Embassy and Cultural Institute Series

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Launched in 2014, St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series brings the finest international talent to this iconic church on Trafalgar Square.

St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series exists to create a platform for international artists in the cultural heart of London, open to the public and free for all to attend, that will increase cross-cultural appreciation and understanding, through the medium of music, such that any tensions in international relations can draw on experience and enjoyment of distinctive and stylish presentations of diverse authentic traditions.

Taking place as a lunchtime concert, St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series runs once a month (on every third Tuesday), and is open to international performers recommended by their embassy, high commission, mission or cultural institute in the United Kingdom.

Embassy Series concerts are not restricted to classical repertoire and can feature all kinds of world music, jazz, popular, contemporary and folk.

Performances are free to attend; however a donation of £3.50 from audience members is suggested, to help keep the series running.


For information on participating in the series, please contact music@smitf.org.

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September 2017
Pianist Dimitri Malignan
Tuesday 19 September, 1:00 pm

FREE Lunchtime Concert: Dimitri Malignan (piano) and Cornelius Zirbo (cello)

Representing the Romanian Cultural Institute, Dimitri Malignan and Cornelius Zirbo perform a recital for piano and cello. In September 2016 Dimitri Malignan started studying at the Royal Conservatoire in Hague, having been directly admitted into 3rd year of his Bachelor Degree. He is the laureate of many international competitions. Cellist Cornelius Zirbo is studying at Dinu Lipatti National High School of Arts in Bucharest with prof. Octavian Lup. He has worked with many famous cellists such as Gautier Capuçon, Frans Helmerson, Götz Teutsch, Emeric Kostyák and Răzvan Suma.

December 2017
Tuesday 19 December, 1:00 pm

FREE Lunchtime Concert St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series: Beatrice Berrut (piano)

Described as “a revelation, an exceptional pianist”, whose “transcendent playing revels in multiple layers of genius and beauty”, Beatrice Berrut is considered one of the most talented artists of her generation. Beatrice will perform works by Bach, Liszt and Mahler in this exciting recital, representing the Embassy of Switzerland.