Live at Zédel will be the new umbrella name for music and entertainment presented at Brasserie Zédel, the central London restaurant and cabaret space near Piccadilly Circus. Launching in September, it will include an official partnership with the South Bank Centre's Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as the appointment of Scott Alan, the New York songwriter and cabaret performer, as artistic director in residence.
Alan will be programming performances from West End performers that include Carly Stenson, Oliver Thompsett, Lucie Jones, Julie Atherton and Simon Lipkin.
Playbill London correspondent Mark Shenton will also host an intimate pre-show series called Coq-tails and Conversations, featuring interviews with those and other artists.
As part of Live at Zédel, there will be a food-themed week of entertainment in the Crazy Coqs featuring the likes of writers Grace Dent, Jay Rayner and Gizzie Erskine and a comedy season including Katherine Ryan and Doc Brown. Other names taking part in the autumn relaunch include Maria Friedman, Matt Cardle, Clare Teal & DENIM.
Produced by Corbin and King (the venue's owners) and programmed by the literary and talent agency United Agents, the venue will become the official London partner venue for the Philharmonia Orchestra, alongside the Southbank Centre. This marks the first time a classical orchestra is affiliated with a West End venue.
The program includes a series of monthly intimate concerts in the Crazy Coqs, culminating in a one-night-only performance with a 23-piece line-up in the main Brasserie Space in early 2017.
In a statement, James Williams, director, UK Programme and Creative Projects of the Philharmonia Orchestra, commented, "The Philharmonia is delighted to be working with Live at Zédel and United Agents to create this new and vibrant chamber music series. On January 29, we will bring to the Brasserie's grand Art Deco space the extended forces of the Philharmonia’s string section to create a spectacular dining experience never seen before in London. Whether a seasoned classical music fan or dipping your toe in the water for the first time, we're confident that this is the perfect way to enjoy the very best classical music on offer in London."
For further details, visit brasserieZédel.com.