The Music of Burt Bacharach at Cadogan Hall, 14th Febuary 2012

Sloane Square’s Cadogan Hall venue will be hosting a very special Valentine’s Day concert this year – one that’s perfect for a romantic outing – with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing The Music of Burt Bacharach.

Songs by the “King of Sophisticated Pop” that will feature on the night include gems such as Anyone Who Had A Heart; Close to You; Alfie; Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head; This Guy’s in Love With You and his other classic songs written for a string of very well-known artists including Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert and many more.

Lead by conductor Richard Balcombe – established as on of the most versatile musicians of his generation – the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by soloists Graham Bickley and Mary Carewe, as well as Cat Simmons (star of Family Affairs and The Bill) and Sarah Lark, who appeared in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s I’d Do Anything on the BBC in 2008.

Sarah Lark
Soprano Sarah Lark

Tickets cost £45, £35, £25 or £15 and can be booked online or via the Cadogan Hall Booking Office on 020 7730 4900. RPO Friends’ and Groups’ discounts apply.

The Music of Burt Bacharach
7.30pm, Tuesday 14th February 2012
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace

Parry Ray and Trio at Kensington Roof Gardens, 28th January 2012

Jazz and soul singer Parry Ray will be kicking of a series of live dates for 2012 with a performance at the Kensington Roof Gardens on Saturday 28th January 2012. Held in conjunction with Jazz FM, the event also coincides with the launch of Parry’s new single and album.

Parry Ray at Kensington Roof Gardens, 28th January 2012

Parry Ray grew up in a traditional British Indian family in north London, with an eclectic soundtrack – from Elvis to Ravi Shankar, Chaka Khan to Dolly Parton – playing an important part. She started her own career at the age of 3 by singing along to the radio; at 5 she was starring in school choirs, and by the age of 16 she was bunking off revision to audition and perform at the clubs of Soho. A full scholarship to St Paul’s Girls’ School saw her deviate from her singing plans, and she went on to study Biochemistry at Bristol University. Post the MSc, however, she abandoned science (to the horror of her family!) and became a cabaret singer!

Getting together with top latin pianist John Crawford, bassist Richard Sadler and Simon Pearson on drums, the Parry Ray Trio debuted at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s and have also performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Pizza Express Soho and at the Edinburgh and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

Parry’s debut album is due for release in summer 2012, for which she has been busy recording and writing with award winning songwriter Andy Murray, whose writing and remix credits include Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield and Alicia Keys.

Tickets for the concert start at £10, and can be obtained by emailing

Parry Ray and Trio
Doors open 7pm, concert 7.30pm
Saturday 28th January 2012
Kensington Roof Gardens
99 Kensington High Street
W8 5SA

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker at Cadogan Hall this December – win tickets!

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker returns to Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall this year by popular demand! The wonderfully festive concerts will provide entertainment for the whole family, with the audience being treated to Christmas songs, jolly orchestral pieces and everyone’s favourite carols! There will be four concerts this year, two each (at 3pm and 7.30pm) on 21st and 23rd December 2011.

Mary Carewe and Michael Dore will lead each evening’s proceedings, with the concerts featuring festive classics including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Skaters’ Waltz and many more, including carols!

They are accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who are one of the UK’s most prestigious and versatile orchestras, having toured more than thirty countries in the last five years including performances in far-flung places such as Japan, Egypt, Russia, Azerbaijan and China.

Standard tickets cost £12.50, £22.00, £30.00 and £37.50 and can be purchased online or by calling the Cadogan Hall Box Office on 020 7730 4500.

On 23rd December, there’s also a special offer than you can take advantage of! Enjoy all the fun of the Christmas Cracker concerts and also get a free glass of mulled wine all for £19.50. Please quote MULLEDWINE when making your booking online at at the Box Office to take advantage of this offer.

And that’s not all the good news! You can also be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to a Christmas Cracker Concert!

To win one of two pairs of best available tickets, simply answer this easy question:  Where will the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform their Christmas Cracker concerts?  Send your answer to and quote “Guide to Kensington & Chelsea RPO competition” in the subject line before Friday 9th December 2011.*

*Competition Terms & Conditions:

  1. The winners of this competition will be determined by means of a lucky draw by a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra employee, and will be notified via email before Wednesday 14th  December 2011.
  2. The names of the winners as determined by the draw will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. No late entries will be accepted.
  4. Please accept your entry as unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by Wednesday 14th December 2011.
  5. Only one entry per person is allowed.  Double entries will automatically be disqualified.
  6. RPO employees and family members are not allowed to enter the Christmas Cracker Competition.
  7. Please ensure that you are able to attend this concert at Cadogan Hall on 23rd December 2011 before participating in this competition.
  8. Tickets won in this competition are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any other RPO or Cadogan Hall concert tickets.

The High Tea Cast presents Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sex & Mugs & Rock 'n' Roll

The High Tea Cast are bringing their wonderful mix of comedy cabaret, burlesque dancers and sing-a-long rock ‘n’ roll fun to Kensington in December! Archangel’s Basement Nightclub will be the venue for this fantastic night of entertainment, which will also be followed by a a DJ set until 2am. All proceeds of the night will be donated to Janie’s School, which is raising funds to build a school in rural Cambodia.

Hosts The High Tea Cast are made up of duo Samantha Sparrow and Leanne Rice, who have created a storm in the podcast world with their mix of girl-about-town adventure, hot gossip, hilarity and interviews, not forgetting a bit of tea and cake. They have been nominated for a European Podcast Award and have been asked to host workshops in conjunction with the Cherry Sorbet Creative Agency in London.

Shirley Windmill, named “Time Out’s Best Newcomer 2012” and crowned “Best Variety Newcomer” at London Burlesque Week 2011, will be bringing her show-stopping act to Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, whilst Marie Violette will be performing an American Burlesque routine especially created for the night.

Musical entertainment comes from Kent band AudioWhores – who draw their inspiration from Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Crowes and many more; The Assorted Family Circle, with their eclectic mix of styles and skills (and not to mention a very wide of instruments!) making them a real crowd-pleasing act; country music artist Amy Westney, with their unique style and voice; and 1940s style acappella group The Ruby Cubes, who will be kicking off the whole night.

Tickets cost £8 and can be booked online by visiting (advance bookings only).

The High Tea Cast presents Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
Saturday 26th November 2011 (Doors open 7.30pm, acts start 8pm, DJ 12am – 2am)
11-13 Kensington High Street
W8 5NP