Pirates of Penzance – Why are pirate shows so good? Because they Aaargh!

Revivals are all the rage in the West End and we’re no exception. We’ll bring an SMP twist to an old favourite. Thrusting the Gilbert & Sullivan classic up to date with our hilarious take on it.
Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera is a tale packed full of soppy pirates, inept policeman, absurd adventures & improbable paradoxes. Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29 February, he discovers he is technically a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel? Will the Pirates Pillage the General’s daughters? Will the police do anything? The only way to find out is to watch the show!

Keep your eyes peeled for our bonafide Archie who plays the role of Roger the Cabin Boy. His job is to keep the rascally pirates topped up with rum and to create mischief wherever he can!

To keep updated with all the news about the show visit the Pirates blog at their website: http://www.smptheatre.co.uk

Tickets available through the Millfield Box office on 020 8807 6680 or online at http://www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

Shows at 7.45pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 10th.

Tickets priced £15 full £13 concessions.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ
Wednesday 7 Jun 2017 to Saturday 10 Jun 2017
Contact telephone: 020 8807 6680
Call to check latest times or cancellations.


Our recording and rehearsal studio celebrates 18 years of making music: we are finally all grown up!

Legendary and emerging artists have passed through the doors of family run BonaFideStudio since we opened our doors on 1st of May 1999. We have won many awards, lost few…
Time, as they say, has a habit of flying by, and those 18 years proved no different. We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to each and every artist who has contributed to our studio’s continued success.


“I am thankful that we have been around for so long even though the industry has taken a dive at times. Through it all we have been able to find creative innovative ways to keep the studio relevant and produce quality music on a consistent basis’ Deanna Bogdanovic said. ‘BonaFideStudio wouldn’t be what it is today — London’ trusted recording and rehearsal studio — if it weren’t for our valued clients. As we turn 18, please know that we are deeply grateful for all you do. Here’s to a new 18 years full of love, respect and understanding.’

‘Brian Bogdanovic said: “It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years of BonaFideStudio. Since its initial start the studio has evolved significantly, moving with time and the advancement of technology. But without our loyal customers, we wouldn’t be here doing what we love! Thank you for trusting us with your music.”

18 years on BonaFideStudio prides itself in being one of London’s most professional, fun, and affordable recording studios. We have great gear, a convenient location, but most importantly, a good vibe. We understand the key to a successful recording session is creating a comfortable environment that allows for both efficiency and creativity. BFS also offer Mixing and Mastering services for those who want to take their recording to the next level. Our client list speaks for itself, and we’d love to add you to it. Book your free consultation with us 02088839641 We know you’ll like the space.

Let’s make some music!

Play for Progress

We are very proud to work with Play for Progress: a London-based, award-winning, global NGO who deliver therapeutic and educational music programmes for children who are victims of conflict and war.
They run their Make Some Noise project: a sustainable programme of educational activities for the hundreds of unaccompanied minor refugee children who come to the UK seeking asylum through the Refugee Council UK’s (RCUK) Children’s Section in Croydon.

They Help the children:
Develop confidence, methods of self-expression, and peer trust
Develop personal, social, and practical skills
Harness tools to overcome adversity, trauma, and stress
Avoid isolation
Use music as a means to develop, explore, and challenge themselves
They Help the London community:
Promote cultural understanding
Develop intimate inter-community ties
Celebrate diversity
Unite and enrich five exceptional organisations in a common cause

They need at the moment:

Wind Instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
Brass Instruments (Trumpet, Trombone)
String Instruments(Violin, Viola, Cello)
Percussion (tuned and untuned)
Bilingual Dictionaries (to English) in the following languages: Pashto, Albanian, Tigrinya, Arabic, Dari, Vietnamese, and Amharic.
Smart Phones
if you can donate ANY of above mentioned items please contact Anna MacDonald 07739469582 or Click here to donate monetery.

Children caught in war and violence are traumatised. Their education is interrupted or non-existent, and they don’t have the resources to participate in creative activities that are vital to healthy emotional and intellectual growth. Play for Progress (PFP) is a not-for-profit organisation that works with pre-existing NGOs and child protection services in areas of recent conflict and within refugee communities in the UK to provide therapeutic and educational music programmes within safe spaces for children who are effected by violence, war, and displacement. Founded by classical flautist Alyson Frazier and medical doctor, Anna MacDonald, PFP strives to provide traumatized children with examples of how to lead and be a positive force within communities facing difficulties. It is becoming increasingly vital that this vastly connected and swiftly globalizing world needs more points of connection among its diverse communities. Children who come into this world’s current climate of violence, political discord, and misunderstandings will ‘learn’ that this is the norm. There is nothing more dangerous than leaving the youngest generation of the Earth without hope and positive examples to reinforce the importance of the self and of connecting with others. We cannot leave these young people to fend for themselves while politics delay and policies fight through bureaucracy. These children need our help now. Play for Progress has previously worked with young people in refugee camps and post-conflict areas abroad, and will continue to do so. However, we saw a pressing local need towards which requires our attention; that is the need of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who come to the UK each year seeking asylum. As such, they launched the “Make Some Noise” Project with the Refugee Council UK (RCUK) on Nov 1, 2016. Based on the overwhelming positive feedback they received from participants, the Refugee Council, and their roster of 10 dedicated tutors, they are committed to delivering this programme indefinitely.

They created a sustainable model of a year’s worth of educational activities and workshops that provide opportunities, insights, skills, and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to the children involved with the Children’s Section of the Refugee Council UK (RCUK) in Croydon. The programme teaches practical as well as vital life-skills to these young people (11-18) have secured asylum in the UK and often live in foster homes and have few resources and support systems. Their programme creates opportunities for community bonding and cross-cultural understanding, and helps participants develop new personal skills (including growing aspirations, building self confidence), practical skills (instrumental teaching, composition) and social skills (team work, collaboration). The programme exposes these children to experiences, ideas, art-forms, methods of self-expression that help them to be better able to help them overcome adversity and stress, bond with their peers, and connect with other portions of London’s diverse and vibrant community. This programme unites several exceptional organisations (see below) to provide for a need that is not being met and enhances each of the organisations involved in turn. These organizations, all of which have signed on as official partners for this ongoing project, include the Refugee Council UK, Royal Academy of Music (RAM), and Orchestras for All (NOFA). They have also established relationships with several support organizations that offer supportive services to our participants. The programme fosters community relationships, and provides much-needed compensation for all young professional music tutors who volunteer their time. This ensures that they are promoting sustainability and growth within the music industry.

What is the curriculum of the programme?
Any teen or young person involved with the RCUK’s Children’s Section is welcome to enrol and participate free of charge. Every student will: • Select an instrument of their choice • Take private instrumental lessons every Friday • Participate in song writing classes every Friday • Participate in our big workshops on the first Wednesday of every month. These workshops involve a large range of topics and activities, from sound painting and Congolese music to jazz and improvisation. • Automatically be enrolled in Orchestras for All’s regional orchestral programme, which enables them to perform twice annually as a member of their unique youth orchestra for children from across the UK with complex lives. • Attend outings to concerts, exhibitions, and plays with the Play for Progress team starting from mid 2017 • Celebrate their achievements at our end of year showcase, which family, friends, and supporters can attend!

Who will engage with this activity?
PARTNERSHIPS: PFP partnered with the Refugee Council UK, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Orchestra for All, to create this programme. Each of these organizations wants PFP to continue to lead this social engagement/community building/musical education project, which benefits everyone involved, enriches each organization in its own right, and results in connecting diverse communities in London. PARTICIPANTS: The children who participate in and benefit from our activities are unaccompanied minors who come through the RCUK in Croydon, many of whom now live in foster homes and have few support systems. In Croydon the population of asylum seekers is high and public sector organizations are struggling to fully support this vulnerable group.

TUTORS and WORKSHOP LEADERS: All of their tutors and workshop leaders are leading young artists with varied and impressive portfolio careers. These professional musicians have a desire to help those in need and connect with others through music, however are limited by the current poor financial state of the music industry and cannot volunteer all the hours required for this project without pay. Because they want to enrich the lives of all involved with this project and help young musicians to help themselves and others, they offer full Musicians’ Union (MU) rates for every tutor and workshop leader who participates in the monthly performance workshop and in private teaching. They also want to encourage respectful and appropriate monetary compensation within the art and non-profit industries for the highly-skilled work of artists.

AUDIENCE: Throughout the year, our participants will perform in the Orchestras for All regional and national meets. 3,000 teachers attend the culminating national meet. At the end of the year, they will host their own showcase performance to specifically highlight the talent and skills the RCUK participants have learned, and to bring together all volunteers and participants in a showcasing fundraising event that will aid them in sustaining the programme indefinitely.

Who will benefit from this programme?
In addition to the 200+ children involved with the children’s section, they support their staff of 12, and all additional occasional volunteers, including musicians, therapists, workshop leaders, chaperones, specialists, and fundraising volunteers. Each of their  partner organisations will also be enriched by this programme as their staff and participant pool will be able to engage with parts of London’s diverse cultural fabric with which they, most likely, would not otherwise come into contact. With this one programme they will be able to make lasting cultural, educational, and personal links between four exceptional volunteer arts organisations, a world-class conservatoire, and the promising generation of young people who will participate.

They require further support to ensure that their directors can continue to dedicate a large portion of their lives to ensuring the success of this programme that is very distinctly already making a large difference in the lives of many. We would be exceedingly grateful if you could support their work and join us in solidarity with vulnerable young people. For more information about Play for Progress’s experience and credentials in addition to testimonials from past projects, please visit their social media pages or their website at www.playforprogress.com



International Women’s Day (8th of March) is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

BonaFideStudio traditionally celebrate it by giving The Female Artist of the Year Tribute and this 2017 we chose Kerry Gallagher, singer, actress, songwriter and animal lover.


As an actress, Kerry is known for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – Hercules and the Circle of Fire , Riding High, Benny Hill and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys to name but the few.

In the current time, Kerry is recording a new album with Keith Airey and enjoying spending her free time with her adorable pup Hendrix.


We have known and worked with Kerry for five years and we have always found her dependable, professional, efficient, and unfailingly caring. In fact, we have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does. Also, her willingness to take on difficult tasks and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed us over the years.


Her skills do not end with her studio work with us. She also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to everyone around her. We have seen her resolve conflicts and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. In the community she goes out of her way to help people in need by organizing charity drives, participating in our Geisterfest, performing at MidSummerMuswell… She loves people and animals, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her.

Kerry is deserved FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017, congratulations !

Feeling worn out? Here’s how music will set you up …

by Anna Snaczke

Oh, isn’t the longed-for evening after a busy day the perfect time to put your feet up and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet? Well, it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that you’re either exhausted and ready to drop then and there, or you can’t get rid of your manager’s voice ringing in your head, reminding you to hurry up with that report.


Any or both cases sound familiar? Don’t worry, music is here to come to your rescue.

However implausible it might seem to those sceptics out there, active listening to music has a miraculous effect on our body, mind, and soul, helping us to overcome the feeling of both physical weariness and emotional strain. Listening to slow, quiet classical music stimulates our brain, slows our heart rate and pulse, lowers blood pressure, and decreases the level of stress hormones circulating in our blood.
It works like magic, and even a short relaxation session gives us a positive boost, making us feel not only physically refreshed, but also more creative and efficient. Not to mention the icing on the cake, which is the sheer pleasure of sitting back in your comfy chair while enjoying a bit of mind-soothing music. Your recipe is ready, a perfect evening awaits you.

Not sure which music to choose?
And what if you’re not a huge fan of Mozart or want to try something other than classics?
No worries.
Even if you’re not particularly fond of classical music, there are plenty of other options waiting for you. After all, everyone chooses their favourites based on the very individual effect a given type of music has on them, and there’s no accounting for taste. The best solution is to follow your
heart and stick to the rule that whatever makes you feel better, works for you.

That’s enough theory, now it’s time for a practical exercise. Prepare a cup of tea, sit back in your armchair, play whatever you fancy, relax and immerse yourself in your own oasis of peace.

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Drummer’s Way)

Our regular Ellie has been learning to play the drums for 2 and a half years, without telling her boyfriend Gareth. She did this for many reasons, but mainly because she thought it would be fun. Here is a video of the day she finally revealed her secret. We find it so romantic and wanted to share with you on Valentine’s Day!

Ad-libbing, the art of making it up as you go…not!?

Ad-libbing is having to make things up on the fly, in the middle of a performance, in real time, right in front of everybody with lot of opportunities to stumble or get tongue-tied, freeze up, go blank, on stage or in the studio .
That’s exactly why most professionals don’t, and you shouldn’t either.


The “skill” is a nice one to have, but it’s importance is way over-rated. It’s way more important to nail that song without any mistakes, than it is to be really good at making stuff up on the fly. At the end of the day nobody knows or cares if you’re making it up or if you wrote it all down a week ago.

Adlibs are needed more on slower tracks like trap beats. But it really depends on the artist and the direction of the song. They add a great amount of flavor and energy to a track if done right. If not, they can easily take away and distract from the music and the feeling.

There’s a difference between
1. Back Ground Vocals:
Used randomly through a song to enhance the lead vocals, usually in a rhyme.
2. Double Vocals:
Singing the exact performance through an entire song.
3. Ad-Libs:
Rand words, notes or noises. They do not copy the exact pitch, cadence or even same words as the lead vocal.
An adlib is extra words or phrases that done fall directly into the harmony, timing and pitch of the main vocal.
Like a trumpet player going on a quick solo or fill.
Background vocals are harmonies and phrases that accent the main vocal. They aren’t meant to stand out. Like a group of singers on a chorus behind the lead vocalist.
They can be slightly different but shouldn’t be noticed much.

Sometimes a cleaner vocal fits the style  of your track better than doubling adlibs do.

(Adlibs that explain the punchline are corny. Let the listener catch it. Don’t assume everybody’s slow. Leave some lyrics to be found years later when somebody listens to it for the 30th time and finally has an “ah ha” moment.)

But…there is no right or wrong way about it. Its all down to your personal taste.