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


Mon 9th Oct

Tue 10th Oct

Wed 11th Oct

Thu 12th Oct

Fri 13th Oct

Sat 14th Oct

Sun 15th Oct

  • Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Room 11:00 Classical Coffee Mornings: Chi-Hoi Cheung plays Haydn Variations Hob XVII/6, Ravel Valse noble et Sentimentales and Beethoven Piano Sonata no 18 £12.50 Looks like a normal fine piano recital while you can get your coffee.

  • Milton Court, 11:00, 15:00 and 19:00 Jeremy Denk: Infinite variations with Measha Brueggergosman soprano, Karen Gomyo violin and Julian Steckel cello £25-£45 I was not sure if listing this as 3 concerts or one, but as Barbican is selling one single ticket for all three I’m listing as one. This includes:

    • 11:00: Variations on Death (Sweelinck, Liszt, Denk, Schumann and Haydn variations plus Bach Komm, Süsser Tod BWV 478 and Purcell When I am laid)
    • 15:00: Variations on Virtuosity (Biber Passacaglia, Bizet Variations Chromatiques, Mendelssohn Variations Concertantes Op 17, Vieuxtemps Souvenir d’Amérique and Schumann Études Symphoniques)
    • 19:00: Variations on Heartbreak… and Hope (Martin Peerson The fall of the Leafe, Monteverdi ‘Zefiro torna’, John Adams I still play, Brahms Andante con moto from Piano Trio in C major Op 87, Nina Simone Since my love is gone (an arrangement of Verdi ‘Addio del passato’ from La Traviata), Monteverdi Lamento della Ninfa and Beethoven Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 111)

Wow this is a real tour de force. And the programme is superb.


Tickets on sale