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Warwick Arts Centre – Resident Quartet

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Thursday 11th May at 7.15pm, Helen Martin Studio, University of Warwick Arts Centre, CV4 7AL

Britten Three Divertimenti
Bridge Three Idylls
Haydn Quartet Op 103
Beethoven Quartet in A minor Op 132

COULL QUARTET

Roger Coull violin
Philip Gallaway violin
Jonathan Barritt viola
Nicholas Roberts cello

‘…the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)

Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned quartet leader, Sidney Griller, they rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.

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Hoylake Chamber Concert Series

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Monday 24th April at 7.30pm, Hoylake Chamber Concert Series, St Hildeburgh’s church, 1 Stanley Rd, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 1HL

Shostakovich Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122
Mozart Quartet in E flat K428
Beethoven Quartet in B flat, Op.130
with Grosse Fuge Finale

Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in “Editor’s Choice” in The Gramophone, it was also described as the “Benchmark Recording” by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.

Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, Robert Simpson and Howard Skempton. These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players!

The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:

“Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)

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Wotton Arts Festival

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Saturday 6 May at 7.30pm, St Mary’s parish church, Wotton-under-Edge
Wotton Arts Festival
The Bristol Ensemble is joined by Wotton-under-Edge local young musician Ella York, who will perform the Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello. The programme also includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5, Suite Antique by Rutter, a Beatles’ medley and Piazzolla’s tangos.

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Beethoven for Henleaze Concert Society

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Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Bristol
Tea-Time Concert
We welcome the virtuosic pianist Viv McLean back to the Henleaze Concert Society series to perform a chamber arrangement of Beethoven’s mighty and majestic ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5. The programme also includes music by Mozart and Strauss. Tickets from Opus 13 Music shop on 0117 923 0164 or online – follow link.

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MacMillan St Luke Passion

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Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm, Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Bach ChoirBristol Ensemble joins the Bristol Bach Choir and The Red Maids’ School Chamber Choir for an evening of passion, power, precision and poignancy in this performance of MacMillan’s St Luke Passion. The programme also includes Barber’s intensely moving Adagio for Strings and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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Archaeus Quartet at Letchworth Music Club

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Wednesday 12th April, Letchworth Music Club, Howgill Friends’ Meeting House at 7.45pm
Archaeus Quartet

The Archaeus Quartet: Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock, Elizabeth Turnbull, Martin Bradshaw

Haydn quartet in Bb Op.76/4 “Sunrise”
Salzedo quartet no.5 Op.32
Beethoven quartet in Eb Op.127

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Archaeus Quartet in Hastings

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Saturday 24th June, St Clement’s Church, Old Town, Hastings at 7.30pm
Archaeus Quartet

The Archaeus Quartet: Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock, Elizabeth Turnbull, Martin Bradshaw

Beethoven quartet in G Op.18 No.2
Salzedo quartet No.1 Op.1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Julia Bradshaw

Tickets £10.00 on the door. Accompanied children, free.

Lark Ascending at Sage Gateshead

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Wednesday 1st March, Sage Gateshead at 7.30pm
Bradley Creswick
Bradley Creswick director/violin
Timothy Orpen clarinet
Royal Northern Sinfonia
ELGAR Introduction and Allegro
FINZI Clarinet Concerto
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
TIPPETT Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Vaughan Williams’ famous bird in flight is often regarded as quintessentially English music. However, as the rest of this programme shows, there are plenty more paths to the unique musical tradition of these isles, ranging back all the way to Tallis.

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Antiphon: A Mass for All Seasons

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Saturday 18th March, Holy Cross Parish Church Haltwhistle, at 7.30pm
Antiphon
Antiphon, a chamber choir based in Tynedale, presents a concert of Medieval and Renaissance music, conducted by John Roper. The main work is the beautiful Missa L’Homme Armé (The Armed Man Mass) by Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474). This will be interspersed with a sequence of chants and motets for the seasons of the religious year, by Binchois, Palestrina, Parsons, Sheppard, Tallis and Taverner.
 
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New Clarinet Concerto by Patrick Hawes

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Sunday 12th March, St Andrew’s Halls, Norwich at 3.00pm
Emma Johnson
The premiere performance of Patrick’s new Clarinet Concerto written especially for Emma Johnson. Emma will be performing alongside the St Thomas Orchestra of Norwich, conducted by Christopher Adey.

The Clarinet Concerto features on Emma’s new album An English Fantasy, recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Phil Ellis and released on Nimbus Records.

Patrick Hawes’s Clarinet Concerto [is] musically nourishing…a fine work….gorgeous…” GRAMOPHONE (Aug 2016)

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The Creation – Islington Choral Society

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Saturday 11th February, St John’s, Smith Square at 7.30pm
The Creation - Islington Choral Society
Conductor: Michael Bowden
Camden Symphony Orchestra

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St John’s Smith Square
London SW1P 3HA
Box Office 020 7222 1061
http://www.sjss.org.uk

Doors open 7pm
Tickets £20/15

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Light and Matter, performed by Psappha

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Thursday 16th February, St Michael’s, Manchester at 7.30pm
Psappha - Light and Matter
A programme that explores the music of extremes. From Coult’s skittish piano solos with bluesy jambouree to Duddell’s REM-inspired Nightswimming. We travel through the complex rhythmic structures of Xenakis’ Psappha to a continuous transformation of light on glinting leaves in Saariaho’s Light and Matter. Continuing McPherson’s series for solo and virtual instruments, Williams Machine was a birthday present to Psappha. Hall’s Advert – wedding dress reflects on the society of today through a series of hard-hitting poems by Polish writer Agnieszka Dale in a collaboration with electronic artist Mira Calix.

Tom Coult – Two Games and a Nocturne (Psappha commission, world première)
Joe Duddell – Nightswimming
Emily Hall – Advert – wedding dress (Psappha commission, world première)
Gordon McPherson – Williams Machine (world première)
Kaija Saariaho – Light and Matter
Xenakis – Psappha

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The Hermes experiment at Kings Place

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Thursday 16th February, Kings Place, Hall 2 at 8.00pm
The Hermes Experiment
Concert includes first performance of a new work by Timothy Salter, The blood-dimmed tide, for voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, commissioned by The Hermes Experiment. The text, poetic extracts interspersed with political and philosophical statements, relates to the subject of revolution, and the work will be performed in a concert of music that commemorates the centenary of 1917.

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Natalie Bleicher Solo Recital

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Sunday 5 February 2017 at 12:15pm
Natalie Bleicher, pianistA recital of contemporary piano works in the beautiful setting of St Cuthbert’s Church, West Hampstead. Works by Issie Barratt, Rob Keeley, Gregory Rose, Karen Tanaka and myself. Entry free, donations welcome.

Gulsin Onay plays Schumann, Ravel and Beethoven

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West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
January 14th 2017, 7.30pm

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Gulsin Onay

Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a guest soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, English Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. She has performed under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek.

Send a Piano to Cuba – a Concert of Cuban Music

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Bolivar Hall, Venezuelan Embassy, London
January 21st 2017, 7.30pm

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Ann Liebeck

The brilliant multi-prize winning international Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal will join opera singer Ann Liebeck in an exciting programme of songs and solo piano music by some of Cuba’s most famous classical composers little heard in the UK. The programme will include two UK premieres by contemporary composers,Grammy winner Yalil Guerra who is based in Los Angeles and Jose Maria Vitier from Havana. Marcos won an important prize for his new cd Cuba piano music of Ernesto Lecuona last year in Paris. Opera singer Ann Liebeck specialises in performances of Latin American music and especially tango.She recently returned from Havana where she led opera workshops at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte.

Haydn’s Creation – Scherzo Chorus and Orchestra

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Holy Trinity Church, London
January 12th 2017, 7.30pm

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The Creation

Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust are delighted to announce a performance of the great oratorio The Creation by Franz Josef Haydn, performed by the Scherzo Ensemble. Scherzo is an ensemble of leading young singers at conservatoires in London. We will be joined by Scherzo Chorus and Orchestra.

Joshua Bell at Cadogan Hall

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Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
January 19th 2017, 7.30pm

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Joshua Bell

After delivering an explosive unconducted performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Academy in 2015/16, Music Director and violinist Joshua Bell returns to play and direct the orchestra in another iconic masterpiece, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Two of Beethoven’s most popular works sit either side: the Egmont Overture powerfully captures the heroic tale of the 16th century Dutch Count Egmont’s resistance against the Inquisition, and Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’, paints pictures of nature in all its glory, from bubbling brooks and sun-drenched meadows to raging storms.

A pre-concert talk will take place from 6:30pm in the Caversham Room.

Knightsbridge Festival

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St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London
January 28th 2017, 7.30pm

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Tamila Salimdjanova

Thames Chamber Orchestra continues its series of Knightsbridge Festival concerts at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge with a programme featuring Chopin’s much loved second piano concerto. In this work, the orchestra is joined by the fabulous young Uzbekistan pianist, Tamila Salimdjanova. The evening begins with a rousing Telemann overture for strings, trumpets and drums and concludes with Mozart’s wonderful Symphony No 39 in E flat. Keith Marshall conducts and it will be an evening not be missed!

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