november, 2018

16nov6:30 pmTchaikovsky: Notes & LettersAn evening of entertainment at Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre

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“It seems to me that letters are never entirely sincere. I judge at least by my own example. To whomever and for whatever purpose I write, I am always concerned with what impression my letter may make, and not on the recipient only, but on any chance reader as well.”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (diary entry, June 1888)

Alongside a rich catalogue of musical works, Tchaikovsky penned thousands of letters during his relatively short life. ‘Sincere’ or not, his correspondences – in particular those with his family and his patron Nadezdha von Meck (whom he never met!) – offer us his ‘chance readers’ a candid picture of an artist, one troubled by a brief and unsuitable marriage, by a life-long struggle with his sexuality, and by his art itself.

For one night only, actor Simon Callow, soprano Joan Rodgers, pianist Roger Vignoles (three of City Music Foundation’s celebrated patrons), and mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston (2018 CMF Artist) join for an unique entertainment based on Tchaikovsky’s music and writings.

The evening commences with Tchaikovsky’s searing string sextet Souvenir de Florence performed by an ensemble of City Music Foundation Artists: Emily Sun, Christopher Jones, Kay Stephen, Lucy Nolan, Ariana Kashefi, and Peggy Nolan.

The event takes place at the Guildhall Art Gallery and tickets include drinks and canapés served in the Roman Amphitheatre at the interval.

The evening commences at 6.30pm, with music from 7pm. It is likely to finish at about 9.20 pm.

Simon Callow, narrator
Joan Rodgers, soprano
Roger Vignoles, piano
City Music Foundation Artists

Tickets: £95

Payment can made be made by:

Ticket sales end at 9am Wednesday 14th November 2018

Event produced by and in support of City Music Foundation.



(Friday) 6:30 pm


Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE

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