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 £4 if you just fancy hearing the late night performance.
Beethoven 250: The Complete Piano Sonatas
The greatest musical revolutionary of his time, Beethoven rewrote the rule book for successive generations of musicians. His achievements as a composer of orchestral music were matched by his works for solo piano, which reflected not only his Romantic, defiant impulse, but also his supreme artistry as a performer. His 32 piano sonatas represent arguably the most significant single corpus of piano works in the repertoire, and encompass his artistic journey from the early Classical works inspired by Haydn and Mozart to the enigmatic final three sonatas of 1820-1822. Remarkably, many of his most important solo piano works were written as he struggled with irreversible hearing loss.
In the year of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary all thirty-two of his piano sonatas will be performed in ten concerts over four days in May, at the Royal Concert Hall and Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts. Featuring a line-up of leading international artists, the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas will also include a series of illustrative talks, discussions and fringe performances, making it one of the most immersive celebrations on Beethoven’s music in the UK.