Album: Music from the Penguin Cafe, Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Editions Penguin Cafe)

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There's always been something quintessentially English about the Penguin Café Orchestra, despite the incorporation of such "foreign" elements as cuatro guitar, ukulele and harmonium into their folksy palm-court orchestra textures, and the hints of minimalist and avant-garde experimentation which colour their pastoral studies.

Since the death of their founding composer, Simon Jeffes, his son Arthur has taken up the reins with a refreshed line-up now known as Music from the Penguin Café, whose concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust is captured here on CD and DVD. A repertoire of old favourites such as "Giles Farnaby's Dream" and "Music for a Found Harmonium" is extended with new material in the tradition by Arthur, and every penny of the purchase price goes to the charity.

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