Concert to be broadcast by Classic FM on Saturday 4 May 2024 6–7pm

The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) will this evening, Tuesday 30 April, give the inaugural concert in a new series entitled ‘Notes from Downing Street’ in the historic State Room at No. 11 Downing Street. The concert will be broadcast by Classic FM on Saturday 4 May 20246–7pm.

The UK is genuinely world-leading when it comes to music.  It is the world’s second largest music exporter, contributing £6.7bn GVA to the UK economy; it delivers proven educational, health, wellbeing, and societal benefits; and has the intrinsic ability to move and inspire us all.  It is envisaged that the new series will celebrate exceptional musical talent from around the United Kingdom, bringing music into the heart of Downing Street. 

During the concert, Principal musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Clarinet Quintet; ‘Clarinet Lament’ from David Schiff’s Ducal Suite (After Duke Ellington); and George Gershwin’s It Ain’t Necessarily So.

Coleridge-Taylor was born in Holborn, London in 1875 to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father.  He was only 20 years old at the time of the quartet’s premiere in London.  Coleridge-Taylor was mentored by Sir Edward Elgar and studied at the Royal College of Music, who have generously made the original score of the work available from its collection for display at Downing Street.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt said:

“I am delighted to be able to offer the platform of the State Room in Downing Street to showcase the amazing musical talent we have throughout the United Kingdom, celebrating our world class musicians.”

David Burke, Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, said:

“This is a unique opportunity to bring music into the heart of government, broadcasting from the beautiful State Rooms at Downing Street with the ambition to make this an ongoing opportunity to shout about the amazing music scene the country has.”

The concert will be broadcast this Saturday (4 May) from 6-7pm on Classic FM, available on DAB+ digital radio/TV, 100-102 FM and on Global Player, the official Classic FM app. The full programme will also be available on catch up for 7 days on Global Player.