Concerts, Shows, Theatre

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What’s On at The Brunel Museum

September 2016

Music & Theatre: Totally Thames Festival

A month of underground performances combining art, music and acoustic engineers. 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. NB The Thames Tunnel Sinking Shaft, or Grand Entrance Hall, is below ground: the air is cool so please dress warmly.

Mooring – A play for the Thames
Thursday 1 to Friday 9 September 7.45pm

A stolen boat, a fire and an unlikely friendship on the banks of the River Thames. Homelessness, solitude, privilege, reconciliation and forgiveness in a moving play by Abraham Parker. Presented by Vocal Point. Buy tickets here


Alternative Last Night of the Proms – Popular Classics in the Thames Tunnel Shaft:
Saturday 10 September 7.30pm


Horns Aloud


The amazing Horns Aloud and a special guest singer will play a programme of great classical hits climaxing with Last Night of the Proms favourites “Jerusalem”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Britannia”.

Hear “Hail the conquering hero “, “Rule Britannia” and other pieces last heard in the Thames Tunnel Shaft in 1827 when they were performed by the band of the Coldstream Guards at the famous banquet organised by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Buy tickets here


Isambard Brunel dans son cabaret Monday 12 – Saturday 17
Artistic adventures in a secret underground chamber


Invisible People
Monday 12, Tuesday 13 September 7.30pm




3rdthought present the Pierrot Show: theatre, conjuring tricks, poems, short stories and good advice from famous people. Members of the audience decide what will be performed from the company’s kaleidoscopic repertoire, freshly honed from shows at UfaFabrik’s Boulevard Festival in Berlin.

Buy tickets here Follow link to Isambard, select date (12th or 13th) when Invisible People are performing

Thames Tides
A moving image exhibition by Susi Arnott & Crispin Hughes
Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 September  10am-5pm

A large-scale, 5-screen projected installation, created along the tidal Thames in central London.

Twice a day, the Thames rises many metres to fill secret, enclosed spaces in central London.

Cameras and stereo microphones, held under wharves, jetties and office-blocks, recorded four distinct audio films. Starting slowly, the water rises inexorably to take and drown each camera…

Free admission with Museum entrance fee (£6/£4)

RBCS Community Choir Present Angels in Hades
Wednesday 14th 7.30pm


Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society present holy and unholy music from Elgar and readings with a watery theme.

Buy your tickets here


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Modulus Quartet
Thursday 15, Friday 16 September 7.30pm

Modulus Quartet



Championing music by living composers is the mission and passion of Modulus Quartet.

After a sell-out launch, the quartet return to Brunel with a programme of works by Terry Davies, Ash Madni, Richard Norris, Eliot Lloyd Short, Matthew Slater and Veera Lummi. Film-maker Diego Barraza and Video DJ Tom Brown will provide visuals. On Friday the concert will be followed by cocktails in the rooftop garden. The Quartet storm the chamber with another immersive concert incorporating music and projection.

Buy tickets here Follow link to Isambard, select date (15th or 16th) when Modulus Quartet are playing

The Swarm – an Opera by bees
Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 September 7.30pm

Choral music, voice and movement. A nine piece choir present remarkable soundscapes with the help of field recordings, beekeepers, neuroscientists and bees. There are bee keepers in the audience. There are bees in the garden above your head. Hiver beer and honey cocktails in the Midnight Apothecary’s roof garden after the performance. Buy tickets here, here and here

Open the Box – An evening of surprises from The Opera Box
Friday 23 September 7.30pm

The Telephone by Menotti, Der Wein by Berg, 6 Songs of a Fairytale Princess by Szymanowski and more. Featuring sopranos Laura Monaghan and Joanna Foote and baritone Samuel Pantcheff, accompanied by our music director Richard Leach. A dazzling evening of opera and song directed by Mark Burns, performed in one of London’s most enchanting and atmospheric venues. Buy tickets here

Authentic Blue – folk, rock & blues go underground
Saturday 24, Sunday 25 September 7.30pm

Exhilarating music with flute, saxophone and grand piano. On Saturday the Midnight Apothecary with unforgettable tastes and aromas in the roof garden. Nights to celebrate our great river in sound and taste, a treat for all the senses. This is fluvial overload! Buy tickets here

And What! – inter-active film show SOLD OUT
Wednesday 28 September 7pm

An evening of interactive film with the hyperactive & inimitable Amy Grimehouse


Bxxxxxd Assignments – a tricky gig
Thursday 29 September 7.30pm

Experimental music and performance in six unnerving acts

Bastard Assignments bite into the best of experimental music and interdisciplinary performance with NEW TEETH. This 2016/17 season of four events in unique venues across London will bring some of the most exciting and innovative performances in Europe to London, with intriguing guest artists both well known and emerging – appearing alongside new work by resident composers Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear.

NEW TEETH continues the Bastard Assignments tradition of locating performances in atmospheric sites – this season sees events in a bombed-out church, a nineteenth-century construction access shaft, a basement art gallery and a converted former print works building. These unusual venues contribute a trademark aspect of the immersive, thought-provoking and often humorous events for which Bastard Assignments are known. Combining multiple artforms and media, these performances challenge ideas of what a concert might be.

The four NEW TEETH events are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by PRS for Music Foundation.

September’s event features guests artists and performers including Elliot Galvin, Philip Granell, Richard Hames, Jamie Hamilton, Joseph Havlat, Anna Meredith, Tom Rose, Cameron Smith, and Sam Wilson.


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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’ .

The Brunel Museum

In the autumn and winter months concerts take place in the intimate setting of the museum itself, which has a wonderful acoustic and a welcoming bar!

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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