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Celia BallantyneVisits to classical concerts, with the occasional foray into jazz and world, in various London venues.

Group Coordinator: Celia Ballantyne (click to contact)

Our visits are on an ad hoc basis, depending on what's on.

London concert halls and churches.

We go to a wide variety of concerts including orchestral, choral, chamber, vocal, recital and big band. Suggestions are always welcome. Concerts might be late morning, lunchtime or evening and are in a variety of venues. Wherever possible ticket prices are very reasonable and chosen with the acoustics and sightlines of the venue in mind. Some concerts are free.

The way it works is that the Group Coordinator identifies a concert to visit, and notifies members on her mailing list. Those expressing interest then receive all relevant information, including guidance on which row to buy tickets in, and then they buy their own tickets.

All iU3A members are entitled to be on the mailing list to receive information and to join visits if they wish. To join the mailing list, click here

Our Next Concert Visits
Wednesday 24 October 2018, Royal Festival Hall, RoyalFestivalHall7.30pm 
French Fancies
I hope you’ll share my enthusiasm for these French Fancies (their term, not mine). Once extremely popular, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne have rather fallen out of fashion but are part of a programme which also includes Berlioz and Bizet and, rather more tenuously, An American in Paris by George Gershwin, details here.

It’s extremely unlikely you’ll never have been to the RFH, but just in case the directions are here.

Friday 16 November 2018, King’s Place, 8.KingsPlace00pm – Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound
This is where we veer off into jazz and this UK premiere sounds absolutely terrific. There are very few seats left so don’t hold off buying yours for too long! This gig forms part of the London Jazz Festival and, as I’m sure you know, the hall isn’t that big. Details here. Directions to King’s Place here.

Monday 17 December 2018, St John’s Smith StJohnsSmithSquareSquare, 7.30pm – A New College Christmas
It’ll be hard to top last Christmas’s concert at Temple but let’s have a go. The choir of New College, Oxford will sing an enormously varied programme of Advent and Christmas music both ancient and modern in the lovely surroundings of St John’s, Smith Square in Westminster, details here. Directions to St John’s here.

Previous Concert Visits
So far we have heard:

- Verdi's mighty Requiem sung and played with gusto by the students at the Guildhall School of Music, given the opportunity to perform at the Barbican Centre.
- The superb Jacob Kirckman harpsichord housed in another new venue for us, the Handel House in Brook Street.
- The prodigiously talented pupils of The Purcell School playing chamber works by Mendelssohn, Villa-Lobos and Ravel in St James's, Piccadilly
- Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski in a thrilling recital of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov.
- Cellist Steven Isserlis in Elgar's seminal Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, topped and tailed with Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.
- The BBC Singers in a highly unusual programme of choral works by Debussy and Pizzetti at LSO St Luke's.
- An all-Handel concert celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
- A delightful lunchtime programme of Schumann and Mendelssohn from the highly talented Amatis Piano Trio.
- Highly unusual Christmas music, both ancient and modern, superbly sung by the Choir of Merton College Oxford in Temple Church.

For a record of what we've been to prior to the above have a look in our archive here.

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