Discover one of London’s best kept secrets - DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse - the acclaimed classical music experience held in a magical bohemian loft space in Central London. This intimate and fun night is like no concert you’ve experienced before, DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse offers awe-inspiring performances, time to chat to your favourite musicians and the chance to feel at home in the heart of the city.
You’ll be greeted at the door by the Shoreditch Treehouse team, invited to grab a craft beer or some bubbles and take in the amazing space. Surrounded by hundreds of fairy lights and beneath the vaulted wooden ceiling draped with plants and a swing, our resident piano improviser Sam Peña sets the tone for a spontaneous night ahead - mashing up your favourite tunes with Bach, Mozart and Liszt. Then it’s time to gather round our Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the most exciting musicians from around the world, compèred by DEBUT’s own Lizzie Holmes.
Launched in 2017, DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse has hosted over 50 sold out concerts showcasing over 150 musicians, including up and coming talent as well as fully fledged stars. Split into three parts of 30 minutes the night features 5 extraordinary musicians (different every month) sharing their favourite pieces from the world of classical music, opera and musical theatre as well as stories from their careers. With over four hundred 5* reviews from around the world already, this is an experience not to be missed!
Michael Christian Durrant
Acknowledged as “A forerunner in the new generation of classical guitarists” (BBC Radio), Michael Christian Durrant continues to establish himself as one of England’s finest and most creative young musicians. He enjoys a busy performance schedule, with concerts ranging from intimate solo recitals to large-scale concerto performances. He performs regularly across the UK, and recent sell-out concerts for King’s Lynn Music Society, Somerton Arts Festival, Crail Festival, Wye Valley Music Society, and Winchester Cathedral are a testament to his musical ability and rising popularity. A dedicated chamber musician, Michael also collaborates regularly by performing and recording with a diverse range of artists; including the violinist Alexander Markov, the pianist Nico de Villiers, and the flamenco guitarist Samuel Moore. Michael continues to cultivate a range of new collaborative projects and is currently working alongside the Portuguese violinist Inês Delgado, the Spanish guitarist Isabel Martínez, and the Canadian pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne.
Michael studied classical guitar with Maestro Carlos Bonell, professor of guitar at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London and Maestro Giulio Tampalini at the Accademia della Chitarra di Brescia in Italy. He studied full-time as a master’s student at the RCM and was awarded an MSc with distinction in 2018.
Highlights for the forthcoming 2019/20 concert season include Michael’s most extensive international solo tour to date, with recitals planned in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada; a performance of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 in the Cayman Islands as part of the Cayman Arts Festival; and a performance of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre in Berlin, Germany.
Michael Christian Durrant plays a 2008 Greg Smallman concert guitar. He is an affiliated Yamaha artist and uses D’addarrio classical guitar strings.