Classical music in London January 2014

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Classical music in London in January

Our guide to classical music in London during January 2014.

Nutcracker at Royal Opera House, London
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Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”

to Royal Opera House No Christmas would be complete without a visit to see Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker". As midnight chimes a magical Christmas tree starts to grow through the ceiling, marking the start of Clara's journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy's retreat in the Kingdom of Sweets.
Nutcracker at London Coliseum, London
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Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker”

to London Coliseum No Christmas would be complete without a visit to see Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "The Nutcracker". As midnight chimes a magical Christmas tree starts to grow through the ceiling, marking the start of Clara's journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy's retreat in the Kingdom of Sweets.
 
Carmen at Royal Opera House, London
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Bizet’s “Carmen” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the world's favourite operas, but scandalised 19th-century society with its raw depicition of lust. It tells the story of a fiesty gypsy arrested for attacking a fellow worker. After persuading her guard to release her on the promise of love, she then casts him aside for the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose pursues Carmen to Seville with tragic consequences.
 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London's best live classical music events. Some of their most popular events are the lunchtime concerts which they put on for free. They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups.
 
Le Corsaire at London Coliseum, London
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English National Ballet — Le Corsaire

to London Coliseum "Le Corsaire" tells the tale of a pirate's love for a beautiful harem girl. In the best tradition of pirate stories, it is a swashbuckling drama full of rich sultans, captured maidens, daring rescues, all culminating in a shipwreck which amounts to one of the most breathtaking spectacles in ballet.
 at Cadogan Hall, London
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John Lill, playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Cadogan Hall Pianist John Lill will be giving a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall over four months, during which he will perform Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas.
 
Manon at Royal Opera House, London
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Massenet’s “Manon” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House "Manon" follows the all-consuming love affair between Manon Lescaut and a student, Des Grieux. But Manon longs for a life of luxury and riches, and when a nobleman offers to make her his mistress she finds it hard to resist. Her inability to choose between love and comfort proves her downfall, in a story that tumbles from passion and devotion, to violence and tragedy.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Boris Berezovsky, playing Ravel, Debussy and Rachmaninov

Royal Festival Hall Join pianist Boris Berezovsky at the Royal Festival Hall, as he performs a selection of classical works by Ravel, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic — MacMillan and Mahler

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform James MacMillan's "Viola Concerto" and Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No.6".
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic — Brahms and Beethoven

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Brahms and Beethoven.
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Johann Strauss Gala — Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Rainer Hersch and the Johann Strauss Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss (father and son). Pieces will include the "Radetzky-March", "Blue Danube Waltz", "Emperor Waltz", "Lucifer-Polka", and "Perpetuum mobile".
Giselle at Royal Opera House, London
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“Giselle” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House "Giselle" is one of the most influential of all romantic ballets. It tells the story of a broken-hearted peasant girl who falls in love with Count Albrecht, believing him to be a lowly villager. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences. and transforms her into an avenging spirit.
 
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Sunday organ recitals, at St. Paul’s Cathedral

to St. Paul’s Cathedral St. Paul's Cathedral puts on a regular program of Organ Recitals on Sunday afternoon. They last for half-an-hour and are free to attend.
 at Cadogan Hall, London
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Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with Joshua Bell

Cadogan Hall Join violinist Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Cadogan Hall, as they perform Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins in D minor", "Violin Concerto in E major", and Beethoven's "Symphony No.3" (Eroica).
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic — Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Brahms

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Andris Nelsons, pianist Helene Grimaud and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform Johannes Brahms' "Piano Concerto No.2" and "Symphony No.4".
 at Cadogan Hall, London
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John Lill, playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Cadogan Hall Pianist John Lill will be giving a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall over four months, during which he will perform Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas.
 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Bach, Schumann and Schubert

Queen Elizabeth Hall Join the young German pianist Martin Helmchen at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as he performs a selection of classical works by Bach, Schumann and Schubert.
 
Peter Grimes at London Coliseum, London
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Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes”

to London Coliseum The disturbing story of prejudice and persecution is set in a small fishing village on the coast. Fisherman Peter Grimes already has an uneasy relationship with the other locals, and when his apprentice dies the community assumes that he is guilty. Britten's haunting score rolls around with the churning sea and the changing moods of the landscape, resulting in an opera full of menace and beauty.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic — Kodaly, Grieg and Dvorak

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Kodaly, Grieg and Dvorak.
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Wagner and Strauss

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Philippe Jordan, soprano Angela Denoke and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Wagner and Richard Strauss.

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place during January including:

Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam”January 2014Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with “Quidam”, in which the world-famous circus troop mix death-defying acrobatics with aerial stunts and choreographed dance moves. “Quidam” is a tribute to the nameless passerby… the faceless stranger lost amongst the crowd. Quidam is a story of the one who cries out, sings, and dreams… evoking the joys and sorrows of everyday life.

The Merchants Of BollywoodJanuary 2014The glamour and glitter of Bollywood is back! “The Merchants of Bollywood” charts the history of the world’s largest film industry. This heart-warming show is a riot of colour, high-energy music and sensational dance routines.

Strictly Come Dancing — The Live TourJanuary 2014If you’re a fan of “Strictly Come Dancing” then get down to Wembley Arena for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. You’ll be able to watch all your favourite couples competing live for your votes (made via your mobile phone), with feedback from the TV judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

Sing-a-long with Dirty DancingJanuary 2014One for the ladies… Come down to the Prince Charles Cinema for a night of fun, games and dancing (in your seats), and sing along to the ulitimate chick flick — “Dirty Dancing”. It tells the tale of Baby and Johnny (Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze) — two fiery young spirits who come together in the most exciting summer of their lives.

Eerie Evening Tour of Kensington PalaceJanuary 2014Here’s your chance to experience Kensington Palace at night, hearing chilling tales and strange stories about the Royal residents who have lined in the Palace. As you are guided through the shadowy State Apartments you will hear gruesome accounts of medical disasters, painful illnesses, and the lasting legacy that deaths have left behind.

City in Spires — a tour of Wren’s churchesJanuary 2014This enjoyable walk will take around some of Christopher Wren’s finest City churches. After the Great Fire of London he rebuilt 51 of them, including St Michael Paternoster Royal (Dick Whittington’s church) and St Mary-le-Bow (the Cockney church). Judge for yourself which is the finest.

The Fab Four are back! — with “Let It Be”January 2014“Let It Be” is hitting the West End in a spectacular theatrical concert featuring over twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits! Witness The Beatles’ meteoric rise from the Cavern Club, through Beatlemania, and on to their later masterpieces like “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be”. Live performances will take you back to the swinging sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Mel C is 40! Come and join her party!January 2014As the only Spice Girl who could actually sing, Melanie C (aka Sporty Spice) was always destined for a successful solo career. And now she’s hit forty! To celebrate the milestone Melanie C will be having a big party bash the night before — kickstarting her forties with a special one-off show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Male Nude: 18th-century DrawingsJanuary 2014This exhibition contains nearly 40 drawings of male nudes, all drawn in late 17th and 18th-century France. Belonging to the French equivalent of the Royal Academy, these works include pieces by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.

 
 
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