Image © Philip Sawyers

Our guide to the best classical events this month.


1/ A 90th birthday concert For Thea Musgrave
Conductor Stephen Jackson and the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir perform some of Thea Musgrave’s most notable choral works, in celebration of the Scottish-born composer’s 90th birthday at the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.
Thursday 15 March 2018, St Katharine Cree, London.

2/ Violin celebrations: Michael Berkeley at 70 & David Matthews at 75
Violinist Madeleine Mitchell is joined by pianist Konstantin Lapshin for a special recital marking the birthdays of two great living composers. Having recently collaborated with both musicians for her album Violin Muse – which presented the world premiere recordings of works by seven British composers – Madeleine will perform Matthews’s Romanza (composed especially for her) and Berkeley’s Veilleuse.
Saturday 17 March 2018, Steiner Hall, London.

3/ The Gluepot Connection: CD launch concert
So many musicians frequented ‘The George’ pub in Great Portland Street that Sir Henry Wood nicknamed it ‘The Gluepot’, reprimanding players for getting themselves stuck in there and late for his rehearsals! Londinium’s debut CD recording takes inspiration from this old haunt of British musicians, presenting works by the tavern’s patrons at their launch concert on 10 March.
Saturday 10 March 2018, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London.

4/ World premiere: The Valley of Vision
The English Symphony Orchestra under conductor Kenneth Woods will give the premiere performance of Philip Sawyers’s new tone poem, The Valley of Vision, inspired by the paintings of Samuel Palmer.
Wednesday 14 March 2018, Great Malvern Priory, Malvern.

5/ Vaughan Williams Symphony 5
John Wilson conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Saturday 24 March 2018, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.


1/ Choral singing day: A Child of Our Time
Simon Halsey, Choral Director of the London Symphony Chorus, leads a singing workshop on Tippett’s A Child of our Time. The day is open to anyone over the age of sixteen who wishes to join, although some sight-singing ability is required to participate.
Saturday 10 March 2018, LSO St Luke’s, London.

2/ Study day: new perspectives on the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Canterbury Christ Church University hosts a conference on the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, featuring a keynote lecture from the composer’s biographer Dr Nicholas Jones and performances of his music. Read our full preview.
Saturday 3 March 2018, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury.

3/ Handel and the Foundling Hospital
Katharine Hogg, Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, explores Handel’s relationship the Foundling Hospital in London and his annual fundraising performances of The Messiah. In addition to the talk, King’s College London’s choir will give a performance of Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem as part of the London Handel Festival.
Sunday 18 March 2018, The Foundling Museum, London.