Upcoming Events at The Schott Music Shop

For more about any of these events or for information about how to book the Schott Recital Room please contact us at 020 7534 0710 or londonshop@schott-music.com


Friday November 21st 2014, 7.00pm

Book Launch with Music: Hanns Eisler on Brecht, Music and Culture

A launch party to celebrate the publication of this authoritative and illuminating account of the collaboration and friendship between the playwright Bertolt Brecht and the composer Hanns Eisler: Brecht, Music and Culture. Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge, edited and translated by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements (Bloomsbury). Acclaimed British composers David Blake and Alexander Goehr will reflect on Eisler, the man and his work. Extracts from the book will be dramatised by actor, Paul Clements, and Pip Reeves (soprano) accompanied by David Harrington (piano) are performing some of Eisler’s most beautiful compositions with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.

A Schoenberg pupil and committed Marxist, Hanns Eisler is one of the great distinctive musical personalities of the twentieth century. He is also one of the most overlooked. In these conversations – which are here published in English for the first time in their entirety – Eisler reflects on his and Brecht’s exile from Nazi Germany and their life in Los Angeles where they numbered among their friends and acquaintances Charlie Chaplin, Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann and Clifford Odets. He discusses a number of Brecht’s principal plays and the place of music in Brecht's work. Never a conventional composer, Eisler constantly questioned the role and purpose of music in the tumultuous havoc of the twentieth century.

Eisler’s dynamic conversational style, depth of thought and sense of mischief, his humour, vivacity, intellect, curiosity and profoundly penetrating political analysis make this book a compelling blend of stimulating ideas, amusing anecdotes and lively gossip. Refreshments provided.

Tickets (includes refreshments): £15 (£12 concession) on the door or in advance from 020 7534 0710.
More information: www.bloomsbury.com/uk/brecht-music-and-culture-9781472524355


Saturday November 22nd 2014, 7.00pm

Southgate and Leigh - Songwriter Showcase

Southgate and Leigh are a songwriting duo made up of Phil Southgate (piano, keyboards, guitar...) and Phillipa Leigh (vocals, sometimes ukulele). The duo's music has been featured on BBC Introducing - ("Absolutely fantastic - Gareth Lloyd), played on BBC Radio Two, MTV's The Freshers - ("Amazing" - Tom Thurlow), and Propeller TV. Debut single Reena was reviewed for Cosmopolitan and described as "Super-cool... Not quite like anything I've ever heard before, I'd like to say they're 'the new...' - but there's no-one to compare them against. Let's just say they're the new them." by Debbie McQuoid.

They will be performing the London exclusive of their new single.

Southgate and Leigh have supported three-time Grammy nominated Joan Armatrading MBE after Joan herself approached Phillipa whilst she was busking at Waterloo. They have just been invited to support her again for further dates 2014. Space limited so to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: £12 (including complimentary glass of red) in advance from Schott Music 020 7534 0710 (9:00am-6:30pm except Sunday) or on the door if room. Doors open: 6:45pm.


Friday November 28th 2014, 7.00pm

Northern Folk with Alilou

Folk duo Alilou formed in 2012, under the name Nancy Goose. After studying at Edinburgh University, Alice (Bonifacio) and Lucy (Callen) decided to combine their classical backgrounds with the inspiring folkloric traditions of the North, infusing their music with allegory, poetry and drama. Moving to London has given a new urban setting to these ancient tales, playing on the rich and multicultural musical styles of the City, combining smoky jazz covers with rural folk and classical.

There will be wine and mince pies at the interval. Seating is limited so advance booking recommended.

Tickets: £5.00 all seats, from 020 7534 0710 or on the door if room.


Saturday November 29th 2014, 7.00pm

James Ewing and Friends - Solos and Duets for Cello and Piano

Cristina Cooper (cello), Lucy Murphy (piano) and Jamie Ewing (piano), three second year students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music And Dance, present a program of mostly romantic-era music featuring cello and piano, separately or together.  In combination, Cristina Cooper and Lucy Murphy play Mompou's El Pont and Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.  The solo pieces are Cassado's Suite for Solo Cello, first movement, played by Cristina, Debussy's Arabesque No.1 and Ginastera's Danza No.2, played by Lucy, and pieces from three eras played by Jamie - Bach's French Suite no 5, Metamorphosis, parts 1 to 5, by Philip Glass and Moszkowski's Etudes, No.5 in C and No.6 in F.

Tickets: £5 (£3 concessions) on the door or in advance from 020 7534 0710


Sunday December 7th 2014, 3.00pm

Christmas Piano Recital by Johan de Cock

Brighton-based pianist Johan de Cock presents a Sunday afternoon recital of original Christmas piano music for the whole family. Alongside Christmas works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, Johan will also be premiering new, original Christmas-inspired pieces by composers, Frederick Stocken (UK), Stephan Beneking (Germany) and Trevor du Buisson (South Africa). The concert will last about an hour.

Tickets: £10 (£ concessions) from www.wegotickets.com/event/287420 or 020 7534 0710
More information: www.concert-diary.com


Saturday December 13th 2014, 7.00pm

Daniel Johnson – Piano Recital

Recently featured in ‘International Piano’, British Classical Pianist Daniel Johnson presents a recital of Haydn, Chopin and Debussy.

Tickets (including programme and refreshments):
£8 (£6 concessions) in advance from 020 7534 0710 or
£10 (£8 concessions) on the door

More information: www.classicalpianistuk.co.uk, @pianistUK


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