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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
Thursday 16 May 2024, Pizza ExpressPizza Express, Holborn, 6.30pm for 8.00pm
More liveliness, this time from the Roberto Pla Latin Ensemble at the Pizza Express in Holborn: The Roberto Pla Latin Ensemble | Live Jazz Music & Great Food | PizzaExpress Live

How to get there: PizzaExpress Live (Holborn) | PizzaExpress Live

Saturday 8 June 2024, St Giles Cripplegate, St Giles Cripplegate7.30pm: As part of this year’s Summer Music in City Churches, the Curve Ensemble with David Juritz will perform ‘Last Tango in London’ in the beautiful surroundings of St Giles Cripplegate and all the details, including how to get there, are given in the link

Friday 12 July 2024, 1.00pm, LSO St Luke’s: PianiSt Luke'sst Kirill Gerstein performs Chopin, Poulenc, Liszt and Schumann in this solo piano recital which forms part of BBC Radio 3’s 2023/2024 lunchtime concert series. See the LSO website here.

There is no visit in August.

Thursday 12 September 2024, 1.0LSO St Luke's0pm, LSO St Luke’s: To start the new season I’ve chosen another lunchtime concert this time featuring some of Radio 3’s New Generation Artists including Alim Beisembayev, whose Proms debut last summer in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto absolutely blew everyone away! Here they perform Piano Trios by Shostakovich and Brahms. Again see the LSO website here.

Monday 21 October 2024, 1.00pm, WigmoreWigmore Hall Hall: Not only does this programme begin with the gorgeous Sonata in A for violin and piano by César Franck but it is completed with works by two major Polish composers, Szymanowski and Wieniawski. Bomsori Kim violin; Danny Driver piano (; the website includes instructions on how to get there.

Friday 22 November 2024, 7.30pm, St JaSt James's Spanish Placemes’s, Spanish Place: To commemorate the centenary of Gabriel Fauré’s death Le Concert Spiritual directed by Hervé Nicquet will give, I confidently predict, a ravishing performance of one of the most popular Requiems in the entire choral repertoire coupled with music by his friends and contemporaries. Le Concert Spirituel at St James's, Spanish Place (

Wednesday 18 December 2024, 7.00pm, Barbican CeBarbican Centrentre: To end the year it looks as if the LSO are really letting their hair down, aided and abetted by Sir Antonio Pappano in a programme entitled Christmas Swing, which they’re actually performing on two nights.

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano | Barbican

Previous Concert Visits
In 2024 we have heard:
  • A very lively evening of music and dances devised for the delectation of the Sun King.
  • A superb performance of Debussy’s La Mer from the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • Stephanie Gonley and various other members of the Nash Ensemble performing a very attractive all-Czech programme in one of Wigmore Hall’s Coffee Concerts.
  • A wonderfully varied recital from the Sino-Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe in a sold out LSO St Luke’s

In 2023 we heard:

  • A superb pre-Christmas recital from The Sixteen which proved to be a masterclass in singing from all concerned.
  • The Basil Hodge Quartet performing tracks from their album ‘A Point of Reference’ at the Pizza Express Soho.
  • A most enjoyable violin and piano recital from young musicians Johanna Rohrig and Raffaelo Morales in a packed St James’s Piccadilly.
  • The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the young, dynamic conductor Barbara Hannigan in an engrossing performance of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
  • Parisian jazz and tango featuring the ‘jazz diva’ Gabrielle Ducomble and her outstanding ensemble at Pizza Express Chelsea.
  • An excellent recital from Olivier Latry on the Royal Festival Hall organ ending with an outrageously good improvisation on God Save the King.
  • An exhilarating performance of Prokofiev’s Third Symphony from the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, who talked us skilfully and amusingly through the piece beforehand.
  • A BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert of Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini and Handel from Concerto Italiano directed from the keyboard by Rinaldo Alessandrini.
  • 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.

For a record of what we've been to earlier have a look in our archive.
For 2019 to 2022 look here.
For 2018 to 2019 look here
For 2016 to 2017 look here.

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