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Herbert Reviews: Opera, Pasion, Power and Politics

The Details

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum | Closest Tube: South Kensington | Ticket price: £15 – 18 | Runs until: 25th February 2018  

Description: “Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day”

Great title, great partner and this exhibition has received very positive reviews from The Evening Standard and The Londonist (amongst others.) So, unsuprisingly, Herbert couldn’t wait to see it. read more

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Herbert Reviews: Ruisi Quartet at Conway Hall

Herbert Reviews: Ruisi Quartet at Conway Hall

On a cold Novemeber Sunday, Herbert went to see Ruisi Quartet perform at Conway Hall. 

Have a scroll to see what Herbert thought. 

Below: Ruisi Quartet. Max Ruisi (cello) | Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) |Allessandro Ruisi (violin) | Oliver Cave (violin.) 

Who? Ruisi Quartet

Where? Conway Hall

Timings: 6:30 start | 20 minute Interval | Wrapped up just before 8:30pm

Audience? This is the most traditional classical concert Hebert has reviewed so unsprisingly audience was approx 50+ Nothing wrong in this, but I couldn’t help but think of how many people I know that would have loved it. It was a really nice thing to do on a Sunday evening especially to crush those shitty Sunday night blues.  read more

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Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg | The Classical Music Love Affair

On the back of Jane Birkin’s return to the stage with ‘Gainsbourg Symphonic’ at the Barbican last month, Herbert contributor, Faye Fearon explores the relationship between iconic model, actress and singer Jane Birkin and French composer Serge Gainsbourg and how it extended through to classical music. 

Photograph by Tony Frank | La Galerie De L’Instant  

Jane Birkin’s life mirrors a symphony. Movement after movement, her years of ageing have marked her transitions from one chain of a composition to another. Acting opened her illustrious interlude, followed by a blossoming relationship with Serge Gainsbourg, which subsequently led to a transition into recording music. Her final movement? A solidification of iconicity. She’s cemented a lifelong ability to exude a charming, charismatic aura, no matter what field she dips into. Her symphony has yet to come to a close, and that is in part thanks to her most recent ode to her former lover through the aid of the orchestral field.   read more

Borough New Music

Herbert Reviews: Borough New Music

Herbert Reviews: Borough New Music 

Ladies and gents, Herbert has found a gem.  

Are you ready? Ok:


Borough New Music | Follow here

What? Free (1 hour) lunchtime concerts every Tuesday 1pm showcasing contemporary classical music.  

9 ‘Series’ of music from October ’17 – June ’18   

122 composer | 49 performers | 37 premiers  

Fulll info on the 9 series here

Where? St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA

Closest Tubes: Borough / London Bridge read more

Herbert Reviews: Music Lab

Herbert Reviews: Music Lab 

Tuesday night: it’s raining cats and dogs but i am determined to get to Wilton’s Music Hall to see ‘Music Lab: Fingerman X Beloved Clara X Smash’a show that was part of the Hong Kong Music Series.

‘Music Lab”s mission is to present innovative concert series’ in classical music, so I was intrigued. I also loved the the artwork for the event (below) and apart from wanting to see an ex-colleague/friend of mine, this was a massive factor in my determination to get there umbrella-less from the other side of town. read more

Herbert Reviews: Basement Orchestra

Herbert Reviews: Basement Orchestra 

Yesterday night, Herbert went to ‘An Evening With Basement Orchestra’ – an orchestra that ‘takes classical music to unexpected places and in unexpected ways; an orchestra, but not as you know it…’

Scroll down for the debrief…

Venue: The Grand (Clapham) – never been to this venue and pleasantly surprised. Old concert hall feel, authentic and good size. 

Arrival: There was a queue full of twenty somethings – there were bomber jackets, canvas totes and smokers –  I was again pleasantly surprised.  read more

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