Today's Evening Standard takes a breather from Ken-bashing to report on London's newest concert hall, the bijou King's Place, behind Kings Cross station. It's due to open on 1 October, and will share the building with, amongst others, the London Sinfonietta, the OAE and the Guardian.
There's a minifest to open with, and later on, Haydn and Mozart operas. No formal schedules are available yet, though I've seen the odd date noted on individual artists' websites.
At 420 seats, capacity is similar to the Wigmore Hall, though judging from the photo above, the stage is a little larger. Its success may depend on who can be lured into appearing -- although the Wigmore and St Luke's can sell out instantly for popular artists, seats can be far from filled for the less well-known. Celebrity, it's all about celebrity.
At the other end of the scale, the 20,000 seater O2 is going classical, starting with a production of Carmina Burana 'featuring light projections and fireworks'. Carmen and Aida are planned for next year. It may sound ridiculous to stage an opera in what equates to a football stadium but the Verona Festival proves there's a market for it. I think I'll stick with Covent Garden though. South of the river'n'that.