11th - 17th September London classical music
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.
Mon 11th Sep
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 Sophie Bevan (soprano) and Sebastian Wybrew (piano): Gurney, Coates, Britten and traditional songs. Programme around national identity and the enduring power of popular culture with songs inspired by traditional British texts. Probably only for true believers.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 FREE Lunchtime Concert: Duo Bayanello (Accordion and Cello) plays de Falla, Wagner, Martinů, Bloch and Piazzolla FREE. A duo with accordion and cello sounds different. Worth trying, I guess.
- St James’s Picadilly 13:05 Lunchtime recitals: Lippati Piano Quartet plays Huw Watkins and Fauré piano quartets FREE. A piano quartet as an established ensemble it not the most common thing, so these guys are really serious about it. They have a very cool name. And they also look cool:
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Cuarteto Casals plays Beethoven Op.18 / 6, Op.135, Op.132 and Matan Porat First concert of this year full Beethoven cycle by Casals. Highly recommended (I’d go to this one rather than the Emerson final quartets double gig they’re doing at St.John later this year).
Tue 12th Sep
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Free lunchtime concert: Ning Hui See plays Scarlatti, Chopin, Schubert and Beethoven FREE No references about this one, sorry.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 FREE Lunchtime Concert: Ensemble x.y play Webern, Berio and Havlat FREE This is so cool. A free concert with Berio and Webern at St.Martin!
- St George’s Hanover Sq, 13:10 Mayfair Organ Concerts: Thomas Allery FREE No info about the programme
- St Clement Danes, 13:10 Young Artists’ Lunchtime Concert: Phoebe Long-Ching Yu - Piano FREE No info about the programme
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Lunchtime Recital: Jonatan Bougt: guitar music from Giuliani, Barrios, Bach and Turina FREE The Swedish guitarist and theorbo player studied Jakob Lindberg so I guess his Bach would be damn idiomatic and good.
- Handel House, 18:30 Handel House harpsichords side by side: Yonit Kosovske and Rachel Factor. Works by 18th century composers This sounds like an unrivalled setting.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) plays Bach’s English Suite No. 1 and No.2, Capriccio BWV993 and Toccatas BWV910, BWV916 This can be named the opening of London Baroque season. Esfahani is back to Wigmore Hall to continue his and our travel through Bach music. Very recommended.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 From the Czech Homeland, Keld Ensemble plays Janáček and Dvoŕâk strings music Evening concert in St Martin not being a [random hit composer] by candlelight is always good.
- St George’s Hanover Sq, 19:30 The Handel connection: works by Handel and his contemporaries, Erica Eloff & Opera Settecento
Wed 13th Sep
- St James’s Picadilly 13:05 Lunchtime recitals: Blaze Ensemble plays Nielsen’s Serenata in Vano and Spohr’s Nonet FREE I love the balance in this programme.
- Royal Academy of Music, 18:00 Lecture-recital by Noémi Gyori: Redefining the Flute and Guitar Duo. Works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven FREE
- St Paul’s Church, 19:00 Stuart Skelton: Wagner gala concert We all love Stuart, but a concert presented by Wagner great-great grandson, at £100 (even it it includes a post-concert champagne reception) is way too much.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Doric String Quartet plays Haydn Op. 20 1-3 Haydn Quartet series begins. If were going to attend to only a couple of the series this one won’t be my pick. Sorry Doric, it’s not you, it’s the Haydn.
Thu 14th Sep
- The National Gallery: 13:00 Cello series: Resonance with Mario Brunello FREE This is serious stuff. Brunello won 30 years ago the Tchaikovsky Competition. And the programme is a mix of classical (Bach 6th suite) and modern stuff like a concerto for violoncello and live electronics and a Ciaccona for violoncello and loop. I really want to go to this
- St John’s Smith Square, 13:05 Lunchtime concert: Nova Guitar Duo plays Scarlatti, Mompou, Villa-Lobos and de Falla works Meh, not a fan of guitar duos
- St Alfege Church, 13:05 Lunchtime concert: Marrianne Town Smith, soprano, Andre Andrade, baritone and Joe Howson, piano FREE No idea about the programme.
- Handel House, 18:30 Kiss and Tell: Lois Murray (soprano), James Risdon (recorders), Trevor Hughes (harpsichord) play James Oswal music Unknown composer. Probably worth exploring
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:00 Faure Requiem by Candlelight by Brandenburg Sinfonia And another Faure Requiem!
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 The English Concert with Kristian Bezuidenhout: works by Haydn, Mozart and CPE Bach The good old English Concert starts its season with a very classical programme. After the VPO playing Mozart’s 14, it would be a nice contrast to listen to this 13th.
- Barbican Hall, 19:30 LSO season opening concert with Simon Rattle SOLD OUT This is the one everyone is talking about. The British Empire favorite son comes back home to the The British Empire favorite orchestra. And they celebrated it by doing a British Empire composers only concert. It’s totally right but not my thing. And yes, I’ve dropped the “Sir” thing from Simon Rattle name and will do it for everyone because I’m calling people by who they are and by what they have achieved not by something some queen decided.
- St Martin in the Fields, 21:30 Allegri Miserere by Candlelight by Minerva Consort Oh, I was missing Allegri Miserere from this candlelight thing. At least the Palestrina coupling should be nice.
Fri 15th Sep
- St Luke’s, 13:00 BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight Lunchtime concert: Ingrid Fliter (piano) plays Chopin Nocturnes). It’s kinda weird listening to Chopin nocturnes at lunchtime, isn’t it? Despite the joke I might go to this one.
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Free lunchtime concert: Sonyun Park (piano) plays Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt FREE NNo info about this.
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 FREE Lunchtime Concert: London Metropolitan Brass FREE From Bach to Lutosławski. If you are into brass, you can enjoy this.
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:05 Lunchtime recitals: Noémi Győri, flute and Katalin Koltai, guitar play Haydn and Beethoven sonatas FREE Strange transcriptions here. Not sure about how this can sound…
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Lunchtime Recital: Milly Forrest (soprano) and Melina Karagianni (piano): The Opera Box FREE Ey, do you known who she is, don’t you?. Yes, the Wigmore Hall hero:
- Royal Academy of Music, 18:00 The Fall of the House of Usher: Silent Film with Organ Improvisation FREE Ey, the movie has a 7.0 in imdb. It’s a 13 min thing, so even if free consider that to see if it is worth the trip to RAM.
- St Luke’s, 18:30 BBC Radio 3 Artist Spotlight Rush-hour concert: Veronika Eberle (violin) and Jonathan Cohen (harpischord) play Locatelli, Biber and Bach works. A sonata from Locatelli, Biber’s Passacaglia, Bach’s Chaconne and the sonata BWV1023. This is a great hits baroque violin gig. BUT, they are including the violin and continuo sonata BWV1023 usually obscured by the most common solo sonatas… and ey, Jonathan Cohen. Go go go.
- Laban Theatre, 19:00 A Day in the Life of Trinity Laban: Mozart, Schumann, Weill FREE Kind of music school showcase.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Daniel Müller-Schott cello; Simon Trpčeski piano: works by Beethoven, Debussy and Rachmaninov Everything is nice here
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by Candlelight by Trafalgar Sinfonia MEH
Sat 16th Sep
- St John’s Smith Square from 10:00 to 22:00: 12 Hour Marathon FREE This is really cool. It’s a perfect plan for a end-of-the-summer Saturday. Go around St John, attend a couple of concerts, have some fun in the area, another concert…
- St Martin in the Fields, 18:00 Spem in Alium by Candlelight by English Chamber Choir More MEH
- Milton Court Concert Hall, 18:30 Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Oliver Knussen: Stravinsky and Knussen. Infrequent Stravinski works. Well. Well.
- Union Chapel, 18:45 Union Chapel Anniversary Concert Performers include Luke Sital-Singh + Claire M Singer + London Contemporary Orchestra + Mara Carlyle + East London Brass + Union Chapel Singers. Only for choral hardcode fans.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Christiane Karg soprano; Gerold Huber piano: Es war einmal… ‘Märchenhafte Sagenwelt’ We have our Schubert back.
- St James’s Picadilly, 19:30 National Youth harp orchestra: 15th anniversary concert Probably only for mums and dads of those in the orchestra.
- St Martin in the Fields, 20:00 Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by Belmont Ensemble of London Second MEH of the day
- Bold Tendencies, 21:00 The Multi-story Orchestra chamber series: old + new We’ve probably all heard Bach’s music at some point, but this eclectic ensemble (including at least two instruments we’re sure Bach would have loved if only he’d ever heard them!) will cast it in a fresh light. We have no idea what Ruta will create for the ensemble yet I need to go to one of these to see it is working for engaging new audiences, because it sounds great.
Sun 17th Sep
- Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Sunday morning cherry concert: Yossif Ivanov violin; Philippe Ivanov piano: works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Ravel Are they brothers?
- St John’s Smith Square, 15:00 2017/2018 Young Artist showcase
- Foundling Museum, 15:00 Music for the Young Violinist: Hannah Laurens and Tom McCoy play Dvořák’s Sonatina and Kabalevsky’s violin concerto FREE but museum entrance required
- St George’s Hanover Sq, 16:00 Pegasus Choir: Song Shards: From Darkness to the Light FREE but ticket required From darkness to the light… how original!
- Barbical Hall, 18:00 LSO conducted by Rattle with Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Gerald Finley and Gábor Bretz: Berlioz The Damnation of Faust After Gardiner doing it less than a month ago in the Proms here comes LSO+Rattle version. Notice that Gábor Bretz replaces the previously announced Florian Boesch. Skate art guy will be there
- Cadogan Hall, 18:00 Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert A lot of singers, conductors and works with the special Super Orchestra assembled for this very occasion.
- Conway Hall, 18:30 Zelkova Quartet plays Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy Quite radial jump from Haydn/Beethoven to Debussy skipping all the romantics but, hey, nice always.
- Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, 19:00 Screening of London Symphony with live music by Covent Garden Sinfonia FREE but ticket must be reserved Run, run, run for tickets!
- 11th (premiere), 13th, 16th: Royal Opera House: Puccini: La bohème: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-boheme-by-richard-jones
- 11th-16th: Soho Theatre Mozart: The Magic flute by Opera Up Close: http://www.operaupclose.com/themagicflute
- 12th (premiere), 14th, 16th: Royal Opera House: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/die-zauberflote-by-david-mcvicar
- 12th Sep, St John’s Smith Square Salieri: The School of Jealousy by Bampton Classical Opera: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/bampton-classical-opera
Tickets on sale
- Philharmonia Orchestra just launched a new Ringside seats scheme similar to LSO wildcard tickets, ENO secret seats or King’s Place super saver seats: £10 per ticket and you get your seat assigned on the day of the concert anywhere on the hall. Two very good things about this: there is no transaction fee when booking online and you can book up to 4 tickets that are guaranteed to be assigned next to each other. So go and run for them as there are only 100 of those tickets per concert: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/ringside_seats
- Yeol Eum Son and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Cadogan Hall https://www.cadoganhall.com/event/academy-of-st-martin-in-the-fields-180420/
- English Chamber Orchestra with Sonya Bach and Jennifer Pike at King’s Place (saver seats still available): http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/english-chamber-orchestra-with-sonya-bach-and-jennifer-pike#.WZX-4a3Mzwd
- English Chamber Orchestra with Julian Rachlin at the Barbican http://www.englishchamberorchestra.co.uk/?/concerts/eco-at-the-barbican-with-julian-rachlin