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The idea of a concert at a well-known hall in central London came about as a result of an informal discussion about the philosopher 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.


During his lifetime many eminent classical musicians both western and Indian were associated with him and he is known to have given his time and attention to musicians like Pablo Casals, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Segovia and Stravinsky. M S Subbalakshmi, the great Indian classical singer performed for him year after year in India and Indian musicians of international repute like Ravi Shankar, Pandit Jasraq, Lakshmi Shankar performed for him after his series of talks at Brockwood, for the benefit of the audience too.


London is an important centre for the arts world wide with a large community of musicians and artists. Two very fine western musicians and one of the best Indian (Kathak) dancers will perform for us on 3rd September 2016 at the Cadogan Hall in central London. The venue has been paid for by a donor and the performers who are all familiar with Krishnamurti`s work, have agreed very kindly, to waive their fees. Perhaps the concert might lead some members of the audience to explore in complete freedom Krishnamurti’s work and take it further in their lives if they so wish. So a link we hope will be established with the world of the arts and an awareness of Krishnamurti’s work in general. Any money that is raised will go to the Krishnamurti Foundation for the purpose of making Krishnamurti’s work available more widely to the public.