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Monday 28th January 2012 we hosted the first in a new series of monthly concerts.

The end of the Renaissance yielded a changing attitude to a predominant polyphonic style of music, with the exploration of a new monodic style. This 'new music,' founded in Italy, was an attempt to re-discover the music of Ancient Greece through the study of well known texts by Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. In this short series of concerts we shall explore and bridge the gap between these apparently contrasting styles.

Poeticall Musicke specialise in Renaissance to Mid-Baroque music playing on period instruments. Founded in December 2010 by Alex McCartney, they perform extensively in the UK; a recent highlight was at the Southbank Centre earlier this year performing Dowland and Monteverdi. They are due to record their debut CD this Christmas on the record label Veterum Musica.



Cosy up with good music, hot punch and other delights



Entrance Free ... doors open half an hour prior to performance

Donations welcome


Friday 9th December


Don’t miss the seventh in this inspired series, a great opportunity to hear some of the finest exponents of jazz and improvisaton.




This month we again welcome virtuoso resident saxophonist Simon Picard in collaboration with a host of other musical talent including saxophonists Mark Hanslip and Rachel Musson, pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Olie Brice.

Friday 16th December @ 6.30pm


It’s that special time of year, and what better than an evening spent with old Scrooge himself ... come cosy yourself with a glass of hot punch, and a mince pie and listen to the tale of

A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens is traditionally associated with a Christmas of stage coaches and snow, with friends and family gathered round a roaring fire, sharing gifts and good food. But while celebrating the love and joy of Christmas, Dickens’s most famous ghost story, A Christmas Carol, reminds us of the poor, of what it means to be rich, and of the responsibilities of wealth. The reading of A Christmas Carol at this season of the year has become a ‘secular ritual’ that defines the spirit of Christmas past, present and to come.


Dr Tony Williams, of the Dickens Fellowship, will be reading an abridged version of this haunting story of hope. Dr Williams is a well-known lecturer on Dickens, and has delighted audiences with his readings both in the UK and overseas.


Entrance Free ... donations welcome to support future arts events at Lumen


Monday 19th December      

 Lullay My Liking

Carols and sacred songs for theorbo and mezzo-soprano


Mezzo-soprano CN Lester and lutenist Toby Carr present an intimate Christmas concert, combining songs of Purcell and Dowland with much loved traditional and mediaeval carols. 


CN Lester is a mezzo-soprano specialising in early music, and a singer-songwriter. Recent performances have included concerts at Handel House, the British Library, Channel 4 and the BFI.


Toby Carr is a guitarist and lutenist who works within a wide range of music from mediaeval to contemporary.  Having studied with Graham Devine and David Miller at Trinity College of Music, Toby is now active as a performer and a teacher around London and the South-East.


Concert begins 8.00                                                                            Entrance only £6.00


Wednesday 21st December 4.00pm

The Youthful Company of

Instruments & Voices







David Jacob Jacobson, Christmas tree sellers (German painter, 1818–1891)


Vocal & instrumental music from 1600 – 1900


A festive programme of music including works by Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Heinrich Schütz , Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Mozart, Franz Gruber, and Peter Cornelius,  performed by talented young singers and instrumentalists from London and elsewhere.


Concert begins 4.00pm                                                         

Sunday 6th November  6pm


Please join us for a special early evening concert in the company of


The Revolutionary Drawing Room

performing string quartets by Schubert and Donizetti


Adrian Butterfield violin  Kathryn Parry violin 

Rachel Stott viola Ruth Alford cello 


Eugène Delacroix (1798 – 1863) La liberté guidant le peuple c1830, Louvre


The Revolutionary Drawing Room (RDR) perform repertoire of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the age of the great European revolutions. Using instruments of the period, RDR aim to give audiences that sense of exploration, in which composers and players of the time were engaged.


Delicious period refreshments will be available                                    Entrance only £5.00


Friday 11th November




Don’t miss the sixth in our superb series of jazz concerts: a great opportunity to hear collaborative explorations from some of the finest exponents of jazz and improvisation; this month presenting a powerfully intuitive, expressive and dynamic ensemble of highly gifted musicians with over 25 years experience on the British and European jazz scenes.


Simon Picard saxophone  Chris Batchelor trumpet,

Alex Maguire piano  Olie Brice bass.





Friday 25th November


The Maria Chen Ensemble

Intimate, soulful, and pared-down ... an evening of jazz and blues in the company of this young trio.  


The Maria Chen Ensemble is composed of itinerant international graduate students: John-Paul Muir is studying for his Masters' in Piano Performance at Guildhall, Thomas Bartlett, a PhD in Mathematical Biology at UCL, and Maria Chen, a PhD in History at LSE. They play jazz, blues, and soul around London and Cambridge



Sunday  27th November





Lucy Shimidzu, piano, Richard Smith, violin and Penelope Sapiro, cello give a fiery and heart  warming performance with a gypsy theme for a winter’s evening.


The programme will include works by Haydn, Mozart, Monti, De Falla and Brahms.


Doors open 6.30 Concert begins 7.00                                                   Entry FREE ... donations welcome.

Friday 16th September


Haman Quintet

UK debut for this Berlin based quintet, whose collective CVs range from Sam Rivers to the Linchopinger Symphoniker, and Paul Bley to the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, taking in cabaret, dance, film and theatre music along the way.

Alison Blunt violin, Anna Kaluza and Manuel Miethe saxophones, Horst Nonnenmacher bass and Nikolai Meinhold piano


Thursday 1st September  7.30pm
The Youthful Company of Instruments and Voices presents "EPIC BAROQUE"

An entertaining programme of music by Vivaldi and Telemann  including the‘Gulliver’ Suitee and ‘Burlesque de Quichotte’

Wednesday July 20th  2.00pm

Guildhall Lutes and Voices 

A lunchtime early music concert with Guildhall Lutes and Voices performing scenes from L'Euridice by Jacopo Peri (1561 – 1633)



"Home Concert".....Dirk Hals 1623



Thursday July 14th  

The Lighthouse Café Club


The Lighthouse Café is hosting a gospel concert and interview with Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley.

Paul’s distinguished career includes being the award winning lead singer of Manfred Mann and The Blues Band. Millions listen to him on Radio 2, Jazz FM and elsewhere, and on TV he has hosted talk shows and performed everything from Shakespeare to soaps. His extensive stage credits include the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End and Broadway.

Fiona is an accomplished actress and singer, and has worked in all areas of show business from her acclaimed "Widows" to leading roles at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiona has starred in many West End productions including the highly praised and award winning musical "City of Angels". She has sung on many show recordings and has a collection of gold discs.


Friday July 1st

Dramatic Need Charity Showcase


A mixture of spoken word and singing featuring talented young performers ranging between the ages of 16-18. Dramatic Need are a charity who provide creative arts facilities for, and promote creative expression in under privileged communities in Rwanda and South Africa -

The showcase will also have a special guest appearance from Halflight who are a new up and coming band making the rounds of the 2011 festival circuit -

Jason Carter Jazz