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The superb new concert hall at Kings Place – the first in London for 25 years – has opened an exciting new chapter for the London Chamber Music Society, which can trace its origins to Victorian music making in London in the 1870s, and the regular Sunday Concerts that developed at South Place and then the Conway Hall from 1929.

The inheritance of the Sunday Concerts is special, and our Concert Series aims to continue that rich legacy – which has long been part of the musical life-blood of the capital – by bringing the very best classical chamber music to London audiences at affordable prices.

The list of famous artists and ensembles appearing through the years reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of music history, and includes Henry Wood, Frank Bridge, Albert Sammons, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Goossens, Ysaye, Percy Grainger, Primrose, Harriet Cohen, Myra Hess, John Ireland and many more.

Britain’s most celebrated string quartets have regularly appeared in the Series, from the Brosa and Amadeus to the Allegri, Lindsay and Chilingirian Quartets. In 2008 we moved to a beautiful new location, the Kings Place, and continue our theme of celebrating some of the best British chamber music for strings and also in commissioning new chamber works.

London Chamber Music at Kings Place
Hall One

The new season of London Chamber Music Society concerts – our 10th at Kings Place – presents a fine array of chamber music of all
types, from intimate duos to entire chamber orchestras. The wonderful Sacconi Quartet begins our season, with other quartets through
the year, including the Fine Arts Quartet from the US, the celebrated Chiaroscuro, Carducci and Benyounes quartets, and the Quartetto Ardorno from Italy. We host the first two concerts of a short series given by the newly formed Albion Quartet, and the Chilingirian Quartet is joined by violist Prunella Pacey to begin a cycle of Mozart’s astonishing six string quintets – we also welcome the Primrose Piano Quartet and a piano quartet from the ‘Northern Chords’ Festival. Piano trios include the Rosamunde, Aquinas and Odysseus trios, and the Ticciati, Arp and Kudritskaya trio (as part of Time Unwrapped in early 2018), and vivid baroque music is provided by Florilegium, Red Priest and Martin Feinstein’s Bach Weekend. Larger concerts include the Orchestra of the Swan with Raphael Wallfisch (as part of Cello Unwrapped), Camerata Tchaikovsky (in a programme to include Tchaikovsky and Britten’s Les Illuminations) and the wonderful Firebird Orchestra, who include symphonies by Haydn and Schubert. At the other end of the spectrum, we host the cello-piano duo Gemma Rosefield and Katya Apekisheva, and acclaimed young saxophonist Jess Gillam with Anthony Hewitt – the latter in a new series of more intimate events in Hall Two, ‘LCMS Up-Close’. Other wind players in the series include flautist Eleonore Pameijer, with harpist Hugh Webb and members of the Allegri Quartet in a
concert of music for flute, harp and strings – also the wonderful Onyx Brass, one of the UK’s most famous brass quintets. There is something for everyone in the 2017/18 LCMS series – I look forward to seeing you there.

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Dr Peter Fribbins, Artistic Director

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The London Chamber Music Society is located at:

Kings Place,
Music Base,
90 York Way,
London
N1 9AG

London Chamber Music Society Ltd., company number 9626483.

We are a registered charity no. 1164397.

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