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The Duchess of Cornwall to attend 300th Anniversary Gala at St John’s Smith Square

Patron of St John’s Smith Square, The Duchess of Cornwall, will attend their 300th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday 14th May 2014.


Performances at the Gala concert will include: soprano Rebecca Evans, counter tenor Christopher Ainslie, baritone Simon Keenlyside and organist David Titterington accompanied by the Early Opera Company directed by Christian Curnyn.

The highlight of the event will be the nine-year old pianist, Curtis Elton, who is slated to play the role of the young Mozart on the occasion of his London visit in 1764.

St John’s Smith Square is one of the UK’s most beloved classical music concert halls. Originally constructed as a church between 1714 and 1728. Damaged during the war, it was given a second life as a concert hall in 1969.

For the past 45 years, St John’s has hosted many an international star including
Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Mitsuko Uchida and Pierre Boulez.

Along with this tercentenary celebration, St John’s Smith Square will set forth a major capital investment programme to enhance facilities for the future generations to enjoy this fine concert hall.

Photos (c) Chloe Howard 2014

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