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Giles Terera backstage at the 2018 Olivier Awards

Giles Terera backstage at the 2018 Olivier Awards after winning the Best Actor in a Musical

London Theatre News Today: Tuesday 9 February

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 9 February 2021, Last Updated 15 February 2021

A solo concert with Olivier Award-winning Giles Terera to be streamed globally from March

Giles Terera, the Olivier Award-winning West End star of ‘Hamilton’, performs the world premiere of ‘Black Matter’, a new song cycle composed while he observed life on the changing streets of London’s Soho over a tumultuous summer in lockdown.

Giles, who won the Best Actor in a Musical Olivier as Aaron Burr in ‘Hamilton’, said: “I live in Soho, London. I was there throughout last summer. I saw Soho shift from deserted tranquillity, where the only sounds were birds and church bells to the noise and heat of demands for social justice and civil unrest. I saw couples and families sneaking bike rides and I saw violence – protests and peacemakers, homelessness and empty properties. People helping each other and people hurting each other. I saw confusion and hope and strength. I found myself taking my guitar and writing about what I was seeing and feeling and thinking. My aim was to respond immediately to what I was  experiencing. How do we communicate in this atmosphere? How do we find love and balance and strength?”

Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) with the West End cast of HamiltonGiles Terera (Aaron Burr) with the West End cast of Hamilton

Filmed during lockdown at Soho’s Crazy Coqs with multiple cameras, with Giles accompanying himself on guitar and piano, these are songs of protest and joy and anger and love. Drawing on Giles’ eclectic musical influences, ‘Black Matter’ comprises of 12 new songs – ballads, jazz, blues, funk and groove – brought mesmerisingly to life.

The solo concert with Giles accompanying himself on guitar and piano will be streamed globally on demand from March 24 – 31. Click here to find out more!


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Aisha Jawando as Tina in Tina- The Tina Turner Musical (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

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