Alamire to perform a work by Tallis not heard for 450 years with words by Queen Katherine Parr

Alamire have announced that its 14 April concert at the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival will now include an extensive work by Thomas Tallis that has not been heard for over 450 years. In 1978 an extraordinary discovery was made behind plasterwork in the walls of Corpus Christi...

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English Symphony Orchestra kicks off 21st Century Symphony Project with Sawyers: Birth of a Symphony

The English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) embark on their multi-year celebration of the enduring place of the symphony in today’s musical life with the world premiere of Philip Sawyers’ Symphony No. 3 at St John’s Smith Square this February. Sawyers Symphony No.3 is the first instalment of the ESO‘s 21st Century Symphony Project...

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The Future Now: classical music roundup

James Douglas gives his monthly review of the classical music on offer across London, including performances at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Hackney Empire. If Trump’n’Brexit reflects the expiring rage of an ageing demographic visiting a vindictive sick joke on those they’re about to...

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MusicAeterna returns to the Royal Festival Hall with Ralph Fiennes for Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet

Renowned conductor and Artistic Director Teodor Currentzis and his famous orchestra, musicAeterna, are returning to London for an exclusive performance of the music from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet in aid of the Gift of Life charity. Currentzis, who has won multiple awards for his captivating performances, including six National...

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John Joubert by Jayne Eyre

Kenneth Woods English Symphony Orchestra Ruddock Hall, King Edward’s Schools, Edgbaston 25 October 2016 It was an unmissable privilege to be invited by Kenneth Woods to the recording of the world premiere of John Joubert’s third opera Jane Eyre. It’s always a delight to have an excuse to interview Kenneth...

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Ralph Vaughan Williams at St John’s Smith Square: Holst Singers

Friday 7 October 2016 This was another of those events I’d been looking forward to for some time, and indeed have plugged in these pages. We are blessed within the Royal Borough and its environs with world class venues. It is invidious to pick one out, but all dogs have...

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Kenneth Woods In Conversation with James Douglas

Kenneth Woods In Conversation with James Douglas

KENNETH WOODS AND ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PREMIERE JOHN JOUBERT’S OPERA JANE EYRE   WORLD-PREMIERE PERFORMANCE IN BIRMINGHAM TO BE CAPTURED LIVE BY SOMM RECORDINGS   Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 7:30 PM Ruddock Hall, King Edward’s Schools Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UA Please note the pre-concert talk at...

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Upcoming Free Music and Events from the RCM

Upcoming Free Music and Events from the RCM

The Royal College of Music invites Londoners to escape workday stress and explore great art at one of RCM’s regular free concerts or events. The RCM brings world-class music to London and highlights local artists through their free concert series, which include lunchtime and rush hour concerts as well as...

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The Christians

The Christians

Liverpudlian band The Christians are set to celebrate their longstanding musical career with their upcoming 30thanniversary fast approaching in 2017.   Having enjoyed huge acclaim during the late eighties and early nineties, The Christians became renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits. They achieved the No....

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24-hour Music marathon at St John’s Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square will host a free, 24-hour music event as part of the Open House London Weekend 2016. There will be 24 hours of non-stop performance set against the baroque architecture of St John’s Smith Square. The event will be totally free of charge and will feature performances,...

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