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Nearby: Westminster

The Category Westminster is a subset of London (Central). Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Westminster which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Central Hall Westminster

- Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

- London Accordion Orchestra

- London International A Cappella Choral Competition

- Medici Choir

- Transport for London Recorded Music Club

 

Category Westminster
! Westminster KEY
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of this Record)108

‘One of the most prestigious in the UK, ranked as one of the top 10 music departments in the country (Complete University Guide 2016). We offer high-level teaching programmes and a flourishing research culture in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, jazz and popular music studies, and music and science. We benefit in particular from long-standing links with the Royal Academy of Music and the School of Oriental and African Studies.’

 

* Department of Music [KCL]
VISITS (to Website)208
Also indexedKing’s College London
VIEWS (of this Record)276

‘From DJs to record producers, top performers to mixers and engineers, our courses attract some of the most talented students, taught by teams of successful musicians, entrepreneurs and audio experts. All of our four programmes are designed not only to educate you and extend your natural talent, but also to prepare you for your potential career in the music industry. One of the first departments of its kind in the UK, it has a strong reputation and links with leading popular music centres around the world. Every year our students progress to key roles where they not only enter the music business – they are also leading and changing it.’

 

* Department of Music [Westminster]
VISITS (to Website)170
Also indexedUniversity of Westminster
VIEWS (of this Record)427

Eaton Square Concerts is proud to present world-class chamber music in the heart of London’s historic Belgravia district. The outstanding acoustic and stunning neo-classical surroundings of St Peter's Eaton Square make it an ideal venue for concerts from internationally renowned performers as well as rising stars. Eaton Square Concerts produces two concert seasons a year, in spring and autumn.‘

 

ALERT ’ ... Despite the widely appreciated artistic success of our spring 2019 season, the financial results fell far short of our expectations. As a result the Board has very reluctantly decided that we should no longer continue with these wonderful concerts and that Friends of Music should close. The current environment does not provide a basis for sustaining Eaton Square Concerts.’

 

Category Westminster
* Eaton Square Concerts
VISITS (to Website)104
VIEWS (of this Record)221

Held Late October: ‘Annually since 1996. Our competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to compete against like minded musicians, to gain experience in piano specific competitions and give outstanding students the opportunity to perform at well-known London concert venues ... The competition is open to all students (first year to postgraduate) of the four main London music colleges: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students must be enrolled in one of the colleges at the time of the final.’

 

* Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition
VISITS (to Website)298
Also indexedC. Bechstein Piano Series
VIEWS (of this Record)681

‘Founded in 2015 to continue the legacy and profile of the internationally respected Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music. Its aim is to put before London audiences the highest-quality performers in the field of Baroque music from abroad and from the UK.’ Held Mid May.

 

* London Festival of Baroque Music
VISITS (to Website)281
VIEWS (of this Record)467

‘Founded by Denys Darlow in 1978 the London Handel Festival has contributed to a Handel revival in the UK, specialising in the performance of lesser-known works of the period. In 1981 the London Handel Orchestra and London Handel Singers made their debut at the Festival.’ Festival held Late March - Early April.

 

* London Handel Festival
VISITS (to Website)453
Also indexedLondon Handel Orchestra | London Handel Singers
VIEWS (of this Record)304

‘The LICCC is the UK’s first such event dedicated to choral conducting. Curated by Chantage and Coro, two of London's premier chamber choirs, the competition will take place during a weekend-long festival which will also include masterclasses and a Gala Concert ... We’re looking for emerging choral conductors aged 18 – 32 years old from all over the world to compete in front of a distinguished international jury.’ Held Mid October.

 

* London International Choral Conducting Competition
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of this Record)263

‘Celebrate this wonderful art-form through six concerts and two masterclasses ... We are fortunate to be working with some of the most talented singers and performers currently based in the UK.' Held October - December.

 

* London Song Festival
VISITS (to Website)248
VIEWS (of this Record)432

‘Our lunchtime and evening music concerts series, which regularly showcases an impressively international spectrum of musicians, now rightly enjoys a reputation for both its quality and popularity ... The quality of the music making at these events is extremely high and we are proud to be able to offer them for free.  For those who have rarely had the opportunity of going to concerts, these recitals are an excellent introduction to classical music, with varied programmes and instrumental line-ups; for music-lovers the Shaw Library has a wonderful atmosphere, an outstanding Steinway piano, thanks to the generosity of the LSE's Annual Fund, and it allows its attentive audiences to hear chamber music in the sort of space for which the composer wrote the pieces.’

 

* LSE Arts and Music
VISITS (to Website)52
VIEWS (of this Record)417

‘Invites you to re-discover "London's first musical venues": the fantastical Pleasure Gardens.  This lost Victorian craze invited revellers to enter a secret garden and be transported from grey streets to green gardens, away from the city's chaotic noise to an illumiunated park full of elegant music. The annual Marylebone Music Festival has re-invented the pleasure garden for the 21st century, bringing the world's top artistic talent into some of London's loveliest settings.’ Held Late June.

 

* Marylebone Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)182
VIEWS (of this Record)294

'Formed in July 2012 when the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) ceased running its Music Society after 40 years. We continue the tradition of putting on excellent concerts, combined with an enjoyable social occasion, and with an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists after the concert.'

 

* Medical Music Society of London
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of this Record)410

Founded 1990: ‘The Musical Traditions Club aims to present the finest traditional singers from Britain and Ireland in a friendly and appreciative atmosphere ... The Club was founded ... in the spirit of Musical Traditions Magazine, now happily available in electronic form on the Web ... The Club meets about once a month on Fridays’.

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Musical Traditions Club
VISITS (to Website)55
VIEWS (of this Record)139

‘We are one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. We opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion.’ Promoted in two venues: Main Jazz Club (downstairs): We're a live venue so you need to book tickets in advance to come and see a show. Once you're inside, we allocate you seats and then you can order food and drinks (to be paid for on the night) from your seats, there's a service table throughout the whole show ... Upstairs @ Ronnie's is a 140 capacity bar and live music venue (separate to the main club). There is live music every night of the week.’

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
VISITS (to Website)93
VIEWS (of this Record)237

‘An institution of world renown, training nearly 700 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines. We hope our website provides a glimpse of our collective mission, character, and values — as well as imparting the special atmosphere that springs from our cosmopolitan and confident outlook. Have a look at what we do, the quality of the concerts, the teachers, the visiting artists and the types of events we put on ... As Britain’s oldest conservatoire, we are inspired by the past but committed to shaping contemporary musical life with discernment and open-mindedness ... We welcome visitors from all walks of life to the Academy.'

 

* Royal Academy of Music
VISITS (to Website)324
VIEWS (of this Record)443

Rudolph Steiner House is a hub for contemporary culture in the heart of London offering a programme of anthroposophically and spiritually oriented events in a unique and stunning architectural environment ... Our Grade II listed building, with its organic architecture and unique ambience, is in a quiet, convenient and easily accessible location. Whether you are looking for a venue for a theatre performance, audition, conference, film screening, seminar or workshop, or just a great place to hold a meeting, we have something to offer you.‘

 

Category Westminster
* Rudolf Steiner House
VISITS (to Website)78
VIEWS (of this Record)211

’Embodies St Martin’s commitment to the discovery, nurture and promotion of new and emerging musical talent. With the support of Making Music, the competition is able to offer winners the opportunity to develop a performance profile across the UK.’ Normally held During March.

 

* St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition
VISITS (to Website)156
VIEWS (of this Record)248

‘The St Marylebone Festival is part of the HLF funded St Marylebone Changing Lives Project ... Please help us to refurbish and extend our Crypt, continue our work of offering low-cost psychotherapy and counselling services, NHS primary care, world-class music, and to conserve our heritage by restoring the present 200 year old monumental parish church ... During a week of music and festivities we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the parish and the many personalities connected with it.’ Held Late July.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* St Marylebone Festival
VISITS (to Website)129
VIEWS (of this Record)313

‘Celebrates the extraordinary range of vocal diversity on offer in the capital and beyond. The Festival showcases ensembles of all shapes and sizes, from community choruses and youth groups to professional chamber choirs and operatic ensembles. At the heart of our festival lies collaborative music making in a wide range of guises.’ Held Late June.

 

Category Westminster
* Voices of London Festival
VISITS (to Website)169
VIEWS (of this Record)258

‘One of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959.’

 

+ Academy of St Martin in the Fields
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)456

‘Based in North Paddington. The Choir is open to everyone regardless of age, background or musical experience and we sing a variety of music from all genres, from many different cultures, and in languages from across the world ... The choir rehearses weekly during term-time ... We also perform at least one concert each term, and have performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, The Roundhouse and Paddington Central, as well as at local venues.’

Category Community Choirs
+ All Sing! Harrow Road Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of this Record)361

‘There are orchestras who will tell you that they were born to play Beethoven. And there are ensembles that mix it with modern music. But there’s nothing quite like the BBC Concert Orchestra. “Versatility” and “flexibility” are BBC Concert Orchestra’s bywords ... You’ll hear us on the world’s longest-running live orchestral music programme, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night ... Over on BBC Radio 3 we search out the unusual and quirky, profile classical masterpieces and never forget to entertain ... And what about the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms? We are there every summer, both in the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park for the party that is Proms in the Park. The BBC CO loves to get out and about in the UK ...’

 

Category Light Orchestras
+ BBC Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)248
VIEWS (of this Record)396

‘A 50 piece concert band specialising in film and show music and big band which rehearses at BBC Maida Vale and plays in and around Central London and Elstree and Borehamwood ... Founded by flautist Ian Marshall and gave its first public concert at the BBC’s Elstree Studios in July 1986 ... We play a high standard of music from a wide range of classical and contemporary pieces, with a focus on film and show music ... We have played at a wide range of venues in and around London, including the Elstree and Maida Vale Studios, St James’s Church Piccadilly, Millfield Theatre, Allum Hall, St John Waterloo and Dorchester Abbey. We have also given concerts further afield in France and Germany. The Band’s performances have been broadcast nationally as well as internationally through the BBC World Service.’

Category Light Orchestras
+ BBC Elstree Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)301

‘The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. The choir’s virtuosity sees it performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu. Its expertise in contemporary music has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries ... The world-class ensemble is committed to sharing its enthusiasm and creative expertise through a nationwide outreach programme. This includes frequent collaborations with schoolchildren, youth choirs and the amateur choral community, as well as with the professional composers, singers and conductors of tomorrow.‘

 

Category Westminster
+ BBC Singers
VISITS (to Website)114
VIEWS (of this Record)206

'The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year ...  It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra ... Each year the Chorus performs in approximately six concerts between October and May with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London, and in five or six of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall between July and September, usually including the First and Last Nights at the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus also gives some concerts on its own and with other orchestras at other UK venues and abroad.'

+ BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)385

‘The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s. They have now given over 700 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square Church where they are firmly established as the most popular of the principal orchestras, attracting large international audiences to their fortnightly concerts ... The Orchestra was originally established to enable exceptional music graduates the opportunity to bridge the gap between leaving conservatoire and finding full-time employment, within a professional environment. Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.‘

+ Belmont Ensemble of London
VISITS (to Website)107
VIEWS (of this Record)293

‘London based chamber choir Canticum, enjoys a range embracing Renaissance polyphony, the close harmony of jazz classics and specially commissioned new works ... A group of around 35 singers of varying ages, we’re always looking for new concert venues and recording opportunities. As a London choir we’re lucky to be able to sing in some of the most beautiful venues in the city, but we often travel out to take part in festivals around the country and abroad.’

 

Category Westminster
+ Canticum
VISITS (to Website)101
VIEWS (of this Record)103

Founded 1978: ‘Has become one of London’s finest amateur choirs, developing a reputation for musicality, imaginative programming and choral enthusiasm. As its name suggests, the choir’s spiritual home is in the rich music of the Baroque period, with large-scale works by Bach, Handel and Monteverdi regularly appearing in its programmes. However it is equally at ease with repertoire from the 15th century right through to the present day ... Admission to the Choir will be by attending a trial rehearsal and then an audition, which involves scales, exercises, and sight reading’.

Category Choral Societies
+ English Baroque Choir
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of this Record)268

‘ENO is founded on the belief that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone. We tell the world's most timeless stories, unforgettably ... We sing in English. We believe that singing in our own language connects the performers and the audience to the drama onstage, and enhances the experience for all ...’

Category Opera Companies
+ English National Opera
VISITS (to Website)241
Also indexedLondon Coliseum
VIEWS (of this Record)451

‘Specialising in the historically accurate performance of music from the 18th century, the Feinstein Ensemble’s concerts and recordings of the Baroque repertoire have been acclaimed both in the UK and internationally ... They are resident period orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, performing around 30 concerts a year there ... The Feinstein Ensemble is best known for its interpretations of Bach. Collaborations with their sister group the London Bach Singers have resulted in critically acclaimed performances of all of Bach’s major choral works ... The Singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses.’

+ Feinstein Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)271
Also indexedLondon Bach Singers
VIEWS (of this Record)331

‘Concerts take place on a Friday Evening between 7.30pm and 9.00pm on the Station Concourse. A Different and Varied Programme is Performed each Week of Marches, Selections from the Shows, Arrangements from the Classics and Popular Tunes.’

 

+ Great Western Railway Paddington Band
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of this Record)77

‘A friendly chamber choir of 40 voices which rehearses in Pimlico, central London every 3-4 weeks on a Sunday afternoon. It gives an average of 4 concerts a year, often mixed programmes of a cappella music, with an orchestral concert including a larger scale work every other year in London ... There are no auditions: new singers decide for themselves if it's the right group for them. This hasn't failed us yet!‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Grove Singers [Pimlico]
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of this Record)223

‘A chamber ensemble, formed by an enthusiastic group of amateur musicians who play the plucked string family of instruments. Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music ... Mandolin, mandola, mandocello, acoustic guitar and bass players are always welcome.‘

 

Category Guitar Ensembles
+ London Mandolin Ensemble
VISITS (to Website)221
VIEWS (of this Record)619

London Musical Arts Orchestra is based at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, presenting beautiful Candlelight Concerts, exciting and innovative MEET the MUSIC concerts and our popular Mini Maestro family concerts series for children.’

 

+ London Musical Arts Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)90
Also indexedLMA
VIEWS (of this Record)213

‘Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1998 from London's leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience ... The members, many of whom have distinguished individual careers, frequently take turns as soloists and leading musicians are often invited to work with the ensemble ... London Octave has attracted a loyal following of concert goers who appreciate their vitality and virtuosity. This, coupled with their programs based on major and accessible works, has established them as one of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain.’

+ London Octave
VISITS (to Website)109
VIEWS (of this Record)242

Founded 1973: ‘One of Britain's leading amateur choirs and one of the most exciting choirs in London ... Around 100 people from London and surrounds (our average age is around 30) ... Classical, contemporary, medieval, pop, folk, and anything else we can think of! ... Entry to the choir is by audition and we are always happy to welcome prospective members at our rehearsals’.

Category Westminster
+ London Oriana Choir
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)270

‘A group of enthusiastic amateur Saxophone players based near Victoria station in London. We have an inclusive membership policy and draw members from all walks of life and from across London and the south east ... We play a variety of music, from ancient to modern, and in a variety of styles, from the classical to music invoking the rhythms of South America. The Choir mainly consists of players of the mainstream Saxophones – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone – but we are often joined by players of Sopranino and Bass Saxophones, adding additional layers to our sound.’

 

+ London Saxophones
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)353

'Creates new opera in new ways, in different spaces and places throughout the UK and internationally. Each of our distinct projects aims to stretch the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for. We work with world-class and emerging artists, we create new works and reinvent existing ones - drawing on a range of cultural influences, theatrical methods, art-forms and technologies and involving local communities in the creative process.'

Category Opera Companies
+ Mahogany Opera Group
VISITS (to Website)358
VIEWS (of this Record)270

‘The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances. It presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2016/17 season the group will have premièred over 300 new works, of which well over 200 have been specially commissioned from 225 different composers ...’

 

+ Nash Ensemble of London
VISITS (to Website)177
VIEWS (of this Record)263

‘One of London's most dynamic chamber choirs. Their repertoire includes music that is both broad and adventurous, including sacred and secular, Renaissance to contemporary. Concerts range from great choral works to ambitious and exciting a cappella performances. They strive to perform memorable music of the highest quality ... They perform most frequently at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square but recent concerts have taken them to a variety of venues in the capital.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ New London Singers
VISITS (to Website)249
VIEWS (of this Record)230

‘The Orpheus Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to provide professional opportunities for some of the finest young musicians in London. By enabling young artists to showcase their achievements in a central London concert platform and by providing a mechanism for intercollegiate collaboration while working in our orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia, we deliver a broad range of opportunities to soloists, conductors, ensembles and orchestral players to further their professional development.‘

 

+ Orpheus Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)139
Also indexedOrpheus Foundation
VIEWS (of this Record)232

‘A choir for those working in Parliament: we may not always be in unison but we are always in harmony ... The founding of the choir in 2000 arose from a discussion between Lord Filkin and Simon Over (then Director of Music at St Margaret’s Westminster) about the difficulty of belonging to a choir when working in Parliament. The need to work during evenings made it very hard to attend rehearsals. The choir now holds weekly rehearsals in St Mary Undercroft (the chapel within the Palace of Westminster) during parliamentary sessions, which allows MPs and Peers to leave rehearsals at the sound of the division bell in order to vote.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Parliament Choir
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)286

‘Formed in 1994 by conductor and organist Mark Ford, The Purcell Singers is one of London’s leading chamber choirs ... We have performed extensively in London venues including St James’s Piccadilly, Southwark and St Paul’s Cathedrals and St John’s Smith Square, as well as outside London ... Our repertoire is wide, ranging from Gibbons to Tavener, via Bach, Howells, Poulenc, Barber and Britten, and we have developed a particular reputation for championing unusual late romantic works, notably those of the German composer Georg Schumann.’

 

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Purcell Singers
VISITS (to Website)178
VIEWS (of this Record)319

'The only Church on Oxford Street was created by the Salvation Army’s founder, General William Booth, when he turned a former roller skating rink into God's house. Regent Hall Band began in 1882 when 12 men and two women musicians marched along Oxford Street for the first time. Today, Regent Hall Corps conducts a full programme to meet the needs of its community throughout the week at the Centre ... Each Sunday you can hear us accompanying the singing in our church or witnessing on a busy street corner above the chatter of shoppers and tourists. With a clear sense of mission, we march out to share our Christian witness into the crowded streets of London’s West End ... Each Friday lunchtime a concert takes place, with visiting musicians.’

+ Regent Hall Band of The Salvation Army
VISITS (to Website)188
VIEWS (of this Record)351

‘Founded in 1872 by the Duke of Edinburgh, the orchestra was, at the time, the only London orchestra apart from the Royal Philharmonic Society ... Our mix of conservatoire students and excellent amateurs perform 3-4 concerts per season ... and meet for around 5 rehearsals in central London during the two weeks leading up to each concert.’

 

+ Royal Orchestral Society
VISITS (to Website)112
VIEWS (of this Record)242

‘The Choir has a basic programme of around four core concerts each year, although corporate events, recordings and tours have often seen our demanding schedule rise to 15 or more engagements in a single season. All members are expected to commit to singing in all our core concerts.’

Category Choral Societies
+ The Bach Choir
VISITS (to Website)398
VIEWS (of this Record)337

‘A London-based orchestra whose players are (or were at some point!) Grade 8 standard and keen to get back into orchestral playing ... We are particularly delighted that many of our members have picked up their instruments after months (even years) of collecting dust/rust! Other members play in several ensembles and the Pico Players is just one string to their bow. Current repertoire ranges from classical to late romantic works. This will remain the orchestra’s focus, though as it develops the repertoire will naturally expand to cover more contemporary genres.’ Founded 2014.

 

 

+ The Pico Players
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)194

‘One of the great ballet companies of the world ... Grand balletic tradition and an illustrious heritage are united with innovation, daring and exceptional standards of artistry, creativity and stagecraft to produce supreme theatre. It is a beacon in the cultural life of Britain and a driving force behind the development of ballet as an artform ... The Company’s commitment to enriching people’s lives through ballet is reflected in the deep relationships it forges through digital and learning platforms and international touring.’

 

Category Ballet Companies
+ The Royal Ballet
VISITS (to Website)201
VIEWS (of this Record)440

‘One of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers ...’

Category Opera Companies
+ The Royal Opera
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)418

‘Founded in 1972 to perform the largest scale repertoire, and has built an impressive reputation as one of London’s leading amateur orchestras. We bring together players of the highest standard from a wide geographical area for music making which covers a broad range of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century music, balancing the central repertoire with less well-known composers and working with many distinguished soloists.’ Typically four concerts per annum in central London.

+ Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)141
VIEWS (of this Record)220

Whitehall Choir has evolved greatly since it was established during the Second World War as a lunchtime madrigal group in the Board of Trade ... Its high standards are reflected not just in the wonderful sound it creates in several concerts each year at top London venues but also in the number of new singers wishing to join ... This energetic, friendly group occasionally tours abroad and runs singing workshops. Keen to attract new voices, it usually holds open rehearsals in the second week of each term.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Whitehall Choir
VISITS (to Website)214
VIEWS (of this Record)221

‘The Whitehall Orchestra currently has about 50 members, although expands when performing more heavily-scored repertoire. The orchestra provides an excellent opportunity for instrumentalists to rehearse together and perform at least three concerts a year to a high standard, often including "big" orchestral works that are just fantastic to play ... No formal auditions are held, but the minimum standard is Grade 7 for Strings and Grade 8+ for wind with admission by trial rehearsal. Full sections run a waiting/deps/extras list. If great music is not enough, we also go to the pub after each rehearsal!’

 

+ Whitehall Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)131
VIEWS (of this Record)297

‘As a proportion of total music composed, religious music has declined in recent centuries - in particular since the mid-20th century - though many composers still work in this area, harnessing the power of music to help communicate, explain and explore religious texts, and to capture some of their spirituality ... All Saints was one of the first Churches in London to use Viennese Masses, and the choir currently sings 11 Masses by Mozart and 7 by Haydn ... In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the revival of traditional liturgical worship within the Church of England from the mid 19th century - of which All Saints was an important part - saw a significant stream of settings from Britain ... The church's repertoire continues to represent a wide cross section of music and worshipers can hear music from the 16th century until the present day - the repertoire embracing such figures as Purcell, Blow, Boyce, Bairstow, Dyson, Harwood, Jackson, Mathias, Walton, Tavener ...’

Category Churches
@ All Saints Margaret Street
VISITS (to Website)319
VIEWS (of this Record)387

‘Founded in 1730, the Grosvenor Chapel is an Anglican Church in Mayfair providing a place of worship and stunning venue for concerts and events ...  In 1991 ... William Drake of Buckfastleigh, Devon ... built a new organ in a broadly 18th c. English style. The Great has the traditional long compass and all pipework is new except for the treble of the Swell Stopped Diapason. The original Jordan front pipes survive, but were not used in 1991 as they are not at “modern” pitch. The organ is tuned to an unequal temperament and has mechanical action for keys, pedals and stops. The console was modelled on surviving 18th c examples and the pedalboard is flat and straight. Soundboards are of traditional construction with no modern materials, and the action is unbushed. The case was remade and restored by William Drake.’ 

Category Chapels
@ Grosvenor Chapel
VISITS (to Website)714
Also indexedMayfair Organ Concerts
VIEWS (of this Record)559

‘Live music is an important part of what we do at Handel & Hendrix in London to bring to life the world of these two musical greats. Rehearsals, masterclasses, Saturday talks and the weekly concert series celebrate both Handel and Hendrix’s London, many of the Baroque recitals taking place in the historic Music Room where Handel would rehearse his latest operas or oratorios with musicians and singers.’

 

@ Handel & Hendrix in London
VISITS (to Website)175
VIEWS (of this Record)408

‘The Regent’s Park Music Festival will bring alive the Bandstand with music Sunday afternoon and Bank Holiday Monday ... Programmes will be varied and include local Concert Bands, Jazz Big Bands, small groups, and Choirs – entertainment perfect for your summer picnics and outings. Enjoy music from the Park’s bandstand from the comfort of a deck chair (available to hire) or on a blanket with your picnic.’

 

@ Regent’s Park Bandstand
VISITS (to Website)122
Also indexedRegent’s Park Music Festival
VIEWS (of this Record)329

‘The Royal Opera House is a global artistic force, housed in one of the UK’s most beautiful theatres. It is from our Covent Garden stages that The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House perform year round, reaching audiences across the UK and further afield. Whether it’s through our international tours, our learning and participation work or our ROH Live Cinema screenings, we take the very best of opera and ballet across the country and to the world and, in doing so, attract the best talent the world has to offer.’

Category Westminster
@ Royal Opera House
VISITS (to Website)118
Also indexedOrchestra of the Royal Opera House
VIEWS (of this Record)241

’Music has a always been an important part of ROSL and ROSL ARTS. Since the beginning of the Annual Music Competition in 1952 music at ROSL ARTS has gone from strength to strength. We now offer a year round programme of concerts at Over-Seas House, London as well as at venues around the UK.‘

@ Royal Over-Seas League
VISITS (to Website)97
Also indexedROSL ARTS
VIEWS (of this Record)207

St George's is the parish church of Mayfair. Splendidly refurbished in 2010 it was built between 1721-1724 to the designs of John James, as one of the Fifty Churches projected by Queen Anne's Act of 1711 ... George Frederick Handel was a regular worshipper at St George's, which is home to the annual London Handel Festival. We have a reputation for dignified and traditional formal worship based on the Book of Common Prayer, magnificent music provided by our fine professional choir, and thoughtful preaching.’ In addition, the Church has a regular programme of concerts and recitals, including the Mayfair Organ Concerts series, which is shared between St George’s and Grosvenor Chapel.

 

@ St George’s Hanover Square
VISITS (to Website)191
VIEWS (of this Record)421

St James’s is a parish church in London’s West End, part of the Church of England and the world wide Anglican Communion. The building is a Christopher Wren design, consecrated in 1684.’ Extensive range of concerts and recitals held in the Church: ‘Sign up for eNews ... “Occasional News” is our general news mail-out. If you wish to receive ONLY information about monthly concerts and recitals, choose the music list. (You can sign up for both, and you can unsubscribe at any time. We treat your details as valuable and neither sell nor disclose them to earthly authorities)’.

Category Churches
@ St James's Piccadilly
VISITS (to Website)553
VIEWS (of this Record)366

'A unique music venue in central London and a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, St John’s was designed and built by Thomas Archer and has survived fire, lightning, bomb plots and the Blitz. The beauty of the building is matched by an exceptional acoustic and from its restoration as both church and concert hall in the late 1960s, St John’s has presented some of the finest classical talent in a programme featuring choirs, chamber orchestras and period instrument groups.'

 

@ St John's Smith Square
VISITS (to Website)494
VIEWS (of this Record)369

’This premiere London concert venue has been at the heart of the capital’s music making for over 250 years. From performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century through to the founding of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the 1950s to today when St Martin’s hosts some of the finest ensembles, choirs and soloists in Britain. Experience music from the Baroque and Classical periods to music from the 20th and 21st centuries performed in the beautiful candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.‘

Category Greater Churches
@ St Martin in the Fields
VISITS (to Website)254
VIEWS (of this Record)341

‘The Parish of St Marylebone enjoys a vibrant musical life. The Church has a fine Rieger organ, a 10-voice professional adult choir and a youth choir, made up of children aged 8-15 ... The organ of St Marylebone Parish Church ... is the product of a unique collaboration between the Academy and St Marylebone, and is used by the Royal Academy of Music’s organ department for practice and teaching ... Join us on for our series of organ recitals on the famous Reiger organ. The series features performances from a variety of guest artists alongside members of the church’s music department.’

 

Category Greater Churches
@ St Marylebone Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of this Record)335

‘Music is a very important feature at St Matthew’s, embracing a wide range of styles and periods. We have an excellent Choir which sings at the 11.00am Sunday Services as well as Festivals and Holy Days. Our Director of Music likes to explore new music in settings for anthems, hymns and psalms ... St. Matthew’s holds lunchtime recital series throughout the year. These are free concerts open to anyone, showcasing a range of young musical talent.’

 

Category Churches
@ St Matthew’s Bayswater
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of this Record)304

‘We are proud to be the spiritual home of the Household Division in their Ceremonial and Combat roles. We also serve all troops within London District who are not part of the Household Division. Indeed, we are the only Royal Military Chapel in London. If you join us, you will find a splendid professional choir and the finest military musicians. Our services follow the traditional Anglican pattern ... You will notice that we have regular lunch time Recitals and Concerts. Do pay us a visit when next in town or maybe consider becoming a regular member of our growing congregation.’

 

Category Chapels
@ The Guards’ Chapel
VISITS (to Website)90
VIEWS (of this Record)240

‘Enjoy music in the Gallery's surroundings ... Please note that places for concerts are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.’

@ The National Gallery
VISITS (to Website)291
VIEWS (of this Record)383

‘The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation. It is the burial place of kings and queens, and of other distinguished figures in the nation’s history, from writers and musicians to politicians and scientists ... Westminster Abbey has resounded to music every day for over one thousand years. Singing has played a hugely important role, from the plainsong Offices sung by the monks of the tenth-century monastic foundation to the daily choral services sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey today. Over the intervening centuries some of the most illustrious British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the Abbey, which continues to play a leading part in the musical and cultural life of the nation today.’

 

Category Greater Churches
@ Westminster Abbey
VISITS (to Website)296
VIEWS (of this Record)448

‘The Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales ... The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is recognised as one of the finest in the world, its principal focus being the daily celebration of the Divine Office and Solemn Mass. Since its foundation in 1901 it has occupied a unique and enviable position at the forefront of English church music, famous both for its distinctive continental sound as well as its repertoire ... The Cathedral's celebrated Henry Willis III Grand Organ can also be heard in weekly Sunday recitals, as well as in the annual Grand Organ Festival series.‘

 

Category Cathedrals
@ Westminster Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)142
VIEWS (of this Record)326

@ Wigmore Hall Featured

'One of the world’s great concert halls, specialises in chamber and instrumental music, early music and song.'

@ Wigmore Hall
VISITS (to Website)151
VIEWS (of this Record)437

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