Sound on screen – Quatuor Voce at Institut français, 4th December

As part of the Sound on Screen series, the Institut français will be presenting a special concert combining the music of Beethoven, Mahler & Schubert on the big screen with a live performance by Quatuor Voce plus guests Alexander Schmaltz (piano) and Diana Galvydyte (violin).

Quatuor Voce, Institut francais, 4th December

The Sound on Screen series of concerts celebrates and explores the relationship between music and cinema by combining live music and film screenings in an innovative way, and this concert is one not to miss.

This performance will feature excerpts from Shutter Island, Death and the Maiden and The Kreutzer Sonata shown on the big screen of Ciné Lumière, as the musicians play their respective soundtracks live, including Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and violin in A, Op.47, Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor, and Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, D.810.

The concert will be preceded by a reception at 7pm, with the concert itself starting at 8pm.

Tickets for both the concert and reception cost £25, and can be booked online. Tickets for just the concert cost £20 (concessions £15, students £12) and can also be booked online.

Sound on screen – Quatuor Voce
8pm, Tuesday 4th December 2012
Institut français
17 Queensberry Place

The High Tea Cast presents… Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, 24th November 2012

The girls from The High Tea Cast are returning to Kensington to offer up another slice of supreme fun with their Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll night on Saturday 24th November 2012. Last year’s event (see our post on it here) raised the final £1,300 for London based charity Janie’s School, which helped finish the building of a school for young girls in Cambodia.

Sex & Mugs & Rock 'n' Roll

With a mix of comedy, burlesque and the very best singalong rock ‘n’ roll goodness that you could possibly experience, Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll will be a fabulous night out that will also help third world women build a life for themselves. What’s stopping you, people?!

Performers on the night include international burlesque star Lady Cheek; founder of the Burlesque Fever show, Miss Chantilly Lace; London-based duo The Worry Dolls; British singer-songwriter – who mixes together indie-pop and ska – Darren Michelangelo Smith; dance rock trio Go-Zilla; and Kid Champion, who’ve played as support for bands such as The Vaccines and The Cribs. A DJ will also be spinning some tunes from 12am to 2am.

If that’s not enough…there’ll also be free cake for everyone! And a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased at

Sex & Mugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
8pm, Saturday 24th November 2012
11-13 Kensington High Street
W8 5NP

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/13 Season at Cadogan Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/13 season of concerts at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea start in September, which is sure to feature some fabulous performances and many magical moments. Throughout the season, the orchestra will have a superb set of acclaimed artists joining them, such as violinists Chloe Hanslip and Jack Liebeck, pianist Leon McCawley, and conductors Libor Pešek and Enrique Bátiz, with a wonderful array of music on offer.

The 2012/13 season (click on any link to read more details on each event and to book tickets):

Tuesday 18th September 2012 – Jack Liebeck performs Sibelius

Jack Liebeck
Jack Liebeck

Tuesday 25th September 2012 – Dmitry Yablonsky conducts Amirov and Stravinsky

Thursday 11th October 2012 – Libor Pešek conducts Smetana, Chopin and Dvorák

Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Laura van der Heijden performs Walton

Laura Van Der Heijden
Laura Van Der Heijden

Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Grzegorz Nowak conducts Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Dvorák

Grzegorz Nowak
Grzegorz Nowak

Thursday 13th November 2012 – Chloë Hanslip performs Brahms

Thursday 29th November 2012 – Natasha Paremski performs Shostakovich

Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd December 2012 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Cracker

Friday 25th January 2013 – Janina Fialkowska performs Chopin

Janina Fialkowska
Janina Fialkowska

Thursday 7th February 2013 – Farhad Badalbeyli performs Prokofiev

The Orchestra will also have a season of concerts for 2012/13 at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, including concerts with violinist Nicola Benedetti and up-and-coming conductor Diego Matheuz. One of the highlights is sure to be the orchestra performing Britten’s War Requiem with The Bach Choir, the choir that is most associated with the work.

Full details of the The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts at the Royal Festival Hall can be found on the Southbank Centre website.

Brass virtuoso James Morrison and London Brass at Cadogan Hall, 7th July 2012

The international jazz virtuoso James Morrison will be teaming up with the acclaimed London Brass musicians for what’s sure to be a wonderful concert at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 7th July. The concert programme will include a variety of pieces, from variations on classical themes to Tudor rounds, as well as an impressive showcase of jazz tunes.

James Morrison

James Morrison

Having formed his first band at the age of nine and playing professionally in nightclubs at thirteen, James Morrison’s debut in the US was with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has subsequently performed at many of the big European festivals and at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the world (The Blue Note in New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London) and has played with some of jazz’s greats – Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, George Benson, Ray Charles and B.B. King to name but a few.

London Brass

London Brass

London Brass was formed in 1986 to promote the virtuosity and sonority of classical chamber brass music. Following a new direction in the 1990s – after the addition of a jazz trombone and trumpet – a number of composers (Django Bates, Michael Nyman) produced conceptually new works for London Brass. In the last two decades they have produced varied recordings and concerts, from 16th century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli to Freddie Mercury. This year they will also perform a series of Christmas concerts throughout Germany, appearing at venues such as the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonic Halls. They also now record and produce for their own label, London Brass Recordings, and hold the position of Ensemble in Residence at the Royal College of Music, London.

Tickets for the concert cost £37.50, £27.50 or £20 (£10 for students) and can be booked online at or by phoning 020 7730 4500.

An Evening of Brass Virtuosity with James Morrison & London Brass
7.30pm, Saturday 7th July 2012
Cadogan Hall
Sloane Terrace

Bikeminded’s Music Tour this Saturday!

We’ve written before about Bikeminded’s wonderful summer cycling tour programme, which features differently-themed bicycle tours (based around film, music, and Alice in Wonderful!) of the Kensington & Chelsea area. Not only are they a great way of getting in an extra bit of exercise, they’re also a fun way of exploring the local area – and perhaps even learning about some secret and hidden places that you never knew were there!


This Saturday (9th June) sees a Music Tour take place from 2pm to 4pm. Some clues about locations that will be visited during the tour include the home of a legendary DJ whose record collection was recently made available online; the recording studios of a world famous reggae artist, whose life is on the big screen at the moment; and some of the pubs frequented by a rebellious lot who took the 1977 Silver Jubilee by storm with their controversial anthem.

A few tickets for the tour are left (snap them up quick, though!) and they can be bought online.

More details on the tour and others in the series can be found at

Bikeminded’s Summer Cycling Tour Programme in Kensington & Chelsea


Bikeminded has recently announced a very exciting summer programme of cycling tours that will take place in the Kensington and Chelsea area over the next few months, and kicking off this Saturday, shop 14th April with a Film Tour.

The Bikeminded campaign is run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the aim of getting more people on their bikes – as well as helping them discover hidden areas of the Borough and teaching them about its history.

The Film Tour will visit locations that have appeared on the big screen, vcialis 40mg from crime films such as the 1950s Blue Lamp to James Bond. Starting with a two and half hour tour this Saturday, there are additional tours later this month and in May.

There will also be a two-hour Music Tour (taking place on three dates May and June with two tours a day) that will re-visit the haunts of the hippies and rockers of the 1960s, the punks and reggae artists of the 1970s, the synth popstars of the 1980s and the stars of today.

Rounding off these events is an Alice in Wonderland Tour (five tours taking place on dates in July) that will also be part of the InTRANSIT Festival. The Tour will be an immersive and interactive theatre experience with the White Rabbit and Alice weaving a journey through park spaces and hidden corners of Kensington and Chelsea.

Councillor Paget-Brown, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea says:

“We are delighted to announce such an exciting and varied Bikeminded summer cycling tour programme, which we hope will appeal to people in the borough and beyond, and encourage them to join us in experiencing the pleasures of cycling.  We are lucky to live and work in such a vibrant and cultural part of London, and through these cycling tours we aim to bring our streets and their stories alive through film, music and theatre.  There’s no better way of experiencing the sights and sounds of Kensington and Chelsea than on two wheels, and this summer we want everyone to get involved.”

To book a place on any of these tours, please visit and for more information on Bikeminded, visit

Saturday 14th April – 14:30 – 17:00
Saturday 28th April – 11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
Saturday 12th May – 11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00
Saturday 26th May – 11:00 – 13:30 and 14:30 to 17:00

Tickets cost £7 per person

Saturday 5th May – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Saturday 9th June  – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Saturday 7th July – 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00

Tickets cost £7 per person

Wednesday 18th July – 19:00 – 21:00
Thursday 19th July – 19:00 – 21:00
Friday 20th July – 19:00 – 21:00
Saturday 21st July – Matinee for families – 13:00 – 15:00 and 19:00 – 21:00
Sunday 22nd July – 13:00 – 15:00

Tickets cost £8 per person

Psophos Quartet at the Institut français, 27th March 2012

Psophos Quartet

As part of the A French Musical Journey from Couperin to Boulez series at the Institut français, the renowned Psophos Quartet will be performing works by Ravel, Debussy and Chausson on Tuesday 27th March.

The Quartet is comprised of Eric Lacrouts (violin), Laurent Manaud-Pallas (violin),  Cécile Grassi (viola) and Guillaume Martigné (cello). Created in 1997 at the Lyon Conservatoire supérieur de musique et de danse, the Psophos Quartet is laureate of the Osaka International Competition and the Vittorio Gui International Competition of Florence and London. They currently perform each year in the greatest music halls and at the most prestigious festivals of the world and are a favoured partner of composers such as Nicolas Bacri and Marc Monnet, regularly performing their new works.

Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and can be booked online.  More information about the concert can also be found on the Institut français’s website.

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Four Strings on Four Instruments: Psophos Quartet
8pm, Tuesday 27th March 2012
Institut français
17 Queensberry Place

L’amour à la française part 2 at the Institut français, 7th February

Next Tuesday 7th February, singers from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Academy Opera will be performing the classical music concert L’amour à la française part 2 at the Institut français, a concert that will include songs dealing with various sides of love at the beginning of the 20th century.

L'amour à la française part 2

The concert programme will be:

Fauré Duet Puisqu’ici bas toute âme (Hugo), Poème d’un jour (Grandmougin) : Rencontre, Toujours & Adieu
Duparc Le Manoir de Rosemonde (Bonnières), Chanson triste (Lahor), Soupir (Sully Prudhomme)
Chaminade Mots d’amour (Fuster)
Boulanger From Clairières dans le ciel (Jammes) : Nous nous aimerons tant, Vous m’avez regardé
Roussel Réponse d’une épouse sage (Giles)
Satie Je te veux (Pacory)
Ravel Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot
Debussy From Chansons de Bilitis (Louÿs) : La chevelure, La flûte de Pan
Tailleferre Six chansons françaises
Poulenc From Chansons gaillardes: La maîtresse volage, Madrigal, Invocation aux parques, L’offrande, La belle jeunesse ; Les chemins de l’amour (Anouilh)

Tickets cost £15 (concessions £12, students £8) and can be booked online at, on where you can also find more information about the concert.

L’amour à la française part 2
8pm, Tuesday 7th February 2012
Institut français
17 Queensberry Place

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