Things to do in London this weekend: 21-23 February
From the reopening of a Michelin-starred restaurant to an empowering new exhibition and the debut performance of a brand-new orchestra, here's what not to miss.
Classical lovers can be in at the start when a fresh new orchestra, the City of London Soloists, makes its debut performance at Conway Hall this Saturday. Founded by London-based concert pianist Stavros Dritsas, the orchestra is changing things up, breaking down the artificial barrier between performers and audience, by rethinking the roles of each. As such, instead of taking to the stage, the players will be at the centre of an audience in the round. There is no conductor – the players direct themselves, in the manner of a chamber music ensemble. And by standing to play their instruments, they will be able to turn to face their audience more directly.