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Bath Abbey Christmas Story

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Jools Scott

Jools Scott

Bristol Ensemble

December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bath Abbey
Bath

Shean Bowers conducts the world premiere of And There Was Light by Jools Scott, performed by the Boys’ and Girls’ choirs and Melody Makers of Bath Abbey and the Bristol Ensemble, with narration from Tim Delap (History Boys, Woman In Black). This 55 minute Christmas extravaganza is a fresh telling of an old story, with familiar carols and melodies, two new carols with words by Sue Curtis, framed by narrated passages from the King James’ Bible Christmas story.

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Metallics – Psappha Soloists

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Metallics – Psappha Soloists

Psappha at St. Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

Saturday 03 December 2016, 19:30

Benjamin Powell (piano), Tim Williams (cimbalom), Benedict Holland (violin) and Jennifer Langridge (cello)

Join us in our St Michael’s home for this special collaboration with Curated Place.

 
 
Steve Reich
Cello Counterpoint

Peter Maxwell Davies
Sonatina for violin & cimbalom

Jonathan Harvey
Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and electronics

Tom Harrold
Speechless Skies for solo cello

Nuria Bonet
Pota for cimbalom and electronics

Charlotte Bray
Oneiroi for solo piano

Helmut Lachenmann
Toccatina for solo violin

Stylianos Dimou
Metallicas (world première)

The centrepiece of this performance is the world premiere of Stylianos Dimou’s Metallicas where acoustic sounds undergo electronic transformation resulting in the assembly of sonic twins.

Featuring emerging composers alongside established 20th century greats the programme has been curated to showcase Psappha’s virtuoso musicians in an eclectic mix of music that – along with tape and electronics – explores the sonorities of each individual instrument.

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London Sinfonietta at St John’s Smith Square

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Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee

Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

A concert as part of the London Sinfonietta’s 2016-2017 Southbank Residency

Michael Cox piccolo
Thierry Fischer conductor
London Sinfonietta
 
Morgan Hayes Overture: The Kiss (2016) (world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission)
Simon Holt: Fool is Hurt (2015) (UK premiere of a London Sinfonietta co-commission)
Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008)

Journey into a frozen wilderness

From the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast, impenetrable snowdrifts – Hans Abrahamsen’s monumental artwork Schnee is an all-encompassing experience. In this hour-long tour de force Abrahamsen uses a series of interlocking canons to create a magnificent and ethereal piece of musical architecture. The loneliness and quietude of this frozen landscape finds resonance in Simon Holt’s piccolo concerto – Fool is Hurt – a work inspired by the isolation of the central character in the Federico Fellini film La Strada.

Simon Holt’s work has been co-commissioned with the NOVA Ensemble and supported by the London Sinfonietta Pioneers

This concert is supported by the RVW Trust

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Severnside Composers’ Alliance

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madeleine-mitchell-violinSevernside Composers Alliance presents
A St. Cecilia’s Day concert featuring
Madeleine Mitchell – violin and Geoffrey Poole – piano
Tuesday 22 November, 2016 7.30pm
St. George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
www.severnsidecomposersalliance.co.uk
or from St. George’s box office: 0845 40 24 001
 
 

Eclectic virtuoso of the violin, Madeleine Mitchell, has inspired living composers to a
staggering degree
BBC Radio 3.

…One of Britain’s liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist,
Madeleine Mitchell.
Richard Morrison, the Times

A violinist in a million,…staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship. Michael
Tumelty, Glasgow Herald

Programme:
Olivier Messiaen Theme & Variations (1932)
Steven Kings Prelude, Cumulation, Trio
Sulyen Caradon Dorian Dirge
Jolyon Laycock The Persistence of Memory (world premiere)
Michael Nyman Taking it as Read (2007)
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata no.10 in G op 96 (1812)

www.severnsidecomposersalliance.co.uk

Whiteacre Winds in Concert

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whiteacre-winds-clarinetConcert at St Vigor’s, Fulbourn, Cambridge, Sunday 4th December at 7.30pm
Whiteacre Winds, conductor Sarah Rodgers, perform:
Handel – Sinfonia from Solomon (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)
Tomlinson – Concerto for Wind Instruments
Byrd – Variations on the tune, ‘Walsingham’
Poulenc – Suite Francaise
Casadesus – London Sketches
Mozart – Wind Serenade in C minor K.388Dvorak – Serenade for Winds,

Admission free.
Retiring collection for the Friends of St Vigor’s.

Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta Perform Snowmelt

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Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, 22nd November at 8.00pm
Highfield Road Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Norwegian composer and saxophonist Marius Neset leads an orchestral performance of music from his forthcoming new album.
Marius Neset - photo by Lisbeth Holton

Snowmelt (live performance of new recording)

Wunderkind saxophonist Marius Neset exploded on to the UK stage in 2010 when he performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of his mentor Django Bates’ 50th birthday celebrations. Using a palette of visceral instrumental sounds, his music mixes the lyricism of his Scandinavian roots with the high-octane fury of Bates and Zappa.

Following the world premiere of his new album Snowmelt at the EFG London Jazz Festival, here now is a second live performance at Turner Sims Southampton. This music stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demanding infectious energy and lightning virtuosity from nineteen London Sinfonietta players and a jazz quartet, with Neset at their helm.

Neset’s music has an infectious energy and a harmonic dynamism which is very different, and hugely refreshing. The Telegraph

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WEBSITE www.turnersims.co.uk

La Serenissima at Turner Sims

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Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, 8th November at 8.00pm
Highfield Road Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Adrian Chandler, director, violin, violino in tromba marina
Peter Whelan, bassoon
La Serenissima - photo ny Eric Richmond

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME
Caldara, Sinfonia in C
Corelli, Sinfonia to S. Beatrice d’Este in D minor
Albinoni, Sinfonia to La Statira in C
Vivaldi, Concerto for bassoon in C, RV 467
Vivaldi, Concerto Alla Rustica in G, RV 151
Tartini, Concerto for violin in D, D 51
Albinoni, Concerto in F Op.9 No.3
Torelli, Sinfonia, G 33

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WEBSITE www.turnersims.co.uk

19th London New Wind Festival

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Catherine Plugyers - Director London New Wind Festival

Catherine Plugyers – Director London New Wind Festival

Friday October 21st 7.30pm
St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth St, London

BIRTHDAY COMPOSERS AND COLLEAGUES
flute
oboe
clarinet
horn
trombone
bassoon
piano

Elizabeth Lutyens Footfalls for Flute and Piano
Catherine Pluygers Posthorn for Solo Horn
Jenny Fowler New Work for Bassoon Solo (first performance)
Janet Beat Two Images for Woodwind Quartet (first performance)
Anne Boyd (TBC) Market Garden for Solo Piano

And includes music by Bernard Stevens (TBC), David Blake, Cornelius Cardew, Lawrence Casserly and brand new pieces as a result of our annual call.

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Email: catherinepluygers@hotmail.com
Telephone: 020 8699 1101

String Talk at The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne

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Ann Hooley
Elizabeth TurnbullTHE UNDERGROUND THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13TH at 2.45pm
Ann Hooley and Elizabeth Turnbull, founder members of the Archaeus Quartet, formed “String Talk” in 1989 presenting programmes of duos and solos for violin and viola from a repertoire extending from Baroque to the present day. Leonard Salzedo wrote his Sonata Op.132 especially for Elizabeth and Ann.
Their programme today will include the complete two-part Inventions by J.S Bach (1685-1750), Sonata for violin and viola Op.132 by Salzedo (1921-2000) and a work by Allessandro Rolla (1757-1841)

Tickets @ £10.00 (UGT members £9; students £5) can be obtained from:
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or from Eastbourne Tourist Information
or, if available, on the door
TEL: 0843 289 1980

Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha in 25th Birthday Concert Series

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Hebrides EnsembleOver the past quarter of a century, Hebrides has premiered no fewer than 140 new pieces of music, more than half of which we have commissioned ourselves. From cutting edge digital programmes to classics of the modern repertoire, Hebrides has always championed the very best in chamber music and our 25th birthday events honour this extraordinary legacy.

And what better way to mark the occasion than by joining forces with Psappha, England’s foremost contemporary music ensemble who also celebrate their 25th birthday this year. Together, we mark the start of a new chapter with a powerful new co-commission from David Fennessy that sets string sextet against cimbalom in a stark and compelling modern soundworld. With its austere angles and driving sense of pulse, it forms a thrilling contrast to Transfigured Night, Schoenberg’s beautiful masterpiece for string sextet, which follows two lovers as they share their secrets in the glow of the moonlight.

Psappha New Music Ensemble

 

 

8 November 2016 @ 7.30PM St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
9 November 2016 @ 7.30PM The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
10 November 2016 Peel Hall, University of Salford, The Red Brick Sessions
11 November 2016 @ 7.15PM Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
12 November 2016 @ 7.30PM Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University.

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Julian Joseph in Concert at the London Piano Festival

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Saturday 9th October at 2.00pm – Hall 1

Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge from this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has performed extensively for over two decades, firmly establishing himself as a towering figure in the contemporary jazz world. Equally admired for his electrifying piano playing and extensive compositions, he is also a respected bandleader, inspirational collaborator and an engaging broadcaster; in essence a true champion of music.

Drawing inspiration from the classical as well as the rock and pop worlds, Julian Joseph considers all influences essential to his music making, His own challenging and innovative works are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and reveal his unique voice combined with those of his predecessors.

For the London Piano Festival’s closing concert, Julian will create a unique mixture of pieces to include a selection of his own compositions linked with many well-loved jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington and Porter. All of these will be announced from the stage.

‘The London pianist Julian Joseph’s music unfolds as a dramatic narrative with each twist and subplot marked by a stab, riff or unexpected change of key. The foundations are solid; clear melodies and strong harmonic structures’ Financial Times, February 2015

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Two Piano Gala Feat at the London Piano Festival

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London Piano Festival Saturday 8th October, 7.00pm

Tonight’s concert brings together a wonderful group of pianist friends and colleagues to explore the riches, complexities and joys of music for two pianos.

The works chosen are almost exclusively from the 20th Century and include two French orchestral masterpieces in their initial, pianistically-revealing versions. A number of rarities are present including the extraordinary Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni, a true homage to the works of JS Bach and a piece greatly admired and recorded by Alfred Brendel at the beginning of his career.

Rachmaninoff’s early Suite No. 1 is, by turns, hauntingly Russian, quasi Wagnerian and strikingly minimalist in its evocation of ecstatic passion, obsessional grief and the clangorous sounds of Orthodox Easter festivities.

The third part of the concert is designed to add a fun, extended encore-like atmosphere to the proceedings with Nico Muhly’s Fast Patterns, receiving its World Premiere. This will be followed by the Roaring Twenties excitement of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a selection of sultry Piazzola Tangos and will finish with the evergreen melodies of Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess recreated for two pianos by the Australian virtuoso Percy Grainger.

Stephen Kovacevich
Katya Apekisheva
Ronan O’Hora
Charles Owen
Martin Roscoe
Kathryn Stott
Ashley Wass

Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (O’Hora & Roscoe)
Debussy Lindaraja; Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (Kovacevich & Owen)
Rachmaninoff Suite No. 1 (Owen & Apekisheva)
Ravel La Valse (O’Hora & Wass)
Nico Muhly Fast Patterns* (Owen & Apekisheva)

Milhaud Le Boeuf sur le Toit (Apekisheva & Wass)
Piazzolla Tangos (Stott & Wass)
Grainger Fantasy on Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ (Stott & Roscoe)

*World Premiere

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English Chamber Orchestra: A Concert for Max

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English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was one of the most influential pioneers in British music for more than half a century, creating ground-breaking works in all forms and areas of musical life, writing for all types of musician from famous virtuosi to children’s choirs and folk ensembles.

The English Chamber Orchestra is proud of its outreach programme, Close Encounters, which is run by the musicians in the orchestra and takes music into many settings within communities and schools around the UK and abroad.

 

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Presenter Tom Service is joined by a host of artists and composers close to Max for this special evening in which we present his music alongside new works written in his memory.

    • Peter Maxwell Davies Seven in Nomine
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Sea Eagle for Solo Horn
    • Colin Matthews New piece
    • David Matthews New piece
    • James MacMillan Seraph for Trumpet and Strings
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto No 5 for Violin and Viola
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Sromness for solo piano

 
 
 
 
Sir James MacMillan (conductor)
Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Daniel Hope (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Simon Crawford-Philips (piano, director)
Richard Watkins (horn)
Tom Service (presenter)

English Chamber Orchestra at Kings Place, London

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English Chamber Orchestra

Peerless violist and the English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust’s new Artistic Director Lawrence Power opens the season with Biber’s La Battalia, an extraordinary depiction of war, redefining and inventing instrumental techniques that were truly groundbreaking. Lawrence is the soloist in Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre for violin and strings, composed during the outbreak of World War II, a heart-wrenching lament for a lost world. Written after the First World War, Kodály’s Serenade for two violins and viola is one of his most personal works, infused with the Hungarian folk music he’d collected with Bartók. After war, a hard-won peace, with Mozart’s seminal dialogue between equals, the Sinfonia concertante, with violinist Anthony Marwood.

Biber La Battalia 1673
Hartmann Concerto funebre 1939
Kodály Serenade for two violins and viola, Op. 12
Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin, viola & orchestra, K364

Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power (viola/violin, director)
Anthony Marwood (violin)

English Chamber Orchestra in Dublin

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English Chamber Orchestra

Performing at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.
 
 
Haydn Symphony No. 92 in G major (‘Oxford’)
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Beethoven Violin Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike (violin)
José Serebrier (conductor)

English Chamber Orchestra at Windsor Festival

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

In a series of three concerts the Windsor Festival marks the Centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin, the founding Artistic Director of the Festival, with three of the world’s greatest violinists. Performing in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, the English Chamber Orchestra has played at the Festival throughout its history and tonight is joined by Tasmin Little and Howard Shelley. Tasmin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Mendelssohn Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Fauré Pavane, Op. 50
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90: Italian

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little (violin)
Howard Shelley (conductor)

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Southwell Minster

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Coventry Cathedral

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Milton Keynes City Church

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Eamonn Dougan will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Kings Place, London

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

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