Nathalie Green Buckley on Viola, Kirsten Jenson on Cello, Haru Ushigusa on Violin and Elise Harper on Violin.

St Paul’s Church
1st November 2023

“Musicals by Candlelight returns for a second year in London. Unwind with classical renditions of musical theatre songs and celebrate the power of musicals in tranquil surroundings. The candlelight concerts showcase legendary musical compositions by some of the world’s greatest musical theatre writers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Plus, it’s a chance to hear the world-class collective, Icon Strings Quartet, in action. They’ve previously performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House. Now’s your chance to catch the acclaimed musicians up close and personal.

During the London candlelight concerts, expect to hear songs from ChicagoDirty Dancing and Grease. Listening to candlelight music will most likely be an emotional experience, so pack your tissues.”

Review by Richard Lambert, 4 Stars

Presented by TodayTix, this fabulous string quartet, ICONS STRING, played music from well known musicals ranging from the classic Funny Girls, through Chicago, Evita, Hairspray, Dear Evan Hansen and even The Greatest Showman. It’s always so lovely to hear songs you already know and can internally hum along. Nothing too classical or heavy, just an eclectic range of well-loved music.

The musical arrangements just superb – delightful versions and harmonies with some lovely key changes and unexpected enhancements. It was surprising how well this unusual combination of two violins, a viola and a cello sounded together.

The church, already stunning, looked beautiful with 100’s of candlelights glowing across the stage and down the aisle. An hour long feeling just perfect with the right mix of introductory chat and musical play.

Do seek this tour out and enjoy this family-friendly thoroughly delightful musical concert!

Musicals played:

  • Don’t Rain on my Parade – Funny Girl
  • 9 to 5 – 9 to 5
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme – Mamma Mia
  • One Hand One Heart – West Side Story
  • Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music
  • When You’re Good to Mama – Chicago
  • Memory – Cats
  • I Could Have Danced All Night – My Fair Lady
  • You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray
  • I Just Can’t Wait to be King – Disney’s The Lion King

Photo credit Danny Khaan