It’s National Picnic Week, folks, and as summer has well and truly moved into London, now is the time to head outdoors with the Pimms and the cucumber sandwiches. There is still plenty to see online, and there are also exciting post-lockdown events you can start booking now for next month.
What’s on in London and online this week
The Fidelio Orchestra Cafe in Clerkenwell is re-opening on 7 July with Fidelio Unbound, a magical classical concert and supper series. The performers include cellist Steven Isserlis; violinist Alina Ibragimova; pianists Pavel Kolesnikov, Louis Schwitzgebel, Samson Tsoy and Charles Owen; and Simon Callow (reading Shakespeare sonnets). All concerts will be followed by a dinner in collaboration with chef and author Alan Rosenthal. The restricted audience includes a maximum of 25 people per evening. Details can be found here.
Pick of the Week
Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works is available from Friday 26 June at 7pm and is free to stream for a week from the Royal Opera House website. Based on the works of Virginia Woolf, this stunning ballet triptych is set to a powerful musical score by Max Richter.
How kind of the sun to come out blazing as we kick off National Picnic Week. Find a quiet and scenic picnic pew in my latest post.
The Wigmore Hall live streams continue with countertenor lestyn Davies on Monday 22 June. You can watch Benjamin Baker and Timothy Ridout on violin and viola on Tuesday 23 June, and pianist Melvyn Tan accompanying cellist Guy Johnston on Wednesday. All concerts live on BBC Radio 3 and in HD video on the Wigmore Hall website.
Lucy Worsley and Historic Royal Palaces curator Dr Alden Gregory discuss a meeting of kings that makes Macron and Johnson’s get-together last week look like child’s play. The Field of the Cloth of Gold was one of the most sumptuous political get-togethers in Tudor history, and this online event will explore just how significant it really was. Free but a donation of £10 is suggested.
Whilst you’re there, the sumptuous gardens at Hampton Court Palace have reopened, but you need to pre-book in advance. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to get access to the palace itself soon.
The National Theatre’s live streams continue with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a magical romp around the Bridge Theatre where it was staged last year. It stars Game of Throne’s Gwendoline Christie as Hippolyta/Titania.
The Royal Opera House Live from Covent Garden moves into its third week, with an evening hosted by Katie Derham and Antonio Pappano. Singers from the Jette Parker Young Artists programme will present works from George Frideric Handel, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, George Gershwin and more. The concert on Saturday 27 June will be available to view live and on demand for 14 days via the Royal Opera House website for £4.99 per household.
Pack a home picnic and watch Handel’s Rinaldo with Glyndebourne Opera, streaming free until 29 June. You’ll need tissues to make it through ‘Lascia ch’io pianga.’
Explore highlights of the William Morris Society’s collection. The online exhibition explores twenty unique objects from the collection and includes a video from curator, Helen Elletson.
Get tickets for Secret Cinema’s Drive-In, taking place at Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex. Prices start at £50 per car. In case you’re wondering, yes, loos will be available!
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