Rhinegold Publishing, publisher of Classical Music, is to launch a new series of free rush-hour concerts aiming to bring classical music to a wider audience and to give musicians a platform to share the passion behind their music.
The first artists involved will be Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber with pianist Pam Chowhan, presenting a new programme following their current Tale of Two Cellos tour (3 April), and Andrew Litton, best known as a conductor, playing Oscar Peterson (2 June).
The free series aims to bring music to all, removing the barriers to classical music and offering a unique take on the classical recital experience. Each concert, held at Conway Hall, London, will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and a complimentary drinks reception.
Rhinegold Publishing will host six concerts a year, presenting a range of artists, from world-renowned performers to those just starting out in their career. With a maximum of 250 seats, these concerts will be intimate in nature, and a truly exclusive opportunity for our audience.
Event manager Louise Greener says: ‘We’ve taken away the stage so the audience can get up close with the artist in-the-round and discover new and interesting repertoire from a breathtakingly close vantage point. It’s about presenting the absolute joy of live music in an informal, sociable and intimate light.
‘The Q&A which follows each recital will bring the programme notes to life, and find out why the artist has chosen the repertoire, what it means to them, how it fits in to their life story and the challenges they face in performing the music; in short we’re bringing the types of interviews we would usually conduct in the magazine off the page and in to the concert hall, in the context of a real life recital. So it’s very much a case of “here’s the artist, here’s the music, and here’s the meaning behind it all”.’
One of our inaugural artists, Julian Lloyd Webber says: ‘We are delighted to be the first musicians in this new ‘rush hour’ series. These are exactly the kind of initiatives needed to bring new audiences to classical music. It will be a very informal concert and we will introduce all the music as we go along.’
Despite a backdrop of funding cuts and uncertainty, and in a period of increasing pressure to justify the value of the arts, Rhinegold Publishing is launching this new series ‘simply because it believes that fine musicians playing wonderful music should be within reach of all’.
Rhinegold seeks to provide a uniquely personal experience, where leading artists choose their own repertoire and talk with the audience to explain why the pieces have been chosen, and the meaning behind their interpretation.
‘Live classical music is too often perceived to be a remote and impersonal experience,’ says Rhinegold Publishing’s managing director, Ciaran Morton. ‘We seek to humanise and personalise the recital experience, enlightening and welcoming a new audience while delivering artistically to our existing readers. I believe this new concert series is a logical extension of all the good work Rhinegold has done for the classical music sector over the years.’
Dov Katz, Partner at Teacher Stern solicitors says, ‘As a successful legal practice we are privileged to be able to support the arts and are delighted to be involved in bringing classical music to a wider audience through Rhinegold Live.’
Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber with Pam Chowhan
Thursday 3 April 2014, 6.30pm (concert starts at 7.15pm)
We’re delighted to announce that our first Rhinegold LIVE artists will be cellists Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and their accompanist Pam Chowhan, who will perform on the back of their widely successful international tour, A Tale of Two Cellos. Together they present a brand-new concert featuring world premiere performances of duets for two cellos with piano as well as featuring music from the great composers across the classical spectrum from Vivaldi to Arvo Pärt, Dvořák, Bach, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, and many more.
The Q&A will be conducted by Keith Clarke, Consultant Editor of Classical Music magazine.
Flowers for this concert are kindly provided by Dawson Flowers, Lamb’s Conduit Street, London.
Andrew Litton plays Oscar Peterson
Monday 2 June 2014, 6.30pm
For our second concert of the season, renowned conductor Andrew Litton returns to his first love ‒ the piano ‒ for this very special recital. Based on scores transcribed by fellow pianist Steven Osborne, the programme spans four decades of Oscar Peterson’s legacy and launches Andrew’s forthcoming CD release, A Tribute to Oscar Peterson.
The Q&A will be conducted by Claire Jackson, Editor of International Piano magazine.
Audience-members can register for their free ticket at www.rhinegoldlive.co.uk. Each free ticket includes a complimentary drink at the reception. There are c.150 tickets available to the public for each concert, and tickets and seats are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.
We’d like to thank the following companies and organisations for supporting Rhinegold LIVE, and making it possible for us to offer free and accessible music to the community of WC1.
- Peregrine’s Pianos, for loaning us a Schimmel concert grand piano to use for each concert. Established in central London, Peregrine’s Pianos sells and hires out fine, modern upright and grand pianos, and provides a unique working environment for the music profession. They are also the exclusive dealer of Schimmel Pianos.
- Teacher Stern, for sponsoring our first concert of the season, A Tale of Two Cellos. Teacher Stern, established in 1967, is a full service commercial law firm based in Holborn, London with over 60 fee earners.
- Dawson Flowers, for providing flowers for our first concert of the season. Dawson Flowers is a designer florists based in Lamb’s Conduit Street, in the heart of central London.