Royal Opera House puts on non-classical club night

Royal Opera House puts on non-classical club night


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2015

That’s what it’s there for, isn’t it?

Press release follows.

covent garden

Saturday 5th September 8pm


On Saturday 5 September, the Royal Opera House will remain open after hours for a Nonclassical club night with Gabriel Prokofiev and his team. As part of the Deloitte Ignite 2015 Festival the Paul Hamlyn Hall will provide a unique backdrop to enjoy the innovative and virtuosic classical music in a relaxed setting.

Featuring guest performances from singers of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and dancers from The Royal Ballet, Nonclassical has curated the evening drawing inspiration from their track record of ten years of classical club nights and Gabriel’s background as a DJ and producer. 

Collaborating artists include pianist Klavikon who reimagines electronic music through amplified prepared piano, using objects including a custom made pick up, robot dog and stones to create cascading runs of percussion, sub-basses and abstract soundscapes.DJ Mr Switch, reigning World DMC Champion, who is noted worldwide for his party rocking abilities and scratch skills and has been seen at festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival, cellist Peter Gregson and Juice – a critically acclaimed vocal ensemble.

The event, for 18+only, will close at 1am and have a bar and a chill-out zone with reflective-light knitting workshops, accompanied by harp and DJ duo Tendons.  Under the guidance of Lorna Hamilton-Brown, the knitting workshops will use yarn exclusive from America, which glows when captured with a flash camera.



  • Peter Phillips says:

    Curated is twee and pretentious; how about devised or compiled? And as for reflective-light knitting workshops…….

  • Prewartreasure says:

    It’s only the depth that varies.

  • RW2013 says:

    well I wouldn’t go in it, and neither would Miles…

    • Dave T says:

      What, and miss Mr. DJ Mr Switch? He’s not just any DMC, he’s WORLD DMC CHAMPION. And how often do you get a chance to hear a really good robot dogist?
      I’d reconsider.

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    What a load of kr@ppe. The more classical music basically says it’s ashamed of itself, the more it digs its own grave. Still, who needs to reach for the stars when you can hire someone with party rocking abilities and scratch skills, eh? Pathetic.

  • Elene Gusch says:

    Wow, I was just in London, and who would have thought I’d miss the reflective-light knitting workshops!

    • John Borstlap says:

      My auntie Gladys had already been knitting lightly and reflectively all her life, without needing the ROH to guide her. She is a genius.