The Age of Enlightenment
Thursday 22 June 2017, 8.00pm
Thursday 29 June 2017, 8.00pm
The Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe
Our Summer Gala Concert is in a unique underground venue - the Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe. When the Tunnel was opened in 1843, it was the eighth wonder of the world - the first tunnel anywhere in the world to run beneath a river. The Tunnel is still used by Overground trains but, last year, the Brunel Museum installed a new staircase into the Grand Entrance Hall, making it accessible to the public for the first time in 145 years.
The Hall has the acoustic of a cathedral and the Choir will be singing music - appropriately on the theme of rivers - by Victoria, Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
The concert will also include a performance of setting of a poem by Wilfred Owen “The Ghost of Shadwell Stairs” (premièred on the 22nd), the third piece commissioned by the Choir from award-winning composer Alexander Campkin.
The Entrance Hall can only be accessed via a long flight of stairs so unfortunately this event may not be suitable for patrons with mobility issues.
Due to the nature of the venue, the audience members must be seated 5 minutes before the concert starts (7.55), and late arrivals cannot be admitted.
Because this concert is underground we urge all attendees to bring a jacket.
A glass of fizz in the interval is included in the ticket price.
The Grand Entrance Hall with the new staircase
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