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 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 Trio
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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 as a trio will be Chandrika on vocals & guitar, Simon on guitar and Kat on orchestral harp, they are ‘A band to watch, without question.’ The Sunday Times.  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.

 

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.

 

Grace Mo and Evelina Puzaite Piano Duo in the Brunel Museum: Tuesday 2 December 2014 7.30pm

 

Concert 1DivaAn evening of two piano music with the Grace Mo and Evelina Puzaite Piano Duo.

From Canada and Lithuania respectively, these two highly accomplished pianists enjoy their performing careers on the international platform. Grace Mo and Evelina Puzaite formed their piano duo in December 2012 when they brought some of the most exciting two piano repertoire to the stage fundraising for Cancer Research. Following their successful performance, the duo continued to explore the repertoire for two pianos and piano duet in depth, and have adopted various elements such as classical, folk, ballet, and tango into their concert programmes.

Tonight the two pianos four hands concert program features music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Lutoslawski, Milhaud, and Ravel – a rare concert not to be missed!

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Tickets in advance
£10 plus £1 online booking fee: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/293820

Tickets on the door

£12 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 Nocturne Notes Two Piano Jazz and Blues Evening in the Brunel Museum: Wednesday 3 December 2014, 7.30pm

John, a volunteer at the museum, is joined by pianist Jenny to play a fabulous programme of music written for two pianos. The beautiful Bechstein piano in the museum will be complimented by a second Bechstein for this special occasion.

The varied programme with a strong jazz and blues theme will feature music by Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin, Richard Rodney Bennett, Hoagy Carmichael and others.

Tickets in advance

£8 plus £1 online booking fee:  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/294840

Tickets on the door

£10 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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