Listen and learn about Ottoman Court Music at London’s spectacular Leighton House


Transport yourself back to the Ottoman Royal Court, as Baha Yetkin and Alexandros Koustas, experts in traditional Ottoman Court music, give a warm recital dedicated to the Turkish makam at Kensington’s renowned Leighton House Museum.

The makam, which is the system of rules governing the melody, can be commonly heard in Turkish folk and classical music, as well as spiritual Mevlevi music. This rich and delightful sound will be performed in a breath-taking Victorian venue renowned for its incredible Oriental and Islamic décor.

Following the concert, the musicians will take questions from the audience, making this a unique evening of listening and learning.

About the artists

Alexandros Koustas studied violin and the viola at the Royal Academy of Music. He is the principal violist of the English National Ballet Philharmonic and was recently appointed a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Baha Yetkin began his musical career in 2000 at Boğaziçi Turkish Music Foundation Conservatory. He was taught by world-famous oud players including Mehmet Emin Bitmez, Yurdal Tokcan and Necati Çelik.

Yetkin is the only Turkish-style oud teacher and Turkish Classical music and makam teacher in London, and is keen to share his knowledge with a wider audience.

Inside Leighton House Museum, Kensington, London. Photo courtesy of RBKC


Event Details 

Title: Ottoman Court Music Recital with Q&A

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Venue: Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road London W14 8LZ

Admission: £12.00 / £9.50 (concessions – students)

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