Margarita Escarpa is one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Margarita won various national and international prizes including the prestigious ‘20th Solo Guitar Competition’ of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA).
Renowned harpsichordist Steven Devine performs the Goldberg Variations, Bach’s universally popular set of variations on a short aria, often regarded as the most serious and ambitious composition ever written for harpsichord.
Led by Alina Ibragimova, the Chiaroscuro Quartet is revered as one of Europe’s leading period instrument ensembles today. In this concert, they open with the dramatic first of Haydn’s six ‘Russian’ quartets, Op. 33, written in 1791.Of the profoundly beautiful, heart-searching Cavatina of his Op. 130 quartet, Beethoven was reported to have said that even recalling it ‘always cost him new tears’, and that it made a greater impression on him than any other of his works. The Chiaroscuro will perform the ‘alternative’ ending, a vivacious celebration of life’s simple gifts.
Versatile violinist Thomas Gould joins forces with ‘quintessentially Russian’ pianist Yulia Chaplina for a programme that dives into the music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Weinberg, written at the height of the Soviet Empire.
The first of this autumn’s London Chamber Music Society’s one-hour concerts features The Red Priest Duo, Piers Adams and David Wright (harpsichord), in their colourful ‘Wild Men of the Baroque’ programme, featuring an exhilarating selection of music ranging from John Bull and Van Eyck, to Handel, Corelli and Biber.
Eleanor Kelly (b.1995) is currently a student on the prestigious Máster en Interpretación Guitarra Clásica course in Alicante, Spain, studying with the world’s foremost guitar teachers and performers. Eleanor is an advocate of women in music and in 2019 gave the UK premiere of
Celebrated pianist-composer Rolf Hind has worked extensively with John Adams and plays on the soundtrack of the iconic Call Me By Your Name. In this recital he prefaces Adams’s astonishing Phyrigian Gates with a series of new works written for him this year.
Song of Earth was inspired by the chamber arrangements which Schoenberg and his circle created for Viennese performances, Iain Farrington’s exquisite arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde distils Mahler’s vast symphonic scoring to an
Alban Gerhardt bestrides the music world, an inspired soloist with international orchestras, a recitalist of rare insight and a muse to many composers. He is joined by his duo partner, pianist Naoko Sonoda, for music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Franck.
In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. This recital includes Kraggerud’s Preghiera, a pre-echo of the famous prayer at the heart of Beethoven’s Op. 132.
The five string players of Divertimenti are joined by violist Garfield Jackson to perform two powerful and beautiful string sextets by Dvořák and Brahms. Plus, the London premiere of Sally Beamish’s new String Quintet.
In this second show of the evening, resident artist at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival Terri Lyne Carrington invites some of the most exciting musicians from the British jazz scene, for a fresh and stimulating musical experience.
The science: Learn about quantum biology – the role quantum mechanics plays in biological processes. The music: This cantata is one for horn fans, with a prominent natural horn complementing the soprano singer.
London Piano Festival once again celebrates the joys, challenges and sheer brilliance of music written for two pianos as five internationally acclaimed pianists team up in various pairings for an evening of enormous variety.
Steven Isserlis coaches two professional chamber groups in a public masterclass in Hall One. ChamberStudio provides high-level coaching and support to chamber groups in the early stages of their careers, holding masterclasses at Kings Place throughout the year.
The music: This theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection. The science: Professor Lewis Dartnell closes the season with a look at the latest research in astrobiology – the search for extraterrestrial life.
The music: The OAE perform the cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, 1725. The science: Last year scientists, led by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, discovered ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system.
Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state. Yet this pupil of Cavalli was quietly creating a unique musical legacy.
Classic Album Sundays tells the stories behind the albums that have shaped our culture. Dave Brubeck’s platinum 1959 album featuring Take Five is here contextualised and explored by Brubeck's son, Darius.
The music: An intimate cantata showing off the skills of the oboe and horn players, looking at the world from God’s perspective. The science: How do we get to the stars? with Dallas Campbell.
One of the most fascinating pianists performing today, Konstantin Lifschitz presents a hauntingly beautiful programme which explores the interior worlds of Janáček and Schubert at their most personal. He concludes with Debussy's Preludes Book One.
An eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz, Plastikes Karekles (Plastic Chairs) represent a culture of reinvention as defiant and hopeful as the music itself.
The annual Northern Chords Festival on Tyneside travels down to London for this exciting taster event. The ensemble performs Janáček’s Violin Sonata, Mendelssohn’s C minor Piano Trio and Brahms’ famous G minor Piano Quartet.
Dutch flautist Eleonore Pameijer is joined by harpist Hugh Webb and members of the Allegri Quartet in a programme of some of the most beautiful chamber music ever composed.