Concerts, Shows, Theatre

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What’s On at The Brunel Museum

Underground performances combining art, music and acoustic engineering. In 1843 there were fifty thousand visitors on the first day. Listen to the remarkable acoustic of this extraordinary chamber, once the world’s most popular visitor destination.


31 March 7.30pm


Following their wonderful concerts in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Gallery Singers return to the Thames Tunnel Shaft to present an evening of music ‘Spirituals in the Tunnel’.

Celebrating the superb talents of Sir Michael Tippett, born 111 years ago this year. The spirituals formed part of a larger work ‘A Child of our Time’. Tippett got the inspired idea to centre the work around the spirituals from hearing them on the wireless.

Sir Michael Tippett – Spirituals

1. Steal Away

2. Nobody Knows

3. Go Down, Moses

4. By and by

5. Deep River

The rest of the concert will be formed of a number of other spirituals mostly arranged by the late great Moses Hogan who would have been 60 this year.

The Gallery Singers are a group of 20 singers who rehearse in Brixton and Streatham. You can check out their website for further information about the group

Tickets in advance here £8 plus 80p online booking fee:
Tickets on the door £10
Payment only by cash or cheque.
The Thames Tunnel Underground Shaft is below ground: the air is cool so please dress warmly.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets & The Montagues)

by Bellini and Pop Up Opera 

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 April     7.30pm

Experience the most tragic love story of all time. Two star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet – find their worlds ripped apart amongst criminal warfare and bitter resentment, against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and vicious grievances. Sneaky peak here & tickets here

The second of four monthly concerts in partnership with the Anglo Russian Culture Club

Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
Averina Galina soprano, Aleksei Demchenko piano 
Thursday 6 April 7.30pm











Schumann. Frauenliebe und leben Op.24

A Woman’s Love and Life: a poem cycle by Adelbert von Chamisso. Composed in 1840, his “year of song”. Eight poems tell the story from first meeting to marriage to death

Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Eight pieces for piano, written in 1837, inspired by Hoffmann and dedicated to Anna Robena Laidlaw, a Scottish pianist with whom Schumann had become good friends.Galina and Alexey:

Tchaikovsky Iolanta’s ariozo from Iolanta Op. 69

The last opera he composed. Libretto by the composer’s brother Modest Tchaikovsky is based on the Danish play King René’s Daughter by Henrik Hertz. The opera received its premiere December 1892 in Saint Petersburg.
Rimsky-Korsakov  Melting scene from “Snow Maiden”

subtitle: A Spring Fairy Tale. Snegúrochka–Vesennyaya Skazka) is an opera in four acts first performed Saint Petersburg 1882. The composer’s own favorite work. The Snow Maiden learns to love and brings about the arrival of summer.

Rimsky-Korsakov Mad scene from “Tsar’s Bride”

Marfa is chosen as wife for the Ivan the Terrible, but she loves Lïkov whom Ivan executes and Marfa goes mad.

The second of four monthly concerts in partnership with the Anglo Russian Culture Club. Buy tickets here: £20 plus booking fee

Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky
Arshak Kuzikyan bass, Aleksei Demchenko piano
Thursday 4 May 7.30pm

Rachmaninov – All the gipsy camp is sleeping from Aleko his first  opera. Danchenko’s libretto is an adaptation of The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin and first performed in Moscow 1892. A story of love, hate revenge and abandonment.

Tchaikovsky – I bless you, Forests

Setting of a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Rachmaninoff- Sing not to me, beautiful maiden

Poem by Pushkin

Mussorgsky – Song of the flea

Sviridov –  Weathercock from Peterburg, a Vocal poem

“Petersburg, a vocal poem” composed for a great singer Hvorostovsky by the distinguished Russian composer Georgi Sviridov (1915-1998), texts, by 20th century poet Alexandr Blok.

Songs by Babajanyan 

Rachmaninov – Preludes from op. 23 & 32

Considered to be among Rachmaninov’s best works for solo piano.

The third of four monthly concerts in partnership with the Anglo Russian Culture Club. Buy tickets here: £20 plus booking fee

Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev

Aleksei Demchenko piano. Victor Maslov piano. 

Thursday 1 June 7.30pm









Beethoven Pathetique sonata No. 8 in C minor op.13

Written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and remains one of his most celebrated compositions.

Chopin Etudes 1-5 from op.10

Some of the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in concert piano repertoire.

Prokofiev Sonata No7 op.83

The “Stalingrad” composed for solo piano, the second of the three “War Sonatas”

The last of four monthly concerts in partnership with the Anglo Russian Culture Club. Buy tickets here: £20 plus booking fee

Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa and Pop Up Opera  

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 June  7.30pm

A rich Italian businessman attempts to marry off one of his daughters to a mad English toff with disastrous results. One of the most successful comic operas of the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto is about following your heart and makes for a perfect summer opera filled with special Pop-up Opera humour, sparkle and fun. Packed with tunes and matrimonial mayhem, the opera’s premiere in Vienna was the occasion of the longest encore in operatic history; Leopold II was so delighted that he ordered supper served to the company and the entire opera repeated immediately after!

Tickets here

12 Seconds of Light  (debut album)

Modulus Quartet  Last night UK tour 
Saturday 1 July 7.30pm

Jonathan Truscott violin 1
Craig Stratton violin 2
Mircea Belei viola
Nick Allen cello

Performing a diverse range of music by living composers, this innovative group presents music with specially commissioned film and multimedia by Diego Barraza and Tom Brown. A welcome return to the underground chamber.

The passion marks their shows out as a treat for both the eyes and the ears…not to be missed. The Musician Magazine

Buy tickets here

Hansel & Gretel by Humperdinck and Pop Up Opera

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 September


The Thames Tunnel Underground Shaft is below ground: the air is cool so please dress warmly.

The Thames Tunnel Shaft

The Thames Tunnel Shaft is a huge underground chamber, half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, directly above the railway. Before the trains came, the shaft echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders performing in the tunnel. Now the shaft is a unique and stunning concert venue. Time Out listed the shaft as one of ‘London’s magical music venues’ and Radio 4 described it as an ‘underground cathedral’ .

Interested in performing at the museum?

Musicians interested in playing here, or those that have played here before and would like to return, are warmly invited to contact us. Our venues are also available for recordings and rehearsals: please email for more information.

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