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Anthony Hewitt at Café Yukari – back by popular request!

After his previous sell out performances at Cafe Yukari, “remarkably gifted” international concert pianist Anthony Hewitt returns for another solo piano recital at this convivial intimate venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Anthony will play music by Skryabin and friends.

Tickets £20

Book online or in person via the venue 020 8487 1338

Concert-goers can enjoy authentic Japanese food before the concert – please book via the venue 020 8487 1338

“What a charming experience …to listen to first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station”
 – audience comment at recent 7 Star Arts concert hosted by Cafe Yukari

Read an interview with Anthony Hewitt

“At the moment I am obsessed with Beethoven…” – interview with cellist Clare O’Connell

Ahead of her concert with pianist Viv McLean at Café Yukari, near to Kew Gardens, on 28th April, we caught up with cellist Clare O’Connell to find out more about her musical life, her influences, and what provides inspiration for her offstage…..

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

I have always loved music. Singing and playing the piano and the cello as a child was part of how I defined myself, and the community of people I met and loved playing in my county youth orchestras and playing chamber music made me realise that I wanted to pursue a life dedicated to expressing myself through music.

My teacher Alexander Kok’s passion for seeking truth in music was a major influence on me, but the musicians who have influenced me the most are those I have worked closely with over the years – my great friends and collaborators who by their brilliance, imagination and bravery inspired me to challenge myself.

What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?

The greatest challenge of my career has been in learning to understand myself and combat tension, fear and self sabotage.

Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?

I’m really proud of my ‘Isolated Cellist’ album  which I made during the lockdown in 2020. All the pieces are my arrangements, except one stunning piece by Alex Mills, which I’ll be performing a few times over the summer.

 

Which particular works/composers do you think you perform best?

Those that I love with a passion. You have to love and believe in what you perform, I think.

At the moment I am obsessed with Beethoven, and the works of Edmund Finnis which are stunningly spare and yet express so much.

I’ve also just commissioned a new piece from the wonderful composer Nick Martin, which I’m COMPLETELY in love with. It’s called ‘Vocalise’, and builds a simple Ukrainian folk tune into a mass of incredibly moving cello lines piled up on top of each other.

Commissioning and celebrating the work of living composers is so important.

What do you do off stage that provides inspiration on stage?

I read a lot and talk to my colleagues. It’s important to me to have a real connection with the people I play with. I love visiting art galleries and I’ve started making an effort to go to concerts again – the last one I went to, the latest in Freya Waley Cohen and William Marsey’s amazing Listenpony series, introduced me to some extraordinary new music.

How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season? 

I like to choose whatever it is I feel most passionate about, whatever is inspiring me, and what feels relevant. I also like to mix it up and keep it as stimulating, refreshing and varied as possible.

Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?

My favourite audience to play to is the one I built up in Berkhamsted where I live – my Behind the Mirror series audience. They are so loyal and such lovely people. It feels like a community.

www.behindthemirror.org

What do you feel needs to be done to grow classical music’s audiences?

I feel that we need to work on getting our potential audience to trust us more, and then to keep them guessing and surprising them with new music, new juxtapositions  and  provoking thought with idea led programmes.

I want audiences to feel excited at the prospect of going to concerts where they might not quite know what will happen next, or how a piece might be presented.

We need to be really imaginative and then to back that up with beautifully executed  and passionately committed performances.

What is your most memorable concert experience?

 One of the most memorable concert s for me was Chroma’s debut performance at the Purcell Room back in 2000 – it was my first recital in that space playing with musicians I really looked up to. I was extra nervous but somehow managed to lose myself in the music and play to a level I could only achieve by jumping off a cliff. I remember how it felt vividly.

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

It is very difficult to be a musician these days. So many compromises need to be made, and the odds are stacked against us at the moment with Brexit  making travel so difficult and streaming limiting our ability to make money out of our recordings.

I think if you are able as a musician to sustain yourself and live a happy balanced life doing the work that feeds you to the best of your ability without having to compromise your vision, then you are on the road to achieving success.

What advice would you give to young/aspiring musicians?

Research! Read and learn as much as you can around your musical projects and ideas.

Find out what you want and go for it.

Don’t stop questioning, practising aspiring – try not to get too comfortable!

What’s the one thing in the music industry we’re not talking about which you think we should be?

I think the music industry has so much covered these days diversity, inclusivity and so many new groups and organisations to promote marginalised musicians – we are looking at it all the time on social media.

I think the constant need to be seen being BUSY needs to be addressed. And the way that that consumes time which we could be devoting to our creativity. The fact that it is demanded of us by funding bodies is particularly damaging because it puts the focus in the wrong place. On pleasing our audience to get more likes, rather than creating something deep and new and challenging for the sake of it alone.

I also wonder if this incessant awareness of what everyone else is doing is actually stifling variety in our creative output.

We need space away from the noise to feed our inner creativity.

What is your most treasured possession?

My imagination


Beethoven at Café Yukari with Clare O’Connell & Viv McLean, Thursday 28th April at 8.30pm.

More information / tickets

www.clareoconnell.com

Clare O’Connell

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Viv McLean at Café Yukari – extra 5pm performance

Viv McLean – piano

As Viv McLean’s 8pm performance is already sold out, we have added an additional, earlier performance at 5pm

Tickets £20

ALL CHOPIN PROGRAMME

 

 

Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

 

Viv McLean

Viv McLean at Café Yukari

Viv McLean – piano

Viv McLean returns to Cafe Yukari for his another solo concert at this convivial venue

Tickets £20

PROGRAMME – Mozart & Beethoven

 


 

Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

 

Viv McLean

Anthony Hewitt at Café Yukari

After his previous sell-out performances at this convivial, friendly venue in Kew, “remarkably gifted” concert pianist Anthony Hewitt returns to Cafe Yukari for another solo concert

Tickets £20

Programme TBA

Book online or in person via the venue on 020 8487 1338

Concert-goers can enjoy authentic Japanese food before the concert – please book via the venue 020 8487 1338


 

 


Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

Anthony Hewitt

Viv McLean at Café Yukari

Viv McLean – piano

Viv McLean returns to Cafe Yukari for his second solo concert at this convivial venue

Tickets £20

PROGRAMME – ‘Chopin Delights’

 

Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

 

Viv McLean

Viv McLean at Café Yukari

Viv McLean – piano

A welcome return to Cafe Yukari by internationally-renowned concert pianist Viv McLean, who captivates audiences with his expressive and poetic playing.

Tickets £20

PROGRAMME TBC

 

Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

 

Viv McLean

 

Clare O’Connell & Viv McLean play Beethoven at Café Yukari

Clare O’Connell – cello

Viv McLean – piano

 

PROGRAMME:

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for piano and cello in F major Op 5/ 1 (1796)

Sonata for piano and cello in G minor Op.5 / 2 (1796)

Sonata for piano and cello in A Op. 69 (1807)

 

Tickets £20 (advance booking online, no tickets on the door) – book online or contact the venue on 020 8487 1338

Join two internationally-renowned musicians in the convivial and relaxed surroundings of Café Yukari in Kew, performing a selection of sonatas for piano and cello by Beethoven.

Café Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists. Plus authentic Japanese food and a beautiful Fazioli grand piano!

 

Praise for 7 Star Arts at Cafe Yukari:

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food”

“What a charming experience …to listen to  first-class music and eat delicious food while outside, beyond the fairy lights, commuters pour out of Kew Gardens Station

 

 

Leona Gogolicynová & Jeremy Chan at Cafe Yukari

Leona Gogolicynová – violinJeremy Chen – piano

 

Programme

Poulenc – Sonata for Violin & Piano

Beethoven – Sonata for Violin & Piano in F, No. 24 ‘Spring’

plus Czech surprises…

 

Tickets £15 – book online or contact the venue on 020 8487 1338

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Leona Gogolicynová is London’s foremost young violinist, recognised for her virtuosity, depth of tone, versatility and creative vision. Born in the Czech Republic, Leona started to play violin at the age of 6 and is currently a Fellow at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, UK.

Jeremy Chan is a London-based pianist and writer, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Cafe Yukari is an intimate, friendly venue close to Kew Gardens tube station. Concert-goers enjoy high-quality classical music in a convivial setting and a chance to mingle with other music lovers and meet the artists.

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food” – audience member at previous concert at Cafe Yukari

 

Anthony Hewitt at Cafe Yukari

**6pm performance now SOLD OUT**

After his sell out concert last year, “remarkably gifted” concert pianist Anthony Hewitt returns with more salon style concerts at one of our favourite small venues, the intimate and friendly Cafe Yukari in Kew. The programme includes piano music by Couperin, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninov.

Tickets cost £20 and there is an option to dine between performances (not included in ticket price).

 

 

“a truly uplifting evening- beautiful music and delicious food” – audience member at previous concert

Anthony Hewitt

 

Cabaret Beyond Borders at Café Yukari, Kew

from Paris and Berlin to Zurich, Vienna, Budapest and Moscow….

Elena dtm Lorenzi – vocals
Stefano Marzanni – piano

International duo Elena Lorenzi and Stefano Marzanni take us on a journey into the fascinating world of cabaret from Parisian bistros to decadent 1930’s Berlin, and the underground clubs of Budapest, Vienna, Zurich and Moscow.

Accompanied by the charismatic pianist Stefano Marzanni, Elena Lorenzi is not only a great singer and performer but also a passionate cabaret curator, dedicated to telling the real story – from lyrical romance and love, to dark, biting satire, politics and existentialist reflections on the meaning of life.

In Cabaret Beyond Borders Elena and Stefano bring to life songs made famous by Edith Piaf and Dalida, from the satire of Mischa Spoliansky to the revolutionary spirit of Kurt Weill and the dynamic French chansons of Léo Ferré.

Tickets £18 each

 

**Please note this is a very small venue and early booking is recommended**

“Those smokey, stylish Parisian jazz clubs and edgy pre-war Berlin cabarets…..truly come to life again in Classic Cabaret” (audience member at debut show)

“atmospheric, stirring and deeply moving” (audience member)

Much more than a concert of cabaret songs, Elena Lorenzi, described at her last concert in the Jazz Room at the Bulls Head, as “a star in the making“, accompanied by Stefano Marzanni, is not only a great singer and performer, she is also passionate about the history of cabaret, and is dedicated to telling the real story – from lyrical romance and love to dark biting satire, politics and existentialist reflections on the meaning of life

 

Musica con Moto at Café Yukari, Kew

An extraordinary pop up event in Kew

Bogdan Suciu presents a unique combination of virtuoso classical piano and physical movement based on Tai-Chi, Parkour, Capoeira, Hip-Hop and Breakdancing

‘From Plaz to Faz’

Physical performance on the Plaza followed by concert inside at the Fazioli piano

with

Bogdan Suciu – piano
Petru Suciu – violin

Tickets: £14

Optional meal after concert

LIMITED CAPACITY – EARLY BOOKING RECOMMENDED