We're always pleased to hear thoughts and views from our valued friends and guests at 1901 Arts Club.
"What a lovely place the 1901 Arts Club is! The perfect place for a fun gathering: picturesque, intimate and wonderfully welcoming."
Steven Isserlis, cellist
A wonderful evening of superbly performed pieces in the intimate salon of a gorgeous historic building. It was exhilarating to be so close to the intensity of the performance. A very hospitable and charming host and staff made us feel very welcome. Do venture to Waterloo and stay awhile, you will not be disappointed.
"This was an enchanting and artistically diverse concert involving a young cellist, Jamal Aliyev, who is unquestionably a talent to reckon with ... in the most delightful venue, the 1901 [Arts] Club, which is housed within a bewitching Victorian brownstone. The entire evening delivered not only first class entertainment in the most inviting environment but a complimentary drink and programme and a host from the Hattori Foundation who was - it must be said - charm personified. An excellent event all round. It is exactly this kind of thing which makes London such a special place to live and work in. One felt privileged just to be present."
"This was a refreshing evening all round, with a true feeling of ‘Chamber Music’, where you felt engaged with the performers in a way that is surely in the true spirit of small scale music-making. I would thoroughly recommend a trip to the enchanting 1901 Arts Club as an antidote to and just a short walk away from the heavyweight cultural edifice that is London’s Southbank."
"I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all involved in putting on the Thomas Gould/Ksenija Sidorova Concert yesterday. It really was excellent... so much more enjoyable to watch top class musicians in a relaxed, but attentive setting. And the friendly chat between musicians and audience adds a whole new dimension! A great success all round.
"Thank you all so very much for absolutely everything - it was fantastic! We could not have envisaged a more perfect evening for ourselves and our friends. Everything was wonderful - I think the caterer did an absolutely wonderful job - and the waiting/bar staff was superb. Please express my thanks to them!
"Where to begin with this recital? Perhaps with the fact that the evening was a delight to each of the senses, from the spine-tingling music to the opulent interior of the 1901 arts club, complete with the heady fragrance of the candles which lead one upstairs to the velvet armchairs of its bar (where equally heady wine awaits). The setting could not be more perfect for chamber music, with a relaxed and warm atmosphere in which the music filled the room without being overpowering, giving the comforting impression of your having been fortunate to share in an exclusive experience..."
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your contribution in making our very special 60th anniversary of Artist Partners a huge success!
The Venue was loved by everyone, … the food was super, and the wine flowed. What more could anyone want? Many thanks for all your hard work and efforts in making it a night to remember. I am sure we will be back next year!”
Artist Partners' 60th Anniversary Celebration
"Kudos too for the evening's hosts: the 1901 Arts Club - a unique salon venue, perfectly suited to recitals of this kind, and thoughtfully run."
J W Arble
Remote Goat - Recital review - Schubert's Winterreise
"Thank you again most sincerely for a wonderful evening at the Club last night. Our guests were bowled over by the venue – rightly so – and many have said that it is the best party the UDG has ever had... and we’ve been to some rather nice places in the past! You have a very special place there and it deserves to go from strength to strength – we will certainly spread the word.
"My colleagues and I visited the 1901 Arts Club for the first time on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting as part of our work with Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy in Suffolk, and we wanted to pass on our thanks and best wishes.
"Sara Mohr-Pietsch commented this morning (21/6/11 09:29) on Breakfast that “ …I suppose the equivalent of the Salon today, is the In Tune studio, hosted by Radio3’s very own Sean Rafferty”. Well, if you are in London, there is also a superb new “Salon” venue for chamber music in town, it is the 1901 Arts Club. This small and uniquely intimate venue has only been open to the public for a couple of years… and it is already a great venue for great performances, and also for rehearsals with its own concert Steinway grand.
This season I heard Benjamin Grosvenor and the Steinberg Duo there. Both were astounding performances.
The intimacy of the performances in a small “Salon” gives the listener, and performers, a new insight and love of chamber music. There is no stage, so there are no boundaries between artists and their audience. Having listened and loved chamber music all my life, and regularly go to the Wigmore Hall (and regular Radio 3 listener), hearing the music in such a small “Salon” for the first time was not like any other concert. Suddenly, I could hear and feel the dynamics, nuances and intimate rapport between the players so much more clearly. And for solo performers the immediacy and clarity of every note in such a space, means technically great skill is needed to adjust in providing a very personal expression and performance.
After the concerts, often the performers mingle in the lounge room and bar, over a glass of wine. The maximum audience is about 45, so with such an informal setting it allows a great opportunity for ideas to be shared and the performance to be discussed.
Next season, the Steinberg Duo are making a return. I have now booked for every concert in their series there! I really cannot recommend the venue enough if you want to experience a “Salon” for chamber music, and have a great evening too!
The 1901 Arts Club (www.1901artsclub.com) is just tucked away near Waterloo and the South Bank."
(copy of a letter sent to BBC R3)
"Congratulations on a wonderful night last night! It was marvellous to hear Sasha [Grynyuk], Amy [Dickson] and Martin [Cousin] in such intimate surroundings and there was no doubt that all 45 of us thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated their playing.
I'm sure the 1901 Arts Club will continue to be a great success. It's a splendid setting and I thought the acoustics were excellent."
Biddy Baxter, MBE
Chair of The John Hosier Music Trust
"Just wanted to say it was a pleasure performing at the 1901 Arts Club and we really enjoyed putting on our concert there.
Thanks for everything and for making it very easy and enjoyable. Many thanks..."
"I’d just like to give you the positive feedback we had from the away day WSPA recently held at the 1901 Arts Club. The facilitator said that it was a great day, and all the participants love the space and location.
Thank you for being so accommodating to [...] our catering requirements, and so flexible and personable when it comes to bookings.
It’s been really nice working with you, and we’ll certainly be using 1901 Arts Club again, and recommending the venue to colleagues."