Welcome to the Krishnamurti Concert.

Saturday 3rd September 2016, 7:30pm

Many special musicians including Pablo Casals, Michelangeli, Segovia, Stravinsky and Ravi Shankar were linked with J. Krishnamurti. Claudio Abbado referred to the importance of listening and of silence in music. For J. Krishnamurti silence was at the centre in life and listening and attention were crucial. Aditi Mangaldas a leader in Indian Classical dance opens the concert to celebrate J. Krishnamurti’s links with music and the arts. Nigel North, one of the world’s foremost lutenists will play Bach’s Suite BWV 995, and the concert ends with Maria João Pires playing Beethoven’s profound and last Piano Sonata, Op. 111.

The idea of a concert at a well-known hall in central London came about as a result of an informal discussion about the philospher J Krishnamurti’s work reaching a wider public, particularly amongst those interested in the arts.

Krishnamurti’s sensitivity towards the arts and the relationship of the arts to beauty and truth are well-known. He often spoke about arts as a way of creating sensitivity and of its importance in education and in life. In relation to music he said the beauty of the music lay in the "silence between the notes".

More recently, several notable musicians have spoken about the quality of silence that can accompany a musical performance. Claudio Abbado, the conductor, repeatedly referred to the relationship of silence to music. Abbado was well-known for his very great attention to listening in music and facilitating this amongst the players in his orchestras - a quality of listening he transferred from chamber music to orchestral music. The conductor Celibadache who was directly familiar with Krishnamurti’s work, referred to Krishnamurti during his orchestral rehearsals.