Classical music lovers in search of a Friday night concert should head to Blackheath Halls, where the resident orchestra is performing an evening of chamber music on January 18, writes Holly O’Mahony…

The free concert takes place in the Recital Room, the venue’s more intimate space.

Since it was re-established in 2006, Blackheath Halls Orchestra has grown to over 60 members and performs four major concerts each year in the Great Hall. The orchestra has recently taken on a new Musical Director, Christopher Stark, who co-founded the acclaimed Multi-Story Orchestra.

Blackheath Halls began entertaining audiences in the late 1800s. Built in 1895 by William Webster, the Halls played host to some of the most famous musical performers and public speakers of the early 20th century, including the contralto Dame Clara Butt, the explorer Sir Ernest Shakleton and the playwright George Bernard Shaw. The venue was taken over by the Ministry of Works in 1939, saved from the threat of demolition in the 1980s and re-opened as an entertainment venue in 1991.

Today, the Halls are a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Laban Conservatoire and part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. They host a diverse range of concerts, events and screenings throughout the year, from classical performances to comedy nights. The Halls also runs a Community Engagement Programme offering people of all ages and abilities the chance to work with professional performers and creative teams, and perform in ensemble productions at the venue.

Friday’s Chamber Music Evening is a chance to come along and support Blackheath Halls Orchestra and listen to its members perform live.

Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. January 18, from 8pm – 10pm. Admission: FREE.
www.blackheathhalls.com/