This month we’ve asked our talented Guest Editor Liz Lane to share her top 4 event picks from the Sampler!

3rd November, 2017

The Rite of Spring – RNCM

What’s not to love here? Iconic Stravinsky and Martinu (Rhapsody-Concerto H 337), along with early music by Messiaen (Les Off randes oubliées), played by some of the finest young musicians. Paris connections is the theme drawing this concert together at an amazing price of £5, accompanied by a Pre-Concert Talk. This is the first of the RNCM’s French Connections series.

7th November, 2017


As the evenings draw in, the idea of a ‘cosy loft right in the heart of Shoreditch’ sounds enticing. Pianist Eliza McCarthy’s programme looks intriguing, especially reading about the diverse nature of previous collaborations and venues ranging from living rooms to a remote Irish cliff at sunset. A world premiere by Alex Groves completes the line-up for this recital.

7th November, 2017


This New York City chamber group has been described as ‘an extra-cool new music group’ [New Yorker], and a ‘formidable new-music force’ [TimeOutNY]. With a diverse programme including a world premiere (one of over 200 to date), this free concert at City, University of London, looks to be – as the Baltimore Sun has described them – an ‘exhilarating’ evening.

24th November, 2017

Blasio Kavuma X Gina S0uthgate

An evening of inventive collaboration by composer Blaiso Kavuma and artist Gina Southgate at Iklectic, featuring three tableaux for flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet and viola of around 15 minutes and three separate canvases. The interactive process will explore the “expressive potential” of artistic responses including rhythms, textures and rhetorical devices, and the artist’s movements and sounds in performance.