World premiere of Yalçın Tura’s piano concerto: a special London concert to celebrate 100 years of the Turkish Republic

The 29 of October 2023 marks the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye. This important milestone will be marked by numerous festivities all around the world, including London.

To commemorate a century since the declaration of the Republic of Türkiye, the Yunus Emre Institute London, with the support of the Turkish Embassy in London, is organising a celebratory classical music concert at the Royal College of Music.

The event will include the world premiere of the distinguished Turkish composer Yalçın Tura’s latest piano concerto, which will be performed by the prestigious London Chamber Orchestra.

Guiding us through this musical journey will be Tura’s son Hasan Niyazi Tura, an outstanding composer and Principal Conductor of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. The concert’s centrepiece, a magnificent piano concerto, will feature the pianist Pınar Çelik Warsi.

Yalçın Tura stands as a luminary among contemporary Turkish music composers. His career includes film and stage compositions, and he has also taught at the prestigious State Turkish Music Conservatory within Istanbul Technical University and written extensively on Turkish music.

The 89-year-old Istanbul born composer’s works include the critically acclaimed “Oratorio for Martyrs”, which brought him recognition and new commissions like the Ballet “Aspendos” (2013) by Turkish State Opera House.

The concert at the Royal College of Music will not only premiere Yalçın Tura’s piano concerto, but also feature compositions by his son Hasan Niyazi Tura in a programme that pays homage to Türkiye’s classical musical heritage, while seamlessly blending with British classical pieces for a musical celebration of the two nation’s century of friendship.

Pianist Pınar Çelik Warsi

The evening’s repertoire includes exquisite compositions by renowned Turkish composers, such as the distinguished Hasan Uçarsu, alongside classical British pieces crafted by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), George Butterworth (1885- 1916), and Frederick Delius (1862-1934).

This unmissable concert taking place at the prestigious Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music, with tickets priced £30, reduced to £21 for students. Places are limited, so get your tickets fast!


Date: Saturday 28 October 2023

Time:  7:30pm to 10:30pm

Venue: Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS

Admission: £30 for General Admission; or £21 for Student. A valid student ID must be presented at the door for each ticket purchased. There is a limit of 6 tickets per card holder on this event.

Tickets: buy via Eventbrite – click here.