Graffiti Classics are 16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all dancing musical comedy show. It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one!
From Beethoven to Bluegrass, Baroque to Pop, Mozart or Offenbach to Elvis, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, there really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along.
Graffiti Classics were founded by Irishman Cathal Ó Dúill while street-performing in London’s Covent Garden. He realised that classical music could be made fun for everyone through interaction and comedy. Having honed their craft on London’s streets, Graffiti Classics have developed a world-class virtuosic show that offers a wickedly refreshing alternative to the stuffy elitist perception of classical concerts. They are now in hot demand all over the world and the show is loved by everyone, whatever their age and musical inclination.
Graffiti Classics have a large international following, having performed regularly across the globe in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Tunisia, Sweden, Holland, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Greece and Ireland. Graffiti’s versatile show provides the ideal entertainment at a huge variety of events, with appearances ranging from festivals, cruise-ships and concert halls to prisons, hospitals and schools; from weddings and parties to theatres and corporate events. 2019 saw several visits to Taiwan and mainland China.
Graffiti Classics have a long history of rural touring, being infinitely flexible and adaptable and able to perform in just about any space. Audiences in village and church halls and libraries around the country have enjoyed the group visiting their area, with repeat invitations not at all unusual. They even have their own PA if none is available and – for extreme cases – their own generator. They can do anything –anywhere.
In 2021, as a response to the COVID lockdowns, Graffiti Classics devised Playground Proms – arena-style educational events taken directly to schools, yet conforming to social distancing requirements. During 2024, Playground Proms will tour around the country with a generous grant from Arts Council England