The Pleasure Garden of Enlightenment

15 May 2024, 7:30pm

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall


An illustration of the Vauxhall Pleasure Garden

15 May 2024, 7:30pm

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall


Marco Testori conductor
RCM musicians
Mozarteum University musicians

Mozart Symphony no 34 in C major K 338
Schetky Conservati fedele
M Haydn  Symphony no 29 in D minor op 1 no 3
JC Bach 'Semplicetto, ancor non sai’ from Endimione
Wölfl Symphony in G minor op 40

Historical performance musicians from the RCM and Mozarteum University come together to perform elegant orchestral works written in London and Salzburg during the Classical era.

In the Pleasure Gardens of these two great cities, audiences could hear the very best music from the notable composers and performers of the day. JC Bach and Schetky were illustrious figures on the London music scene. Known as 'the London Bach', JC Bach regularly wrote music for fashionable social occasions at Vauxhall Gardens, and composed 'Semplicetto, ancor non sai' for London opera house the King’s Theatre.

Salzburg is represented by Mozart and Michael Haydn, while Wölfl bridges the gap: he studied with Michael Haydn but wrote his Symphony no 40 in London. Following this inaugural concert, the ensemble will take its programme to the Chigiana International Festival, Siena.

Turangalîla at the Royal Festival Hall 

The Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Jac van Steen, perform Messiaen’s epic masterpiece Turangalîla-symphonie at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm.

Join us for this special event, featuring RCM pianist Thomas Kelly as soloist and Imsu Choi on the ondes Martenot.

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Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS

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   South Kensington: 0.5 miles
   Gloucester Road: 0.6 miles
   High Street Kensington: 0.8 miles

   Paddington: 1.5 miles
   Victoria: 2 miles

   Santander Cycles docking station and public cycle locking facilities adjacent to RCM

The RCM provides light refreshments throughout the year. There is also a range of restaurants, cafés and other establishments nearby, most adjacent to South Kensington station.

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The RCM Café serves barista-style coffees, sandwiches, snacks, salads and hot food. There is also access to outside seating in our new 1851 courtyard.

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Saturday: 8.30am-4.30pm (term time only)

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All our event venues can be accessed by visitors with limited mobility via the lift at the main entrance.

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