A review of the Korean cultural year 2019

A review of some of the highlights and trends in the Korean cultural year, primarily in London but also with half an eye to anything we might have seen elsewhere in the UK. The review is a personal one, inevitably skewed towards the events we managed to get to. Introduction This time last year I […]

Joon Yoon piano recital at St Mary’s Perivale

There’s an active series of recitals at St Mary’s Church organised by Dr Hugh Mather. Korean performers are often to be found in the schedule. Joon Yoon (piano) Tuesday 3 December 2020, 2.00 pm St Mary’s Church | Perivale Lane | Perivale | Middlesex UB6 8SS Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand […]

Joo Yeon Sir: Chaconnes, Divertimento & Rhapsodies

Hearing Joo Yeon Sir’s barnstorming performance of Pancho Vladigerov’s Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” at St James’s Piccadilly with Irina Andrievsky in August made me want to return to her recently-released second CD, Chaconnes, Divertimento & Rhapsodies, for which Vardar is the penultimate track. The album, from Rubicon Classics, follows on from her successful first album Suites and […]

KCC October House Concert: Zedéll Piano Trio

A very appealing programme for this month’s House Concert: Zedéll Piano Trio Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7pm @ KCCUK Admission free | Reserve a seat Kevin Suherman (Piano), Inês da Costa Bastos (Violin), Ye Jin Choi (Cello) Programme Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8 Haydn Piano Trio No. 39 in G […]

Jiyeong Mun plays the Wigmore Hall

The second of two concerts by Korean performers at the Wigmore this Sunday: Jiyeong Mun piano Sunday 27 October 2019 7:30pm The Keyboard Charitable Trust Prizewinners’ Concert Series Tickets £15 – £30 | Book tickets This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Sonata No. 31 […]

Esmé Quartet play the Wigmore Hall

The first of two concerts by Korean performers this Sunday: Esmé Quartet Sunday 27 October 2019 11:30am Wigmore Hall | 36 Wigmore Street | London W1U 2BP Tickets £16 | £14 | Book tickets Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition Winner’s Concert This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval Wolfgang […]

KCC: September House Concert – a lieder and opera recital

September’s House Concert is a varied song recital: So Yeon Shim (Soprano), Henry Ross (Tenor), Yoorim Kang (Piano) Tuesday 24 September 2019, 7pm @ KCCUK Register via KCCUK website PROGRAMME Schumann ‘Dichterliebe’ Op.48 Strauss ‘Mädchenblumen’ Op.22 Taekyu Im ‘Returning flower’ Verdi ‘Caro Nome’ from Opera ‘Rigoletto’ Donizetti ‘Una furtive Lagrima’ and ‘Esulti pur la barbara’ […]

KCC August House Concert: Jaeyong Nam (Clarinet) + Harry Rylance (Piano)

August’s House Concert at the KCC is a clarinet recital: Jaeyong Nam (Clarinet) & Harry Rylance (Piano) Tuesday 27 August 2019, 7PM @ KCCUK Register via the KCCUK’s website Programme Liszt: Transcendental Etude No.4 “Mazeppa” | Andante Lagrimoso Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.2 Op.120 Robert Schumann: 3 Romances Op.94 About the performers Jaeyong Nam is a […]

Myung-Whun Chung conducts Rachmaninov and Brahms at the Proms

Myung-Whun Chun, the principal guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, is the third of three major Korean figures in the Proms this year: Prom 63: Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninov Thursday 5 September 2019 at 7:30pm, Royal Albert Hall Tickets: £18 to £72 (plus booking fee) | Book tickets Yuja Wang: piano Staatskapelle Dresden Myung-Whun Chung: […]

Seong-Jin Cho plays Prokofiev at the Proms

The second of three Proms this year featuring Korean performers: Prom 48: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev + Silvestri 19:30 Sat 24 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall Tickets £9.50 to £52 (plus booking fee) | Book tickets Seong-Jin Cho: piano BBC Symphony Orchestra Cristian Măcelaru: conductor Constantin Silvestri: Three Pieces for strings (11 mins) Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto […]

Yeol Eum Son plays Mozart at the Proms

The first of three Proms this year featuring Korean performers: Prom 7: Schumann, Schoenberg, Ben-Haim and Mozart 19:30 Tue 23 Jul 2019 Royal Albert Hall Tickets £7.50 to £41 (plus booking fee) | Book tickets Yeol Eum Son: piano BBC Philharmonic Omer Meir Wellber: conductor Programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 in B […]