Notting Hill has a new series of classical concerts coming up with rising music stars playing and conducted by James Henshaw, assistant chorus master at English National Opera. St John’s Church which sits tall at the top of Notting Hill has become the go-to venue for really great classic music. Already it’s lunchtime concerts on Thursdays are really popular and and now the new series of evening concerts will be catnip for any classical music lover as The Outcry Ensemble celebrates it’s 20th concert at the church in October.
Founders of The Outcry Ensemble, Henshaw and Kate Whitley, met just two weeks after they arrived at Cambridge University as music students. Henshaw says: “I went to hear Kate’s music, she’d written a set of songs and I absolutely loved them. We planned a piece together and we said, hang on, we’re quite good at this.” And that how The Outcry Ensemble started. When they moved from Cambridge to London it took a whole year to build up new contacts with London-based musicians. A venue was offered via St John’s Ben Atkinson who has transformed music making at the church. “It’s a brilliant venue with good acoustics and we have built up a local audience base,” says Henshaw, “People who come say how much they love it.”
At each concert The Outcry Ensemble showcases newly commissioned works by young composers alongside accessible pieces of staple repertoire. On Thursday, 15th October at 7.30pm St. John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent there will be Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and new work by Joel Rust, tickets will cost £15 from the website here … theoutcryensemble and there’s a patron’s scheme which gets you into every concert so you don’t have to worry about tickets each time. Whitley is currently writing for Rambert Dance among other things and Henshaw says Whitley’s compositions are always the most popular ones, so don’t miss out when her next new work is played on 3rd December at St John’s.