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A free socially distanced concert presented by the talented musicians of our resident opera ensemble Insieme giving you an hour to step outside yourself and simply enjoy beautiful music and great talent. 

This is the first concert inside Lauderdale House since Lockdown and we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of all. It will will take place in the Lower Gallery on the ground floor, and the windows will be open to ensure good ventilation so please dress suitably. 

Advance booking is essential to ensure we can create a socially distanced seating plan. When you book you will be asked if you would like to make a donation. We understand that many people have been badly affected by the situation but if you can afford to donate it really will make all the difference at such a difficult time for the arts.

If the show appears to be sold out when you book please email and say how many of you there are, whether you are one 'bubble' and that you would like to be added to the waiting list.  Once we have a full picture we will know if we can release any more seats or whether there is scope for outdoor seating along the terrace. 

The Programme for this evening is:

  • Beethoven String Quartet Op.95 'Serioso'
  • Mozart Clarinet Quintet, 1st movement
  • CPE Bach Trio Sonata in F fro bass recorder, viola and continuo, 1st & 2nd movements 

Our performers are:

  • Caoimhe de Paor - Clarinet/Recorder
  • Guillem Calva and Mona Kodama -  Violins
  • Juan Drown - Viola
  • Cliona Choilleain - Cello

The performance starts at 6pm.

The Gallery will open at 5.30pm.

The cafe will be open beforehand and you are welcome to bring drinks into the Gallery.

Please see the tab 'How We Are Keeping You Safe' to find out more about the arrangements.

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you specific seats according to the size of your party.

Entry will be at the main front door (East Entrance) where every audience member will:

  • have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'.
  • asked to sanitise their hands.
  • confirm contact details for Track and Trace

There is no interval but if you would like to enjoy a drink during the concert the cafe bar will be open beforehand. Please get your drinks from the cafe itself via the Tea lawn at the back and bring them round to the front door before you enter to reduce potential 'log jams' and 'crossovers'.

Once we have checked your temperature and welcomed you, you will be shown to your seat.

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • Please wear a face covering for use when you are not drinking or eating.  
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available and are regularly cleaned but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 5.30pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.
  • The windows will be open to ensure good ventilation - please dress accordingly.

And please note you MUST book in advance.

Guillem Calvo Violin 

Guillem Calvo, started his musical studies with Albert Sàrrias and Evelio Tieles in Barcelona and then moved to London to study at the RCM with Yossi Zivoni and Shmuel Ashkenasi in Germany. Since 2005 he has been member of many chamber groups like Quartet Albéniz, Cre.Art Ensemble, Altissimo Ensemble and others with whom he has recorded many comercial CDs and DVDs. He has toured the UK, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal as a chamber musician as well as freelancing with European orchestras like the London Symphony, European Camerata or Orquestra de l’Òpera del Liceu in Barcelona, while teaching the Suzuki Method based in London.


Caoimhe de Paor Recorders & Clarinet

Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among other competition successes, she was awarded the school's Concert Recital Diploma and went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire. She was also invited to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme (2014-15). Caoimhe has performed as a chamber musician and as a soloist at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, Tel-Aviv Early Music Seminar, World Forum on Music (Brisbane), London Handel Festival and Wigmore Hall. Caoimhe has recently recorded for the New York Times Online.  


Juan Drown Viola

Juan Drown studied at Wells Cathedral School, Cambridge University, the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has performed concertos and recitals across the UK as well as in France, Romania, and his native Isle of Man. In 2000 he was awarded the Vaughan Williams Bursary at the Tertis International Viola Competition. Juan is a bit obsessed about chamber music. He has been principal viola for the City Chamber Ensemble, Altissimo Ensemble, and the Keld Ensemble. He jumps at any opportunity either to play or to coach chamber music! As Lead Teacher for Strings in West Hertfordshire Juan has responsibility for developing string playing among the young people of the area.


Mona Kodama Violin

Mona graduated from the Kunitachi Music High School in Tokyo, and the Guildhall School of Music in London.  She has studied with Akiko Suwa in Japan, Yfrah Neaman and Mark Knight in London and Joey Corpus in New York. Mona is frequently in demand in Japan where she is a popular recital soloist.  In Britain, she specialises more in chamber music.  As well as her involvement with Insieme, she is the violinist of the Marmara Piano trio, and co-leads the Keld Ensemble in London.  Mona has given concerto performances with several British orchestras, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in many other European countries. Mona is professor of violin and viola at the Junior Guildhall School of Music in London, has a thriving private teaching practice and teaches for Hertfordshire Music Service.


Clíona Ní Choileáin Cello

Clíona is an Irish cellist based in London. She began playing the cello at the age of 4 and moved to the UK to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music under Emma Ferrand and Felix Schmidt. 

Clíona is a passionate chamber musician and has performed in venues across the UK and Ireland such as Wigmore Hall, St. Martin’s-In-The-Field, St. John's Smith Square and The John Field Room. Clíona enjoys performing all genres of music, she performs and records with music producer Wilma Archer and is featured on his album ‘A Western Circular’. She also performs with singer/songwriter Georgia Duncan.

Clíona loves working within the community; she was an Open Academy Fellow in 2017/18 supporting and delivering workshops in community settings. She currently performs with Hold the Drama delivering PSHE focused, non-verbal plays for all ages.