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Avi Avital

5 July 2021
St Martin-in-the-Fields
5 July
St Martin-in-the-Fields

“The words “superstar” and “mandolinist” still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined iwth some frequency.. Avi Avital… was nothing short of electric” The New York Times

The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity.  Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (The New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 100 contemporary compositions have been written for him, 15 of them concertos including by Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman – which Avital performs at this concert – and Giovanni Sollima.


Heinrich Biber Battalia à 10

Avner Dorman Mandolin Concerto

J.S Bach arr. Avital Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (arr. for solo mandolin)

Grieg Holberg Suite Op.40

Watch Avi Avital in a performance of Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto


How to watch the online concert

You can watch the performance from 7.30pm on Friday 9 July and it will be available to watch as many times as you like for the following 30 days. Your access details will be sent to you 24 hours before the performance starts, with full details of how to watch the concert.

Book a ticket to watch online

Safety at St Martin-in-the-Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St Martin-in-the-Fields church are closely following government guidance and this concert will adhere accordingly to the latest advice.

Specific measures in place include:

  • Booking is currently only available online. There will be no printed material – tickets, programmes or programme notes.
  • Current regulations require socially-distanced seating of 2 metres between each “bubble” of seats.
  • In due course, if social-distancing regulations are eased, further seats will be released for sale.
  • When booking tickets, the seating plan shows all available socially-distanced “bubbles” of seats. It is not possible for you to book an individual seat in any groups larger than one; all seats in these bubbles must be purchased.
  • Current regulations require audience members to wear face-coverings (unless they are exempt as per the Government’s guidelines).
  • There will be regular and thorough cleaning of the Church.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for you at key locations.
  • No cushions for hire.
  • The church will provide clear signage and their helpful staff will make your visit as comfortable and as safe as possible.