In order to properly planning my London concerts diary I used to keep a combination of present-season calendar with booked events and future season spreadsheet. As the data geek I am I have moved forward from manually collecting the event information to automatically extracting the data from concert venues websites. In case it could be useful for anyone else I am publishing a calendar file with all the concerts: You can import the file from

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Proms 2018 deconstructed

Ok, Proms 2018 were announced at 7am. Let see what we god (spoiler: MEH) Prom 1: First Night of the Proms BBCSO with Oramo doing… The Planets???? Seriously???? One more time? Damn. So British. Of course also some RVW and a new work by a british female composer. All the cliches to be politically correct. Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré RPO with Francesco Piemontesi conducted by Alain Altinoglu. This is nice because we got the full Daphnis and Chloe with the full chorus singing MMMmmmMmmMm.

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108 Concerts and 8 different opera productions. Highlights of the week are:

  • Xavier Sabata at Wigmore Hall
  • La Grande Chapelle doing Spanish polyphony at the Wallace Collection
  • The 2 Haitink concerts with the LSO
  • Truls Mørk at St Luke’s with Shostakovich and Prokofiev cello sonatas
  • 3 free concerts at the Welcome collection by Igor Levit (Diabelli), Aurora Orchestra (Schubert quintet) and Mahan Esfahani & Helen Roberts

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2nd - 8th Oct London classical music

102 concerts (40 of them free!) and 6+1 operas. Some highlights are a very interesting re-imagination of Purcell’s King Arthur with the AAM, Hilary Hahn visiting to play Dvořák Violin Concerto (after Mutter did not so well some days ago), the visit of the English Touring opera with two baroque masterpieces (and a French one!).

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First autumn week in London means symphonic repertoire at full speed: two Mahlers (2nd and 3rd), three Sibelius (5th, 6th, 7th), one Bruckner (5th). A lot of organ concerts, Schiff two sides, as soloist and accompanist for Robert Holl farewell recital from Wigmore Hall (he is 70!). Finally LPO doing Taras Bulba. Also English National Opera starts its season. 80 concerts (38 of them free!), 5 different opera productions make a new total record

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New record with 69 concerts this week. Southbank center and King place seasons start as well as several school of music offering free concerts. Highlight of the week are: LPO season opening concert with Enescu’s Oedipe. LSO doing 3 Stravinski ballets with Rattle Eötvös conducting a double-bill with an opera of his own and Bartok’s Bluebeards Castle Fever Pitch the Opera Brodsky Quartet with Antonio Meneses playing cello quintets Some sold outs.

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Proms are over, but Wigmore Hall is fully back and LSO season starts (with all the St Luke’s gigs too). Also Royal Opera House is back. Only one sold out concert. Two free films with live music. One music marathon. And the Wigmore Hall hero in a solo recital. Not a bad week. Concerts Mon 11th Sep Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Sophie Bevan (soprano) and Sebastian Wybrew (piano): Gurney, Coates, Britten and traditional songs.

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4th - 10th Sep London classical music

So here we are. Finishing the PROMS and starting the new Autumn season. 46 concerts (15 of them free) make a total record since Skate Art Guy is compiling them. Concerts Monday 4th September Wigmore Hall, 11:00: Kohn Foundation International Song Competition Preliminary Stage: Day 2 TICKETS AVAILABLE 11 singers 15 mins each, 4 hours. St Martin in the Fields, 13:00: Lunchtime Concert: Richard Robbins (tenor) and Guy Murgatroyd (piano).

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This week we are reaching the end of the Proms and as we enter September some venues come back from holidays and start their autumn seasons. Two of the week highlight are however completely free: Musicke in the Ayre and Deco Ensemble. Concerts Mon 28th Aug St Martin-in-the-Fields 13:00 Lunchtime Concert: Lily Whitehurst (Violin) and Hayley Parkes (Piano) play Chausson’s Poème and Prokofiev Violin Sonata in D FREE Very interesting Cadogan Hall 13:00 PCM 7 Pavel Kolesnikov plays Chopin SOLD OUT Young piano rising star.

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Not a very big week in the Proms but still some interesting concerts. On the opera side you cannot miss Samson and Delilah at Arcola. Concerts Mon 21th Aug 13:00 Cadogan Hall: PCM 6: Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau. Songs by Duparc, Guridi, Ravel, Hahn, Poulenc… VERY FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE Nice French songs repertoire. 13:00 St Martin in the Fields: Lunchtime recital: Jooyoung Kim plays Haydn, Rachmaninov and Liszt piano works FREE Interesting piano repertoire here 13:10 St James’s Picadilly: Lunchtime recital: Alexander Panfilov plays Bach, Mozart and Chopin piano works FREE More piano works worth listening 19:30 Royal Albert Hall: Prom 50: CBSO conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla play Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry ONLY PROMMING TICKETS AVAILABLE Beethoven 5th?

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We are already on the 2nd half of the Proms. Big highlights are the Gurrelieder with LSO and Rattle. Some interesting free concerts, too. Concerts Mon 14th Aug St Martin-in-the-Fields Lunchtime Concert: Kristen Cooke (Oboe), Megan Barbetti (Flute) and Ben Shoeman (Piano) play Ibert, Saint-Saens and Poulenc. French chamber music is always cool. Recommended. FREE St James’s at Picadilly Lunchtime concert: Alexi Musnitsky, piano and Emre Gökalp, guitar FREE Cadogan Hall Proms Chamber Music 5: Latvian Radio Choir & Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich Shostakovich choral works are not so popular, so this is another recommendation SOLD OUT Royal Albert Hall Prom 39: Debussy, Ravel and Mark-Anthony Turnage with BBCSO and Kazushi Ono Premier and impressionism with 2nd tier guys.

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What a week we have in the middle of the London summer. Almost every type of classical music is present. Concerts Mon 7th Aug Lunchtime recital at St James’s Picadilly: Yundu Wang plays Beethoven Schubert and Chopin piano works FREE Some classics to start the week. Lunchtime Concert at St Martin in the Fields: Valentina Ciardelli and Anna Quiroga double bass and harps works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Zappa, etc… FREE The combination of double bass and harp could be weird, but hey… Proms Chamber Music 4: Italian Baroque Music with Il Pomo d’oro SOLD OUT One of the best baroque ensembles in the last years comes with one of the best young cello players.

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