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Snaps man kicks off Proms music from the world

PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

MUSIC from around the world is being performed in a series of People’s Proms’ in London’s East End, beginning with a guitar-playing photo-journalist now back from conflict zones he’s been covering. This year’s Village Proms outside the People’s Palace theatre at Queen Mary’s College in Mile End features a series of free performances from top musicians from China to Brazil

MUSIC from around the world is being performed in a series of 'People's Proms' in London's East End, beginning with a guitar-playing photo-journalist now back from conflict zones he's been covering.

This year's Village Proms outside the People's Palace theatre at Queen Mary's College in Mile End features a series of free performances from top musicians from China to Brazil.

The lunchtime and evening series which began this week runs to October 9, held next to the Curve restaurant on the college campus in Mile End Road (Tube: Mile End or Stepney Green).

Tonight's two-hour performance beginning at 6pm (Thursday) is guitarist Nicky Lewin, who has worked for 20 years as a multi-award winning photo-journalist covering events such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the war in the Congo and the effects of HIV-AIDS throughout Africa.

His music is inspired by the people he has met and the situations he has witnessed.

Nick performs Spanish guitar to a backdrop of his photography that spans much of Africa and Asia, as well as Eastern and Western Europe.

Other concerts at mile End in the series:

Tuesday lunchtime, September 23, 1.05-1.50pm

Brasil Universo: Latin jazz

Thursday lunchtime, September 25, 1.05-1.50pm

Silk String Quartet: music of China

Tuesday lunchtime, September 30, 1.05-1.50pm

Limon: music of Peru

Thursday lunchtime, October 2, 1.05-1.50pm

FDZ: Klezmer music

Thursday evening, October 2, 6-8pm

Rhythms of the City: big Latin band and dance

Tuesday lunchtime, October 7, 1.05-1.50pm

College Music Society: classical pieces

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