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Used to play the violin but haven’t touched it for years? Just started to play the clarinet but don’t have anyone to play music with? Professional Musician who wants to play chamber music with colleagues? A music-lover?
Come to Music and the City!

What is Music and the City?

MATC connects amateur and professional string and wind musicians and music-lovers through regular musical evenings in central London and Melbourne.

Musicians from across the cities come together to play chamber music in an environment inspired by the musical salons of 1920s Vienna.


Our Mission

To create an opportunity for musicians of all levels to play with like-minded people in a convivial and sophisticated atmosphere. To create a great event for the many professional Londoners and Melburnians who enjoy playing musical instruments, but could never find the time to join a regular orchestra or meet other musicians.


MATC People

Clare Barrins, Director & Co-founder


Clare is currently based in the heart of Silicon Valley, working for Apple. She has recently arrived after living in Melbourne for the past five years. Before that, she spent six years working in London as a Vice President for J.P. Morgan and ABN AMRO. She is a Law and Arts graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, where she learnt and played violin for many years. When Clare moved to London she took up violin-playing again, an experience which inspired the creation of Music and the City.

Simon Hewitt Jones, Artistic Director & Co-founder

simonSimon is an English violinist. He is the lead violinist of Fifth Quadrant, a London-based Classical and Contemporary music group, and a researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

He has appeared as a featured performer at many UK and international festivals and concert series, including the Henley and Spitalfields festivals. He has appeared with Diego Masson and the Ramallah Orchestra performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in Jerusalem, and co-curated a concert tour called ‘Road to Jericho’, featuring contemporary British and Palestinian music in concerts both in the UK and in the Middle East. He is also a session violinist in London, where he has appeared on several film soundtracks, recordings and broadcasts for BBC, EMI, Virgin, and Universal Music.

He is the founder of ViolinSchool, an international centre for violin tuition and research based in London, UK.

Hewitt Jones previously co-founded Court Lane Music, an independent Classical record label whose premiere recording of string chamber music by Imogen Holst won a BBC Music Magazine award.


The Event

Sample Evening Programme



  • Arrival, drinks & finger food available


  • Welcome
  • Performance by professional musicians


  • Musicians: participate in ensemble rehearsal, working on a piece of music with the group
  • Guests: drinks & finger food at the bar; watch the musicians at work at their rehearsal
  • Musicians: perform rehearsed piece to guests


  • Musicians: participate in pre-arranged or spontaneously assembled chamber music groups with other amateur & professional musicians
  • Guests: drinks & finger food at the bar; enjoy the music!


  • Finish






Located on the vibrant South Bank, the 1901 Arts Club is a unique venue dedicated to supporting artistic expression and bringing together musicians, artists, and persons who share an appreciation and interest for the arts. Inspired by Europe’s Salon Culture, the 1901 Arts Club seeks to foster conversation, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas in an intimate setting.

Built in 1901 as a schoolmaster’s house, the building maintains its late Victorian exterior while the Club’s beautifully decorated rooms re-create the intimate ambience of a private living room. With a performance space, meeting room, terrace and bar among its facilities, the venue offers opportunities to make music with colleagues and friends, to meet with like-minded people, and to enjoy quality informal performances of all genres

Getting there

1901 Arts Club is two minutes’ walk from the IMAX Cinema at Waterloo, and easily accessible from Waterloo rail and underground stations.
You can find out more information about the 1901 Arts club on their website