9th - 15th Oct London classical music
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
Milton Court, 11:45 Global Granados Marathon: Granados’s transcriptions of 26 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti FREE Guildhard School contribution to Granados day. Well, this is interesting to see how in the early 20th century they romanticized baroque composers in the proper way. Not mixes approaches of playing in piano, no: full transcriptions adding romanticism.
Wigmore Hall, 13:00 BBC3 lunchtime recital: Lise de la Salle plays Bach Italian Concerto, Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on the name B–A–C–H and Brahms Handel variations £15 How Bach was rediscovered and how composers got excited about him. Quite typical I’d say.in B flat major Op. 24
St Peter’s Church Notting Hill, 13:00 Tülay Uyar (Soprano) and Nurser Ugan (Piano): opera arias and lieder FREE Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Puccini… this is not a bad way to start the week.
Austrian Cultural Forum, 13:05 Ning Hui (piano), Lance Mok (piano) and Maria Gilicel (violin): Schumann Piano Sonata no 2, Liszt Czardas and ranck - Violin Sonata FREE (ticket required). These are RCM students playing in a series titled European Horizons. Well, if you fancy going to a posh austrian-like lounge this can be your chance:
St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Lunchtime recital: Oscar Bohorquez, violin and Alberto Portugheis, piano play Schubert Sonatina No.3 and Franck - Sonata in A major FREE Wow. 5 minutes later the same Franck sonata is being played just one mile away.
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Southbank Sinfonia (Chamber Ensemble): Grieg String Quartet and Saint-Saëns Septet FREE Bravo again for the Southbank Sinfonia playing here a couple of unfrequented chamber works.
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Xavier Sabata & Armonia Atenea conducted by George Petrou: Catharsis £15-£50 This is going to be one of the hits of the baroque season in London. Xavier latest recordings are spectacular. Do not miss it!
St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 Kensington Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, Joseph Phibbs Rivers to the Sea and Stravinsky Le Sacre de Printemps £14-£18.50 Another Rite, another non-professional orchestra. Quite brave venture
Cadogan Hall, 19:30 Mariinsky Orchestra with Kristóf Baráti conducted by Valery Gergiev: Stravinsky concerto in D, violin concerto and Firebird suite and Rimsky-Korsakov Tsar Saltan suite £18-£45 More Gergiev doing Russian. Not that we don’t have better options.
Barbican Hall, 19:30 Classical Opera 20th Birthday Concert: Mozartists & Miah Persson conducted by Ian Page: Mozart arias and Beethoven Symphony No 9 £15-£55 So they changed the name to Mozartists but the title for this concert is still Classical Opera. And as Mozartist they play more Beethoven than Mozart here. Jokes aside, if you are looking for a classical 9th this is your concert
Tue 10th Oct
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Vanessa Chan and Joanne Tan play Mozart violin sonata K304m Bach chaconne from Partita 2 and Schumann violin sonata No.1 FREE Ah, we love Schumann violin sonata. We have to love this one
Heath Street Baptist Church, 13:00 Zac Gvi (piano)FREE Again no info for this concert
The National Gallary, 13:00 Imogen Cooper (piano) plays Beethoven and Haydn FREE First class pianist doing a concert around Myra Hess. Besides of the most uncomfortable seats in London it is worth
Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Antoine Préat and Yuanfan Yang piano: works by Granados, Yuanfan Yang and Ravel FREE Not easy repertoire here
Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 13:05 Abigail Fletcher, flute with Natalie Molloy, piano and Olivia Fraser, oboe with Rachel Murphy, piano FREE No info about the programme
St George’s Hannover Sq, 13:10 Organ recital by Robin Walker FREE That’s it.
St Clement Danes, 13:10 Miquel Villalba plays Mompou Variations sur un thème de Chopin, Chopin Scherzo nº 1 and Civil Tema, variacions i final FREE Underrated Mompou is always nice to listen to. Notice that Villalba is doing the same concert 3 times this week :)
St Bride’s, 13:15 The Major Music Scholars of James Allen’s Girls’ School: works by Szymanowski, Debussy, Prokofiev, Bunch, Berteau and Saint-Saëns FREE Girls schools in the 21th century. Wow.
St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:05 Seraphim: A Harvest of the Sea Celebration FREE Recital with winners of a composition competition. Maybe too homogeneous
Royal Academy of Music, 15:00 English Song Prizes FREE Title says it all, doesn’t it?
RCM West Parry Room, 18:15 RCM Chamber music: Bridge Cello Sonata H125, Penderecki Per Slava, Barber Summer Music op 31 and Eurico Carrapatoso Cinco Elegias FREE, but ticket required The programme is quite interesting: cello and wind quintet
Handel House, 18:30 Chau-Yee Lo (harpsichord): Lifted from Sleep £12 Louis Couperin and JS Bach works alongside two contemporary: Louis Andriessen and Roderik de Man. I like this.
Wallace Collection, 19:30 La Grande Chapelle conducted by Albert Recasens: Works by Guerrero and Lobo £30 The single price ticket could be a little bit expensive abut it includes wine. Seriously, La Grande Chapelle is probably the best Spanish ensemble doing Spanish polyphony, so this is really recommended
St Paul’s Covent Garden, 19:30 Firebird Orchestra: La Vie Parisienne 15£-35£ Very nice programme with Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune, a couple of arias, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto and Beethoven Symphony no. 7. After so many nice emails explaining their concerts I really want to go to one of these!
Barbican Hall, 19:30 LSO with Bernard Haitink & Emanuel Ax: Brahms Symphony No 3 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 SOLD OUT After their separated visits to the Proms they come back together. Haitink didn’t make it too well with the European Chamber orchestra, let’s see how does it make it with an orchestra he knows better.
Cadogan Hall, 19:30 RPO with James Fountain conducted by Christoph Altstaedt: Haydn Trumpet Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No.6, ‘Pastoral’ £15-£40 We are in the 2nd day of the week and already have 3 Beethoven symphonies. Despite his fame Haydn concert is not played every season. Also it is a nice chance to enjoy the new RPO principal trumpet.
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Olga Stezhko (piano): Debussy Suite bergamasque, Poulenc Trois pieces, Ravel –‘Oiseaux tristes’ and ‘Alborada del gracioso’ from Miroirs FREE Well, she is doing this programme with some additions the next week in the Wigmore Hall, so this is serious stuff. And here is for free.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Bach Violin Concertos by Candlelight by London Concertante £9-£24 I was missing my MEH concerts this week!
Milton Court, 19:30 Canadian Brass £15 No programme. Anyway, The black suit with running shoes is soooo 2002 that is not cool anymore
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Pavel Haas Quartet; Pavel Nikl viola: Stravinsky Concertino, Ravel String Quartet and Dvořák String Quintet £15-£37 One of the finest quartets nowadays. Recommended
St John’s Smith Square, 19:00 Sofia Corrales soprano and Daniela Rodo piano: Music by European & Costa Rican Composers £16 Uf, not suere about the Costa Rican composers here.
All Saints’ Church – East Finchley, 19:30 London Mozart Players: Brahms String Sextet, Hanson String Sextet, Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence £12-£25 How a world premiere (Hanson) contextualizes with Brahms and Tchaikovsky? Not sure.
Wed 11th Oct
Royal Academy of Music, 10:00 English Song Prizes FREE Second part. Too early timing probably
St. Sepulchre Without Newgate, 13:00 Lecture-Recital: “The Guitar in Tudor London” by Christopher Page FREE. Sounds interesting
RCM Farinelli Room, 13:05 RCM chamber music: Jeanjean Quatuor pour saxophones and Ysaÿe Sonata for solo violin FREE, but ticket required Looks like two different concerts
St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Ning Hui See piano: Schubert Impromptu op 90 no 2, Beethoven Sonata no 26, Scarlatti Sonata K213 and Schumann Sonata no 2 FREE This is a long concert with not easy work on it.
Steinway Hall, 18:00 Mateusz Duda plays Haydn Sonata XVI:52, Chopin Sonata no.3 and Szymanowski – Variations op.3 FREE This is the first result for Mateusz Duda on google images: (that is Mr. Poland, so probably it is a common polish name). Anyhow He is a young fine pianist and still cute:
RCM Britten Theatre, 18:15 R Strauss Enoch Arden op 38 narrated by Thomas Allen with Michael Rosewell £5 Good opportunity to catch this work in English narrated by a old star opera singer.
RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, 19:30 RCM Brass Ensemble £5 arrangements for brass. hu-hu
Temple Music, 19:00 Outcry Ensemble with Oscar Perks conducted by James Henshaw: Mendelssohn Violin concerto and Mozart Symphony No. 38 £5-£35 Never hear about this ensemble. Looks like its made up from University of Cambridge students.
St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 London Sinfonietta - Hans Werner Henze: Voices £20 22 songs fifteen instrumentalists playing 70 instruments. This was premiered in 1974 by the London Sinfonietta itself. This is the contemporary music hit of the week.
Kings place, 19:30 Opera from the West and Pansori songs £9.50-£16.50 Not really a crossover but a mix-over. Not sure about the final result.
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 The Endellion String Quartet: Haydn Op.54 1, Bartók 6 and Beethoven Op.127 £15-£37 The three best quartetists ever represented by some of the final works. Quite Quite interesting.
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 19:45 I Dodici: Renaissance classics: Palestrina, Anerio, Lotti and Monteverdi £5 Looks like a new group. Could be worth checking it
Thu 12th Oct
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Miquel Villalba plays Mompou Variations sur un thème de Chopin, Chopin Scherzo nº 1 and Civil Tema, variacions i final FREE Second time this week :) See above
RCM Grove Room, 13:05 Maria Kustas piano & Nika Pinter flute and Patrizia Lichtscheidl violin & Ermin Tkalec piano: Brahms 7 Fantasien, Blavet flute sonata no.4 and Debussy violin sonata FREE but ticket required Brahms piano, baroque flute and impressionist violin sonata. I like this.
St Alfege Church, 13:05 A programme from Trinity Laban Guitar Department FREE No info
Royal Academy of Music, 13:05 Charlotte La Thrope soprano, Victoire Bunel mezzo-soprano, Louise Ayrton violin, Alice Trocellier viola da gamba and Julie Pumir harpsichord/organ: Couperin 2nd Leçon de tenebres, Marino Arcaro Psalm 102, Robert Laidlow Moonfall and Rameau 5em concert FREE WOW, vocal french baroque. Totally cool programme.
St John’s Waterloo, 18:00 Southbank sinfonia: Rush Hour #15: Dance: Jörg Widmann Con brio and Beethoven Symphony No.7 FREE I have to say that I love the imaginative programmes the Southbank sinfonia. And they are doing free concerts on evening time. It’s the 2nd Beethoven7 this week but I am curious about how the Southbank sinfonia approaches this.
RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, 18:15 RCM Philharmonic with Katie Coventry conducted by Martin André: Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne series I and Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges £5-£8 Chants d’Auvergne might have not aged well but they are still very beautiful and pairing those with the Prokofiev makes this concert a must. Really.
Handel House, 18:30 Oonagh Lee (oboe): The Court as a Stage: works by Sammartini, Handel and Vincent £12 I don’t known who Vincent is. But Lee has been playing with Dunedin Consort and Arcangelo, so you can expect a very fine playing here.
St. James’s Piccadilly, 19:30 Orchestra of the City: Lalo Symphonie Espagnole and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 £10 Described in its website as one of the top five non-professional orchestras in London. How many are there?
Kings place, 19:30 Schubert Ensemble: Quintets by Enescu & Schumann £9.50–£34.50 Piano quintets series in Kings place go on with Enescu and Schumann. Both are very nice. And there are still super saver tickets available
Milton Court, 19:30 Jeremy Denk: Mozart’s late sonatas (14-18) £15-£30 Denk playing Mozart as an encore after his Bartok at the past Proms made me willing to go to this one. Another highlight of the week
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Eggner Trio: Haydn and Dvořák trios £15-£37 Guess which Dvořák trio is it? Of course Dumky. So probably more interesting because of the Haydn.
Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Battleship Potemkin: Live Screening £11-£55 This is a 20th century pasticcio with a score compiled from the symphonies of Shostakovich. Well, Potemkin and Shostakovich are always nice so together they might be too.
St John’s Smith Square, 13:05 Janet Oates soprano, Alison Read harp and Vurl Bland cimbasso play music by Gregory Rose £10 I don’t know who Gregory Rose is.
St John’s Smith Square, 19:00 Omar Khairat Charity Piano Recital £25-£135 I guess that the high price is because is collecting for a charity. This is the most famous Egyptian composer.
Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery, 19:00 Students from the Historical Performance Faculty at the Royal College of Music Vivaldi and beyond £20 This can look overpriced for a students recital but it includes a private view of the exhibition (worth £11) and a complimentary glass of wine. So maybe.
Fri 13th Oct
St Luke’s, 13:00 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Truls Mørk cello & Håvard Gimse piano: Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major Op 119 £14 Oh, I love Mørk Shostakovich cello concertos recording. Promising
St John’s Waterloo, 13:00 Miquel Villalba plays Mompou Variations sur un thème de Chopin, Chopin Scherzo nº 1 and Civil Tema, variacions i final](http://www.stjohnswaterloo.org/event/1908048) FREE Third time this week :) See above
St Martin in the Fields, 13:00 Andrei Iliushkin (piano): Bach/Busoni Chaconne, Beethoven Sonata for Piano No 27 and Scriabin Sonata for Piano No 3 FREE Ah, love the Scriabin in here. Young promising russian pianist. Recommended.
St Mary Abbots, 13:05 Sara Mendez Arias saxophone, Imma Setiadi piano, Barbara Gentili soprano and Marie Otaka piano: Bach, Mantovani, Denisov, Tosti FREE Programme looks like a very very random mix.
St Mary-at-Hill Church, 13:05 Bellot Ensemble: The Development of the Italian Trio Sonata (works by Monteverdi, Legrenzi, Rossi, Fontana and Merula FREE New early music group from the Trinity Laban. They sound good and the programme is quite interesting:
Old Royal Naval College Chapel, 13:05 Jennifer Barwise, Soprano, Sofia Celenza, Soprano, Anna Prowse, mezzo-soprano and Michael Lafferty, baritone: Autumn related songs by Schumann, Schubert, Strauss, etc… FREE Thematic recital around autumn. Not bad
St James’s Picadilly, 13:10 Tessitori duo (viola and guitar) plays arrangement of works by Granados and Albéniz FREE Strange arrangements again?
St Bride’s, 13:15 Frans van Schoonhoven and Chiahu Lee play Medtner Violin Sonata no. 3 FREE An almost forgotten Russian composer. This sonata was recorded by David Oistrakh and is worth listening.
V&A Museum, 18:30 Laura Farre Rozada piano: Stockhausen Klavierstucke no 5, Philippe Manoury Toccata, Joel Järventausta La vehemència del despertar and Dutilleux Piano Sonata FREE She is a pianist and mathematician specialising in contemporary music
Barbican Hall, 19:30 BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins: Birtwistle Earth Dances and Vaughan Williams Symphony No 1, A Sea Symphony £10-£36 We get the British conductor for the British music. Birtwistle work was commissioned by the BBCSO. RVW 1st is cool.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight by London Octave £9-£26 MEH
Cadogan Hall, 19:30 National Symphony Orchestra with Jack Liebeck conducted by Rimma Sushanskaya: Classical Pictures: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Ravel La Valse £15-£40 Really classical. La Valse is a really difficult piece. I’ve never listened to the NSO, so I have no idea about this one
Royal Academy of Music, 19:30 Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov: Mahler Symphony no.9 SOLD OUT This is so cool. Young students conducted by a 1st class director. And it’s sold out.
Kings place, 19:30 A Celebration of Howard Skempton £16.50 -£34.50 Not sure about this music.
St. Sepulchre Without Newgate, 19:30 Londinium chmaber choir £12-£15 Bach’s most virtuosic motet, Singet dem Herrn surrounded with choral works from Lassus to Carter. Too much mix maybe.
Blackheath Halls, 19:30 Trinity Laban’s Sinfonia Wind & Sinfonia Strings: Double Bill £5 Another mix for showcasing the ensembles virtues
Kings place, 22:00 Club Inégales: Howard Skempton & Notes Inégales £7.50 More Skempton and I don’t know yet how it sounds :(
Sat 14th Oct
Wellcome collection, 10:55 Igor Levit plays Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli Variations FREE (ticket required) WOW. One of the hottest pianists nowadays. His triple recording of Goldberg, Diabelli and Rzewki rocked last year. And this is free. GO GO GO!
Wigmore Hall, 11:00 Polish Music Day with Jennifer Pike and Friends: Penderecki, Goldberg, Załubska and more £15 Polish baroque + contemporary music. I like the proposal
St James’s Sussex Gardens, 13:00 Nonsuch Singers: Ikon: Music of the Russian Orthodox Church £15 Well, for hardcore choral religious music lovers I guess
Royal Albert Hall, Verdi - Italian kitchen, 15:00 Afternoon Tea with Live Opera with Eves £39.76 Includes your food and a soprano without surname. WTF!
Wigmore Hall, 15:00 Polish Music Day with Jennifer Pike and Friends: Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Chopin, Karłowicz and Wieniawski £15 This is in between the baroque and the contemporary from the previous concert. I like again the idea.
St John’s Waterloo, 19:30 Westminster Philharmonic orchestra: Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Shostakovich Symphony No. 6, Sibelius Tapiola and Paul Carr Sinfonietta £12-£15 Another amateur orchestra. It is nice seeing them doing world premieres as the Carr Sinfonietta. Other than that, no references about them.
St. Sepulchre Without Newgate, 19:30 Hackney Singers: Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, and Jonathan Dove’s ‘Passing of the Year’ £14 Not sure if we want to hear another Carmina Burana
Kings place, 19:30 Aurora Orchestra with Sarah Connolly, Andrew Staples & John Reid: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 11 in F, K413 (version for piano and string quartet), Mahler Piano Quartet and Das Lied von der Erde (quartet arrangement) £24.50–£49.50 I like the idea or presenting these arrangement by the fine players of the Aurora Orchestra and super Sarah Connolly.
St Martin in the Fields, 19:30 Trafalgar Day Concert – Mozart Requiem by Candlelight by Belmont Ensemble of London £9-£29 MEH
St Paul’s Covent Garden, 19:30 Marcel Sinfonia and the London Docklands with Andrew Campling: Bach concerto BWV1043, Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525 and Campling In Paradisum £12 Looks to me like an excuse for composer/director to present his composition, but I might be wrong.
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 19:30 Planet Tree Music Festival: Keith Barnard & Alessandra Celletti £13 neo-new age warning.
Royal Festival Hall, 19:30 Ensemble Intercontemporain with Matthias Pintscher: Harvey: Bhakti, Philippe Schoeller: Hermès and Boulez: Explosante-fixe £15-£45 This is the counterpart of the London Sinfonietta gig this week. Highlight for contemporary music lovers.
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Polish Music Day with Jennifer Pike and Friends: Szymanowska, Knapik, Górecki and Chopin £15-£37 The finale of the series. Also very cool
St John’s Smith Square, 19:30 1885 Singers and Orchestra & Malvern Festival Chorus: Elgar The Dream of Gerontius £10-£25 More non-professional musicians doing a large scale work. How brave!
St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, 19:30 London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra with Isolda Da Costa Soares (soprano): Mozart, Bellini, Verdi and Offenbach £7–£10 No references from them
All Saints Church, Market Place Kingston, 19:30 A Shakespeare Miscellany. Music by Purcell, Dowland and others with Robin Blaze, Countertenor, Elizabeth Kenny, Lute and Dickon Tyrrell, Actor £15 Robin Blaze is a wonderful singer. This can be a very interesting concert.
Wellcome collection, 19:55 Readings from Proust by Simon Russell Beale and music of Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Reynaldo Hahn, Debussy, Fauré and Saint-Saëns by Ailish Tynan (soprano), Iain Burnside (pianist), Jack Liebeck (violinist) and Katya Apekisheva (pianist) FREE (ticket required) Matching Proust with classical music could be too much, but who knows.
Penge Congregational Church, 20:00 Arina Lazgiian (piano) works by Ravel, Liszt, Desyatnikov £10 Another young promising pianist.
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.
Wigmore Hall, 11:30 Scottish Ensemble: Mozart quintet K515 and Brahms quintet Op. 88 SOLD OUT Viola quintets are so trendy that they are sold out? Wow
Wellcome collection, 12:55 Schubert String Quintet and a new work by Martin Suckling by Soloists of the Aurora Orchestra FREE but ticket required Another free concert that is amazing. Following the memory theme of these series we have here an orchestra famous for performing symphonies from memory. Very interesting
Wellcome collection, 14:55 The Early Music Show: Mahan Esfahani and Helen Roberts FREE but ticket required Go to the website. Read the description. Book a free ticket and do not miss it.
All Hallows Church, 15:00 Planet Tree Music Festival: The Solem String Quartet with Catherine King, mezzo-soprano & Stephen Bennett, clarinet: premieres by D’Angelo, Turellier, Catoire, Celletti, Ball and Bartok: Quartet No.4 £13 Again, beware the neo-new-age.
Foundling Museum, 15:00 Antonio Oyarzabal: from Ravel’s Mother Goose to Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood Free with Museum admission Not so free. He is a fine pianist.
St Augustine, Honor Oak Park, 15:30 The Southwark Sinfonietta: Bartok Romanian dances, Mozart Horn concert K446 and symphony No.39](http://www.augustineonetreehill.org.uk/events.htm) £12 No idea
Barbican Hall, 17:30 Senior musicians from the Guildhall School: Brahms and Mendelssohn songs and duets FREE Very nice prelude to Brahms and Mendelssohn works following
Kings Place, 17:45 Yu-Wei Hu baroque flute Jonatan Bougt theorbo play Telemann, de Visée, Bach, Piccinini and Hotteterre FREE I discovered de Visée music with the recent Brilliant classic recordings La musique de la chambre du Roi and totally love it. Here is performed by RCM students along with other baroque music. I wish I could go.
Conway Hall, 18:30 [Noûs Quartet: Boccherini Quartet G165, Verdi String Quartet and Respighi String Quartet P.91)(https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/nous-quartet-2/) £10-12£ Amazing programme showing Italian quartets.
Kings place, 18:30 LCMS – Florilegium: ‘Les Nations’: JS Bach, Handel, Teleman, Leclair, Purcell and CPE Bach £14.50–£29.50 Sonatas, quartets and triosonatas. Nice baroque chamber music.
Barbican Hall, 19:00 LSO with Veronika Eberle conducted by Bernard Haitink: Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Brahms Symphony No 2 £15-£55 Haitink mini Brahms cycle paired now with Mendelssohn violin concerto. Another highlight.
Wigmore Hall, 19:30 Roman Rabinovich piano: Haydn, Rabinovich, Rachmaninov and Chopin £15-£37 Haven’t heard him.
- 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th Oct: The King’s Head Theatre: Puccini: Tosca: Set in the Second World War with a new libretto. Hu-hu https://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873573470/events/128184929
- 9th, 11th & 14th Oct: English National Opera Aida. This new production is good and there is some very good singing: https://www.eno.org/whats-on/aida/
- 10th & 13th Oct: English National Opera Rossini: The Barber of Seville. I didn’t like this one very much but looks like people are enjoying it: https://www.eno.org/whats-on/the-barber-of-seville/
- 10th Oct: Royal Opera House: Puccini: La bohème. Last winter performance until it gets back during summer with a new cast: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-boheme-by-richard-jones
- 11th, 13th & 14th Oct: Royal Opera House: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. Last three performances: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/die-zauberflote-by-david-mcvicar
- 12th Oct: Royal Opera House: Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes. First performance (of 6, short run): http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/les-vepres-siciliennes-by-stefan-herheim
- 13th & 14th: Thames Philharmonia Orchestra at Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre: Mozart: Don Giovanni: https://langdondowncentre.org.uk/event/don-giovanni/
- 14th Oct: Porcupine Opera at St. James’s Piccadilly: Puccini Il Tabarro and Gilbert and Sullivan Remembered: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3041535
Tickets on sale
- English Touring Opera Spring season is open for booking: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/english-touring-opera-spring-2018/?dm_i=3YV6,AAX5,3K62YA,11OD7,1
- London Handel Festival Messiah is open for booking: http://booking.london-handel-festival.com/
- Royal Opera House Winter season packages opens for booking on Wed 11th: http://www.roh.org.uk/packages
- Heinrich Schütz’s Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi at Westminster Abbey with St James’ Baroque: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/choir-westminster-abbey-st-jamess-baroque
- Highgate Chamber music festival programme is out and booking will open next week: https://www.chambermusicfestival.co.uk/2017-festival