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Musical awakenings

By Maria Gregoriou

If you watched the seventh season of Britain’s got Talent back in 2013 you are sure to remember soprano Aliki Chrysochou, who wowed the judges with her voice and her life story.

Since then her voice has taken her around the world. And, although this is not the first time she has performed on the island, Chrysochou will be joined by Maestro Giannis Hadjiloizou for a concert on Saturday at the Pallas theatre in Nicosia.

The concert, under the name Awakenings, was recently performed in the UK on the occasion of World Encephalitis Day. The performance brings together a modern and classical repertoire with music from musicals, operas and pieces from the jazz, cabaret and tango genres.

This year Chrysochou is very busy with lots of performances lined up and she will be in the recording studio to record her debut album, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Hadjiloizou started piano lessons at the age of four with his father. He has performed as a solo pianist, accompanist or conductor all over Europe as well as in China and America.

He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of orchestras and he is the president and artistic director of the Cyprus Academy of Music.

The soprano and maestro will be joined by Jan Bures on guitar and Kostas Challoumas on contrabass. Special appearances will also be given by Baritone George Ioannou and fourteen-year old singer Sophia Patsalides.

Awakenings with Aliki Chrysochou and Giannis Hadjiloizou
Live performance from the soprano and the maestro. March 14. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 70-007705

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