Loki Music and John Elsom are proposing to collaborate in producing concerts of Early and Classical/Romantic music in the Lovekyn Chapel from January 2017:


[From John Elsom] I am very pleased to tell you that Kingston Grammar School have now confirmed the provisional dates for the recital series at the glorious 13th century Lovekyn Chapel in London Road. 


We have booked the Lovekyn Chapel on the following six Wednesdays in the New Year – Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 and Mar 15. The concerts will start at 7.30 pm and end no later than 9.45 pm, with an interval of 20 minutesduring which free refreshments will be served.


Mary Reid and I (for Kingston Welcomes Ltd.) have teamed up with the locally based early music hub, LOKI MUSIC, to devise a programme that represents six centuries of European music. It will include:

  • Elizabethan and Jacobean music from LOKI,
  • Trio Lavolta, with works by 20th Century composers (Shostakovich, Bernstein and Panufnik),
  • Hampden String Quartet, with works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms
  • Baroque music from LOKI, including works by Telemann and J. S. Bach,
  • The soprano, Jessica Eccleston, in a programme of English, French and German songs.
  • Recital of recent works for piano and wind instruments, performed by members of the Sounds Positive ensemble, featuring leading contemporary composers.


Taken together, the series will illustrate how Western classical music has evolved from folk songs and courtly dances, through the Baroque and Romantic periods, to the electronic and electro-acoustic music of today. Each concert will be prefaced by a short talk about the genres and the historical period; and there will be opportunities to discuss the works with the artists themselves. But the focus will be upon the range of wonderful music and the magical performances.


The subscription for the six concerts is £100 per person and although there may be some return tickets on the day of the performance, the only way to ensure that you will have a seat in this small hall will be through buying a subscription for the whole season. But we will be happy to re-sell any unused tickets for you, if you or your guests cannot attend any particular performance/s. This series is ideal for students, but, sadly, we cannot afford to let all under-nineteens have free tickets. Nonetheless, with each adult subscription, we will offer one half-price student subscription (£50).


Kingston Welcomes Ltd. is a not for profit company. We have no subsidy and, as yet, no sponsorship; and the financing of the season entirely rests upon the far-sightedness of our subscribers. If by Friday, November 19, we have not received a sufficient number of paid subscriptions – our target is 45 – we will be forced to cancel the series.  SUBSCRIBE NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.


A subscription for the season is the ideal Christmas present for all music lovers, which will last through the dark days of winter until spring.


You can subscribe here: www.lovekynrecitals.com. If you prefer to book offline, please contact me at 30 Landseer Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT3 5NH (07725530473). Cheques should be made out to Kingston Welcomes Ltd.  


Many thanks, John Elsom (Director, Kingston Welcomes Ltd.) 



Loki Music's New Year resolutions [so far]

Dear all, 

Loki Music will open an exciting new series of chamber concerts in the Lovekyn Chapel, Kingston, with a programme of Medieval music: Love, Despair and Hope in Medieval England, on Wednesday 18th. January at 7.30pm. Comprising music from the 13th - 15th centuries, The Lovekyn Medieval Consort will match the age of the building with instruments copied from this period and a vocal style matching the poetic metres of the manuscripts from which the music is drawn. 

The series is a collaboration between Kingston Welcomes - which promotes festivals and other events, and is programming an exciting range of Classical, Romantic and Modern music - and Loki Music, and the next concert of early music will comprise songs, arias and instrumental music by JS Bach and Handel for Soprano, Flute or Recorder, and Harpsichord, on Wednesday 15th. February at 7.30pm.

For information about the rest of the series and to book tickets, please see www.lovekynrecitals.com The intention is to attract subscribers to support regular concerts of chamber music throughout the year, with subscription being cheaper that booking for each concert. As usual, food be will be provided by Loki Music’s own chef Cat Evans [see facebook.com/catevanscuisine], and drinks will be available.  

A welcome return to Forty Hall in Enfield comes in the form of a performance of songs, tunes and arias from Jane Austen’s notebooks on Sunday 21st. May, at 3pm.. Jane Austen is known to have enjoyed music and dancing and to have played the keyboard, but her extensive music notebooks include a range of instruments and voices including soprano, flute, and harp - the combination used by Music Domestica for this charming and unexpectedly dramatic repertoire.     

A new series of concerts at Garrick’s Temple in Hampton will start with a performance of flute quartets by JC Bach, Abel and others on Saturday 1st. April, This will take place after the first of three groundbreaking day-long conferences on Shakespeare, focusing this time on Hegel - see http://www.garrickstemple.org.uk/events-2017/index.html to book. The rest of the season at Garrick’s Temple, which runs from April until September, will be confirmed by the end of January. 

I have also included in the diary a concert of Mediterranean music in Dawlish [Devon] on 18th. February, Bach's St John Passion in Colchester on 18th. March, and the St Matthew Passion on 25th. March. More details about these concerts will be available shortly. 

Forthcoming plans for Loki Music will also include Summer concerts in Suffolk and elsewhere outside London, a continued collaboration with Kingston Welcomes, and a CD launch concert for The Lovekyn Consort’s new disc 'In Mirth And Mourning'. Loki Music will become ever more audible through the new Youtube channel tiny.cc/lokimusic and the website [www.lokimusic.co.uk] now includes a discussion page for enquiries and comments about Loki Music’s concerts.  

Finally, two pieces of housekeeping: [1] I will now be contactable via the new email address williamjsummers@icloud.com [2] If you have started the New Year with intentions of de-cluttering and just cannot drag yourself along to my concerts, please let me know if you would like to leave my mailing list.  

I look forward to seeing the rest of you at a concert soon! 




Other news...

William will be playing in several concerts throughout the year as part of the Suffolk Villages Festival

William  plays with the Tudoresque minstrel trio Princes in the Tower, which recorded music for the TV comedy Hunderby [written by Julia Davis].


You can see some pictures of Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare taken by Fiona Campbell [fiona@rubyslippersphoto.com] :

Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare in Hampton, by the Thames


Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare at night, in Hampton by the Thames.