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The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced this week that its new organ will be unveiled to the public in spring 2018. The organ has been custom built by Flentrop Orgelbouw to service the specific requirements of teaching and performance at the College, which has a prestigious history of organ training.

Classic Spring is delighted to announce that Simon Callow will perform Frank McGuinness’s new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis at the Vaudeville Theatre in January, for a limited run of just six performances. Tickets will be priced at a special rate of £10-£35.

Joyce DiDonato brings her insightful understanding and breath-taking artistry to Wigmore Hall for two nights in December. As well as performing works by Strauss arranged for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, she performs Jake Heggie’s song-cycle Camille Claudel: Into The Fire, written especially for DiDonato in 2012.

Connoisseurs of ballet will be all well aware of the traditional format of Swan Lake however, Michael Keegan-Dolan and his team have a treat in store for you at Sadler’s Wells. Naturally there will be beautiful dancing but, this Swan Lake journeys to the Midlands of Ireland where ancient mythology and the modern world collide.

Lanie Robertson’s play Woman Before a Glass at the Jermyn Street Theatre London brings Peggy Guggenheim’s remarkable story to life. Peggy’s passionate loyalties and prejudices may have changed the face of twentieth century art–but at what cost? During the performance you’ll find that Peggy’s love life was just as colourful as her art collection.

On December 3rd at the Royal Festival Hall the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski, is joined by pianist Simon Trpceski to explore two Russian Masterworks by Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky combining two of Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers.

On the 28th November at the Barbican London there’s a rare chance to see Dr L Subramaniam performing his new work, the Bharat Symphony. You’ll hear melodic chants from Rigveda, 5000 year old sacred Sanskrit texts and Hindustani instruments. The work is an elegant tapestry of Indian culture Marking 70 years of India’s Independence in the closing concert of the UK/INDIA 2017 Festival.


Our featured news & diary dates this week…

Philippe Jaroussky countertenor and Ensemble Artaserse


26 November 7.30pm

Roderick Williams baritone
and Iain Burnside piano

Die schöne Müllerin

27 November 7.30pm

Ning Feng violin; Daniel Müller-Schott cello; Igor Levit piano


30 November 7.30pm

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This week’s pick of alternative and family shows for Christmas 2017 and January 2018.

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Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition – has announced the twelve shortlisted quartets to take part in the fourteenth edition of the Competition.

Saffron Hall announces new events for 2018 – including three major concerts with Nicola Benedetti as the Hall’s first Artist in Residence.

After previous shows at the Canal Café Theatre and the House of International Theatre in Copenhagen, Dimitra Barla's The Cloakroom Attendant - one night only at
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Tiny Dynamite, by Abi Morgan, returns to London for its first professional revival in 15 years.  This play, one of her early works, explores how tiny events from our pasts can have explosive effects on our futures.