Aspidistra keeps Palm Court music flying
16 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra
The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra is giving two delightful performances at Burgh House, Hampstead, on Sunday (August 19).
Not quite an orchestra, more an ensemble of string quartet, flute, oboe and piano, expect a concert of pop music before the age of recording with many memorable melodies and songs with or without words.
The music – popular by name but classical by nature – is a perfect introduction to classical music for youngsters and refreshing change for veterans.
The type of music is often referred to as “Salon Music” or “Palm Court” – the music that was fashionable in the days when grand hotels still engaged little orchestras to entertain their guests.
This was pop music from before the age of recording and Aspidistra is celebrated for its lively, but authentic, interpretation of this type of music.
• Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead, NW3 1LT, 2.30pm and 7pm, £10/cons £9, 020 7633 9313, http://www.burghhouse.org.uk