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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

Monday 13 March, Wigmore Hall, 1.0Wigmore Hall0pm: The wonderful Concerto Italiano directed from the harpsichord by Rinaldo Alessandrini perform a variety of works by Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini and Handel in this lunchtime concert. Concerto Italiano; Sonia Tedla soprano; Gabriele Lombardi bass; Marco Frezzato cello; Rinaldo Alessandrini harpsichord ( How to get there: Visit Us | Visit Us (


Wednesday 5 April, Barbican Centre, 6.30pm: YouBarbican Centre may remember that last April we went to a Half Six Fix for the highly entertaining Brecht/Weill Seven Deadly Sins. This time Gianandrea Noseda will be talking us through Prokofiev’s Third Symphony. London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda | Barbican

Wednesday 31 May, Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm:Festival Hall Anyone wanting to hear the King of Instruments could do worse than listening to Olivier Latry on the organ of the Royal Festival Hall for only £15.00! Olivier Latry Plays Wagner ( How to get there: Getting here & around | Southbank Centre

Friday 16 June, Pizza Express, The PPizza Expressheasantry, 6.30pm for 8.00pm: This sounds like rather an exciting concert: Gabrielle Ducomble in ‘Parisian Jazz and Tango’. Gabrielle Ducomble 'Parisian Jazz & Tango' | Live Jazz Music & Great Food | PizzaExpress Live How to get there: The Pheasantry, Chelsea | London Cabaret Venue (

Previous Concert Visits
So far in 2023 we have heard:
The excellent Astatine Trio performing Mozart and Brahms in the lovely surroundings of St James’s Picadilly.
A piano four hands recital with Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy performing works by Beethoven, Schubert and Britten at LSO St Luke’s

In 2021-22 we heard:
Polyphony/Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton in J S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Barbican
Soprano Veronique Gens and pianist Susan Manoff in a recital of songs by Reynaldo Hahn at St John’s, Smith Square
A harpsichord recital of Scarlatti Sonatas by Mahan Esfahani at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Zemlinsky Quartet performing Mozart and Dvorak at Wigmore Hall
The Academy of Ancient Music in a programme of Lully, Delalande, Campra and Rameau at Milton Court
A Half Six Fix of Brecht and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins from the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle
The Fieri Consort in a programme entitled The Excellence of Women at King’s Place
Organist Anna Lapwood in a free lunchtime recital at Temple Church.
A highly original concert from the young players of the Southbank Sinfonia in a programme taking in Mendelssohn, Mozart, Holst and Jimi Hendrix.

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

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