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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
There will be no concert visit in August.

Royal Festival HallWednesday 19 September 2018, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm  Organ recital
It’s quite some while since we’ve been to an organ recital, the last one being to Christ Church, Spitalfields. This time we’ll be hearing the highly-acclaimed Stephen Cleobury on the mighty organ of the Royal Festival Hall in a programme of Vierne (in which he’ll be joined by baritone Ashley Riches), Rheinberger and Howells, details here.

For my money, the best place to appreciate fully the magnificence of the organ is Row T in the front stalls. There’s also a free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm. All for £15!

Royal Festival HallWednesday 24 October 2018, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm 
French Fancies
I don’t usually repeat venues but 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.

If you book for both RFH concerts together you only have to pay one booking fee. It’s extremely unlikely you’ll never have been to the RFH, but just in case the directions are here.

Previous Concert Visits
So far we have heard:

- 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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