbyshire born and bred, and read Music at St. Johns College, Cambridge, and took further studies at the Royal College of Music/Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is endorsed by Strymon Pedals, AER Amplifiers, Kun Shoulder Rests, and Thomastik Strings.

Pro Artist LTAM is delighted to present three new projects in collaboration with violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball.

For further information, download the PDF project packs or contact Laura Tear.

Classical Kicks Ensemble

Lizzie Ball  Director/Violin
Gabriella Swallow  cello
Milos Milivojevic  accordion
James Turner  percussion

Classical Kicks is excellent. Lizzie Ball has proved herself to be not only a first rate musician, but also a brilliant producer bringing her audience huge pleasure.

Joyce Hytner OBE

Classical Kicks Ensemble - Lizzie Ball.pdf (3 pages, 5MB)

Classical Kicks is comprised of a primarily classical music programme, flavoured with pieces of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and contemporary music, performed by world class musicians who are highly versatile in their skills as both classical and improvising musicians.

Our musical arrangements are inspiring, uplifting and entertaining. If you love classical music but also enjoy other styles, performed to the highest quality within a down to earth approach, then this is for you. Programmes include works by Bartok, Piazzolla, John Williams, Bluegrass traditionals, Vivaldi and more.

Stephane Grappelli, George Shearing and the Great American Songbook with Lizzie and the James Pearson Trio

Lizzie Ball  violin/vocals
James Pearson  piano
Sam Burgess  bass
James Turner  drums

Lizzie and James are on dazzling from in this unique and meticulously curated and performed tribute to the great jazz legends.

Fringe Opera

Grappelli Show - Lizzie Ball.pdf (5 pages, 0.7MB)

A tribute to Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing, this show incorporates Lizzie’s tribute to the 1973 album “The Reunion” by Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing, within the glorious context of the Great American Songbook - and the musicians and composers who created the legend, such as Cole Porter, Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson.

The band will perform specially written arrangements by Andrew Cottee (whose credits include arranging for the John Wilson Orchestra) and James and Lizzie. Lizzie had collaborated for several years with Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director and jazz pianist James Pearson and his acclaimed trio performing a wide variety of programmes and recording 2 CDs to date, “You Held Me” featuring works from classical and jazz worlds and “Hasta Siempre” featuring works from the classical and Latin American worlds.

A Musical Portrait of Coco Chanel, Igor Stravinsky and early 20th century Paris

Lizzie Ball  curator/violin
Milos Milivojevic  accordion

A superb and thrilling performance throughout using music, words, visuals, and fashion to paint a fascinating picture of this historic time.

Music at Malling Festival 2019

Musical Portrait of Stravinsky and Chanel - Lizzie Ball.pdf (25 pages, 18MB)

The relationship between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky is a constant source of fascination for historians, music/fashion experts, and more. The context of early 20th century Paris within which both artists lived, is of course regarded historically as one of the most exciting periods of creative output in the European artistic world.

Following on from Lizzie’s fascinating and acclaimed audio-visual production on the life of Frida Kahlo last year, Lizzie presents the next chapter in the series, a concert which explores this fascinating part of musical and fashion history. Together with virtuoso accordionist Milos Milivojevic, they perform music to include arrangements by the composer himself of The Firebird ballet, Suite Italienne, whilst discussing the influence of Chanel, Stravinsky and other contemporaries of the vibrant Parisian Left Bank artistic scene of the early/mid 20th century.