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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
Cancelled for the time being.

Previous Concert Visits
So far we have heard:
(yet to be recorded)

Most recent from 2019:

- L'Arpeggiata in full flow in a sold-out Wigmore Hall, ending in a rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah by performers and audience!
- Omar Puente and Friends as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in a stirring and affectionate tribute to the cuban violinist's late wife at King's Place.
- Cellist Truls Mork in a superb performance of Dvorak's perenially popular Cello Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.
- One of LSO Discovery's entertaining and informative free lunchtime concerts featuring members of the 2018/2019 LSO String Experience scheme.
- A highly entertaining programme of music by Janacek, Myslivicek and Dvorak from the LSO Wind Ensemble
- The youthful Southbank Sinfonia in a hugely varied and enjoyable programme of (mostly) 20th-century pieces for string orchestra.
- Stephen Hough giving a scintillating performance of Saint-Saens's fifth Piano Concerto followed by a magical encore of Clair de Lune.
- Soprano Carolyn Sampson accompanied by Joseph Middleton in a delightful programme of French chansons.
- A wonderful couple of sets from jazz pianist Ivo Neame at King's Place- Young Korean violinist Hyeyoon Park and her accompanist Sholto Kynoch in a superb recital of Szymanowski and Beethoven in a very welcome Sunday morning coffee concert at Wigmore Hall.
- The young choristers of New College, Oxford in a programme of Advent and Christmas music

For a record of what we've been to earlier have a look in our archive.
For 2018 to 2019 look here
For 2016 to 2017 look here.

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