Classy pop ups on an intimate scale...

By Nicole Wilson  -  11 July 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if the finest musicians appeared, as if from nowhere in your local coffee shop and played you a little bite sized concert just for the hell of it?… Well, dream no more. Sali-Wyn Ryan of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and part-time music producer at Classic FM radio station has galvanised her top musical friends to ‘pop up’ in all sorts of venues from beaches to abandoned cinemas to give what we all want-  an up close and personal concert which isn’t too long…

Professional musicians at the Classical Pop Up launch

‘Our concerts are never longer than an hour’ explains Sali-Wyn. ‘We want people to enjoy a relaxed, informal concert. Maybe it would be at lunchtime, or on their way home from work.’

A native of South Wales, Sali-Wyn got the idea as she was driving around the Gower near her home in Swansea. ‘I stumbled across the smallest existing cinema in Wales, originally built from a disused railway carriage and fully restored by the  Gower Heritage Centre and went in. It only holds 30 people but I thought what a fantastic place to hold an informal, intimate concert. I then started imagining where else would be good to put on such a small concert where the audience felt so close to the musicians that they were part of the event.’

The eclectic selection of places to host these pop up concerts in London as well as South Wales is growing all the time. 'We're excited to be in talks with the Charles Dickens Museum and organisations such as FlashMob and the B&G Cafe Choir who have also expressed an interest in working with us'.

Ticket prices are kept at an astonishing low of £5 each and it’s first come first served.  ‘You’d never get the opportunity to be this up close and personal with such world class musicians normally and it’s something the players love too.’  Sali-Wyn tells us. An audience is normally quite faceless to musicians if they’re playing in a large 2000 seat concert hall and Sali-Wyn’s team of top musicians from the UK’s major orchestras are loving playing chamber music in such unique circumstances.

So if you fancy a concert with a difference (and possibly a delicious slice of cake attached…) check out Classical PopUps  and enjoy classy music on a tiny scale...

The next Classical Pop Up concert is this Friday 15th July at The Canvas Cafe 


About Nicole Wilson

Principal freelance violinist in London, ex London Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera, Nicole is also a CD producer, TV/Radio presenter and founder of Musical Orbit.

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