The Royal Over-Seas League attracts brilliant musicians from all over the world to its own elegant concert hall and is an important staging post for many of today's claasical performers. On Tuesday evenings this autumn, a series of fortnightly concerts features top players in entertaining programmes for just one hour – long enough to let the rush die down outside, and leaving you time for dinner.
First date for your diary features the Consone Quartet (Tues 8 Oct, 6:30PM). The Consone Quartet formed at London’s Royal College of Music and focuses onexploring classical and early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. In other words, you can hear this music exactly how it would have been played in the 18th Century.
In their one-hour recital the Consone Quartet will play three works that contrast the thoughtful and contemplative with the cheerfully upbeat, in the form of string quartets by Haydn, Boccherini and Schubert. Now in their fifth year together, the Consone are Radio 3 New Generation artists and previous prize winners of the Royal Over-Seas Annual Music League Competition.
Pianist Ashley Fripp performs on 22 October
Next comes pianist Ashley Fripp, another distinguished ROSL competition winner, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy and is an authority on the piano music of Thomas Adès. His programme (Tues 22 Oct, 6:30PM) draws on his vast repertoire, as played at concert halls all over the world, but will focus on the Romantic era, where he will put the beautiful Steinway piano through its paces.
Expect some jazzy elements when Dominic Degavino Joseph Havlat and the rest of the Mithras Trio will play theclassical 20th-century American music Rush Hour (Tues 5 Nov, 6:30PM). All recent prizewinners, they will give a whistle stop tour of the 20th Centrury classical scene, from Ragtime and Jazz to Minimalism.
Dominic Degavino plays American 20th-century classics on 5 November
When pianist Ashley Wass takes to the piano woth long time collaborator violinist Matthew Trusler (Tues 19 November, 6.30pm), don’t expect your average classical recital. The two well-known concert artists explore the relationship between music and film in the hands of the 20th Century’s greatest cultural creatives .Charlie Chaplin: Silent Soundtracks will feature set excerpts from some of Chaplin’s masterpieces to watch whilst the musicians perform specially curated soundtracks for violin and piano
Says Geoff Parkin, ROSL artistic director: "For almost 70 years ROSL has supported the career development of talented young classical musicians, and this programme welcomes renowned musicians and ensembles to our stage, including many ROSL Annual Music Competition prizewinners.
Matthew Trusler and Ashley Wass play the soundtracks to Charlie Chaplin films on 19 November
"We’ve programmed these concerts to fit around busy lives – brilliant music, packed into one hour, featuring the finest young talent out there."
As ROSL points out, scientific research proves time and time again that listening to classical music significantly lowers blood pressure, relieves anxiety and stress, aids sleep and improves emotional connections. An hour's music after the rigours of the day might be just what the doctor ordered.
Gold Culture Whisper members can redeem a free pair of tickets to ROSL: Rush Hour Concerts on 8 & 22 October and 5 & 19 November 6:30PM - 7:30PM
|What||Rush Hour Concerts, Royal Over-Seas League|
|Where||The Royal Over-Seas League , 6 Park Place, St. James's, , London , SW1A 1LR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
08 Oct 19 – 19 Nov 19, Four fortnightly concerts
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|