Free Rush Hour Concerts in London
It’s 6.00pm and you find yourself squeezed onto the Northern line, pinned yet again by the crush of your fellow commuters. But you don’t have to be…
With our series of bite-sized concerts at St John’s Waterloo, across the road from Waterloo station, your commute can sound a little different.
From the epic ferocity of a Shostakovich symphony to the propulsive energy of cartoon-inspired chamber music, the orchestra in all its shapes, sizes and sounds is put on show – and all for free.
Whether you’re new to classical music or a seasoned concert-goer, there’s a whole world music just waiting to be discovered. With a complimentary glass of wine and an hour of thrilling music, divert your commute and be adventurous in 2016.
6.00pm on Thursdays throughout the year.
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This year we’re thrilled to be collaborating with an array of internationally acclaimed guest artists and partners. Particular highlights include:
Thursday 11 February | 6.00pm
We walk the tightrope of a conductor-less performance alongside the world renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields, performing Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn.
Thursday 26 May | 6.00pm
Escape the smog of the city as thrilling young conductor Ben Gernon, rapidly adding the world’s great orchestras to his CV, returns to paint a musical landscape of the countryside in Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.
Thursday 9 June | 6.00pm
Internationally acclaimed jazz virtuoso Guy Barker, who’s CV includes projects with Paloma Faith, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sting and countless others, joins us to conduct his own composition A Soho Symphony.
Thursday 30 June | 6.00pm
Joining the Philharmonia’s festival exploring the extraordinary music of Igor Stravinsky, we present works from the composer that dazzled New York.
Thursday 29 September | 6.00pm
Groundbreaking conductor Charles Hazlewood returns with a musical tribute to Pierre Boulez, the giant of twentieth century music who died at the very start of the year.
Southbank Sinfonia in action in a free Rush Hour concert in 2014: