Thames Concerts (founded in the 1960s by distinguished conductor Louis Halsey) is a charitable foundation which exists to promote and present an annual series of high-quality concerts in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Through its connections, Thames Concerts is able to bring world-class musicians to the Borough, and also provide an opportunity for local youth orchestras and choirs to perform. The organisation also aims to support musical education via our programme of music and other events.
Thames Concerts remains the only organisation in the Borough ensuring that professional, top-level performances (we believe on a par with the Wigmore Hall) may be heard in the Borough at a reasonable price, without the ever-increasing cost of a journey into central London, and the high concert ticket prices often incurred. The foundation also offers a number of attractive ticketing options including a 10% advance booking discount, free admission for full-time students, under-16s, and accompanying carers of the disabled, and also operates a generous Friends and Patrons scheme.
In 2013 Thames Concerts moved to a new home, St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton, a beautiful Blomfield church with excellent acoustics and facilities, and an outstanding organ. In 2015 the organisation introduced morning coffee concerts, promoting young up-and-coming local talent from the Borough’s schools, college and university, and in 2016 embarked on a partnership with the CornerHouse (Surbiton), in presenting an annual series of workshops and masterclasses delivered by Thames Concerts performers.
Thames Concerts is run by a committee of volunteer directors/trustees who bring together support from Friends and Patrons, sponsorship from local businesses, and support from The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, and Kingston Arts.
Thames Concerts – Student singers’ masterclass
Sunday 9th December at the cornerHOUSE
Distinguished international singer and teacher Alison Pearce and Thames Concerts’ Artistic Director Benjamin Costello lead a masterclass for student singers.
Thames Concerts – The Aurora Trio
16 February 2019, 7:30pm at St Andrews Church, Surbiton
A rich and varied programme of English and French music for flute, viola and harp, including Debussy’s intoxicating Trio, closes the series.
Thames Concerts – Ashley Fripp
2 February 2019, 7:30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
This outstanding young pianist makes a welcome return to the series, playing Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. Thames Concerts is grateful to Kawai Pianos for their kind support of this concert.
Thames Concerts – Daniel Moult (organ)
The outstanding Hunter organ at St Andrew’s is put through its paces in an exciting programme of music by Bach, Mozart, Widor (5th Symphony) and others.
Thames Concerts – The Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo
Saturday 10th November, 7:30pm at St Andrews Church, Surbiton.
Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey, this multiple-award-winning duo, present a rich tapestry of music from France and Spain.
Thames Concerts – The Jubilee Quartet
20 October 2018 at 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Maple Rd, Surbiton
The Thames Concerts series starts with music by Beethoven, Panufnik, and Schubert’s evergreen quartet Death and the Maiden.