THE sights and sounds of Africa will form a unique piece of music by the Ealing Choral Society tomorrow (Saturday).

It is the African Sanctus, an unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass, integrated with authentic, traditional African music recorded by the composer David Fanshawe on his legendary sojourns up the river Nile through Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. The Sanctus journey, from the Mediterranean to Lake Victoria and from the mountains of West Sudan to the Red Sea, became the framework for the composition.

Armed with a rucksack and a tape recorder, David Fanshawe recorded music from well over 50 tribes. David will be present at the concert and will give an introductory talk about the piece and his experiences in Africa. Another delight with be Tiernan Sheehan, a 12-year-old pupil at St Benedict's School, Ealing, singing a treble solo. Tiernan is an Abbot scholar in Ealing Abbey Choir, which he joined at the age of eight. He has since sung at Westminster Cathedral and toured with the Abbey Choir to Milan, Switzerland and Rome.

what? African Sanctus where? St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5 1QG when? Tomorrow (Saturday), 7.45pm cost? £12, £14 call: 020 8894 5998

One for the girls

POSH Birds of Feather star, Lesley Joseph (pictured), graces the Beck stage in a hilarious new musical comedy.

The ultimate girls' night out, Hot Flush, explores the tears, fears and ups and downs of four ordinary women - and one man.

The play looks at midlife crisis, the bored housewife, lonely widow and competition from the blonde bimbo.

Matt Slack plays an array of characters and all the men in their lives!

what? Hot Flush where? Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE when? March 11, 7.30pm cost? £21 contact: 020 8561 8371 see:

Free gigs

A NEWLY revamped pub is set to become a music hotspot after opening under new management last year.

Fridays are for covers bands and Saturdays for originals, at Finnegans Wake in Ealing, which was voted venue of the week in its first week on, the UK's local gig guide.

Although there is only a 11pm licence at the moment, they hope to get it extended in the summer. Plasma screens around the pub show the bands and all the gigs are free. There is also an open mic every Wednesday that draws about 70 to 80 people.

what? Free weekend gigs where? Finnegans Wake pub, The Green, Ealing, W5 5QX when? Harrison Hope, tomorrow (Saturday), Two Choices & The 335 at 9pm on March 12. Both pop/indie showtunes cost? Free contact? Suzy Porter on 07940 074 246 see: or

Piano recital

AN AMERICAN duo renowned for their performances with singers across the globe will perform a piano recital in Ealing next week.

Pianist Andrew Hudson is the coach and music director for the opera program at Baylor University in Texas. He has performed with alumni of the Bayreuth, Leibzig, Metropolitan, New York City and Nice operas, and the National Opera of Prague. His wife, Terry Lynn Hudson (pictured), has been a prizewinner in the International Piano Recording Competition of the American College of Musicians.

what? Piano recital where? London College of Music's Vestry Hall, Ranelagh Road, Ealing W5 5EP when? March 10, 1pm cost? Free email:

Live with the Fastlane

FASTLANE Roogalator is a Chiswickbased seven-piece band formed in 2003 by brothers Tom and Syd Spencer for a tribute gig to their late father, singer/songwriter and novelist John B Spencer.

Their debut album was released on Robb Johnson's Irregular Records in 2004.

Since its release Fastlane Roogalator have appeared at the Glastonbury, Trowbridge, Sidmouth and Rhythm festivals.

The band has now evolved into a more permanent line-up, bolstered by third brother William on melodica and keyboards. New tracks have been recorded for their second album, which will be released later this year.

Their live shows are hectic and energetic, with a good-time atmosphere.

what? Fastlane Roogalator and support act, The Men They Couldn't Hang's Swill where? George IV pub, 185 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR when? March 11, doors open 7.45pm, show 8.30pm cost? £8 in advance, £10 on the door contact? 07876 287 546 see: