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MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE HARRY SPARKS SURGE IN SUITORS CREATING & DESIGNING MARKLE-INSPIRED DIAMOND RINGS

MEGHAN MARKLE’S ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE HARRY SPARKS SURGE IN SUITORS CREATING & DESIGNING  MARKLE-INSPIRED DIAMOND RINGS

LONDON-BASED DIAMOND BRAND, VASHI, WHICH ENABLES CUSTOMERS TO DESIGN AND MAKE THEIR OWN DIAMOND JEWELLERY, NOW “INUNDATED WITH DESIGN COMMISSIONS FOR MARKLE SPARKLE”

PEAK MARRIAGE PROPOSAL SEASON, WHICH SPIKES ON CHRISTMAS EVE, GETS A ROYAL BOOST AT VASHI

*Three-stone white diamond design created by a customer this week at VASHI – inspired by Meghan Markle’s engagement ring

Founder and CEO, Vashi Dominguez, talks about the reactive demand for Markle-inspired diamond rings this Christmas and why creating it at VASHI means that you too can design and make your own ring for your loved one.

‘Prince Harry has long been seen as the ‘people’s prince’, his very human and humble qualities resonating with the public. His choice not to sit behind a big brand name in his choice of ring – but rather to design his own –  echoes his character and true emotion.’  Vashi Dominguez, founder and CEO VASHI

Leading London-based diamond jeweller, VASHI, who opened their third store in Westfield London Luxury village last Friday, has been inundated with requests from eager suitors to design and create the most talked-about diamond ring of the decade. The Mayfair flagship, Grafton street and new Westfield store have had a stream of walk in appointments seeking out the brand to hand make custom jewellery. Traditionally it’s the busiest time within the retail calendar, with marriage proposals spiking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Demand for the three-stone white diamond ring with a vintage setting has soared with as many as one in four customers designing and making a Markle-inspired design.

 

Unlike conventional jewellery brands, who offer formulaic designs, VASHI’s signature interactive experience allows customers to make or design their own diamond jewellery and take part in making it. VASHI’s Mayfair flagship store has an in-store diamond laboratory and customers are invited to get hands on analysing diamonds under the microscope and making their perfect ring with the in-store craftsmen.

 

From couples shopping together, to would-be suitors shopping on behalf of their beloved, customers have been looking to take the design inspiration from Meghan Markle’s ring and add their own design elements to create something truly unique. And, with pricing as clear as their exceptional and hand selected diamonds, VASHI offers the same comparable quality as Bond Street but at price levels substantially below Bond Street and even High street pricing. Meaning a Meghan Markle inspired diamond ring is accessible for all.

 

VASHI have launched the Lovestrike collection to give everyone the opportunity to customize their jewellery. The collection of rings, earrings and pendants in both pave diamonds and smooth are all to be customized and made by you. You don’t buy a Lovestrike piece off the shelf, you create it yourself. Customers choose from a tray of sparkling melee diamonds which ones twinkle the brightest and picks the final three diamonds to complete their piece. Alongside the instore Alchemist, you can even set the stones yourself if you wish. The VASHI customer is inspired and encourage to push their boundaries and show off their personality through their customization.

“At VASHI, we are all about helping you put your own heart into making the dream ring for the one you love. Whilst many customers have been directly inspired by the beauty of Meghan’s engagement ring, we’ve also seen some beautiful bespoke variations.

I am delighted by the happy news of this young couple. It resonates with me that Harry chose to design and make his own ring. It’s a truly personal ring – a hand written love note – from him to Meghan incorporating diamonds from his mother’s jewellery.

The ring is a beautiful – and highly personal take on a classic setting. The side stones nod to the vintage settings which are becoming more and more popular. Though we’ve only seen brief images of the central diamond, it looks like a magnificent stone.

In my twenty years within the diamond industry I’ve seen this progression away from buying off the shop floor to customers designing and making rings themselves. People want to put a little bit of themselves in to the ring the give. ‘I love you, I made this for you’ will always win over ‘I love you, I bought this for you’ because you have invested heart and soul into creating your own unique and very intimate symbol of your love.

I created the Mayfair flagship VASHI store on this principle where by customers design and make jewellery alongside VASHI craftsman on the shop floor within our state of the art workshop.”

Vashi Dominguez, founder and CEO VASH www.vashi.com

VASHI expands to second retail outlet in London’s busiest shopping centre; Westfield London, bringing its signature interactive experience to the heart of the Luxury Village to stand alongside the world’s leading brands.

 

The expansive VASHI store reflects the brands ethos of transparency and welcomes customers at every corner. Set across 1,700 square feet, timber and stainless-steal edged kimberlite surfaces (the rock that is the birthplace of diamonds) reflect the brilliance of the diamonds on show.

VASHI jewellery centers around the customer. It is they who create it, be that from the design through to assembly or though the initial choosing the diamond(s). The process is collaborative between customer and VASHI craftsman and the result is always a truly unique ring ‘made by you’. As founder and CEO Vashi Dominguez notes: “ ‘I love you, I made this for you’ will always win over ‘I love you, I bought this for you’ because you have invested heart and soul into creating your own unique and very intimate symbol of your love”. Be that the love of an engagement or a parent to child or best friends, the choice from earrings and pendants through to engagement and wedding rings encapsulates every kind of loving emotion.

Two private consultation rooms circle the central diamond bar where diamonds are openly on display to twinkle and play with the light. The heart of the store is the lab [workshop?] where the resident jewellery alchemists work throughout the day crafting the jewellery. As in all VASHI stores, customers are welcome to roll up their sleeves to create their personal item of jewellery or can watch the master jewellers at work. Traditional tools sit alongside cutting-edge state-of-the-art lasers and engraving tools all in the hands of VASHI master jewelers.

VASHI employs resident craftsmen with a combined 50 years of experience at the highest level of jewellery making. Over the launch of the Westfield store, VASHI jewelers will host a program of masterclasses to explain, uncover and curate the history and finesse of diamonds and diamond jewellery. Masterclasses are exclusive to VASHI Westfield London with a limit of just 6 people per session running 5 days per week from 8th until 22nd December.

 

 

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INAUGURAL VERVE CHARITY GALA BALL RAISES OVER £10,000 FOR MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

INAUGURAL VERVE CHARITY GALA BALL RAISES OVER £10,000 FOR MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

A TIME FOR DRIVEN PEOPLE TO GIVE BACK

  • Female entrepreneur and cofounder of Verve Rally, Darshana Ubl raises over £10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Tessy of Luxembourg supports the event based on female empowerment
  • Darshana believes in the principles of hard work, commitment to a cause and making the world a better place by giving back

 

Verve Rally, the luxurious adventure travel experience hosted their inaugural fundraising Gala Ball on 29th November at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, raising over £10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

 

The Verve Gala Ball raises funds for established charities based in England and Wales. The Gala and Verve’s other charitable activities are the initiative of Darshana Ubl, the co-founder of Verve Rally. Darshana is a spokesperson for business on BBC News, an investor, and has been the driving force behind several businesses. She believes in the principles of hard work, commitment to a cause and making the world a better place.

 

Over 120 guests were treated to a champagne reception, a three-course meal, wine, fundraising and live entertainment by DJ Joshua, Monroe and Benjamin in a sumptuous and luxurious atmosphere. Guests included Tessy Antony of Luxembourg, Ververs (Verve Rally participants who are travel and car enthusiasts), along with some of UK’s leading business leaders, political heads, influencers and all-round cool people who enjoy a good work-life balance and giving back.
Channel 4 were also filming for a new TV programme about fashion designer Ian Stuart. The series will feature Darshana Ubl and her amazing wardrobe.

 

Darshana Ubl says of the event: “Memories are one thing that cannot be taken from us. It has been a pleasure to raise funds for Make A Wish foundation to help put a smile on the faces of terminally ill children”.

“ No effort towards others remains unrewarded” – Tessy of Luxembourg

Make-A-Wish Foundation grant terminally-ill children their One True Wish, providing hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their condition. They’re given quality time away from the daily realities of living with their condition and have the chance to make magical memories they can treasure forever – whatever their future may hold.

 

Natasha Dubash, Regional Fundraising Manager for Make-A-Wish Foundation, said:

“We are thrilled that Verve Rally have chosen to support Make-A-Wish through their Charity Gala this November. I am sure that the event will be a huge success, raising funds for Make-A-Wish and enabling us to help grant more magical wishes for children and young people living with life-threatening conditions. The funds raised from this event will go towards making more children’s magical wishes come true. We are so grateful for the support.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Verve Rally’s fundraising

http://www.vervecharity.org/

 

Darshana Ubl biography

http://www.darshanaubl.com

Darshana Ubl is a serial entrepreneur who believes in blending her passion with work to create businesses that are aligned to one’s overall values and goals.

She is the co-founder of Verve Rally, which specialises in luxury adventure holidays with GT/Supercars and also a property development company.

She has been involved in fund raising for several charities including Cherie Blair Foundation, Princes Trust, PATT foundation and now Make A Wish. Darshana Ubl has a Masters Degree in Economics and is based in London.

and what they mean to children and young people and their families. We would ask that this approach is followed and that the term ‘life-threatening conditions’ is used in material for publication.

 

 

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VASHI OPENS DIAMOND CONCEPT STORE IN LONDON’S PICCADILLY

 

VASHI OPENS DIAMOND CONCEPT STORE IN LONDON’S PICCADILLY

   

“The Brave Make”

The Diamond Engagement Ring and Jewellery Made by You for The One

46 Piccadilly, London

 

The future of diamond jewellery shopping is unveiled this week, as leading retailer, VASHI, opens the doors to its eagerly anticipated concept store in Central London’s Piccadilly. Set across 1500 square feet and two floors, the disruptive new retail concept has turned the traditional jewellery retail model on its head by putting the customer centre-stage for the first ever deeply experiential proposition. Unlike existing diamond retailers, VASHI’s customers are encouraged to get truly hands-on creating their own rings and other jewellery with diamonds of exceptional brilliance and quality but at price levels substantially below equivalent Bond St and even High St pricing.

 

“By establishing our first concept store, we want to make you the heroes and heroines, the stars of the show, fully immersed in the incredible and hidden world of diamond jewellery, whether for the love of your life or for yourself – the whole experience is about you, not about us”, explains diamond expert Vashi Dominguez, Founder and CEO of the business established as an online retailer over 10 years ago.

“We are all about helping you to recreate the sort of raw, intense and pure emotion and overwhelming love that brought tears of joy to your parents’ eyes as you proudly presented your first love letter to them, drawn at school – a drawing that was of course treasured for life”.

The extent of the VASHI revolution is immediately clear. Its vibrant windows on Piccadilly showcase the magic and dramatic theatre of diamond craftspeople – the Alchemists – at work right alongside customers in a startlingly modern and disruptive store. The store design is unlike anything in the jewellery sector, with an incredibly engaging story line – even the door handle is crafted from exquisite kimberlite, the birthplace of diamonds deep within the Earth’s crust. Conventional practices are bravely debunked, with diamonds openly on display and accessible to customers instead of locked away behind glass. The atmosphere is disarmingly relaxed and friendly.

 

Vashi Diamonds, 46 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 25 September 2017

“We don’t really want to sell you what is on display – we always prefer you to handpick your own diamond, to play with them while you choose the one that appeals most to you, match this with your favourite setting – or even design it from scratch – and then put your own heart into making your ring, with us as your support crew”, commented Vashi Dominguez.

“Try doing that with existing retailers”, he added.

 

The VASHI Journey

A team of resident ‘Guardian Angels’1 and ‘Alchemists’2 are on hand to take you through the full sensory experience of “The Brave Make”3 . After honing in on a design and creating a digital mood-board, you get hands-on with dazzling three billion year-old diamonds, every one of which has been specifically selected for its exceptional brilliance by Vashi himself, until you find the perfect one for them.

Then it’s off into the amazing underworld of the VASHI diamond lab, where you sit right alongside your personal Alchemist at their bench as the Alchemist sets to work with state-of-the-art lasers, chemicals and flames to melt and form precious metal to encase your diamond. You are invited to roll up your sleeves and take part in the creation of your ring, polishing and setting your diamond yourself. Every step on your journey to creating this unique ring is captured as a personalised film to share on social, and as an impressive coffee table book to be shared with your loved ones.

Vashi Dominguez concluded: “I love you, I made this for you” will always win over “I love you, I bought this for you” because you have invested heart and soul into creating your own unique and very intimate symbol of your love”.

VASHI is located at 46 Piccadilly and is open 7 days a week.

 

Vashi.com

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#THEBRAVEMAKE #THEONE #BETHEHERO #BETHEHEROINE #FEELTHELOVE #YELLHELLYES

 

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Editor’s Notes

About VASHI

 

Vashi is a leading diamond jewellery multi channel retailer. Based in London but selling worldwide as Vashi.com, the business has grown rapidly over the past 10 years by focussing on on-line customisation of jewellery with diamonds of exceptional brilliance but at accessible pricing. In 2017, Vashi has intensified its special fully-immersive approach to personalisation, opening a ground-breaking concept store at 46 Piccadilly in London, where customers get directly involved hands-on in creating their jewellery, from selecting their own diamond all the way through to setting the gem with the help of the resident Alchemists. Vashi also operates a popup store at 13 Grafton St, just off London’s Bond St. 

1 About The Guardian Angels

The ultimate wingmen and wingwomen for the purchase experience. Vashi Guardian Angels are there to offer a guiding light to the customer, The Hero, taking them through the choices, akin to a personal shopper.

 

2 About The Alchemist

The Alchemist is the ultra-skilled magician behind the craft that is personalised jewellery – their excellence of craft can bring any idea to life, creating the ultimate expression of love.

 

3 About The Brave Make

The overarching marketing creative for VASHI focusses on a robust new brand identity: “The Brave Make” and “The One”. Each of these battle cries targets the notion that a gift into which you have invested real personal effort and thought will always trump a comparable gift bought off the shelf, whatever the price.

 

 

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ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

ITS OFFICIAL, BRIGHTON IS THE HAPPIEST CITY IN THE UK

  • Study reveals Oxford is the most satisfied city
  • Edinburgh ranks bottom for happiest and satisfied, favouring the words anxious and depressed
  • 33 is the a happiest age
  • Survey reveals forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on us all

 

Its official, Brighton is the happiest city in the UK. In a nationwide survey into the satisfaction of the nation, Brighton and Hove came out as the Happiness Capital, with over a third of the city’s populace choosing the word ‘Happy’ to describe their lives.

At the other end of the scale, just 16 per cent of Edinburgh residents described their lives as ‘Happy’, favouring the words ‘Anxious’ and ‘Depressed’.

As for the city which has the highest level of general life satisfaction, it was Oxford, which came top with a score of 6.72 out of 10, while Edinburgh came bottom once again with an average of 5.89 out of 10. When asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 the average Brit gave themselves a middling 6.37 out of 10.

 

Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Super Seed brand, who commissioned the study, said: “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!”

Just 1 in 10 Brits rated their life satisfaction at 9 or above (indicating excellent life satisfaction).

The study, which quizzed 3,000 Brits, also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found 3 in 5 look to bed for comfort in hard times, while over half lean on family for support.

43 per cent of those surveyed play their favourite music when they need to raise their spirits, and reading a book proved more popular for boosting our serotonin levels than sex.

Typical British weather is most likely to get us feeling down in the dumps, with 40 per cent claiming that inclement weather has a negative effect on their emotions.

Nearly half of the women polled in the study thought time to relax was important for their well-being, while 35 per cent of men preferred sex as a way to unwind.

When it comes to having a bad day, women are twice as likely as men to be brought down by living in a messy home, with 37 per cent claiming that untidiness has a negative effect on their mood compared to 18 per cent of men.

 

Most Brits believe that they will be at their happiest at the age of 33, and just over a third believe that their best years are now behind them.

 

An optimistic fifth think that they are currently having the time of their lives.

When asked to describe how often they feel in a positive mood, 58 per cent said that they are usually happy people, and only 6 per cent said they rarely or never feel happiness. A quarter of Brits describe themselves as anxious, and only 1 in 7 consider themselves a generally confident person.

 

Women are more likely to describe themselves as anxious, sensitive and loving, while men prefer to describe themselves as confident, happy and proud. Worryingly, 44 per cent of those polled believe that they have experienced a panic attack at one time or another in their lives, and 3 in 5 have suffered from anxiety.

 

In order to make their lives better, 1 in 6 would like to improve their physical fitness and 16 per cent would like to have more certain financial security.

 

Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge from 9NINE, who commissioned the study, continued: “Happiness is at the heart of our brand, our study has helped to show that when it comes to the secret of happiness the simple things in life are usually best. Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”

 

 

THE HAPPIEST CITIES IN THE UK:

  1. Brighton and Hove
  2. Leicester
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Newcastle
  5. Oxford
  6. Chelmsford
  7. Norwich
  8. Bristol
  9. London
  10. Cambridge
  11. Manchester
  12. Belfast
  13. Coventry
  14. Cardiff
  15. Birmingham
  16. York
  17. Plymouth
  18. Sheffield
  19. Leeds
  20. Glasgow
  21. Southampton
  22. Liverpool
  23. Edinburgh

 

BEST UK CITIES FOR LIFE SATISFACTION:

  1. Oxford
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton and Hove
  4. Chelmsford
  5. Leeds
  6. Leicester
  7. Newcastle
  8. Southampton
  9. Manchester
  10. Portsmouth
  11. London
  12. Norwich
  13. Glasgow
  14. Cardiff
  15. Belfast
  16. Liverpool
  17. Coventry
  18. York
  19. Sheffield
  20. Plymouth
  21. Cambridge
  22. Birmingham
  23. Edinburgh

TOP TEN WAYS TO LIFT SPIRITS

  1. A good night’s rest                           59.57%
  2. Spending time with family              53.40%
  3. Spending time with friends            46.97%
  4. Having downtime to relax               44.40%
  5. Listening to music                           43.27%
  6. Regular exercise                              39.87%
  7. Watch TV/A film                               35.80%
  8. Reading a book                                34.80%
  9. Doing your hobby                            32.33%
  10. Eating your favourite meal                         29.53%

 

TOP TEN THINGS TO PUT YOU IN A BAD MOOD

  1. Poor weather                                                40.10%
  2. Having no time to yourself             35.53%
  3. Sitting in traffic                                 32.27%
  4. A heavy workload                            29.90%
  5. Coming home to a messy home   27.70%
  6. Checking the news                         19.93%
  7. Checking your bank statement     19.07%
  8. Using public transport                     13.33%
  9. A bad hair day                                  12.70%
  10. A bad outfit day                                8.47%

 

 

We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.

 

9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:

 

Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body

 

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Notes to editors:

 

For more further information and media interviews please

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About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:

 

Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.

 

Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.

 

Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit: http://9bar.com

 

 

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WORLD PREMIERE OF INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

        CARNABY INTERNATIONAL     

PRESENTS

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

A Brian Ashby film, directed by John Stephenson OBE

Starring James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Adrian Edmundson & Dervla Kirwan

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE with final screenplay by       Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson O.B.E.

 

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

From the makers of “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gosford Park”

This summer, prepare for a solar-plexus knockout as Carnaby International presents astonishing Mozart drama and British feature, Interlude in Prague, arriving in cinemas nationwide from 25th May 2017 and on DVD and Digital HD from 29th May 2017.

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

 

Shot and set against the beauty and splendour of the Bohemian capital, exactly where the story takes place and where Mozart himself walked the streets over 226 years ago, Interlude in Prague stars James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War & Peace, The White Queen), Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks and Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) alongside Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Entity).

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE (Animal Farm, Five Children and It, The Christmas Candle) with final screenplay by Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Interlude In Prague is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Edge of Love, Cold Mountain, Chaos) along with Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Brian Ashby with cinematography by Michael Brewster (The Christmas Candle, Five Children and It, Animal Farm) and production design by Oscar winning Luciana Arrighi (Only You, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jakob The Liar). Hybrid’s Charlotte and Mike Truman, on board as composers and music producers, have collaborated with Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Miriam Němcová, whose work includes internationally revered recording of Mozart’s Requiem, to produce a captivating original music score inspired by Mozart’s work.

 

Interlude in Prague was adapted from screenwriter, Brian Ashby’s, original factional script about Mozart’s visit to Prague to conduct the Marriage of Figaro at the Nostitz Theatre. Working together with Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Ashby then adapted this into a screenplay for a full feature film. Ashby is currently penning a novel for Interlude in Prague, based on the screenplay.

Director, John Stephenson OBE, said: “When I first read the script for Interlude in Prague, I was immediately captivated. At its core it is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions and the characters, the passions, the heartbreak and catastrophic outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. We shot this entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. We used a fast moving camera and cutting edge post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result, I believe, is a glorious heart-in-mouth thriller which we hope will strike a chord with audiences around the world.”

Creator, Brian Ashby added: “Having written three books I decided the next one should be a screenplay about Mozart’s intriguing life and glorious composition.  I began writing it way back in 1999 but because of my naivety about the film industry I made little progress in promoting it until I contacted a fellow Member of Mensa, Helen Claire Cromarty, who introduced me to a Director, John Stephenson.  That was some three and a half years ago and, from that meeting, the film has flourished with a red carpet world premiere set to take place in London’s Leicester Square. I knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.  I did not realise it was going to be vertical!  I hope the public thinks it is worthwhile.”

Interlude in Prague will be released in the UK by London-based Carnaby International, who is also handling worldwide rights for the film. A share of the film’s profits will be donated to two charities including Marie Curie1 and Foundation Derbyshire2.

 

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The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Interlude in Prague is a story of love, lust, and murder based on true events that inspired Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovani.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

CAST AND CREW

Baron Saloka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Josefa Duchek

Zuzanna Lubtak

Herr Lubtak

Frau Lubtak

Constanza

Barbarina

Ferdinand

Fraulein Ribber

Marek Novak

Hana

Henry Novy

Johann Bohac

Jakub

Laporel Bloch

Hans

Maria

Wanda

Herr Burgen

 

 

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Music composers

JAMES PUREFOY

ANEURIN BARNARD

SAMANTHA BARKS

MORFYDD CLARK

ADRIAN EDMONSON

DERVLA KIRWAN

CHARLOTTE PETERS

RUBY BENTALL

TRENT GARRETT

KLARA ISSOVA

NICKOLAS GRACE

ANNA RUST

EDMUND KINGLSEY

KRYSTOF HADEK

RAYMOND THIRY

IAN BONAR

JIRI MADL

ALENA DOLAKOVA

CLAUDIA VASEKOVA

ROSS WILLIAM WILD

 

 

JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

BRIAN ASHBY, HELEN CLARE CROMARTY & JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

HUW PENALLT JONES & HANNAH LEADER

 

DAVID MINKOWSKI

MATTHEW STILLMAN

 

SIMON MOSELEY

 

TOM HARBERD

 

HELEN CLARE CROMARTY

PHIL HUNT

SEAN O’KELLY

ANDREW LOVEDAY

COMPTON ROSS

 

MICHAEL BREWSTER

 

LUCIANA ARRIGHHI

 

EMMA E. HICKOX, A.C.E

DAVIDE FREEMAN

JOHN & ROS HUBBARD

 

PAM DOWNE

 

KATIE PICKLES

 

MIKE & CHARLOTTE TRUMAN

DIRECTOR’S VISION

It is rare to come across a film script that offers as much dramatic possibility as Interlude in Prague. It is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions.

Set in Prague during the year 1788, it tells the story of a few turbulent months that influenced the creation of an operatic masterpiece.

Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, a frustrated and misunderstood Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka, a narcissistic, vain and self-obsessed aristocrat.

We will feel Mozart’s relief to have left the drawing rooms and parlours of Vienna behind and his happiness to be in a place where he feels his talent is fully appreciated.

Zuzanna Lubtak, a soprano beautiful, young and innocent, is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter.

We will create a sumptuous world of Baroque theatre, where Saloka, who is a terrifying sexual predator, aroused by beauty, will become insanely jealous and develop an overwhelming hatred for Mozart. This results in callous brutality, rape and murder.

Mozart is a savant, ill-equipped to deal with the passion and violence which surrounds him. His whole being is affected by it and it becomes the creativity behind the astonishing music and drama of Don Giovanni.

In the finale we will see Mozart’s masterpiece mirroring the tragic events and the characters that took over his life in Prague, Saloka in particular being preserved forever as the anti-hero, Don Giovanni.

Shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, the film will combine all the beauty of eighteenth century bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Yet the story centered around the sexual politics of 18C, the passions, the heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary setting.

Fast moving camera, modern post-production techniques, shot and edited with the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller it will result in a film which delivers passion, emotion and heart-in-mouth entertainment

John Stephenson OBE, Director, Interlude In Prague

 

 

 

 

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