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THE 15TH SEASON OF EATON SQUARE CONCERTS

Programme BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108 PROKOFIEV: Five Melodies Op. 35bis PAGANINI: La Campanella MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time

explores Renaissance choral music with the Brabant Ensemble, meets the stars of the future with our 2013/2014 St Peter’s Prize Winners, the Artesian Quartet, and the students from Chetham’s School of Music. Also the ‘double bill’ of expressive violin duo Retorica and “mesmerising” Kosmos Ensemble as well as the superb pianist Leon McCawley.

The next generation of the best classical musicians can be found at Chetham’s School of Music. Music by Brahms, Prokofiev & Paganini is showcased by the Russian violinist Elizaveta Tyun in the first half and Messiaen’s extraordinary ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ fills the second.

Thursday 6th March 2014 7.30pm

Leon McCawley, piano Programme BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C minor Op. 10, No. 1 MENDELSSOHN: Song Without Words, Op. 19, No. 6 in G minor MENDELSSOHN: Song Without Words, Op. 38, No. 2 in C minor MENDELSSOHN: Song Without Words, Op. 30, No. 1 in E flat major BRAHMS: Two Rhapsodies Op. 79 (No. 1 in B minor and No. 2 in G minor) RACHMANINOV: 13 Preludes, Op. 32

Thursday 27th March 2013 7.30pm

Brabant Ensemble Stephen Rice, Director BYRD: Emendemus in melius CLEMENS NON PAPA: Heu mihi, Domine BRUMEL: Missa de beata Virgine - Kyrie GOMBERT: Ne reminiscaris, Domine CLEMENS NON PAPA: De profundis clamavi

Leon McCawley is firmly established as one of Britain’s finest pianists, known for championing core classical repertoire and praised for the purity of his lyrical and heartfelt performances. In his return to Eaton Square Concerts he performs music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rachmaninov.

PALESTRINA: Stabat mater dolorosa TALLIS: Lamentations of Jeremiah (Part 1) DE MORALES: Coph. Vocavi amicos meos LASSUS: Tristis est anima mea DESPREZ: Stabat mater/Comme femme désconfortée GESUALDO: O vos omnes

Thursday 13th March 2014 7.30pm

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GANG JAILED FOR MURDER OF TEENAGER IN PIMLICO

THE HISTORY OF LONDON HOUSES

received 131 years collectively for the knife murder of 16-year-old Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir who was walking through Churchill Gardens Estate, with his girlfriend when ambushed by a gang of up to 10 males.

Anyone with a passing interest in old buildings must wonder who lived in their house before them, and when and why their property was built. The variety of occupants of a London house is sometimes staggering.

His attackers, with their faces covered brandishing cleavers and knives, chased the former Pimlico Academy pupil through an alleyway onto Lupus Street where he was stabbed more than 20 times before 7.00 pm on January 27 2013. Hani had wounds to his head, arms, legs and torso. He later died in hospital.

One very old street in Westminster is an instance of this social variety. Great College Street was laid out along the old south boundary of Thorney Island and dwellings have existed there for centuries. The street was redeveloped c.1720 to accommodate professional and upper class people, often with a need to be near their offices.

In the 19th century there was a social downhill slide from the singlefamily homes to numerous boarding houses, offices and the Westminster Female Refuge which housed prostitutes willing to reform. Nearby was an area described by Dickens as ‘The Devil’s Acre’, a haven for debtors and felons. After 1903 much of the south side of the street was rebuilt.

Research on one house revealed an extraordinary range of occupants since 1720, providing an illustration of the whole street’s social variety. 18th century residents included an Auditor of the Crown Revenues and Count Zinzendorf, a bishop of the Moravian Church. In 1755 it was a boarding house for Westminster School boys run by the aunt of

Ahmed Mikhaimar and Arber Barbatovci, and Tarquai Joseph,and a 20-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, were each sentenced to serve a minimum of 26 years imprisonment on January 31st. Craig Boyce, was jailed for at least 27 years. Hani’s mother, Pauline Hickey, described the horror of seeing her son’s battered body in hospital and disregarded claims that he was involved in gangs. She said: “Hani was my only child. I pine for him every day and I cannot come to terms with the fact that I will never again see his warm, beautiful smile or his awkward walk or hear his childish voice and explosive laugh.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “It is the causal acceptance of knives among young people that has led to the needless loss of yet another young person in London.”

Donjeta Gashi, of Kentish Town, was found guilty of one count of perverting the course of justice. She has been bailed before being sentenced at a later date.

the historian Edward Gibbon. From the 1860s the house was occupied by families who took in lodgers to supplement their income, becoming a boarding house by the end of the century. The new fashionable house built on the site in 1905 for an MP was from 1910 the London house of the Duke of Marlborough. So, boarding house to ducal townhouse in the space of five years!

Yassine Sidi-Ammi, of Pimlico, was cleared of perverting the course of justice.

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THAMES FLOOD 1928

Named after Viscount Belgrave, who is better known as Gerald Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster. The Duke’s family home is located a couple of miles from the village of Belgrave, in Cheshire. Many of the buildings in Belgravia were designed by architect Thomas Cubitt. The area was once known as Five Fields.

During Christmas 1927, heavy snow fell in the Cotswolds in central England, where the Thames has its source. A sudden thaw occurred over New Year's Eve 1928, followed by unusually heavy rain, doubling the volume of water coming down the river. The sudden rise in water level coincided with a high spring tide and a storm surge caused by a major extratropical cyclone in the North Sea. The storm surge raised the water levels in the Thames Estuary, measured at Southend, to 1.5 metres above normal.

The Gothic church of St Michael, in Chester Square, was built in 1844 from the designs of Thomas Cundy in a 14th century style. Its lofty spire towered over the rest of the church, which was constricted by the space available, and its design was heavily criticised before modifications were made 30 years later. It now serves as a thriving meeting place at the heart of the community.

The funnelling of the water further up the river caused its level to rise even higher. The situation was worsened by capital dredging which had been carried out between 1909 and 1928, deepening the river channel by about 2 metres to allow access for deeperdraughted vessels to the Port of London. This had the side-effect of making it easier for sea water to flow up the Thames on a high tide, increasing the flow on a mean tide by about 4% and raising the tidal range by about 0.7 metres. This produced the highest water levels ever recorded in the Thames in London. The flood peaked at about 1.30 am on 7th January when a level of 5.55 metres above the datum line was recorded, nearly a foot higher than the previous record. Extensive flooding resulted as the river overflowed the Embankments from the City of London and Southwark up to Putney and Hammersmith. Serious flooding was also reported in Greenwich, Woolwich and other locations further downriver, causing major property damage.

During the WW11 Belgrave Square was used as a tank park, and three bombs are known to have been dropped on the square during the Blitz. Eaton Square suffered 9 direct hits. Mozart wrote his first ever symphony at 180 Ebury Street, at just 8 years old. Symphony No. 1 in E flat major was composed as the young maestro travelled Europe with his father, and was heavily influenced by Johann Christian Bach, son of Johann Sebastien, who was living in Belgravia at the time.

The first section of the riverbank to give way was opposite the Tate Gallery at Millbank, where a 25 m section of the Chelsea Embankment collapsed. The gallery was flooded almost to the tops of the doors on the ground floor, and many paintings by J M W Turner were damaged. Near Lambeth Bridge, the embankment gave way sending a wall of water through a generally poor and run-down area, 14 people were drowned in their basement apartments, unable to escape from the basements in which they were living. Another 4,000 Londoners were made homeless, as water filled the streets to a depth of 1.2 m. Westminster Hall and the House of Commons were also flooded, as were the London Underground stations and lines along the riverside.

The flood was short-lived, and the waters subsided by the end of the day. However, it took considerably longer to drain the many roads, tunnels, basements and cellars that had been flooded. The damage caused by the flood took several years to repair. Millbank, the most seriously affected area, was largely rebuilt from scratch; the run-down dwellings and warehouses were damaged and had to be demolished. They were replaced with modern office blocks and apartment buildings. Another flood affected the lower Thames in 1959. Plans were made in the mid-1960s to build a flood barrier on the Thames to guard against the threat of storm surges. The Thames Barrier project finally got under way in 1974, with the barrier officially opening in 1984.

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Belgravia has been home of many celebrities, from Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain to composers Frédéric Chopin and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Mozart. One of its most famous residents is Richard Bingham, or Lord Lucan.

Writer Ian Fleming lived on Ebury Street, while actors Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore have also called Belgravia home in the past. Sir Christopher Lee, who was born in Belgravia as was Nancy Mitford.

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Artisan coffee shop Iris & June will shortly open its first outlet at Howick Place. It will focus on offering the finest speciality coffee in addition to an innovative, seasonal selection of breakfast and lunch items for takeaway. Victoria is changing fast with its burgeoning café culture, and Iris & June’s concept is a perfect fit for the area’s stylish, discerning audience who are looking for a quality coffee in attractive and comfortable surroundings.

is the longest of the Belgravian squares, and as Hermione Hobhouse opined, “Eaton Square is not really a square at all.” It is an important roadway flanked by large greens on either side; it is more of an elaborate multiway boulevard, and worth study from that point of view alone. The overall length is divided into smaller blocks, and the scale of the green on each side is more intimate. Thomas Cubitt signed a development agreement with Lord Grosvenor in 1825. Unlike Cubitt’s other large square in the area, Belgrave Square, there was no great effort expended to have truly unified ranges. The assembly of greens is terminated by St. Peter’s church, designed by Henry Hakewill. The church lies at the north-east end and is set in the Grecian style. Lord Grosvenor lobbied for the church to aid development, and laid its foundation stone in 1824. The North side of the square was developed generally by Cubitt’s firm — the section immediate to the church bring erected between 1826 and 1830. The dwellings there were composed of stock brick facades with thin stucco pilasters with a ground floor covering of stucco, reminiscent of Cubitt’s work elsewhere at the time. By 1830, Cubitt shifted to a more elaborate approach as evidenced in the central terrace on the north side. Entirely faced in stucco, this section framed a central portico of freestanding

two story Corinthian columns and was further graced by a continuous arcade of Doric columns somewhat reminiscent of Jefferson’s University of  Virginia Lawn scheme. The last leases in the central terrace were not executed until 1847. A continuous balcony at the third story above the ground floor further unified the block. Cubitt bowed to market tastes and framed his third terrace in a strong Italianate style, using stucco to create composition ornamentation. Cubitt’s office had to take over the western section of the north side where the original builder had failed. Seth Smith moved forward on the south side of Eaton Square as early as 1825, beginning with the western and middle divisions. By 1830, Smith had started the eastern section of the south side, but work in other parts of Belgravia and a housing recession hindered his progress. Charles James Freake completed the section in both the southern central block and the western terrace.

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Victoria’s leisure offering has always been strong with The Goring and the Apollo Victoria Theatre on its doorstep, however the Victoria Vibrancy Report 2014 reveals the area is now experiencing an ‘arts awakening’. Close enough to the theatre heartland and with millions of visitors passing through each year, Victoria is now home to London’s first theatre in 30 years with a multi-million pound refurbishment of Victoria Palace Theatre underway. Victoria will also be joining the London portfolio of Boutique Cinema Group, launching a five screen cinema at 62 Buckingham Gate later this year. The emergence of ‘cultural traffic’ to the area brings with it huge potential for public art installations which the Victoria BID will include in the Public Realm Strategy.

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SAINT PETERSBURG EIFMAN BALLET

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg was founded by Boris Eifman in 1977. At that time the company was named ‘Leningrad New Ballet’. The concept of ‘The New Ballet’ was innovative for that time; from the very beginning it was conceived as an experimental laboratory of one choreographer.

The very first performances ‘Two voices’ and ‘Boomerang’ brought the theater success among the audiences and prompted critics to speak of new tendencies in the Russian ballet art. In late 70s – early 80s Eifman’s theatre develops its own approach towards the repertoire formation. More and more ballets based on the works of the world classical literature appear in the theatre’s playbills. The choreographer creates ballets characterized by the sharpness of the choreographic patterns that render fiery passions of the characters: ‘The Mad March Day or the Marriage of Figaro’, ‘The Twelfth Night’, ‘Legend’, ‘Therese Raquin’, ‘Idiot’, ‘Duel’, ‘Master and Margarita’ et al. Boris Eifman Theatre was among the first in Russia to develop its own organizational model for theater management based on principles of state and private partnership.

Eleanor Ross (soprano), Rebecca Ramsey (soprano) Pablo Strong (tenor), Andrew Bruce (bass) Conductor: Richard Latham Saturday March 22nd at 7.30pm Concert at St Paul’s Church, Wilton Place, London SW1 Tickets available at the door. www.spkfc.com

The Company distinguished by the particular dance intellect, brilliant technique and gift for the transformation fascinates the western audience. At present Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet is well-known among ballet lovers in Asia, Europe, the North and South America for the ballets ‘Tchaikovsky’, ‘I, Don Quixote’, ‘Red Giselle’, ‘Russian Hamlet’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘The Seagull’, ‘Onegin’, ‘Rodin’ & ‘Beyond Sin’. By using the language of dance Eifman speaks sincerely with his audiences about the most complex and exciting aspects of human existence such as the quest for the meaning of life, the collision of the spiritual and physical in the private human world, and the cognition of the truth.

GERALD ROAD POLICE STATION The police station opened in what was then called Cottage Row. The name was changed to Gerald Road in 1885. In 1993 the police moved to the newly completed Belgravia police station. The Old Police Station was converted into a magnificent private house in 1993. Ronnie Biggs, the Great Train robber, spent one night here. The building is thought to have been through a number of reincarnations.

In 2009 the Government of St. Petersburg decided to build Dance Academy of Boris Eifman, the project initiated by the choreographer. The results of the competition for the best architectural project ‘Boris Eifman Dance Palace’ on the Europe Embankment were also concluded in summer of 2009. Today the enrichment of the ballet repertoire of modern Russia and the realization of these two large-scale projects are among guiding points in long-term plans of the choreographer and his Company.

EIFMAN BALLET returns to London in April 2014 with a dramatic brace of visceral productions – the UK premiere of ‘RODIN’ and the return of ‘ANNA KARENINA’ (first staged in London in 2012). The London performances are part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 organized by the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will be celebrating a wide ranging programme of UK cultural projects taking place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the UK. Tickets from £10 - £65 April 15th - 19th London Coliseum @ 7.30 pm Tel: 020 7845 9300 www.eno.org

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is the largest horticultural library in the world. The main part of the library is based at 80 Vincent Square, within the headquarters of its custodian, the Royal Horticultural Society; the site also includes Lindley Hall. The library also has reading rooms at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor. Members may borrow books from the London collection.

RHS members may borrow books and anyone can register to use our research collections. The Society’s art collections, held in the Lindley Library Vincent Square, may be consulted by appointment. Tours of our London and Wisley libraries are available upon request.

The Upper Reading Room is open to the public, and holds the 20th-century material available for loans, along with gardening magazines from around the world. Visitors must register if they wish to use the Lower Reading Room which houses historical collections.

RHS Members may borrow up to 5 books at a time. Books are issued for one month and may be renewed by telephone. RHS have a postal loan system for members who do not live near to their libraries in London and Wisley.

You will need to register the first time you use the research collections. RHS members will need to bring their RHS membership card; non-members will need to bring 2 forms of ID. If you are planning to visit the Lindley Library to consult materials from the rare books, archive, research and ephemera collections please contact them in advance on 0207 821 3050 to make an appointment.

In 1995 the Royal Horticultural Society proposed to relocate the main collection from London to Wisley, but architect Rick Mather redesigned the accommodation to make better use of the basement. His design was accepted and the project was carried out between 1997 and 2001. The Heritage Lottery Fund assisted the renovation with a grant, on condition that the library should be opened up to public access.

Appointments to consult the Society’s art collections, held in the Lindley Library London, may be made by ringing the Images Curator on 0207 821 3683. Tours can be organised around special interests and themes. To arrange a tour, ring the Lindley Library Outreach Librarian on 0207 821 3051.

The library is based upon the book collection of English botanist John Lindley, and has many rare books dating from 1514. It also includes other media such as garden guidebooks, trade catalogues, postcards and press cuttings. Lindley was born on 5th February 1799 in Catton, and educated at Norwich school. In 1815 he became acquainted with the botanist William Jackson Hooker who allowed him to use his botanical library and who introduced him to Sir Joseph Banks who offered him employment as an assistant in his herbarium.

Lindley Library & Exhibition Halls 80 Vincent Square, London. SW1P 2PE Telephone 0845 260 5000 Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Membership enquiries 0845 062 1111 Gardening advice for RHS members 0845 260 8000 Telephone lines are open Monday - Friday, 10.00 am-4.00 pm For people interested in joining the RHS or who have enquiries regarding membership, including special membership packages: membership@rhs.org.uk

As well as horticulture, the collection covers flora, birds and other related subjects. The London site also includes the RHS' collection of paintings and photographs. The London collection suffered minor damage in a fire in July 2011. No valuable works were lost.

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WESTMINSTER MARKS SUCCESS AT NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation has recently been granted permission to open a new University Technical College (UTC) by the Department for Education. The college will be the only one of its kind in Westminster and will be open to 14-19 year old students interested in vocational study and careers in transport engineering and construction engineering. The UTC will be based in an area close to Victoria where 7.5% of young people are not in education, employment or training and will help to encourage young people from across London into vocational training in vital industries.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Sarah Richardson, hosted a reception at Westminster City Hall on Tuesday 11th February to congratulate all those involved in Westminster City Council’s success in winning the London Borough Challenge Competition at this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade.

Cllr Sarah Richardson, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, said: “I am delighted to accept this generous donation on behalf of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The London New Year’s Day Parade is always great fun, and I’m delighted that so many people involved in the festivities this year were able to attend the reception on 11th February. Thanks to their successful float, and to the generosity of Destination events in supporting the Sir Simon Milton Foundation the charity has received a very substantial contribution which will help us to fund the University Technical College.”

MIGRANTS RESOURCE CENTRE

Staff and students of Sylvia Young performing arts school with Councillor Robert Davis and Tony Blackburn

In 1983, findings from the research “Out of the Shadows – Migrants in Pimlico and Victoria” revealed the need for a community centre to meet the needs of migrants and refugees living in London. In response, the Migrant Resource Centre was established in 1984 to run classes, courses and social activities, to offer advice and to provide a voice for migrants and refugees.

Westminster City Council’s winning float, ‘Westminster are go’, was based on the 1960’s TV puppets show ‘Thunderbirds’ and the float was manned by Councillors and Officers wearing ‘Thunderbird’ costumes as well as the talented children of the Sylvia Young performing arts school. In recognition of their efforts, each volunteer was presented with a medal by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Sarah Richardson.

MRC work with displaced people from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to effect social justice and change, empowering migrants and refugees to fully participate in and contribute to society. Users are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures who are living in London. 50% are residents of the Borough of Westminster.

The MRC offers a range of free services to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on their journey towards integration into their host society. By supporting them to develop their skills and understand their rights and responsibilities, MRC enable them to fully participate in and contribute to that society.

MRC provides a safe place in which users are able to learn, to meet with others, to speak out for a better world and to move on feeling stronger. MRC also play a strong part in initiating and participating in campaigns, networks and partnerships to improve the lives of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Executive Director of Destination Events, Robert Bone presents a cheque to The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Sarah Richardson and Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, Councillor Robert Davis

The prize money for the winning float, together with a donation to Westminster from Destination Events, the organisers of the London New Year’s Day Parade, for allowing the New Year’s Day parade to be hosted in the borough went to the Lord Mayor of Westminster’s chosen charity, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. Destination Events also donated proceeds from a concert held on 2nd January in memory of Sir Simon Milton. Altogether, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation received a grand total of £30,000, which was presented by the Executive Director of Destination Events, Robert Bone.

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