• About

    Fusing the warmth and atmosphere of the Eternal City of Rome with the vibrant and eclectic jazz scene of the West End, Filomena Campus’ Theatralia Jazz Festival returns to PizzaExpress Live celebrating its 5th anniversary.


    The 2019 Festival is organised in collaboration with the music venue and lounge restaurant QVINTO in Rome connecting the two major cultural capitals of London and Rome in homage to the city that has been praised by great poets like Lord Byron, Shelley and Keats. Assembling fabulous artists from a variety of backgrounds around her, the London-based Sardinian jazz vocalist Filomena Campus once again brings authentic music-making to PizzaExpress flagship jazz stage in Soho. Get ready for two evenings of mellifluous Mediterranean sounds, poetry mixed into original songs and stunning improvisations.

    Theatralia Jazz Festival

    5th anniversary

    "Years ago I left my island, Sardinia, for another island. The UK welcomed me and helped me to make many dreams come true. At a moment in which walls are being raised, we seek to build a bridge between our two countries. One that is made of music, love, wine, and poetry.


    Musical encounters started in 2013 with the first edition of the festival, previously called My Jazz Islands. Encouraged by the vision of PizzaExpress' music manager Ross Dines and music programmer Joseph Paice we now welcome the festival's fifth edition, creating a bridge between the two cultural capitals of London and Rome, in collaboration with QVINTO. The new music venue and lounge restaurant is located at the Tor di Quinto park in Rome, incubated by the ingenious entrepreneur Sabrina Corbo, who lives between London and the ‘Eternal City’.

    Filomena Campus

    Theatralia Jazz Festival Artistic Director

    Filomena Campus

    In 2013 Filomena Campus created the Theatralia Jazz Festival (formerly My Jazz Islands Festival) in which she seeks to unite her Sardinian roots with Italian and UK jazz musicians.


    Filomena Campus is a jazz vocalist and lyricist, as well as a theatre director and university lecturer. As a vocalist Filomena has toured and collaborated with top UK jazz artists including Evan Parker, Guy Barker, Orphy Robinson, Huw Warren, Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Wheeler, the London Improvisers Orchestra and fellow Sardinian musicians Paolo Fresu, Gavino Murgia and Antonello Salis.


    '“Her scatting is literally something else, a modernist in her approach” - Jazz in Europe




  • Events

    Love Letters from London to Rome

    Filomena Campus & Giorgio Serci feat. Keld Ensemble String Quintet

    Special guest Natasha Stanic Mann


    11 November
    show 8:30pm | doors 6:30pm
    PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho

    Scaramouche with strings attached

    Sounds of the Mediterranean meet Brazilian rhythms and Baroque arpeggios in ‘Scaramouche’.

    Inspired by the masked character of the Commedia dell'Arte, vocalist Filomena Campus wrote lyrics based on poems and songs by Jack Hirschman, Maria Carta, Hermeto Pascoal and Chico Buarque, which were set to music by guitarist Giorgio Serci and recorded in 2015 for the duo’s warmly-received album.


    Suitably for the 5th anniversary of her Theatralia Jazz Festival, Campus and her fellow Sardinian guitarist Serci are now accompanied by a string Quintet of the Keld Ensemble, creating a mellifluous layer to their original music in a new arrangement for strings.


    The evening will be interspersed with personal testimonies from Elena Remigi’s book ‘In Limbo’ in readings by actress Natasha Stanic Mann in the form of 'love letters' to London.

    Filomena Campus Quartet feat. Rowland Sutherland


    Special guest Natasha Stanic Mann



    12 November
    show 8:30pm | doors 6:30pm
    PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho

    Moderately Safe

    Drawing inspiration from a variety of influences such as the Commedia dell’Arte, poetry and her native Sardinia, vocalist Filomena Campus fuses jazz with theatre in her performances. On the path of improvisation, her warm stage presence and lustrous voice wrap skilfully around the artistry of long-term collaboration partner Steve Lodder on piano, drummer Rod Youngs, and for this occasion Charlie Pyne on double bass,

    The quartet is joined by flautist Rowland Sutherland for a new take on some of the quartet's original songs. Sutherland also presents some of his compositions, including Moderately Safe and Drizzle, with lyrics by Campus.

    Performer Natasha Stanic Mann will inspire and trigger the quartet’s improvisation through her interpretation of poems by British and Italian authors, including poignant extracts from the book In Limbo Too by Elena Remigi.

    It promises to be a highly creative evening by the Filomena Campus Quartet and their special guests.

    Theatralia Jazz Festival at Qvinto Roma




    Spring 2020
    date tbc
    The Roof at QVINTO, Rome



    The second leg of the festival will take place in Rome in 2020 and see jazz artists of the UK and Italy perform together with the Filomena Campus Quartet at the newly opened QVINTO, where the audience can enjoy a unique culinary experience and its refined and magical atmosphere.




  • news


    "This exciting initiative taken by London-based vocalist Filomena Campus is the best possible advert for cross-cultural exchange at a time of internal strife in Europe."

  • PRESS reviews


    "This exciting initiative taken by London-based vocalist Filomena Campus is the best possible advert for cross-cultural exchange at a time of internal strife in Europe."

    Jazz in Europe

    '"So this is really what jazz can ALSO be; it can be about poetry, about singing it, performing it, it is about creation."

    Il festival Theatralia come un ponte fra la Sardegna, sua terra d’origine, e la Gran Bretagna, un’altra isola che poi ha accolto la cantante e attrice sarda spianandole la strada verso il successo.

  • "Hats off to the organisers for bringing together this mélange of the two cultures: romance, fun, satire, fine music, powerful performers, jazz from island to island. "


  • partners

    The 2019 Theatralia Jazz Festival is a joint initiative of Theatralia Productions, PizzaExpress Live and Qvinto, and is supported by Green Energy, the Sardinian Embassy in London, CinemaItaliaUK, The European Bookshop and the In Limbo project.


    Get yourself a seat at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street in Soho, W1D 3RW

    Tel. 020 7439 4962