Concerts

Concerts take place in our two wonderful performance spaces – the museum itself and the Thames Tunnel Shaft

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 concerts listed below in September and October are your last chance to hear music in the shaft before works commence to construct a new entrance and permanent stairs.

The Museum

In the autumn and winter months concerts take place in the intimate setting of the museum itself. The museum has a wonderful acoustic, a lovely Bechstein grand piano and a welcoming bar!

The Ta’alu Quartet in the Thames Tunnel Shaft: Wednesday 1st October 2014 7.30pm

mailThe Ta’alu Quartet will explore the rich musical heritage of their members, journeying deep into the lands of Balkan, Klezmer and Arabic music. Ta’alu roughly translates from Arabic to mean ‘come with me’ and we hope our performance will be an inviting experience for our audience!

The Ta’alu Quartet will explore the rich musical heritage of their members, journeying deep into the lands of Balkan, Klezmer and Arabic music. Ta’alu roughly translates from Arabic to mean ‘come with me’ and we hope our performance will be an inviting experience for our audience!

Tickets In advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee if purchased online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/282891

Tickets on the doo

£12, or £10 for residents of SE16 (proof required)

Payment only by cash or cheque.

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

We regret no wheelchair access is available.

 

FLEKD in the Brunel Museum: Wednesday 15 October 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)

FlekedFlekd write and play beautiful world folk-inspired original melodies from a contemporary jazz perspective, incorporating improvised music with sensitivity. Skilfully-played, engaging twisting melodies evoke European folk traditions amidst sophisticated grooves with subtle layers of Indian and African rhythms. Rich, intricate textures are balanced with beautiful, thoughtful improvisations and expansive soundscapes.

Comprising of Jane South (flute & accordion), Moss Freed (guitar), Rebecca Nash (piano), Rob Paterson (double bass) and Matt Fisher (drums & percussion), they are a unique combination of some of the finest young jazz and folk musicians in London.

The group began life playing traditional folk material with contemporary jazz arrangements, and have strived to develop a fresh, unique sound with stirring, uplifting and intriguing material. Highly connected musicians, they bounce off each other with a feel, atmosphere and a sound that is instantly accessible yet not conventional. Exploring the elements of jazz, folk, classical and world music that are integral to each of them as accomplished musicians, they still allow space for the original and captivating melodies and forms to breathe. Shaping new forms of traditional styles of music with jazz sensibilities and contemporary ideas of development, this is exciting writing that uncovers both the familiar and unfamiliar and promises further exploration.

Flekd have been appearing around London throughout 2013 and 2014, ahead of festival appearances lined up for 2015. Flekd will also be launching their self-titled debut EP in October 2014. Delving into new directions in contemporary music, this record steps beyond conventions, bringing intrigue while remaining satisfying and up-lifting. The recording of this debut EP marks an exciting unified sound and combines traditions and familiarity with the unknown, moving in space with arrival and depicts open space and well-loved places.

Tickets in advance

£10 plus £1 online booking fee:  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/288565

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum, concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

 

The London International Arts Festival in the Brunel Museum:
Wednesday 29th October and Thursday 6th November 2014 7.30pm

 

The London International Arts Festival (LIAF), curated by highly skilled violinist/composer Jyotsna Srikanth, is a 5 day festival presenting Carnatic (South Indian), Jazz, World and other contemporary forms. Dhruv Arts, the producer of LIAF was established in London in 2004 to promote the traditional arts of South Asian music, dance, storytelling and visuals. As Dhruv Arts evolved, it saw the need to provide a bigger platform for complimentary cultures and art forms, from which LIAF was born. Its inaugural event took place in August 2012. Visit www.dhruvarts.org for more details.

One year after Jyotsna Srikanth herself gave a stunning performance of her “Bangalore Dreams”, the Brunel Museum is delighted to host two evenings of music, both part of this year’s LIAF. The London International Arts Festival (LIAF) runs from 18th October to 9th November. For full programme details, go to www.liaf.co.uk.

Wednesday 29th October 7.30pm
Sunday Driver 14.2.12 promoSunday Driver Duo

Indie fusion sensation Sunday Driver fuse together elements of Indie, World music, Asian traditional sounds, jazz and folk to paint a heady, deliciously powerful sonic landscape that never fails to move the heart, head and feet. Here performing in duo formation will be Chandrika on vocals and guitar and Kat on orchestral harp, they are ‘A band to watch, without question.’ The Sunday Times. http://www.sundaydriver.co.uk/

Tickets in advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee if purchased online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286990

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum.

Concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

Thursday 6th November 7.30pm
An Evening of Indian Music in Two Parts: North and South

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Prabhat Rao

An experienced Hindustani Classical vocalist specialising in the North Indian “Khyal” style of vocal music, Prabhat Rao will present a repertoire of pure classical Ragas and Bhajans. Born into a musical family in Chennai, SE India, he was initiated into music by first his grandmother Smt Bhaskaramma and then his father. Now based in London, his guru is Smt. Chandrima Misra of the Patiala Gharana school of music. http://www.prabhatrao.com/Welcome.html

0Annapoorna Karthik

This thematic South Indian Carnatic vocal concert will feature work by eminent composers set to ragas that evoke a fine spectrum of Navarasas (nine emotional moods), touching and transporting the listeners. Annapoorna Karthik is now under the tutelage of Ganakalabhushana Prof. Mysore Nagamani Srinath and lives in Bangalore from where she teaches music to people around the world, via her website: http://www.learncarnaticmusic-online.com/

Tickets in advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee if purchased online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286991

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum.

Concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

 

The Gaia Duo in the Brunel Museum: Friday 14th November 2014 7.30pm

photo copy 2Violinists Flora Curzon and Piotr Jordan started Gaia Duo in 2014 after they decided to realise their passion for playing works for solo violin and violin duet, and explore in more depth their improvisation partnership. The two have played together in multiple ensembles, from string quartets to gypsy bands, but have discovered great excitement and satisfaction in playing repertoire written for just two violins. Of all the forms of chamber music, the duo is the most flexible and compact, and the unique partnership of Flora and Piotr renders their particular duo open to playing a wide range of music, from the baroque period to the 21st century, as well as eastern European folk, swing and freely improvised music.

This evenings concert will feature music by Mozart, Bach, Telemann and Ysaye, as well as traditional and improvised music from all over Eastern Europe.

Tickets in advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee if purchased online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/287424

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum.

Concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

 

KLINGZEUG in the Brunel Museum: Tuesday 18 November 2014 7.30pm
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Since forming in 2012, Austrian baroque ensemble Klingzeug has built a reputation for unique and unconventional interpretations of Early Music. Its members are united by a love of chamber music, though they also lead successful careers, performing with such ensembles as Academia Montis Regalis, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Ambronay Baroque Academy, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

Klingzeug’s first UK tour features a musical expedition across baroque Europe. Rarely-heard works by Matteis, Pandolfi Mealli, Stradella, and Weichenberger will serve as starting-points as Claudia Norz (baroque violin), Anna Tausch (baroque cello) and David Bergmüller (lute) explore national styles of the 17th and 18th centuries.Klingzeug will lead listeners through the similarities and differences of these styles and demonstrate their influences; they will find the hidden lines connecting composers who in their own times were constantly travelling in search of fame, success, and new inspirations.

Tickets in advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee if purchased online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286086

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum.

Concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

 

Adriano Adewale & Marcelo Andrade Duo in the Brunel Museum: Friday 28 November 2014 at 7.30pm

 

Adriano Adewale & Marcelo Andrade at the Barbican. 7 April 2010From Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, respectively, Adriano and Marcelo are a dynamic duo who have been performing together for over 10 years. Both multi-instrumentalists and composers, the music that emanates from them is rich in color, shape and form, bringing a cascade of vibrant Brazilian traditional and modern sounds, which together  form soundscapes and music that capture samba, carnival and all the tropicalista trimmings your heart desires and your hips crave.

“Adriano Adewale boasts an imposing collection of firepower yet deploys it with rare restraint.” The Times

“London-based Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale has lately been proving he’s a priceless asset“ John Fordham The Guardian

“Bandleaders who can convincingly move from vocal and guitar to flute to saxophone to violin are exceptions rather then rules” – Jazzwise Magazine

“Up there with Ray Barreto, worthy of Gilberto Gil” – Songlines

Picture by: www.michaelvalentinestudio.com

Tickets in advance

£10 plus £1 online booking fee:   http://www.wegottickets.com/event/291462

Tickets on the door

£12 or £10 for SE16 residents (proof required).

Payment only by cash or cheque.

Please note that this concert will take place in the museum.

Concerts in the Thames Tunnel Shaft will resume in 2015.

 

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 info@brunel-museum.org.uk for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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