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Book Review – London Uncovered: Sixty Unusual Places to Explore by Mark Daly and Peter Dazeley (Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd)

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From the authors of the very successful Unseen London comes London Uncovered, a new book that explores some of  London’s lesser known institutions, buildings, homes, shops, museums and attractions. Award winning photographer Peter Dazeley and writer Mark Daly tell the stories behind sixty of the capital’s most fascinating locations. Unlike Unseen London when the locations were generally inaccessible to the general public, London Uncovered includes places that are open to visitors but not widely known.

The various sections of the book are subjects that illustrate the wonderful diversity of London, the book features Historical Homes, Food and Drink, Places of Entertainment, Places of Worship, Remarkable Shops, Science and Education venues, Inns of Court and Unusual Museums. Each subject includes Peter Dazeley’s images and Mark Daly describes the history and the character of each place.

The section on Historical Homes provides evidence of how the rich and the wealthy tried to create a legacy in bricks and mortar. Syon House and Kew Palace were built for elite families, Aspley House was the London home of the Duke of Wellington, Eltham Palace and Two Temple Place are examples of ‘new money’ imitating former wealth and the Charles Dickens Museum is a wonderful example of a 19th century London townhouse.

Food and Drink features Dr Johnson’s local (Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese), the original Michelin restaurant (Bibendum), traditional London Pie and Mash café ( L. Manze) plus media and actors hangout (The Ivy).

Places of Entertainment delves into how many buildings which are great examples of one type of entertainment have found another use for other entertainments, Wilton’s Music Hall, Rivoli Ballroom and the amazingly decorative Gala Bingo Club are remarkable survivors that reflect past glories.

Places of Worship range from the grand Westminster Cathedral to the bizarre Masonic Temple at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel. Equally unusual is the Inns of Court which have provided a base for lawyers and barristers for centuries. Buildings within the Inns often display many diverse styles and periods.

Britain was one of the first industrial powers and Science and Education venues pay tribute to the 19th century obsession with power in all its forms. Kempton Steam Museum, Markfield Beam Engine Museum and London Museum of Water & Steam remember the work of the great engineers, whilst Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum and Royal Institution of Great Britain focus on great scientists.

Remarkable shops such as  L. Cornelissen & Son, Truefitt & Hill, Steinway & Sons, James Smith & Sons and John Lobb Ltd reminds us of a time before the various chains dominated the high street and Unusual Museums introduce us to  the joys of the Horniman Museum, Churchill War Rooms, Geffrye Museum, Musical Museum and Wimbledon Windmill.

These type of London books are relatively common but what sets this book apart from its rivals are the stunning and lavish photographs of Peter Dazeley and the entertaining informative text from Mark Daly. This attractive and intriguing book will appeal to Londoners and visitors who like to look beyond the main attractions and find those strange, gaudy, beautiful and historic locations that make London a city that is full of diversity and fascination.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or buy a copy of the book, visit the Publishers website here

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde at the Royal Festival Hall – 16th October 2016

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Josep Pons conducts Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Eighth Symphony and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Mahler was faced with tragedy and health problems when he wrote Das Lied von der Erde. It is considered one of his most personal works. It is performed alongside, the most popular symphony from another Viennese composer: Schubert’s Unfinished.

Programme

Franz Schubert: Symphony No.8 in B minor (Unfinished)

Interval

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra

Josep Pons conductor

Robert Dean Smith tenor

Matthias Goerne baritone

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank website here

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Temirkanov conducts Tchaikovsky at the Royal Festival Hall – 20th October 2016

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Acclaimed conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme that begins with Glazunov’s Concert Waltz,  Sibelius lyrical Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth symphony which marked his ‘complete resignation before Fate’. Fate winds unrelenting through each movement, interrupting a love song, cutting in on a waltz and finally taking on the form of a march into the blazing finale.

Programme

Alexander Glazunov: Concert Waltz No.2 in F, Op.51

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Interval

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov conductor

Sergey Khachatryan violin

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank website here

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Kreutzer vs Kreutzer : Aurora Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall – 9th October 2016

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Can music drive a man to murder?

Experience a new piece of ‘orchestral theatre’ by one of the UK’s leading playwrights.

Inspired by Tolstoy’s great tale of sexual jealousy, Kreutzer vs Kreutzer ventures behind the closed door of the music room into a world of ungoverned passion.

Featuring full performances of Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata and Janácek’s String Quartet of the same name, Laura Wade’s play explores the love triangle between three great works.

Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen; One Man, Two Guvnors) and Samuel West (Mr Selfridge) star.

For this special project, the Royal Festival Hall stage is transformed into an intimate performance space. The performers face a limited audience of 350, seated on the stage and in the choir stalls.

Katherine Parkinson is indisposed and is replaced by Jemima Rooper for this performance.

Programme

Laura Wade: Kreutzer vs Kreutzer – a play for voices

featuring:

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A, Op.47 (Kreutzer)

Leos Janácek: String Quartet No.1 (The Kreutzer Sonata)

Performers

Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra

Tamara Harvey director

Jemima Rooper The Woman

Samuel West The Man

Thomas Gould violin

Ana-Maria Vera piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Southbank website here

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Danielle de Niese in Recital at the Barbican – 29th October 2016

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Acclaimed singer Danielle de Niese provides a range of music in this recital, the charismatic singer will sing from Grieg’s tender song-cycle Haugtussa and music by Dowland, Bizet and Wolf.

In a wonderfully varied programme, de Niese is joined at the piano by Julius Drake, one of the best accompanist in the business..

Programme  

Dowland ‘Come again, sweet love doth now invite’

Dowland ‘What if I never Speede?’

Mozart ‘Giunse alfin il momento… Al Desio di chi t’adora’, K 577

Wolf Mörike Lieder:

No 12, ‘Verbogenheit’

No 13, ‘Im Fruhling’

Wolf Spanisches Liederbuch:

No 34, ‘Geh, Geliebter, geh jetzt!’

No 2, ‘In dem Schatten meiner Locken’

Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch:

No 11, ‘Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen’

No 46, ‘Ich hab’ in Penna einen Liebsten wohnen’

Bizet ‘Chanson D’Avril’

Bizet ‘La Coccinelle’

Bizet ‘Adieu de L’hotesse Arabe’

Grieg Haugtussa

Performers

Danielle de Niese soprano

Julius Drake piano

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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London Symphony Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Mendelssohn at the Barbican-16th and 20th October 2016

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the LSO, accompanied by the Monteverdi Choir, for a programme dedicated to two of the most monumental pieces of Felix Mendelssohn’s later career.

Premiered two years before the composer’s death in 1847, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the great masterpieces of the violin repertoire, and his last large orchestral work. From the hauntingly beautiful opening motif, to scurrying arpeggios and fluttering tremolo, the concerto is a true display of the violinist’s versatility.

Coupled with this is the composer’s symphony-cantata for orchestra and chorus, Lobgesang or ‘Hymn of Praise’ (1840). With its stately grandeur and religiosity, and its sheer magnitude – double the length of any of his other symphonies – it stands as another of his most impressive works.

Programme

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelossohn Symphony No 2 (‘Lobgesang’)

Performers

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Alina Ibragimova violin

Lucy Crowe soprano

Jurgita Adamontyé soprano

Michael Spyres tenor

Monteverdi Choir

London Symphony Orchestra

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sakari Oramo : Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican – 4th October 2016

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The BBC SO joins forces with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, interspersing music with drama in Antony and Cleopatra, Schmitt’s sensual and expressive setting of Shakespeare’s play.

Florent Schmitt’s 1920 sumptuous and atmospheric incidental music to Antony and Cleopatra was created for André Gide’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about  palace intrigue, love, scandal and death. The BBC SO joins forces with Shakespeare’s Globe for a very special evening devised by Globe Music Director Bill Barclay, directed by Iqbal Khan and featuring actors from the Globe, offering audiences the chance to see and hear this highly perfumed and rarely performed work in its dramatic context.

Programme   

Schmitt Antony and Cleopatra – suite Nos 1 & 2

Performers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo conductor

Janie Dee Cleopatra

Simon Paisley-Day Antony

Brendan O’Hea Enobarbus

Cassie Layton Charmian

Tom Kanji Eros and others

Iqbal Khan stage director

Bill Barclay adaptor

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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