Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Autumn Season 2023
Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.
Ranked as number one in Arts, Drama & Music by the Complete University Guide 2024, one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023), as well as the number one higher education institution in the Guardian University Guide music league table, the School delivers world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles.
Part of the Barbican complex, it presents hundreds of public performances every year, including plays, operas, classical concerts, jazz gigs, masterclasses and seminars, the majority of which are free of charge to attend.
In Autumn 2023 the School celebrates 10 years of Milton Court, its newest building housing a state-of-the-art Concert Hall, Theatre and Studio Theatre.
Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & String Ensemble
Junior Guildhall’s Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble return to Milton Court Concert Hall under the baton of Julian Clayton.
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra & Choir: Songs of the Auvergne
Inspired by medieval French chanson and folk song traditions, Steve Gray and Norma Winstone's combined collaborative vision created Songs of the Auvergne, a mirage of pastoral magic.
Anthony McGill Masterclass
Anthony McGill – the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet – shares his ‘lustrous sound and dynamic range’ (Bachtrack) with budding musicians from Guildhall School in an evening masterclass.
Autumn Opera Scenes
Outstanding performers from the first year of Guildhall School’s Opera Course present classical and contemporary operatic excerpts.
Elégie – Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile
Pianist Lucy Parham, known internationally for her Composer Portraits in words and music, and Sir Simon Russell Beale present Elégie to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninov.
Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
Guildhall Jazz Festival
The creativity and originality of the Guildhall Jazz community is celebrated in the return of the School’s Jazz Festival from 13–18 November, presented in partnership with EFG London Jazz Festival.
Guildhall Opera Double Bill: Respighi
The life stories of two eponymous female heroes are explored in this double bill of captivating operatic works by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi: Maria egiziaca and La bella dormente nel bosco.
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Bill Russo
In the second of two joint performances, Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and Morley College Jazz Orchestra present the music of American composer, arranger and trombonist Bill Russo.