Cue our top picks for February and March . . . .
Stravinsky’s The Firebird
The Philharmonia Orchestra and outstanding soloists come together as part of the City of Light series, exploring Paris in the first half of the 20th century and how it nurtured a creative diversity that heralded a new musical universe. The ballet music Stravinsky composed for Russian impresario Diaghilev is inspired by an exotic Russian legend, best told by Ann Rachlin in one of her colourful stories narrated specially for children.
Thursday 19 February, 7.30 p.m., Royal Festival Hall, London.
Get "Best seats for £15" tickets with promo code: FIREBIRD15, and book here.
Lunchtime String Group Concert
Trinity Laban puts on a free lunchtime recital of world premieres at the end of an intensive workshop of new music for strings. The concert takes place in the beautiful setting of The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College and will feature compositions by Barnabus Dukay, Ben Paulden, Ken Paige, Fraser Bowles and Giorgi Janiashvilli, led by world renowned violist, Rivka Golani. This concert offers the perfect opportunity to take a midday break, relax and feel reinvigorated for the afternoon.
Friday 20 February, 1.05 p.m., The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College.
Admission is free.
Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert
Come and meet the personalities of the orchestra and hear about the adventures they’ve had on their way to performing Beethoven, Romero and Mendelssohn for you. Ideal for children ages 5 - 11, you’ll be immersed in an incredible musical world featuring a full orchestra, fun videos, exciting theatrical lighting AND a chance to meet the Sinfonia’s friendly players and try out their instruments!
Sat 21 February, 11.00 a.m., Cadogan Hall, London.
Tickets are £5 for children, £10 adults, and you can book here.
Strauss’s Second Horn Concerto
We have a rare chance to see Katy Woolley, the Philharmonia’s brilliant principal horn, performing Richard Strauss’s dazzling Second Concerto. The evening also features Beethoven’s overture to Goethe’s Egmont, and Brahms’s valedictory Fourth Symphony.
Thursday 12 March, 7.30 p.m., Royal Festival Hall, London.
Get ‘Best seats for £10’ tickets with promo code: BRASS10, and book here.
Blues piano by candlelight
Mercury Award-nominated Joanna MacGregor is innovative, extraordinary and one of Europe's leading pianists in classical, jazz and contemporary music. MacGregor looks into the idea of John Dowland as an early travelling blues musician, interweaving his stunning lute songs, pavanes and galliards with transcriptions of the legendary guitarist John Fahey exploring myth, love and death.
Monday 16 March, 7.30 p.m., Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London.
Tickets are from £25, and you can book here.
Thames Youth Orchestra Anniversary Concert
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Thames Youth Orchestra will perform Mahler’s Second Symphony with Simon Ferris, joined by players from throughout its ten years and the Thames Youth Choir and Rodolfus Choir. Formed of students from over 25 schools in South West London, TYO has become a leading youth orchestra in London, defined by its varied and challenging programming, its commitment to education and its inclusive ethos.
Sunday 29 March, 7.30 p.m., Barbican Hall London.
Tickets are from £10, and you can book here.
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