GB2340: Saturday 22 January: English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall
SATURDAY 22 JANUARY (evening): ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: LET THE TRUMPET SOUND at CADOGAN HALL (limited tickets available at the special price of £10, but advance purchase from Cadogan Hall required)
The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO - http://www.englishchamberorchestra.co.uk ) has kindly offered my group of friends a limited number of tickets at £10 each for their Cadogan Hall concert on Saturday 22 January, starting at 7pm. (Please note this earlier-than-usual start time.)
The Concert: This concert will feature the Canadian trumpet virtuoso Paul Merkelo ( http://www.paulmerkelotrumpet.com/bio ), and the ECO will be conducted by the French conductor Adrien Perruchon. There will be an interval of 20 minutes starting at about 7.45pm (after the Tartini), and the concert will finish at about 8.50pm.
The Programme: Bartok's Divertimenti for String Orchestra; Nielsen's Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune; Tartini's Trumpet Concerto in D major; Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb major; Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite; and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major. For more details, click on http://www.englishchamberorchestra.co.uk/?/concerts/eco-with-merkelo or https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/english-chamber-orchestra-trumpet-sounds .
The Venue: Cadogan Hall (Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ) is very close to Sloane Square tube station (District and Circle Lines, Zone 1). To find Cadogan Hall from this station, turn right and you will be able to see the hall directly ahead of you. You may like to look at the map, bus details and parking suggestions on Cadogan Hall's website: http://www.cadoganhall.com/your-visit/getting-here (scroll down as necessary).
Ticket Price: We have been offered tickets at the very special price of £10 (original price: £37), a considerable reduction. (The normal prices for seats for this concert are £15, £27, £37 and £47.) However, you will need to pay an additional £4 booking fee (this is per transaction, not per ticket) to Cadogan Hall when purchasing your tickets. Please be discreet about this offer and make no mention whatsoever of your discounted tickets (including at the venue or on social media), or future offers could be jeopardised.
Seating: Please note that the seats offered to my members for this concert are the "red" seats (the second price, Band B), and you can choose to sit in the Gallery (in blocks E, F, J or K) or the Stalls. You can select your own seat(s) when you book on-line as detailed below.
Ticket Purchase: I will not be dealing with ticket distribution (but you will find me in the foyer, near the bar, from about 6.30pm). You will need to purchase tickets in advance using the promotional code ECOGB, You will need to do this on-line, as the promotional code is not valid for in-person or phone bookings. The code will be valid until just before the concert, but the earlier you book the more choice of seating you will have. To book, click on https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/eco-trumpet-sounds/book/592434 and select either Gallery or Stalls to view available seating. Remember to apply the promotional code when you reach the "Basket" page, before going to "Checkout". You should then see that you have saved £27 a ticket. Remember that the code (ECOGB) will only work for red (£37) seats. Please be aware that Cadogan Hall is changing to e-ticketing, and you should, if possible be prepared to show your ticket(s) on a mobile device or print your ticket(s) at home. However, if (like me) you have neither a smartphone nor easy access to printing facilities, you will be able to collect your ticket(s) from the Box Office before the start of the concert.
Programmes: Programmes can be purchased in the foyer for £3 and contain full programme notes and information about the orchestra and the soloist.
Summary of Timings: 6pm - doors to foyer open; 6.30pm - concert hall opens; 7pm - concert starts; 7.45pm (approx.) - interval starts; 8.05pm (approx.) - second part of concert starts; 8.50pm (approx.) - concert ends.
Suggestion: The interval is only 20 minutes, so I strongly suggest that you order your interval drinks after you collect your tickets and before the performance starts.
Bringing Children: Please do not bring children unless they can sit still and quietly. Also, please note that in any case children under 7 years old are not permitted in Cadogan Hall.
Cadogan Hall's Coronavirus Policy: In line with government guidance, all visitors will be required to wear a facemask. Additionally, you are asked not to attend if you have tested positive or are showing symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you have been asked to self-isolate. Please make use of the hand sanitisers on arrival. Cadogan Hall's ventilation system is very good as it pulls fresh air from outside, and the air is never recirculated. Please note that the cloakroom will NOT be operational, so do not bring large bags. You can read more detailed information at https://cadoganhall.com/your-visit/coronavirus .