We use a number of different locations in London for our festival, including prestigious churches, outside spaces and community venues, all based on the needs and requirements of our ensembles.
Central Hall Westminster
This iconic building is located right in the centre of London, opposite Westminster Abbey and just a few steps from the Houses of Parliament. It is a landmark building, and its links with international events are long-standing. It hosted the very first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, in 1946. World-renowned political figures have spoken here, including Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr, Winston Churchill and Mikhail Gorbachev. Its Grand Hall, the main home of LIMF, can seat 2300, and its spectacular organ has 4,731 pipes. For performance venues, it is truly hard to beat.
Southwark Cathedral is a Grade I heritage site and the location has been in use as a place of worship for over 1000 years - as an Augustinian priory, a church and finally a cathedral. Parts of the current building date from 1220 and it has been visited by the likes of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. It is a much sought after venue with unrivaled acoustics.
LIMF performers will have the chance to perform in one of the most iconic venues in London. Located next to City Hall and with an amazing view of Tower Bridge, this 800-seater amphitheatre offers the opportunity to perform to a wide public. The London International Music Festival is collaborating with Summer by the River, the largest free outdoor festival in the capital, offering free events throughout the summer including entertainment and street food.
Conway Hall is an incredible venue. Built in 1929, it takes its name in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 - 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. Renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought, Conway Hall now hosts a wide variety of events such as lectures, festivals, film screenings, dance classes, conferences, concerts and many more. The Main Hall has a capacity of 400 spread over the balcony and ground floor stalls seating. Nowadays it retains its period features and is internationally known for its excellent acoustics.
St John's Waterloo
In the heart of London's South Bank, located opposite Waterloo Station and minutes from the National Theatre and Covent Garden, St John's Waterloo is an ideal location for a range of events. St John's is a Greek revival church, built in 1822 to the designs of Francis Octavius Bedford, which can seat 400. Today, it's a multicultural congregation that has developed strong links with the local community. Music is an essential aspect of this church, whose aim is to create a musical scene that is of high quality, but also enjoyable and life-giving. A unique and personal experience is guaranteed!
St James's Church Piccadilly
St James's Church, Piccadilly is a high-profile London venue with a long tradition of classical concerts put on for the public. The church building was one of Christopher Wren's city designs. The church regularly hosts lunchtime concerts and welcomes ensembles of a diverse array of cultural and religious backgrounds. Previous evening concert performers have included the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New London Children's Choir, and student ensembles from London's conservatoires.
St James's Sussex Gardens (Paddington)
St James's, Sussex Gardens is a pleasant walk away from Hyde Park, and boasts a variety of previous musical performances within its beautiful space. The church can be traced back to the thirteenth century and the current building is modelled in fourteenth-century Gothic style by the architect Sir Arthur Blomfield. The church crypt was used as an air-raid shelter during World War II.
St George the Martyr, Borough
St George the Martyr is located in the historic Borough district of south London. The first church was built at the beginning of the 12th century and then rebuilt several times. The church and crypt halls are regularly used for exhibitions, conferences, concerts and so on. Charles Dickens is also associated with this church; his father was imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea prison, whose surviving wall adjoins the north side of the churchyard.