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The New Face of Classical Music in London? Classical Club Nights



Over the last few years, a new music scene has become emerging in London. ‘Classical club-nights’ have become increasingly popular way for a new generation of classical performers and composers to showcase their music outside of the traditional concert hall. Part of the success of the ‘classical club nights’ is they are held in pubs and other venues and replicate many other kinds of music nights with DJs playing throughout the night and food and drink freely available.


The promoters of these ‘club nights’ are keen to illustrate that Classical music can be part of everyone’s lives. One of the main promoters of this new movement is Nonclassical. Founded by composer Gabriel Prokofiev in 2004, Nonclassical is a club-night and record label based in East London. They have promoted shows at venues such as Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, The Shacklewell Arms, The Macbeth, and The Horse and Groom, as well as hosting one-off performances in locations such as Kings Place, Cargo, XOYO and The Roundhouse. 


These performances introduce contemporary classical, experimental and electronic music to an audience that are searching for some of the latest exciting developments in classical music played by highly talented classical musicians.

The Nonclassical record label has released 14 albums to date, with an ever-growing spectrum of music represented (such as Tansy Davies, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Aisha Orazbayeva, GeNIA, and Joby Burgess).

If you would like to experience one of the latest London music scenes, here are the next couple of events promoted by Nonclassical.

Signs, Games & Messages // curated by Laurence Osborn

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

8:00pm – 11:30pm

The Victoria Pub , 451 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS


The Explore Ensemble featuring  members of the Manon Quartet and classical accordionist Bartosz Glowacki plus Nonclassical DJs.


Arne Gieshoff (*1988) — MUD II for tape

Györgi Kurtág (*1926) — Signs, Games & Messages for String Trio

Franz Schubert (1797–1828) — String Trio B-flat major D581

Laurence Osborn (*1989) — Breaths for accordion

Tickets £5 (students – on the door) / £8 (advance) / £10 (on the door)

Battle of the Bands 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

8:00pm – 11:30pm

The Victoria Pub , 451 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS

The famous annual Battle of the Bands is back!

Some of the most original voices on the contemporary classical scene, from avant-garde classics to electronics and improvisation, plus Nonclassical DJs

Tickets £5 (students – on the door) / £8 (advance) / £10 (on the door)

For more information or to buy a ticket, visit the Nonclassical website here

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