Classical Concerts in London UK
A selection of forthcoming live music


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22 April 2015
 
1.10pm
St James's Church
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

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Cristina Cavalli, piano

An ILAMS concert organised in collaboration with St James's Piccadilly.
 
23 April 2015
 
7.45pm
Purcell Room
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

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Morgan Szymanski and Alejandro Escuer

 
8.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£10; concessions £9
When Peggy Met Ella

Sarah Moule, vocals
Shireen Francis, vocals
Simon Wallace, piano
Mick Hutton, double bass
Paul Robinson, drums

Jazz in the House

Sarah and Shireen make a welcome return to present their insight, not just into the songs, but also into the turbulent lives of two of the most influential singers of the 20th Century, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, with one of the finest rhythm sections in London.
 
25 April 2015
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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Mahler: Symphony No 2 'Resurrection'

Rebecca Goulden, soprano
Anna Harvey, mezzo-soprano
Mahler Chorus
Stephen Hall, chorus master
Whitehall Orchestra
Adam Hill, leader
Michael Nebe, conductor

 
26 April 2015
 
1pm
Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
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Orfeó Català: 'Song of the Stars'

 
30 April 2015
 
7pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AN
United Kingdom

Details:
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Helen Sanderson and Ahmed Dickinson: Cuban Music on Two Guitars

 
7.30pm
Wathen Hall
Lonsdale road
London
SW19JT
United Kingdom

Details:
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Rossini's The Barber of Seville - OperaUpClose

Olivier Award Winning OperaUpClose present Rossini’s BARBER OF SEVILLE.

Rossini's classic comedy has been transported to Jane Austen’s England, a world of rich, eligible bachelors, feisty heroines and snobbish relations familiar from much-loved BBC costume dramas.

Obsequious Doctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina, but she is far more interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger (actually a womanising Count in disguise). The whole affair is stage-managed by Figaro, the barber who knows everyone’s business and can fix your hair and love life with ease.
 
8.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£10; concessions £9
Nick Weldon Sextet: A Hidden Flame

Art Themen, tenor saxophone
Andra Sparks, vocals
Laura Jurd, trumpet
Nikki Iles, piano
Nick Weldon, bass
Trevor Tomkins, drums

Jazz in the House

The marvellous new album from the Nick Weldon Sextet is a jazz soundtrack for our time. The material - from Monk to Metheny by way of Augustan poet John Dryden, with Weldon’s skilful arrangements and original compositions - is strong and diverse. The improvising, from some of the UK’s finest and most inspiring players, is thrilling. Eleven shades of passion, explored by six superb musicians.
 
2 May 2015
 
7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

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£5 for students / 16-25s (pre-register at www.cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk/cls-fiver); £12, 18, 25, 32
From Hollywood to New York

Michael Petrov, cello
City of London Sinfonia
Michael Collins, conductor

Herrmann: Overture to North by North West
Eisler: Kleine Sinfonie
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Korngold: Adventures of Robin Hood Suite

In the 1920s and 30s, an exodus of composers escaping religious and political persecutions created the sound of Hollywood, and some of classical music’s biggest names, Stravinsky chief among them, headed to Los Angeles in their wake. Half a century earlier, Dvořák left Prague to head for a new life in New York, and while there poured his longing for his Czech homeland into his Cello Concerto.

Part of the City of London Sinfonia's Émigré festival
 
3 May 2015
 
10.15am
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
London
EC4M 8AD
United Kingdom

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McCabe: Dies Resurrectionis

McCabe: Dies Resurrectionis (organ voluntary)

 
5 May 2015
 
1.15pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

Free. No tickets needed
The Billroth Quartet

The Billroth Quartet
Thomas Leate, violin
Christopher Halstead, violin
Simon Ballard, viola
James Greenfield, cello

To include: Malcolm Arnold: String Quartet No 2

Free Lunchtime Concerts

 
8pm
The Forge
3-7 Delancey Street
London
NW1 7NL
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 7383 7808

£12
Surround Sound

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra

J S Bach: Art of Fugue
R Strauss: Metamorphosen



ACO Resident Orchestra at The Forge event 2

"There's never been anything more beautiful in all of music.” - Glenn Gould on the eve of recording the Art of Fugue

"The most perfect works of counterpoint ever written, 'a compendium of revelations’ blossoming from just one melody of arresting simplicity. A composer traumatised by 'the most terrible period of human history’ and driven to write an elegy for his war-torn home. These are the ingredients of two of the greatest polyphonic works ever written - Bach’s Art of Fugue and Strauss’ Metamorphosen.

In the ACO’s second concert at The Forge, you’ll find yourself immersed in a unique performance of both these masterpieces. First you’ll be surrounded by Bach’s extraordinary fugues, ranging from the serene to the brilliant, as members of the ACO perform each one from a different location around the hall. Then the orchestra’s string principals will perform Strauss’s Metamorphosen 'in the round’ at the heart of the Forge, drawing you into the intense melancholia of this memorial for bomb-destroyed Munich, which with ends with a ghostly echo from Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’.

Ticket link: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/MT/Performances
 
7 May 2015
 
7.30pm
Wathen Hall
80 Lonsdale Road
London
SW13 9JT
United Kingdom

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Ivana Gavric - Pianist

British pianist Ivana Gavric created a sensation with her debut disc In the mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2011 for ‘playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre’. Her recent third disc of works by Grieg, also on Champs Hill Records, was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and noted for ‘an electrifying performance’ (BBC Music Magazine). The Grieg Society has voted the CD as its ‘Recording of the Year’.

This season, Ivana has made debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Rafael Payare, as well as with the Grammy-nominated Trondheim Soloists. Previously, she has performed with the Aurora Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors including Ben Gernon, Nicholas Collon and Christian Kluxen. Named Gramophone’s ‘One to Watch’ and BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’, Ivana has been heard on the major concert platforms in the UK including The Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, as well as across Europe, in Canada, Japan and Russia. Following her US debut in October, the Washington Post described Ivana’s playing as ‘impressive, insightful… a ravishing performance’. Attracting considerable praise for her interpretations of Janacek’s music in particular, Ivana has curated festivals dedicated to the composer’s solo and chamber works.
 
8.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£10; concessions £9
Henry Lowther’s Still Waters

Henry Lowther, trumpet and flugelhorn
Pete Hurt, saxophones
Barry Green, piano
Dave Green, double bass
Paul Clarvis, drums


Jazz in the House

Not one of the 'higher, louder, faster' school of brass players, Lowther is without question one of the most respected trumpet voices in the world. His playing at last year’s Memorial Concert for his great friend and associate Kenny Wheeler, commanded admiration from one of the most illustrious gatherings of European musicians ever assembled in London.
 
14 May 2015
 
7pm
The In and Out Naval and Military Club
4, St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4JU
United Kingdom

Details:
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Amaia Azcona and Morgan Szymanski

 
8.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£10; concessions £9
Carol Grimes

Carol Grimes, vocals
Annie Whitehead, trombone
Dorian Ford, piano
Neville Malcom, doublebass

Jazz in the House

Singer Carol has lived a rich and varied musical life, which began with her busking on the streets of London as a teenager. She performed at the first Glastonbury Festival, and was a member of the ground-breaking classical choir The Shout. Carol is unique with a career in jazz, blues, soul and poetry, and is always one of our most popular performers.
 
15 May 2015
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
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£12 (until 10 May 2015) / £15 | £10 (students)
Once Upon a Time

Londinium
Andrew Griffiths, conductor

H Garrett Phillips: Odysseus and the Sirens
Robert Schumann: Der König von Thule
Charles Gounod: La cigale et la fourmi
Thomas Weelkes: Since Robin Hood
Ola Gjeilo: Unicornis Captivatur
Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna
Johannes Brahms: Sechs Lieder und Romanzen, Op 93a
Josquin des Prez: Dulces Exuviae
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth
David Del Tredici: Acrostic Song
Bohuslav Martinů: Romance of the Dandelions

In an intoxicating programme of musical story-telling, chamber choir Londinium charts a course through the fantastical world of fairy-tale, fable, myth and legend. The landscape through which we journey is peopled by a weird and wonderful cast of characters, amongst them Alice in Wonderland, Ariadne, the King of Thule, Orpheus, Bunyan's Pilgrim and Robin Hood. The fauna is no less remarkable: the Unicorn, Crocodile, Phoenix and Hydra are to be found alongside the Ant and the Grasshopper, all brought to life in a glorious selection of choral music spanning six centuries. Highlights include exquisite madrigals by Monteverdi, beautiful folksongs by Brahms, a remarkable cantata by Martinů and Vaughan Williams' 'Valiant-for-truth', alongside works by Josquin, Weelkes, Schumann, Gounod, H Garrett Phillips, David Del Tredici and Ola Gjeilo.
 
17 May 2015
 
7pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8202 4573

£15
Opera Viva: Ernani

Members of Opera Viva

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Opera Viva returns for its 13th concert at Lauderdale House with a concert performance of Verdi’s 5th opera, Ernani, continuing our exploration of his early operas. It contains fabulous arias, duets and ensembles and, as with all our concerts, there will be a narration of the plot to make sure you do not get lost! Our concerts always sell out, so book early.
 
19 May 2015
 
6.30pm
Steinway Hall
44 Marylebone Lane
London
W1U 2DB
United Kingdom

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Zoya Shuhatovich, piano

Music by Bach-Busoni, Schubert and Chopin
Admission free - donations welcomed
Refreshments after the concert
 
21 May 2015
 
8.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£10 (concessions £9)
Tim Thornton Quartet

Tim Thornton, double bass
Kit Downes, piano
James Gardiner-Bateman, alto saxophone
Chris Draper, drums

Jazz in the House

Since winning the Rising Star accolade in the 2013 Jazz Awards, Tim Thornton has cemented his position as one of the key young musicians in London. “…the most natural young bassist in years”, said the Evening Standard. Kit is joined by musicians with growing reputations on the UK music, so this band is one to watch.
 
23 May 2015
 
7pm
St Sepulchre’s Church
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
John Biggins
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E-mail
+44 (0)7976 629435

£16, £12 concessions
Bach Magnificat

Amy Wood, soprano
Tim Travers-Brown, alto
William Balkwill, tenor
Jimmy Holliday, bass
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Greg Morris, conductor
Orchestra led by Catherine Martin

Bach: Magnificat
Bach: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34
Bach: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192

Bach: Magnificat
In June of 1722, the post of Kantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig became vacant. Over the next seven months, a number of musicians applied for the job, and several were offered the position. Telemann, perhaps the most famous living German composer of the time, was the first to decline because he couldn’t get out of his contract in Hamburg. Several other musicians also turned down the offer. Near the bottom of the list was a little-known organist employed in Cöthen, Johann Sebastian Bach. He agreed to hire a deputy to teach Latin, and by spring of 1723 the Leipzig town council grudgingly agreed to appoint him the new Kantor.
He immediately began composing cantatas at an astounding rate, amassing nearly three hundred in the course of a decade. It was at the beginning of this feverish burst of sacred music composition that Bach wrote his Magnificat.
A concise and brilliant work, the Magnificat has become a regular feature of the choral repertoire since it was rediscovered in the 19th century.
In a programme which also includes the composer’s cantatas O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 and Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192, as well as a Handel Organ Concerto, Collegium Musicum of London again bring together a splendid ensemble of specialist baroque instrumentalists, led by Catherine Martin, together with soloists Amy Wood (soprano), Tim Travers-Brown (alto), William Balkwill (tenor) and Jimmy Holliday (bass).
A stirring evening of superb Baroque masterpieces awaits, in the atmospheric setting of St Sepulchre’s church in the historic heart of the City of London.

Soprano - Amy Wood
Alto - Tim Travers-Brown
Tenor - William Balkwill
Bass - Jimmy Holliday

Orchestra led by Catherine Martin

Saturday May 23rd
7.00pm
St Sepulchre’s Church
Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ
Tickets 16.00, 12.00 concessions
available on the door,
in advance or on the day of
the concert on 07976 629435
 
25 May 2015
 
2.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 7633 9313

£9; concessions £7.50
Bank Holiday Afternoon Concert

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra, string quartet, piano, flute and oboe


A concert with great songs and some of the best tunes of the Palm Court Era performed in style by this joyful ensemble.
 
10 June 2015
 
1pm
St Olave's Church
8 Hart Street
London
EC3R 7NB
United Kingdom

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Jozef Kapustka, piano

Jozef Kapustka: Improvisatio III, IV and V

 
12 June 2015
 
7.45pm
Purcell Room
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)844 847 9911

£10, 12.50, 15
PLG Memorial Concert for John McCabe

Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa, piano 4-hands
Maria Marchant, piano
James Kreillng, piano
Christopher Guild, piano
Joseph Houston, piano
Simon Desbruslais, trumpet
Clare Hammond, piano

McCabe: Upon entering a Painting
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G minor, H XVI:44
McCabe: Tenebrae
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B minor, H XVI:32
McCabe:: Evening Harmonies (Hommage à Dukas)
McCabe:: Scrunch (Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti)
McCabe:: Sonata 'Haec Dies' for trumpet and piano (first London performance)

 
2 June 2015 until 16 June 2015
 
Spitalfields
London
United Kingdom

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Spitalfields Summer Festival

 
18 June 2015
 
7pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
102, Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AN
United Kingdom

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Laura Ruhí-Vidal and Maria Camahort: Songs from Catalonia

 
21 June 2015
 
11.30am
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 8348 8716

£7; concessions £5; children £1
Viola Recital

Lisa Bucknell, viola
Chad Vindin, piano

Huw Watkins: Miniatures for Viola and Piano
George Enescu: Konzertstücke
J S Bach: Prelude from the Sixth Suite for Solo Cello

Lisa Bucknell has performed with the Scottish Ensemble, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She performed in Untold Stories at the National Theatre and in the West End.

At present, Lisa plays a William Luff viola kindly on loan from the Royal College of Music.

Chad Vindin is the winner of the Accompanist Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Competition at the Wigmore Hall and the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Accompanist Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.
 
24 June 2015
 
1.10pm
St James' Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Details:
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Free - Retiring Collection
Oscar Bohorquez, violin and Julian Jacobson, piano

To include:
Beethoven: Sonata No 10 in G, Op 96

BPSE Lunchtime recital series

 
30 June 2015
 
1pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2 N4J
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 7766 1100
Andrea Aguilar Silva and Alice Turner

 
7 July 2015
 
7pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)20 8348 8716

In advance: £12, concessions £10. On the door: £15, concessions £12
Picnic Jazz with John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus

Sweet Chorus
John Etheridge, guitar
Christian Garrick, violin
Dave Kelbie, guitar
Andy Crowdy, double bass

John Etheridge formed Sweet Chorus in 1998 as a personal tribute to Stephane Grappelli, the greatest violinist of Jazz, with whom he had toured for many years in the late 70s and early 80s.

The band takes its cue from the great Reinhardt/Grappelli repertoire of 1930s classics but is in no way a slavish imitation of that music.

Inspired by Grappelli’s always questing spirit the band evinces dazzling forays into repertoire from all periods ..always engaging and committed.

£35 Family ticket available on www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk
Bring along your picnic basket and your blanket for a chance to enjoy John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus perform on Lauderdale's Tea Lawn.

Ends at 9.30pm.
 
22 June 2015 until 10 July 2015
 
London
United Kingdom

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City of London Festival (22 June - 10 July)

 
14 August 2015
 
1pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Details:
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Free - Retiring Collection
James Brawn, piano

BPSE Lunchtime Series

An all-Beethoven programme
 
28 October 2015
 
1.10pm
St James' Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Details:
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Free - Retiring Collection
BPSE Lunchtime recital

BPSE Lunchtime recital series

Artist(s) and programme to be announced
 
11 December 2015
 
1.10pm
St James' Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Details:
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Free - Retiring Collection
'The Dreamcatcher' - Gintaras Janusevicius, piano

Beethoven: Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op 27 No 2, 'Moonlight'
Maurice Ravel: 'Ondine' from "Gaspard de la Nuit"
Franz Schubert/Franz Liszt: 'Erlkönig'
Derek Woods: "Dreamcatcher"
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade in F Minor, Op 54

BPSE Lunchtime recital series

 


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