Posted on: April 21, 2015 in: Programmes>2016-17 Season>ÉMIGRÉ, Plan your event night

We’re really excited to be joined by composer and violist Ljova for our next CLoSer concert, Émigré – Ljova, at Village Underground on 29 April. Whether you’re new to the CLoSer concerts, a CLoSer veteran, or preparing to settle in and watch the concert on live-stream (visit our website for more details), we have put together a few things you might like to know. Don’t forget you can still get your hands on some tickets from Spitalfields Music Box Office, or by calling 020 7377 1362.

About the event

This CLoSer concert is the next in our Émigré series, celebrating the music of composers who left their homes for a brighter future abroad. Ljova and his family left Moscow in 1990 to start a new life in New York City, where he has remained since, and has created his own unique sound that is a haunting and seamless mix of classical, Russian folk, jazz, Balkan Gypsy, and Klezmer music. Ljova and City of London Sinfonia will be performing a mixture of new works, alongside pieces from his recent albums, including the beautiful Melting River.

If you’d like to have a listen to some of Ljova’s music before the concert, we highly recommend this playlist.

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Pre-concert walk

Ticket holders are also invited to a free guided pre-concert walk tracing the history of London’s Jewish community in the East End through the back streets of colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel. The walk will finish at Village Underground by 7.00pm, so you’ll still have plenty of time to grab a drink before the concert starts!

To book your free place, please email [email protected] with your full name, and the names of any of your guests and phone number. Places are limited, though, so it’ll be a case of first come, first served. Full details (including where to meet) will be confirmed via email.

Food and Drink

If a walk isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve put together a little list of restaurants in the area. (You can, of course, always check out our last plan your event night blog for even more suggestions!)

Rivington Bar and Grill A contemporary British menu, using fresh, seasonal British ingredients from sustainable sources.££  Rivington Grill
Merchants Tavern Lots of dining options, including the chef’s tasting menu, if you want to make a night of it.£££  Merchants Tavern
Dishoom A beautifully evocative Bombay cafe, with a wonderful selection of traditional dishes.  Reservations after 5:45pm for groups of 6 or more only.££  Dishoom
The Book Club Breakfast and Lunch are the main foody features at this quirky place, but there’s a nice selection of bar food, big and small, and some lovely looking sharing platters.£  The Book Club

Shoreditch map

How to find the venue

The venue is less than 5 minutes walk from Shoreditch High Street Station (Overground). Alternatively, you can walk from Liverpool Street Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Central Lines) which only takes 15 minutes. To view a map of the area click here. There are no planned engineering works on this day so your journey by tube / train should be undisrupted.

This concert will be live-streamed!

If you can’t make it in person, you can catch the concert on live-stream for FREE on our website and YouTube channel. Just click on any of the following links at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 April and you will be able to watch the concert for free from the comfort of your own home!

Click here to watch the live-stream on our website

Click here to watch the live-stream via our YouTube channel 

Don’t forget to join in the conversation on Twitter @CityLdnSinfonia @SpitsMusic #CLoSer!

Further Reading

Clue yourself up on Ljova on our recently published blog posts:

Describing the indescribable: the challenges and gains of presenting an established New York-based musician to an entirely new city

Ljova: Things you should know

Composer Journeys: Ljova

CLOSER: Émigré – Ljova 
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 7:30pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch
Tickets £15 or £5 for students (pre-register at available from Spitalfields Music Box Office or via phone on 020 7377 1362.