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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
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.


Antiphon: A Mass for All Seasons

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Saturday 18th March, Holy Cross Parish Church Haltwhistle, at 7.30pm
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.

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)


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

Venue Information
St John’s Smith Square
London SW1P 3HA
Box Office 020 7222 1061

Doors open 7pm
Tickets £20/15


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


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.


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!

Bath Abbey Christmas Story

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Jools Scott

Jools Scott

Bristol Ensemble

December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bath Abbey

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.

Not to be missed!

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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
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

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)

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.

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