Highlights of the Upcoming City of London Festival, 6/22-7/17
The upcoming City of London Festival includes the following highlights:
· Seoul in The City series: the City will be animated by Korean artists including: Conductor Myung-Whun Chung with an Anglo-Korean performance of Beethoven's Symphony No 9 - a symphony of reconciliation featuring Korean soloists, conducted by a South Korean artist who has worked hard to create dialogue with North Korea (15 July); pianist Sunwook Kim will give a recital in the Stationers' Hall. (25 June)
· Nicola Benedetti performs traditional Scottish music ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with an all-star line-up of Scottish traditional musicians in the Guildhall (14 July).
· Choral Capital - the City is probably the busiest centre for singing in the world; it hosts over 100 amateur choirs, and is the base for many professional choirs. Performances from the Choir at St Paul's Cathedral, upcoming group Voces8, and a special session on How to Start an Office Choir, as well as visiting choirs in historic City churches such as the National Youth Chamber Choir in St Andrew Holborn, and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, in St Bartholomew-the-Great.
· Choral Revolution: girl choristers from three cathedrals perform a world première by Judith Bingham (28 June).
· WW1 themed recital, structured round the story of a voyage to the front, with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Iain Burnside, performing forgotten poetry and music by FS Kelly, William Denis Browne and Rupert Brooke, in Drapers' Hall (23 June).
· Simon Callow in a theatrical exploration of Beethoven with The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at the Lord Mayor's residence, Mansion House (30 June).
· The Nash Ensemble, approaching its 50th anniversary, performing Piano Quintets in Goldsmiths' Hall and Merchant Taylors' Hall (7 & 10 July).
· Masonic jazz in a hidden temple in Liverpool Street: Julian Joseph performs music by a mason, Duke Ellington, in the extraordinary setting of a masonic temple in the Andaz, Liverpool Street - walled off for decades but rediscovered during a 1990s refurbishment (11 July).
· Jazz with a View: Unrivalled vistas with world-class jazz including Kit Downes Trio at the top of the Gherkin (29 June); Clare Teal at Unilever House (26 June); and Roberto Pla at One New Change (8 July).