Western classical music

To celebrate their 50th birthday, the Korean Chamber Orchestra are doing a European tour, and their first stop was London. For works involving just strings, the orchestra is directed by its konzertmeister Kim Min, and for their London concert Finnish conductor Ralf Gothoni took the baton for anything larger. It was ambitious to open their London concert […]

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Sunwook Kim makes his debut in the International Piano Series

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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LKL is a fan of Kim Sun-wook’s Bach, so we’re looking forward to his upcoming solo recital at the QEH. International Piano Series 2014/15: Sunwook Kim Tuesday 3 March 2015, 19:30 Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Book tickets here. Pre-concert talk at 18:15 in QEH, with Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore. Free. […]

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DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble concerts in London, Oxford and Cambridge

by Philip Gowman 7 February 2015
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Up to a dozen disabled children and teenagers from North Korea will tour venues in the South East and Paris later this month. The programme of music and dance will include numbers from Phantom of the Opera on the accordion and the gayageum and scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A version of […]

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Korean Chamber Orchestra brings John Malkevitch to the South Bank

by Philip Gowman 21 January 2015
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A rare visit from the Korean Chamber Orchestra, which is celebrating its half century with an interesting programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Korean Chamber Orchestra – 50th Anniversary Queen Elizabeth Hall, 23 February 2015, 7:30pm £28 £21 £15 £10 Official page on South Bank Centre website Book Tickets Programme Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro […]

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Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etudes committed to disk

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2015
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The fiendishly difficult Etudes by Unsuk Chin have been recorded by British pianist Clare Hammond in a disc sponsored by the British Korean Society. It will be released by BIS Records on 2 February and there is a launch event (including a short recital of works from the CD) at the Guildhall School of Music […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s busy January

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2015
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Award-winning violinist Joo Yeon Sir has got a busy year in front of her. It kicks off with a free lunchtime recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Friday 9 January, continuing with concerts with orchestras in London, Cambridge, Croydon and Oxford, as well as presenting the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle at Royal College of Music. For […]

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Joo Yeon Sir wins Karl Jenkins music performance prize

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2014
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Congratulations to Joo Yeon Sir for winning The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award in association with Classic FM (and a cheque for £4,000). Joo Yeon will now record a piece of her choice and a short work composed especially by Karl Jenkins, both of which will be broadcast on Classic FM Read more […]

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Kyung Wha Chung returns with UK recitals and 20-disk retrospective

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2014
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Kyung Wha Chung returns to the concert platform in the UK this month for the first time in over a decade, with sonata performances in Liverpool (22 November), Perth (27 November) and London (2 December). Simultaneously a boxed set of all her Decca recordings (together with a couple from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue) is being […]

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Jenna Sung piano recital at the Wigmore

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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A Sunday piano recital that commemorates the Sewol disaster: Jenna Sung, piano Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition Winner 16 November 2014 – 7:30pm Ticket Prices: £15 £13 £10 £8 Ticket bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per-ticket. Book tickets on the Wigmore Hall […]

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Minjung Baek in recitals at St Mary’s Perivale and LSE

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek has two recitals coming up: at St Mary’s Perivale on Wednesday 29th October and at the LSE on 13 November. More details below: St Mary’s Perivale Wednesday 29th October, 7.30 pm Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS [Map] www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk Programme Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op 111 Granados: ‘The Maiden and […]

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Sulki Yu: Keys & Coffee at The Forge, Camden, 12 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Notice of a violin recital this coming Sunday morning in Camden: Keys & Coffee – Sulki Yu The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL | www.forgevenue.org Sunday, 12 October, 11am Tea and coffee will be served in the glazed courtyard from 10.30am. Book tickets A special performance at The Forge […]

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Cho Young-wuk on waltzes, playgrounds and working with Park Chan-wook

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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So much has changed over the past few years. Nearly 10 years ago Asia House organised the London premiere screening of Lady Vengeance including a Q&A with the director, Park Chan-wook. It was hard not to squirm in embarrassment at the shallowness of some of the questions from the audience, and the moderator could have […]

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Film music concert in memory of the Sewol victims

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2014
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Nicely coinciding with the KCC’s focus on film music this quarter, there is a concert of film music dedicated to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in New Malden this Saturday. London Film Music Concert D&P Ensemble (Director Byung-Yun YU) Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 7:30PM NEW MALDEN METHODIST CHURCH 49 High St, New Malden […]

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Cho Young-wuk to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in his “Oldboy Suite”

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2014
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At the time of writing, according to the KCC website there are just 3 seats left for the Oldboy screening on Thursday. But people who have booked will have received an email to remind them that if they don’t turn up promptly their seat will be given to people on the waiting list. Whatever, if […]

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Jasmine Choi plays Yiruma

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2014
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A pretty tune by Korean crossover composer Yiruma (이루마), arranged for flute and piano by Hugh Sung. It comes from Jasmine Choi’s album of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio: The whole CD is available on iTunes | Amazon.com

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The Seoul Philharmonic – a young orchestra with “an extraordinary sense of adventure”

by Philip Gowman 7 September 2014
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On 27 August, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra made its Proms debut, the first Korean orchestra to play at the famous music festival. At the Pre-Prom talk earlier that evening across the road at the Royal College of Music, Michael Fine and Hyunjin Park of the Seoul Philharmonic, and Dr Haekyung Eom of Liverpool University, talked […]

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The Seoul Philharmonic at the BBC Proms – with a Proms Plus intro

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic will be at the BBC Proms under their music director Myung-Whun Chung on 27 August. The programme includes work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin. The Prom is preceded by a free talk in the Royal College of Music, 5:45pm-6:30pm, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, focusing on the orchestra and […]

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