Divine Fire at POSK

The story of Fryderyk Chopin and George Sand in music and words with

Viv McLean – piano

Susan Porrett – narrator


Divine Fire traces the passionate relationship of Fryderyk Chopin and the authoress George Sand from their first meeting in Paris in 1836 until their parting in 1849.

The story unfolds through a compelling, dramatic narration of events by the RSC, National Theatre and TV actress Susan Porrett. Mood-evoking piano pieces are interspersed with the narration as the great Chopin interpreter Viv McLean plays fiery scherzos, heart-rending ballades and stirring Polonaises.

“An absorbing, moving and beautifully presented evening of words and music.”

Frances Wilson (The Cross-Eyed Pianist)

Tickets £15 (+booking fee)


Cabaret Beyond Borders at Russian Culture House UK PREMIERE

7 Star Arts’ brand new show ‘Cabaret Beyond Borders’ receives its UK premiere at Russian Culture House of London

International duo Elena Lorenzi (vocals) and Stefano Marzanni (piano) take us on a journey into the fascinating world of European Cabaret, from Parisian bistros and decadent 1930’s Berlin to the clubs of Vienna and Moscow.

In this atmospheric and evocative show, Elena and Stefano bring to life songs by Kurt Weill, Mischa Spoliansky and Alexander Vertinsky, and those made famous by Edith Piaf and Fréhel – songs of lyrical romance and love to dark, biting satire, politics and existentialist reflections on the meaning of life. Narrated by actress Susan Porrett.

Tickets £15 in advance / £20 on the door (includes glass of Prosecco)


Clara Rodriguez, piano, at Russian Culture House

Mussorgsky | Rachmaninov | Prokofiev

Clara Rodriguez – piano
Susan Porrett – reader
Klara Smith – art

Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez, one of the most distinguished of the present generation of international artists, presents a programme of piano music by three great Russian masters, including Mussorgsky’s characterful Pictures At An Exhibition.
The music is interwoven with readings by Susan Porrett and projected images, inspired by Pictures at an Exhibition, by artist Klara Smith.


  • £20 in advance / £25 on the door


Clara’s expressive and powerful performances conveyed great lyricism to a magnetized audience
Rachmaninov – Elegy, Preludes Op. 23 No 4, 5, 6 and Op. 32 No 4 and No 12
Prokofiev – Sonata No 3, Prelude and Devilish Inspiration
Mussorgsky – Pictures At An Exhibition

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Classic Gershwin at The Old Sorting Office

7 Star Arts most popular production returns to the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes where it received its world premiere in 2014.

‘Classic Gershwin’ weaves the vibrant music of the ever-popular composer George Gershwin with his fascinating life story from birth in the colourful, teeming New York of 1898 to his tragically early death in 1937.

With prize-winning pianist and renowned Gershwin interpreter Viv McLean and RSC, National Theatre and TV actress Susan Porrett as narrator, this mixed-genre concert presents an intriguing, eclectic mix of Gershwin’s music from the much-loved Rhapsody in Blue, I got Rhythm Variations, The Man I Love and Swanee to the rarely-played classical Preludes.

Tickets £14 in advance / £15 on the door


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Classic Gershwin Showreel

A taster of Classic Gershwin, 7 Star Arts’ most popular mixed genre production, starring Viv McLean (piano) and Susan Porrett (narrator). Music by George Gershwin


7 Star Arts’ Susan Porrett in ‘The Slaves of Solitude’ at Hampstead Theatre

Our wonderful friend and actress Susan Porrett, creator of our acclaimed multi-genre productions Classic Gershwin, Divine Fire, Sweet Harmony and Chekhov’s Grand Piano, will be appearing at Hampstead Theatre in ‘The Slaves of Solitude’, a play by Nicholas Wright adapted from a novel by Patrick Hamilton, which weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy in a story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the play runs from October 20th to November 25th 2017. Details here

This winter Susan appears in two 7 Star Arts concerts – ‘Russian Winter Concert’ with Alena Lugovkina (flute) and Anne Denholm (harp) at Dorich House, Kingston on 7th December and our much-loved ‘Classic Gershwin’ with Viv McLean (piano) in the Jazz Room at the Bulls Head on 21st December.

Please visit our Events page for full details and tickets for these concerts and other 7 Star Arts productions.



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