London is one of the world centres of classical music, and there’s a staggering number of concerts, recitals, festivals and lunchtime services taking place in the capital every month. Our advice? Head to any of the shows recommended below and you’ll be in for a treat.
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The clarinettist and pianist perform the world premiere of a new work by Gordon Crosse's, plus Jorg Widmann's Fantasie, Philip Grange's The Sleep Of Reason Brings Forth Demons (After Goya), Bennett's Ballad In Memory Of Shirley Horn and Gary Carpenter's Marking Time.
The cellist and the violinist perform Iannis Xenakis's Dhipli Zyia, Jorg Widmann's 24 Duos For Violin And Cello, Ravel's Sonata For Violin And Cello, Ligeti's Hommage A Hilding Rosenberg, Peter Eotvos's Now, Miss! and Kodaly's Duo For Violin And Cello, interspersed with works by CPE Bach, JS Bach and Scarlatti.
The group is joined by the percussion and clarinet combo, for Webern's String Quartet, Gordon Crosse's String Quartet No 5, Ross Edwards's Enyato IV, Robert Nasvels's Preparations For Coma, Philip Grange's Three Pieces After Drawings By Escher, Franco Donatoni's Bok, Colin Matthews's Quartet No 5 and Camden Reeves's String Quartet No 1.
The cellist and sound engineer collaborate in a performance of cello and electronic contemporary music, featuring a range of composers from across Europe and the USA.
Peter G Dyson conducts Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Piano Concerto No 12 In A, Salzburg Symphony No 2, Piano Sonata No 8 In A Minor, Divertimento In D and Church Sonata In D plus Bach's Air On The G String and Handel's Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba. With pianist Costas Fotopoulos.
The clarinet, viola and piano ensemble teams up with violinist Park and pianist Tarasewicz, for works by David Blake, Nicola LeFanu, Philip Cashian, George Crumb, Judith Weir, Colin Matthews, Simon Rowland-Jones and a world premiere by Charlotte Bray.
The Garage in Islington has been a mainstay of London’s music scene since 1993, hosting bands like Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead and more. Following a recent change of ownership to the DHP Family (the guys behind Oslo Hackney), the whole venue has been revamped with a view to maintaining its title as one of the city’s landmark music venues. The Garage itself has a capacity of 600, it's been restored to its former glory with an all singing all dancing sound system and a fully refurbished bar area. There’s some decent food offerings on site as well with the newly kitted out General Store and even a cheeky night club tucked upstairs, Thousand Island, decked out with mirror balls.