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Programme 2023 - Legends & Heroes


Classical Heroes

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays three titans of the classical repertoire - Figaro, Emperor, Jupiter - with pianist Elizabeth Sombart and conductor Pierre Vallet. Music by Beethoven and Mozart.

Thursday 8 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Elizabeth Sombart, piano​

Pierre Vallet, conductor


In Memory of a Hero

Tchaikovsky wrote just one Piano Trio: the great op. 50 in A Minor, À La Mémoire D'Un Grand Artiste, in memory of a personal friend and hero, the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. By the composer's own admission more symphonic than chamber music, it is distinctly tragic in nature. 

Friday 9 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tier 3 Piano Trio

Joseph Wolfe, violin

Jonathan Ayling, cello

Daniel Grimwood, piano


The Goldberg Legend


Stephen Farr performs Bach's extraordinary Goldberg Variations in a concert raising funds for the Samaritans in the charity's 70th anniversary year. Introduced by the Rev'd Richard Coles.

Friday 9 June, 6pm

St Stephen Walbrook

Stephen Farr, harpsichord

Rev'd Richard Coles, introduction


Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong in one of Sir Christopher Wren's finest buildings, marking the 300th anniversary of his death.

Sunday 11 June, 5:30pm

St Bride's

Robert Jones, director
Benjamin Giddens, organ
Choir of St Bride's 


Henry V & Façade

The Berkeley Ensemble perform a programme of music by William Walton, including his much loved Façade, 100 years to the day since its premiere.

Monday 12 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

The Berkeley Ensemble

Jonathan Gunthorpe, speaker

Sarah Gabriel, speaker

David Wordsworth, conductor


Piano Legends

Mark Bebbington performs a delightful programme of music depicting heroes and legends in richly lyrical works for solo piano by Liszt, Wagner, Debussy, Poulenc and Franck.

Tuesday 13 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Mark Bebbington, piano

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Classical Changes

Classics reinvented with a jazz twist. Expect the unexpected with numbers such as Bite of the Flumblebee, Saturday in the Park with Elgar and Arrival Revival. After Wagner, Handel, Beethoven, Gerswhin and many more.

Tuesday 13 June, 7pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Art Deco Trio

Iain Farrington, piano

Peter Sparks, clarinet

Kyle Horch, saxophone


Fire! The Great Fire of London


The story of the Great Fire of London in song. Professional orchestra and soloists and a children's choir present this wonderful musical, full of show-stopping songs and historical fun. Marks the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren in a church rebuilt by him after the Fire destroyed it.

Wednesday 14 June, 12:15 & 1:45pm

Holy Sepulchre Church

Classical Roadshow

London Mozart Players

Benjamin Pope, conductor


Gods of Music

Two heavenly string quartets. Tragic heroism permeates one - Beethoven suggests inspiration from Romeo & Juliet - while Ravel's quartet was considered divine by mentor Debussy:“In the name of the gods of music, do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.” 

Wednesday 14 June, 7pm

St Lawrence Jewry

Brother Tree Sound string quartet


Pantheon: Nelson Mass and Bliss Pastoral

Bliss's rousing convocation of Greek deities, paired with Haydn's mighty Nelson Mass. A feast of glorious music with fabulous soloists for the festival finale, and Hilary Davan Wetton's swansong with the City of London Choir. 

Thursday 15 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

City of London Choir, 

London Mozart Players

Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor

Soloists: Rachel Nicholls, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mark Wilde, James Cleverton 

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