The group is for people who enjoy hearing live classical music played by professional musicians in an intimate setting. Our first concert was in February 2018 and, prior to the lockdown in April 2020, we had been running concerts on an approximately monthly basis.
We are excited to be able to return to staging live performances.
We pride ourselves on creating a convivial atmosphere in which we present varied, themed programs. The artists and audience retain traditional roles for the ‘salon' performance, in that there is applause and the normal rituals of a concert, but we strive to create a welcoming, informal mood around that. We serve complimentary drinks and canapés from 7.30. We usually try to theme the food with the music. (We always have vegetarian/vegan options.) The conversation usually carries on post-concert over wine and nibbles.
The concerts start at 8.00 and generally last between 50 minutes and an hour. (Longer programmes may have an interval). Each concert has a distinct theme drawing on different European regions and traditions, which the musicians usually reflect upon during their performances.
Regular attendees please note that we have made some changes to our concert arrangements.
We want people to feel safe and secure at our concerts. In the interests of transparency we (that is Gina and Tim) are both double vaccinated. Neither of us have contracted COVID (to the best of our knowledge.) We think it is appropriate that people coming to our home have this information.
However, we do not want to make any rules that impact on other people’s freedom and will not expect or request similar transparency from our audience. (No vaccination passports required here!)
That said we hope that the following represent sensible arrangements:
We will have hand sanitiser (fragranced!) available for anyone who would like to use it on entry (but it is absolutely not compulsory).
We do not require that people wear masks, but if you feel more comfortable wearing one that’s absolutely fine. All we ask is that everyone shows respect for other people’s preferences.
We will ensure that the concert area is ventilated. As ever people are welcome to use our garden to eat, drink and chat. The weather can’t be guaranteed but we do have a large garden umbrella that will be available on concert evenings.
We will operate a maximum attendance of 18. (In the past we have often accommodated up to 25 people at our concerts – on one occasion we had 30 people!)
You may book a place for yourself and guest(s) but please make sure you RSVP through the meet-up site.
When we reach 18 confirmed places we will add people to a waiting list.
Given the reduced attendance we would ask that if you book, but cannot attend, you let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone on our waiting list.
The events have never been ticketed and in the past we have invited guests to make a £20 donation. Lockdown has been very difficult for gigging musicians and so we have decided to increase the cost to £25 and to make this an entry fee payable at the door. The cost includes complimentary wine and food.
We think that figure represents good value for the evening we provide. It also gives our musicians a reasonable fee for their performance (not forgetting their preparation and rehearsal time) and helps keep music ‘live’ during what has been an extraordinary difficult period for gigging musicians. (Please note that all of our musicians are professional and earn their living from live performance.)
Are you a musician interested in performing?
We always welcome enquiries from musicians who would like to perform. Please contact Gina directly ( email@example.com ) if you would like to discuss performing at a future event.
The Venue and how to find us:
All house concerts are al: 51 Langham Road, London, N15 3LR
We are an easy 5 minute walk from TurnpIke Lane tube / bus station (Piccadilly Line) and bus routes along nearly West Green Road. Alternatively free street parking is always easy to find directly outside on Langham Road.
We also occasionally run concerts at local church venues. Indeed during lockdown we were able to run several ‘socially distanced’ church concerts. These events will be posted on the site from time to time alongside the house concerts.
We look forward to meeting you at one of our concerts very soon.