What's on in London for Music?

Lucy

January 14, 2015

Lots of our friends’ New Year’s Resolutions are to become "more cultured" in 2015. . . . Well, if that’s you too, here are my top picks for youngsters and adults alike to enjoy some musical fun in January!

Fire & Ice - Shostakovic Cello Concerto - The Royal College of Music’s thrilling one-day festival celebrating Shostakovic’s famous Cello Concerto culminates in this special performance by star RCM cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho, with the RCM Philharmonic conducted by Martin André. The orchestra will also present selections from Prokoviev’s much-loved ballet, Romeo and Juliet.

7:00pm, 18th January 2015, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music. Book here. Tickets £5-£10.

Matthew Locke’s Music for The Tempest - The newly opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre hosts a candlelit performance by one of the world’s most celebrated and innovative ensembles, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, to transport you back to 17th century London.

2:30pm, 25th January 2015; 7:30pm, 26th January 2015, The Globe Theatre. Book here. Tickets from £10 - £60.

Bach to Baby, Carnival of the Animals - Bach to Baby is a critically acclaimed classical concert series for parents and babies. Join the regal lion, the dancing elephant, the bouncy kangaroo and the long-eared donkey, as well as the pianist Miaomiao Yu and Grace Mo as they bring you the glorious music of Sant-Saens and Faure. All that, plus your favourite nursery shymes to finish, of course, giving your child the chance to hear and explore live instruments up close during the crucial early years!

11:00am, 26th January 2015, St Paul’s Covent Garden, London. Book here.

BBC Symphony Orchestra Percussion Day - Are you that person at the back of the orchestra pinging the triangle every now and again? Stop, Press! Your contribution is vital! Here is a mini-festival for all ages to turn up and watch or take part in an open masterclass led by top BBC SO percussionists. Student ensembles from Guildhall and the RCM will be popping up to perform an eclectic mix of percussion music, to show you how vast and flexible the percussion section really is.

11:00am, 31st January 2015, Barbican FreeStage, Barbican, London. Simply turn up and watch, or email getinvolved@bbc.co.uk for more info. Free! No tickets required.

RCM Sparks Springboard Competition Course - Amazing opportunity for children aged 15-18*. Join composer and animateur Rachel Leach over four weekends and develop new compostition skills which could support future GCSE or A-level composition coursework. Held at St Paul’s School, Barnes and the Royal College of Music.

*students in years 10-13 from schools in the state sector or home schooled.

10:30am, 17th January 2015, St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JT. Call the box office on 020 7591 4314. Free for eligible teens.

Happy 2015, Happy Music-ing and do let us know which concerts you get to!

P.S. - just for fun, click here to see what happens inside your brain when you pick up a musical instrument.

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