The City of Westminster will play host to some of the capital’s most exciting events this April, from restaurant openings to concerts and exhibitions. Here are five top picks to explore:
1) 12 ‘Bach to Bach’ hours of music to celebrate the composer
What: Bach Marathon – Monteverdi Choir
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
When: 1st April 2014
Revered conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner features 12 inspiring and elevating hours of back to back music celebrating the baroque composer Bach. Join an array of distinguished guests including Sir John’s Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists for a day paying homage to the man Mozart described as the “original father of harmony”.
2) 11-day graphic art fair showcasing innovative design
What: ‘Pick Me Up’ Contemporary Graphic Art Fair
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
When: 24th April – 5th May 2014
This is the fourth year in the fair’s history. The 11 day fair will display innovative graphic artists, collectives and galleries from the UK and across the world offering an exuberant mix of artworks for sale to the public. A lively series of events and activities accompanies the fair including Portfolio Surgeries. The spectacular Somerset House once again hosts this excellent opportunity to discover the latest talents in the graphic art scene and purchase prints from as little as £10.
3) Two Michelin starred Simon Rogan expands his rapidly growing empire
What: Simon Rogan at Claridges
Where: Claridge’s Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
When: April/May 2014
Simon Rogan, one of the most creative and exciting chefs in the UK today, will soon be opening the doors to his new restaurant at Claridge’s (opens to public on 6 May). Rogan’s belief in using local British produce, all sourced from his own farm in Cumbria, creativity and inventive techniques will be a defining element for the new restaurant. Rogan currently holds two Michelin stars at his flagship restaurant L’Enclume, in Cartmel, Cumbria.
4) Specialist orchids and botanical art at the Royal Horticultural Halls
What: RHS London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show
Where: Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE
When: 11th – 12th April 2014
The world’s finest specialist orchid growers are putting their best work on display alongside beautiful botanical art. Discover remarkable displays of tropical and hardy orchids from all around the world, hear from a selection of esteemed orchid experts and shop from a wide variety of species and hybrids. The event also doubles as the largest botanical art show of the year, making it a not-to-be-missed event for the green fingered.
5) Discover the wonderful world of Renaissance woodcuts at the Royal Academy
What: Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna
When: 15th March – 8th June 2014
Where: Royal Academy of Art, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Running throughout April, the Royal Academy of Art is staging a special exhibition of Chiaroscuro woodcuts, based on the designs of the great Renaissance artists. A pioneering printing technique, this collection gives a fascinating insight into the craftsmanship and intricacies behind this method. Focusing on the leading proponents of the medium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, this exhibition concentrates on how the art form successfully captured shadow and light to create masterpieces.