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Secret Garden Concerts

Secret garden concert series to take place over the summer

Published: July 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm

A new socially distanced summer garden concert series is to run in London

A new series of socially distanced concerts are to take place in a secret garden location in London.


Secret Garden Concerts has been curated by London Concertante with the recent outdoor performance regulations in mind.

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Five outdoor performances will be hosted in the surroundings of the organisation's recently formed outdoor garden venue in Streatham Hill.

The concerts are accompanied by a drinks reception and meal.

After London Concertante's annual turnover was halved following the coronavirus lockdown measures, these new concerts are an attempt to connect anew with audiences.

Chris Grist, artistic director of London Concertante is opening the doors to his own home, also the base of the company, in order to stage the concerts, after their usual venue, St Martin-in-the-Fields decided not to invite outdoor promoters to perform.

Grist said: "I want to give culture-lovers that vital opportunity to experience the live performances that they have craved throughout this period of lockdown. Therefore, I have decided to, very literally, open our doors at my home and London Concertante’s head office, as we invite smaller socially distanced audiences to enjoy a summer series from my garden."

The series of five concerts will take place from 2 August in the garden designed by Bramfield Studio, in collaboration with Sarah Mahr Garden Designs and Joanna Lowe Landscapes.

The concerts will be performed by London Concertante members and friends of the ensemble. Musicians include The David Gordon Trio, The Camarilla Ensemble, London Concertante’s guest director Jonathan Stone, harpsichordist David Wright and London Concertante itself.


For more information head to the Secret Garden Concerts website. 


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London


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