Classical Music Roadmap
Whether you’re a newcomer to classical music or a seasoned concert-goer, our series of illustrated talks are here to guide you on your journey with useful landmarks and signposts along the way. Presenter Jonathan James is an engaging speaker whose enthusiasm will get you excited about all kinds of music. Each talk takes you on a journey through introductions of concertos and symphonies, to the complete history of classical music in two hours.
The talks are held in our Level 4 Foyer using state-of-the-art Hi-Fi equipment to listen to selected excerpts of orchestral recordings, together with a live musical interlude in the Royal Concert Hall from one of Nottingham’s rising star pianists.
Live At Lunch
Live at Lunch is our collection of free lunchtime concerts that take place monthly in the Theatre Royal Dress Circle foyer. Each concert lasts an hour and features talented young artists and local musicians drawing on our partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music. Each year we also hold two Live at Lunch concerts in the Royal Concert Hall: a Christmas carol concert with Nottingham Trent University’s Chamber Choir, and an acapella vocal concert from the Nottinghamshire Music Hub, featuring students from secondary schools alongside the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Live at Lunch concerts begin at 1pm with doors opening at 12.15pm, giving you time to get a drink from the bar before sitting back to enjoy an hour of music.
Each season, four of our orchestral concerts are followed by late night After Hours performances. These present cutting-edge classical works, eclectic music mixes and unusual ensembles. Previous events have featured saxophonist Jess Gillam and her trio, music by Steve Reich and Philip Glass, trombone quartet Bones Apart and tango ensemble Frambuesas.
The After Hours performances begin 20 minutes after the orchestral concert and last up to 40 minutes. These are free to concert ticket holders or £5 if you just fancy hearing the late night performance.