Monday 26 November 2018

Supporting the longest running chamber music series in Europe

Simon Callaghan (photo Kaupo Kikkas)
Simon Callaghan (photo Kaupo Kikkas)
Conway Hall has the longest running chamber music series in Europe, with the history of its Sunday Concerts dating back to the 19th century. The present hall was built in 1929 and has hosted the weekly chamber music concerts since then. It is a lovely space for chamber music and I often given pre-concert talks there [I will be popping up next year on 14 April and 5 May, when the concert includes some of my songs]. The Director of Music at the hall is the pianist Simon Callaghan, whose recent discs have included the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke's piano concertos [see my review] and piano concertos by Rheinberger and Scholz [see my review] in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series.

Putting on concerts is never cheap, and ticket income alone is rarely sufficient, so on Sunday 2 December 2018 the Sunday Concert is a recital by Simon being given to raise money for the Sunday Concerts series. Simon will be playing one of Beethoven's best loved sonatas, the Pathetique, along with Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy, Schumann's Arabeske, Op.18 and Carnaval, Op.9.

Do go along and support if you can, and you will get an evening of terrific music making. Full details from the Conway Hall website.

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