GB2343: Tuesday 1 February: London Firebird Orchestra at Hanover Square
* TUESDAY 1 FEBRUARY (evening): LONDON FIREBIRD ORCHESTRA: "EROICA" at ST. GEORGE'S, HANOVER SQUARE (50 tickets at the special price of 5 pounds 50 pence, but advance purchase required - deadline: 6pm on Sunday 30 January)
Marc Corbett-Weaver, Artistic Director of the London Firebird Orchestra (LFO), has kindly offered my members up to 50 tickets at the specially discounted price of £5.50 for their concert on Tuesday 1 February at St. George's, Hanover Square, starting at 7.30pm. Many of you will recognise Marc from previous events. Click on http://www.marccorbett-weaver.com/biography to read more about him.
The Programme: Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27, will be followed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ("Eroica"). The concert will be conducted by the British-Australian conductor Michael Thrift ( https://www.michaelthrift.co.uk/about ). PDF programmes will be emailed to guests on the day. The running time will be just over an hour, and there will be no interval.
Venue and Transport Details: The concert will be held in the Parish Church of Saint George, St. George Street, W1S 1FX ( http://www.stgeorgeshanoversquare.org ), just south of Hanover Square. You may like to view a map at https://tinyurl.com/3yasnar8 and further information at http://www.stgeorgeshanoversquare.org/Getting-here.html . The nearest tube station is Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines, Zone 1), but Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Green Park stations are also within easy walking distance.
The Orchestra: The LFO is an exciting orchestra whose Patron is Dame Judi Dench. You may like to check the website to see more details of the orchestra, its people and of forthcoming concerts: http://www.firebirdorchestra.com .
Ticket Price: We have been offered tickets at the special price of £5.50 (original price: £15) for tickets in the third tier.
Booking/Payment Procedure: Click on https://www.londonfirebird.com/event/eroica , select the number of "Third tier" tickets you want to purchase, and then click on "Get Tickets". Type (or copy and paste) Gordon22 where you are asked for a "Coupon code", and then click on "Apply coupon". You should see that your total cost has been discounted by £9.50 a ticket, so that you will pay £5.50 instead of £15.00. Click on "Proceed to checkout" to make your purchase by debit or credit card or by PayPal. Note that there is NO NEED to print your ticket(s) as your name will be on a guest list, and the LFO team will email you your seat numbers on the day. The deadline for booking is 6pm on Sunday 30 January, but the offer could be withdrawn earlier should my allocation of 50 tickets become fully subscribed. Please be aware that only those who have purchased their tickets in advance will be able to avail themselves of the special price for my group as no discounted tickets will be available on the night. Anyone arriving without having booked would need to pay the full price at the main ticket desk. Should you have any query regarding your booking, please email Info@... and not myself.
On Arrival: Enter the church by the left-hand door. Look for a small table with a sign saying "Gordon Beal's Guests". I will "meet and greet" you, and tick your names off the list, but no paper tickets will be issued. You are asked to arrive in good time, but note that you will not be allowed into the church until 7pm. The seats will be numbered and will have been pre-allocated by the LFO team, so you will need to sit in the seat assigned to you.
Summary of Timings: 7pm - doors open; 7.30pm - concert starts; 8.35pm (approx.) - concert ends.
Afterwards: Refreshments will be not be available in the church. After the concert, you may like to join me for a drink in The Windmill, 6-8 Mill Street, W1S 2AZ ( http://www.windmillmayfair.co.uk ). Turn right on leaving the church, right again, and the pub will be on your right. You can view a map showing the pub's location at https://tinyurl.com/5n7pu5f6 . Many of the musicians will go to this pub after the concert, so I suggest you order your drinks on arrival, before it gets crowded.
Covid 19: Guests are encouraged to wear masks, but (unless government guidelines change again) this will not be mandatory. Taking a lateral flow test before attending is also encouraged.
SUMMARY OF FUTURE EVENTS
Sat 22 Jan: concert given by the English Chamber Orchestra concert at Cadogan Hall, starting at 7pm (£37 tickets at the special price of £10, but online booking required using promotional code ECOGB - click on https://groups.io/g/gordonbeal/message/2340 for details - tickets still available);
* Tues 1 Feb: concert given by the London Firebird Orchestra at St. George's, Hanover Square, starting at 7.30pm (details above);
Thurs 17 Feb: private view of Muse at the Royal Over-Seas League, from 6pm to 8pm (sorry, already fully booked - see details at https://groups.io/g/gordonbeal/message/2341 ).