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!).
Mon 2nd Oct
- St Peter’s Church Notting Hill, 13:00 Michal Wesolowski (Clarinet) & Malgorzata Czapor (Piano): Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie, Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Lutoslawski 5 Dance Preludes and Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet & Piano FREE This programme totally rocks!
- St Clement Danes, 13:00 The Royal Opera House Meet the Young Artists: arias recital FREE
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Paul O’Dette plays Byrd, Johnson, Dowland and Bacheler lute works £15 He has been the master in English lute music for decades, so he is worth seeing skate art guy will be there
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime concert: Dinara Klinton (piano) plays Bach/Busoni Prelude and Fugue and Chopin Sonata for Piano No 2 FREE Her Copin is really good, so a good one
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Arthur Jeffes, dulcitone and Oli Langford, violin FREE This sounds crazy.
- Royal Academy of Music, 19:00 Andrzej Malitowski organ plays Louis Vierne Organ Symphony no.1 FREE Vierne is interesting.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Anne Schwanewilms soprano; Charles Spencer piano: works by Schreker, Schubert, Liszt and Korngold £15-£37 Pretty cool programme with not so frequent Korngold in it.
- Polish Hearth Club, 19:30 Isbilia String Quartet: Beethoven Quartet No 3 and Ravel Quartet in F major £15 (Including concert, buffet and wine). Would it be Polish wine?
- The Old Queens Head, 20:30/21:30 The OAE: The Night Shift – Islington £10 I really want to go to one of these concert-in-a-pub by the genius of The OAE to tell you about them. skate art guy might be there
Tue 3rd Oct
- Wigmore Hall, 13:00 YCAT Lunchtime Concert: Peter Moore trombone; Richard Uttley piano: Beethoven horn sonata, Bruch, Gaubert, White and Šulek £13 Arrangements of classic works for trombone combined with contemporary works for it. If you are a fan of the instrument, I guess
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime concert: Maria Marchant (Piano) plays Schumann and Liszt FREE Not bad.
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 James Kirby plays Schubert sonatas D571 and D960 FREE Ok. Last Schubert sonata is a must
- Heath Street Baptist Church, 13:00 Anthony Albrecht: Works by Dall’Abaco and Bach, and music from Australia FREE Music from Australia sounds weird. Is that Waltzing Mathilda?
- Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 13:05 Richard Crabtree performs a programme of contemporary solo viola pieces FREE Trinity Laban Viola Professor here.
- St Clement Danes, 13:10 Eleanor Ross, Soprano and Juliane Gallant piano FREE No more ingo
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Sussex Camerata: Mozart String Quartet K172 and Mendelssohn String Quartet op.13 FREE Enjoyable music.
- St Mary-at-Hill, 13:15 Katie MacRae (soprano) and Hunter Mabery (piano): Mozart Exultate Jubilate and Debussy 4 Chansons de Jeunesse FREE Mozart & Debussy is a strange pairing
- Barbican Hall, 19:00 Academy of Ancient Music: Purcell’s King Arthur £10-£50 This is a must. Semi-staged version reimagined (with new texts!) on Brexiters-Remainers context skate art guy will be there
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:00 The voice of black opera: The Docklands Sinfonia with BAME singers £20-£35 Prelude to a BAME competition. I had to search what BAME stands for during last Proms. Whatever.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra: works by Sibelius, Rautavaara, Britten and Tchaikovsky £15-£37 Not sure about this.
Wed 4th Oct
- Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery 12:00 RCM students short recitals: Locatelli Sonata II in D major op 2 & Corelli Sonataop 5, no 5 FREE with exhibition ticket If you are planning to go to see Canaletto & the Art of Venice exhibition this is your spot.
- St John’s Smith Square 13:05 London Mozart Players with Howard Shelley: Grieg Piano Concerto £15 Concert with explanation. Cool.
- Royal College of Music 13:05 RCM musicians: pieces by Telemann, Bach and Byrd FREE but ticket required Well, also some Ysaÿe and Paganini, so not so early.
- Steinway Hall 13:10 Chi-Hoi Cheung plays Haydn Sonata XVII:6, Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales and Beethoven Piano Sonata no 18 FREE? Not sure about free/pricing. Definitely the programme is great.
- St Clement Danes, 17:00 The Royal Opera House Meet the Young Artists:Jacquelyn Stucker, Aigul Akhmetshina and David Gowland (piano) perform recital repertory FREE No more info
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Cuarteto Casals: Beethoven quartets Op.18 No.4, Op.59 No.3 and Op.131 and Sotelo Quasals vB-131 £15-£37 New instance of Casals series on Beethoven. Interesting the addition of Sotelo’s work.
- Barbican Hall, 19:30 BBC Symphony Orchestra with Kolesnikov & Tsoy (pianos) conducted by Alexander Vedernikov: Larcher Red and Green, Bruch Concerto for Two Pianos, Webern Op.6 and Haydn Farewell symphony £10-£36 When commenting on this I realized that I didn’t know Bruch two pianos concerto. And it looks like neither UK does as it is a premiere here! That just should be a must.
- St John’s Smith Square 19:30 Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra: Monteverdi vespers of 1610 £14-£35 If you missed Pygmalion gig on the last Proms this is your chance.
- Kings place, 19:30 Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason: Cassadó Suite for Cello Solo, Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2, Shostakovich Sonata Op. 40 SOLD OUT Young star and star programme
- Kings place, 19:30 London Sinfonietta: The Story of a New Era £12.50 conversation with co-founders including archive footage and chamber music from the ensemble’s early programming. So cool. skate art guy will be there
Thu 5th Oct
- St Clement Danes, 13:00 La bohème workshop with Noa Naamat (director), Nick Fletcher (piano) and two singers FREE
- Foundling Museum, 13:00 Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School: Handel violin sonatas Free with Museum admission Not so free, the maybe not so performed Handel sonatas are worth a visit.
- St John’s Smith Square 13:05 Charlotte Maclet (violin) and Stefan Hadjiev (cello) play work by Handel/Halvorsen, Xenakis, Bach and Kodály £10 Violin and cello duo looks promising.
- Royal College of Music 13:05 RCM musicians: works by Tournier, Franck, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Beethoven FREE but ticket required
- Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Accordion recital by Academy students FREE No info about programme.
- St Alfege Church, 13:05 Royal Greenwich Brass Band: works by Leizden, Berlioz, Pryor and Gregson FREE Hu-hu
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Paul Carey Jones, baritone and Jocelyn Freeman, piano: Schubert, Finzi, Head, and Elwyn-Edwards FREE No idea
- Barbican Hall, 18:00 Guildhall School senior musicians: Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio and Op.2 and Sinfonietta, Op.1 FREE Wow, as a prelude for the LSO you can listen to two early Britten works for free. Totally recommended.
- Royal Festival Hall, 18:00 Philarmonia orchestra: works by Michael Daughery FREE Couple of european premieres. Interesting
- St John’s Waterloo, 18:00 Southbank Sinfonia Rush hour #14: with Allegri Quartet: Stanford Horn Fantasy, Britten Phantasy Quartet and Copland Appalachian Spring FREE Damn, I missed Southbank Sinfonia previous Rush hour concert and really wanted to go to this one, but this Thursday there is too much offers. Anyway if you are on a budget, this is the one.
- Royal College of Music 18:15 Members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and RCM Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony no 2 £5 COE did this symphony at the Proms with Haitink (and not the best results). Now they share that knowledge with students. Not sure.
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philarmonia orchestra with Denis Kozhukhin (piano) conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali: Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition £11-£55 Very typical programme. But if you have not listened to these works recently it could be your chance.
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Bertrand Chamayou plays Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Liszt £10-£38 solo piano music but Saint-Saëns is no so frequent. Plus the Ravel and the Liszt… this should be a must for piano lovers.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 IMS Prussia Cove: Turnage quintet, Mozart quintet K516 and Schubert Trout £10-£30 No idea about performers here, Interesting the premier by Turnage.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 [Mozart and Puccini by Candlelight by Thames Chamber Orchestra] £9-£24 at least it not the uber-typical programme.
- Barbican Hall, 19:30 LSO with Janine Jansen play Britten Violin Concerto and Mahler Symphony No 5 conducted by Semyon Bychkov £15-£55 Jansen is cool. About Mahler 5th you need to choose between the 3 London orchestras doing it this year (Philharmonia with Hrusa and LPO with Robert Trevin are the others)
- St James’s Picadilly, 19:30 Merry Opera: Verdi’s Requiem £16.00 Ok. This is a staged version, with 12 voices and organ. Risky at least. http://www.eatonsquareconcerts.org.uk/emma-johnson-friends
- St Peter’s Eaton Square, 19:30 Emma Johnson & Friends: Weber Introduction, Theme and Variations, Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Beethoven Septet £12-£18 Very nice programme. This day there is too much music in London.
- Kings place, 19:30 Katya Apekisheva & Charles Owen: works by Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Weinberg,Rachmaninov, Borodin £16.50-£34.50 Wow! what a programme for the opening concert of London Piano Festival!
Fri 6th Oct
- St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Lunchtime concert: Adam Johnson plays Toivo Kuula piano works FREE Young promising pianist playing rare repertoire. This is a very good one.
- Regent Hall, 13:00 Saxophonist David Zucchi performs contemporary music for saxophone FREE Unknown to me.
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Hope Lavelle & Ieva Dubova: English songs by Bernstein, Barber, Ives and Copland and piano music by Tchaikovsky and Gried FREE. The americans here are not so frequent, so go go go!
- St Luke’s, 13:00 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts: Carducci Quartet plays Beethoven String Quartet Op 95 and Shostakovich String Quartet No 4 £14 We are loving Carducci so we have to recommend this one (if you can make it)
- St Mary Abbots, 13:05 RCM musicians perform Brahms Violin sonata no 3 and Cello Sonata no 2 FREE Cool the contrast
- Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists: Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn Stravinsky Concerto in E flat and Pulcinella Suite FREE Modern composers reworking classical ones. Interesting
- St Mary-at-Hill, 13:05 Brian Sturtridge (piano): Shostakovich and the Mighty Handful FREE Mighty Handful? By Jove!
- Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 13:05 unnamed soprano and Trinity Laban students: songs by Gubaidulina, Dallapiccola, Berg, Ravel FREE Repertoire is quite interesting.
- St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Nicolae Dumitru, piano plays Brahms, Enescu and Rachmaninov FREE Romanian doing Enescu is a go!
- St Bride’s, 13:15 Mitra Alice Tham (piano): Mozart K310 and other works FREE varied programme.
- BBC Maida Vale Studios, 14:00 BBCSO with Clare Hammond (piano) conducted by Michael Seal play works by UK living composers SOLD OUT Unusual venue for the BBCSO series. Unusual works too.
- Trinity Laban Blackheath Halls, 18:00 Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner Symphony No.4 FREE Bruckner’s 4th is a little bit demodé nowadays and it’s no programmed as frequently as in the past, so maybe it is worth.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, 18:30 Lucent Duo: Frolov’s Fantasy on themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and works by Tchaikovsky and Grieg FREE New venue here! Perfect if you are going to visit the opera exhibition.
- 1901 Arts Club, 18:30 Jamal Aliyev (cello) & Maria Tarasewicz (piano): Bach Cello Suite No.3, Tchaikovsky Rococo variations, Glazunov Minstrel’s song, Chopin Sonata, Rachmaninov Vocalise and Shchedrin In the style of Albeniz £20 Looks like young talented musicians.
- St John’s Smith Square, 19:00 Murnau Nosferatu with live Bernd Wilden music by Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg £12-£25 Horror movie with live music. In a church. pse-pse
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital £15 Students on their final year.
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Brahms Requiem by Candlelight by St Martin’s Voices £9-£26 MEH
- St James’s Picadilly, 19:30 Corinthian Chamber Orchestra: Britten Prelude and Fugue, Op. 29, Walton Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D major £10-£17 More amateur players. Dunno how chamber they are and how this repertoire suits chamber versions
- Cadogan Hall, 19:30 Basel Symphony Orchestra with Oliver Schnyder, piano conducted by Ivor Bolton: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 and Beethoven Symphony No. 7 £18-£45 Just one week after LPO doing Mozart 20. Bolton is supposed to be a good mozartian. Not so sure about his Beethoven.
- Royal College of Music 19:30, Marmen Quartet: Haydn Quartet op 74 no 1, Janáček String Quartet no 1 and Brahms Quartet op 51 no 2 £5 Young musicians:
- Kings place, 19:30 Nelson Goerner: Chopin, Albéniz and Liszt £16.50-£34.50 Very cool programme
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 19:45 Wellington College Chapel Choir: Schubert, Mozart, Parry, Purcell £10 I think these are boys.
- The other place, 20:00, Clara Rodríguez and Gustavo Corrales Romero (pianos): Chopin in the Caribbean £8-£14 Caribbean piano music inspired by Chopin style. Sound very good
Sat 7th Oct
- Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov: Mozart violin sonatas K306, K302 and K454 £15 First concert of the “almost all Mozart violin sonatas” series by Faust & Melnikov. Very recommentded
- St John the Evangelist at Upper Norwood, 11:30 St John’s Coffee Concert: LMP Chamber Ensemble plays Mozart Divertimento K136 and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence FREE Good free plan for a Saturday morning.
- Kings place, 11:30 Lisa Smirnova: A Baroque Morning: Scarlatti, Mozart and Handel £16.50 Not so baroque, and no harpsichord.
- Kings place, 14:00 Melvyn Tan: Dances & Mirrors: Weber Invitation to the Dance, Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales and Miroirs, Kevin Volans L’Africaine £16.50 This is a proper piano recital. Cool Ravel and a world premiere.
- Kings place, 16:00 Ilya Itin: Sonatas in D £16.50 Those D are Schubert D850 and Rachmaninov Op. 28. We love them
- Kings place, 19:00 Two-Piano Marathon with Melvyn Tan, Ilya Itin, Lisa Smirnova, Danny Driver & more £19.50-£44.50 This is crazy. And more expensive. But Adams and Lutosławski. I want to go!
- Lumen Church & Cafe, 14:30 Songhaven concert & afternoon tea with Dominic Walsh (tenor), Felix Kemp (baritone), and Chad Vindin (pianist) FREE but you pay for the afternoon tea.
- Royal Albert Hall, Verdi - Italian kitchen, 15:00 Afternoon Tea with Live Opera with Ben Smith £39.76 Includes your food and a student from RCM
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov: Mozart violin sonatas K380, K377, K304, K526 and variations K360 £15-£37 second instance of the series
- St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight by Trafalgar Sinfonia £9-£26 MEH (but it is fun to see how the top price increases from 24 to 26 and 28 as the weekend approaches)
- Cadogan Hall, 19:30 London Concertante: Tango Vivaldi £19-£35 Vivaldi & Piazzolla gig is always cool.
- St James’s Sussex Gardens, 19:30 Bartram Symphony Orchestra: Glinka Russland and Ludmila overture and Borodin 2nd symphony FREE Well, this orchestra does not even have a webpage.
- St Peter’s Church Notting Hill, 19:30 Kensington Chamber Orchestra: Mendelssohn Overture: The Fair Melusina, Schubert Symphony No. 1 and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 £10 Informal Chamber Orchestra doing serious amateur music. Ultra romantic programme, btw.
Sun 8th Oct
- Kings place, 11:00 Katya Apekisheva, Charles Owen & Danny Driver piano: Family Adventures with Babar & Peter! £5.50 Children, £7.50 Adults Those are of course Poulenc and Prokofiev musical tales. I wish I had kids to bring them here. Because going on my own can look weird.
- Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room 11:00 Classical Coffee Mornings - Rocamora Quartet plays Haydn Quartet Op. 76, No. 2, Schubert D703 and Mendelssohn Quartet No.6 £12.50 More students from RCM. Serious stuff here.
- Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov: Mozart violin sonatas K305, K305, K303, K378 SOLD OUT Final concert of the series. This one with the Sunday sherry.
- Royal Academy of Music, 12:00 Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation conducted by Ledingham: Bach Cantatas BWV 196, BWV 17 and BWV 181 £15 In-house conductor for the first instance of this year series.
- St Clement Danes, 14:00 Two-part Juke Box, followed by a chance to meet the Young Artists FREE No more info
- St John’s Smith Square, 15:00 unnamed string quartet plays Pleyel B368, Schubert D173 and String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1 £16 Looks like a Beethoven+context series. Could be interesting
- Royal Albert Hall, 15:00 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Choir with Laura Mitchell (soprano) and Philip Scriven (organ) conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton: Grand Organ Gala £22.50-£49.50 Saint Saens Organ Symphony plus typical encores.
- Steiner Hall, 16:00 Louis Demetrius Alvanis (piano): music by Chopin, Febland & Liszt £12.00-£16.00 Opening of the Steiner Hall International Concert Series Season. Never been there.
- London Coliseum 17:00 The Phantom of the Opera film screening with The World Premiere of Roy Budd’s score performed by Docklands Sinfonia £20–£112 Looks promising but clearly too expensive
- Conway Hall, 18:30 Monte Piano Trio plays Beethoven Trio Op. 1 No. 3, Amy Beach Trio Op. 150 and Dvořák Trio No. 3 £10-£12 Again an interesting chamber music programme in these series.
- St John’s Waterloo, 18:30 Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 £8-£10 Amateur orchestra doing big repertoire.
- Kings place, 18:30 Sacconi Quartet: Mozart Quartet K387, Jonathan Dove String Quartet Out of Time and Schubert D810 Death and the Maiden £14.50-£29.50 London Chamber Music Society series start! With out new love Sacconi Quartet! Nice!
- Rosemary Branch Theatre, 19:00 Ben Marshall (oboe), Kimon Parry (clarinet) and Susi Simme (bassoon): works by Koechlin, Francaix, Ibert and Mozart £10 Looks quite interesting.
- Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Ben Johnson tenor; Tyler Duncan baritone; Graham Johnson piano: Schubert lieder £15-£37 Young singers with the master. Quite nice. https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1718
- Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philarmonia orchestra with Hilary Hahn conducted by Jakub Hrůša: Dvořák Violin Concerto and Smetana Má Vlast £11-£55. Ok, Hilary Hahn is in town. You have to go to this. Even more, Hrůša conducting Czech music. skate art guy will be there
- Cadogan Hall, 19:00 Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev: Rimsky-Korsakov The Golden Cockerel and Scheherazade and Stravinsky Symphony in C £18-£45 Ah, London! Did you think you got rid of Gergiev. He’s back. And I cannot recommend it.
- Kings place, 20:00 System Restart: A New Generation of Women Composers £16.50 I don’t known anyone here so I better say nothing.
- 2nd - 7th Oct: Soho Theatre Mozart: The Magic flute by Opera Up Close. Last run in London of this enjoyable production: http://www.operaupclose.com/themagicflute
- 3rd, 6th, 7th: Royal Opera House: Puccini: La bohème. People are loving it. Still the first cast running and a cross on 6th: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-boheme-by-richard-jones
- 4th & 5th Oct / 7th Oct: Hackney Empire Handel: Giulio Cesare by English Touring opera. Notice that this is performed in two parts in two days (4th and 5th) and a single day (7th). I have not see any ETO produtions but I have been told that they are good. Maybe worth it: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/handel-giulio-cesare-part-i-death-pompey/
- 5th & 7th Oct: English National Opera Rossini: The Barber of Seville. Looks like the revival of a classic production: https://www.eno.org/whats-on/the-barber-of-seville/
- 5th & 7th: Royal Opera House: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. Now with the debut of the 2nd cast.: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/die-zauberflote-by-david-mcvicar
- 6th Oct: Hackney Empire Rameau: Dardanus by English Touring opera. Saw the line above? Well, now this is a must. French baroque opera in London! you cannot miss it: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/rameau-dardanus/
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Nothing relevant comes out this week.