Concerts, shows, theatre
Concerts take place in our two wonderful performance spaces – the museum itself and the Thames Tunnel Shaft. For more information on the different types of events held at the Brunel Museum click on the “Events” tab.
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’ .
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 Gallery Singers in the Thames Tunnel Shaft:
Saturday 25 April 2015
Following their wonderful concerts in 2013 and 2014, the Gallery Singers return to the Thames Tunnel Shaft to sing a programme including “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen. The Gallery Singers are a group of 15-20 singers who rehearse at the Institute of Education, Russell Square. You can check out their website for further information about the group https://gallerysingersuk.wordpress.com
Tickets in advance: £8 plus 80p online booking fee: http://www.wegottickets. com/event/308114
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. We regret no wheelchair access is available.
The Canorum Trio in the Brunel Museum:
Wednesday 6 May 2015 7.30pm
The Canorum Trio (clarinet,viola and piano) would like to welcome their audience for an evening of wonderful chamber music performed in the beautiful surroundings of this historically significant venue. This group of outstanding Lithuanian musicians will present works by Mozart, Germanavicius and Uhl. The well-crafted eclectic programme will allow listeners to fully appreciate and enjoy the unique sound and versatility of this exciting combination of instruments
Antanas Makstutis-Clarinet, Ugne Tiskute-Viola, Jelena Makarova-Piano
Mozart. Trio in E Flat Major ‘Kegelstatt’ KV 498
Germanavicius ‘Crumbling Words’
Uhl ‘Kleines Konzert’
Tickets in advance: £10 plus £1 online booking fee: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/310173
Tickets on the door: £12 payment only by cash or cheque.
Mayah Kadish and Sara Cubarsi in the Thames Tunnel Shaft:
Thursday 28 May 2015 7.30pm
Violinists Mayah Kadish and Sara Cubarsi are thrilled to play a programme of mainly new music interspersed with some surprise works by Schubert and Bartok arranged by the duo for two violins. Three of the new works have been written for the violinists and two of these will be receiving their UK premieres at this concert.
The two musicians met when studying together at the Royal Academy of music and formed the duo earlier this year, brought together by their shared interest in new music, and the luxury of being able to work in a partnership without fear of experimentation, on music both new and old. They also perform together as part of new music ensemble x.y
The concert will feature tunes by Schubert and Bartok, and works by Marc Sabat, Alex Hills, and Alessandro De Rosa, as well as a piece by Sara Cubarsi which explores her interest in microtonal music.
The Thames Tunnel Shaft is below ground: the air is cool so please dress warmly. We regret no wheelchair access is available.
The Mystery of Reality in the Brunel Museum:
Friday 5 June 2015 7.30pm
Poetry by Roger McGough, Rober Graves, Audrey Ardern-Jones, William Shakespeare, Adélia Prado, Jessie Pope, Eva Dobel, Winifred May Letts, William Blake, Robert Frost, and others.
Music by Jacques Ibert, Ferdinando Carulli, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Giuseppe Verdi, Claude Debussy, Mario Ferraro, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Marin Marais, Eric Satie, J. S. Bach, and others.
The marriage of Poetry and Music opens the doors to a new universe, in which the mysteries of our lives can be further gauged and, perhaps, explained. From the glittering insignificance of a minute ant strolling around a person’s neck to the thick, heaving mud of the war, this marriage reaches far beyond the merely describable; it reaches the very essence of our own multifaceted realities, the ones we create and destroy every day, departing from the realm of possible to land where mystery lies in wings of insects, colours, bullets. Somewhere where we’re mystery and mystery is everywhere.
The Poetry & Music Ensemble
Reading: Audrey Ardern-Jones, Music: Lucas Jordan (flute) & Fabricio Mattos (guitar)
Tickets in advance: £10 plus £1 online booking fee: http://www.wegottickets.
Tickets on the door: £12 payment only by cash or cheque.
The Eight Wonder of the World:
Monday 8th to Sunday 14th June 7.30pm and 3pm matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
On 10 November 1827 the Brunels, locked in a power struggle, are preparing to host a party for 170 guests in the tunnel-shaft as a public relations event following several recent disasters, including a major flood which halted the construction.
On eve of the most important date in the precarious life of the tunnel, father and son must put aside underlying family tensions as they try to restore their reputation.
Tickets £20 plus booking fee available in advance here: http://www.wegottickets.com/eighthwonderoftheworld
Pop Up Opera Perform L’Italiana in Algeri in the Thames Tunnel Shaft:
Tuesday 16 June & Thursday 2, Friday 3 July 2015
Rossini’s comedy L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian girl in Algiers) in the amazing Thames Tunnel Shaft. Drink delicious cocktails and toast marshmallows round the fire afterwards in the beautiful Midnight Apothecary Cocktail Garden.
Language: Italian, Captions: English
Buy tickets for Tuesday 16th June at 7.30pm here
Buy tickets for Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd July at 7.30pm http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-up-opera-present-rossinis-litaliana-in-the-brunel-museum-thames-tunnel-shaft-thursday-2nd-july-tickets-14698362197?aff=erelexporg
Buy tickets for Friday 3rd July at 7.30pm http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-up-opera-present-rossinis-litaliana-in-the-brunel-museum-thames-tunnel-shaft-friday-3rd-july-tickets-14698420371?aff=erellivorg
For information on the Pop Up Opera company visit their website here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.