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The BIG Chris Barber Band

Friday 21 September 2018, 7.30pm

The BIG Chris Barber Band

70th Anniversary Concert

Chris Barber OBE (87) is one of the last British Jazz legends around and an icon of traditional jazz in the United Kingdom. This season he starts celebrating his 65th anniversary...

Jazz in New York: the 1930s

Saturday 22 September 2018, 7.30pm

Jazz in New York: the 1930s

In 1930s New York jazz was the pop of its day and the music emanating from Manhattan’s radio stations, nightclubs, bars and dance halls was at its most swinging and exciting. ...

Opera Prelude: The Puccini Problem

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Puccini Problem

(or ‘How do you solve a problem like Puccini’?!)

Has everything about Puccini been said/studied/sung already? Musicologist Alexandra Wilson and mezzo-soprano Adriana Festeu discuss Dr Wilson’s critically acclaimed book, _The...

New Chapter Author Morning: Helen Fielding

Wednesday 26 September 2018, 11.00am

New Chapter Author Morning: Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding is best known as the creator of Bridget Jones and the sequence of novels and films following this initially thirty-something singleton as she navigates love and...

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An extravaganza of Chinese choral music

Saturday 29 September 2018, 7.30pm

An extravaganza of Chinese choral music

with Mandarin Voices

Mandarin Voices leads the way in showcasing the best of Chinese choral music. They perform two premieres: He Shaoying's Dao, and Nicholas Smith's Love, Friendship & Longing.

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Yvonne Howard

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Yvonne Howard

Hailed as ‘one of the finest singing actresses this country has produced’, Yvonne Howard's reputation in diverse repertoire from Wagner to Handel proclaims her one of the...

Opera Prelude: Standing at the Crossroads

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Standing at the Crossroads

Opera in the 20th century

Conductor Mark Austin offers an accessible exploration of opera in the 20th century, uncovering its roots in the 19th century as the starting point for a survey of the pathways...

Byron: Angel & Outcast with Simon Russell Beale

Thursday 11 October 2018, 7.30pm

Byron: Angel & Outcast with Simon Russell Beale

A dramatised concert in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for Prostate Cancer Research

Actor Simon Russell Beale, Rob Heaps and world-class pianist Dina Duisen bring Byron’s story to life with poems and letters interwoven with piano works by Beethoven, Schubert,...

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge

Friday 12 October 2018, 7.30pm

Rainer Hersch's Victor Borge

The man, the comedy and the music!

Victor Borge was a brilliant pianist and virtuoso comedian. Rainer Hersch teams up with acclaimed pianist Danny Driver and Royal Opera House soloist Kristy Swift to re-ignite the...

Opera Prelude: Paris and the Russian avant-garde

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Paris and the Russian avant-garde

With Dr Natalia Murray

Inspired by the recent exhibition 'Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection', which attracted over 1.3 million visitors in just four months and took place at the Louis Vuitton...

New Chapter Author Morning: Adam Ockelford

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 11.00am

New Chapter Author Morning: Adam Ockelford

Adam Ockelford is a Professor of Music and a composer whose work with blind and disabled children has led him to develop a fascinating theory of how music makes sense to those...

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Karine Polwart

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7.30pm

Karine Polwart

Laws of Motion Tour

She's just won ‘Folk Singer Of The Year’ at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the singer-songwriter/musician performs with her trio - long-term collaborators brother Steven...

Ry Cooder

Thursday 18 October 2018, 6.00pm

Ry Cooder

+ Joachim Cooder

Ry Cooder once likened his playing – a sublime amalgam of American folk and blues, Hawaiian slack-key guitar, the Tex-Mex zest of conjunto and the regal sensuality of Afro-Cuban...

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John Oates with The Good Road Band

Friday 19 October 2018, 6.30pm

John Oates with The Good Road Band

Support: Ferris & Sylvester

One half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, his recent album, Arkansas, shines a light on America’s past long before the birth of rock ’n’ roll –...

Lena Chamamyan

Saturday 20 October 2018, 7.30pm

Lena Chamamyan

Award-winning singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist from Syria, Lena Chamamyan revives Syrian, Armenian and Bahraini folkloric songs with modern styles and arrangements,...

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