The Classical Revolution was founded in San Francisco in 2006 and has now popped up here in London. It’s a great concept; taking classical music out of the usual formal concert hall environment and into local venues such as clubs, cafes, and bars. So it’s possible to chat with the artists after their performance over a drink and even join in and ‘ChamberJam’. There are also ‘open mic’ sessions for up and coming performers as well as ‘Headline’ and ‘Featured’ acts which showcases established professionals.
I love this idea. It will hopefully introduce a whole new much-needed audience to classical music. The Classical Revolution is curated in London by violinist Simon Hewitt Jones and the first event took place on 23rd March 2012 at the The Red Hedgehog, and featured pianist Christine Stevenson, playing Liszt. There’s another chance to enjoy the Revolution magic on Tuesday 27 March, 7pm, at The Green Carnation, Soho. Performers on Tuesday include Cellist Richard Harwood and The Busch Ensemble.
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