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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.

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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

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)

Archaeus Quartet play Leonard Salzedo

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Archaeus Quartet

near Henley on Thames
SATURDAY MAY 28th at 7.30 pm
Mozart quartet in G K387
Salzedo quartet no. 5 Op.32/1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Nick Roberts- cello

Tickets £15.00 under 18’s free. From: Mrs C Allen, 2 Wargrave Hall, High St,
Wargrave, Berks RG10 8DA enclosing SAE.
tel. 01189 403555. email

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London Saxophone Festival

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Kyle Horch - SaxophoneOne Day – Eight Concerts

Saturday – 4th June, 2016
2.00 – 9.00 pm

St John’s Notting Hill

Lansdowne Crescent
London W11 2NN

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Concert 1 at 2.00pm
Kyle Horch, saxophone, gives the first performance of Timothy Salter’s Chameleon in its duo version with pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam.

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Pesach Cantata Première

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Julian Dawes’ new Pesach (Passover) Cantata will have its premiere at the New London Synagogue, 33 Abbey Road NW8 0AT, on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 7.30pm.

Julian writes:
“As many of you will know Jewish themes are an important part of my work as a composer, and a theme which has been a recurring is the story of The Exodus. My cantata, Shirat Hayam (The Song Of The Sea) was first performed in December 2013. The Death of Moses, first performed in 2003, is a cantata based on a sequence of poems which imaginatively and dramatically describe what the experience of death might have been like for Moses.

“Which brings me to my third major work with an Exodus theme, Pesach Cantata for Soloists, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble. It is dedicated to Cantor Jason Green and to the New London Synagogue. It has an inspired libretto by Rabbi Roderick Young in which a Grandfather relates the story of Passover to his Grandchild, which in turn is illuminated by three other characters, Miriam, Aaron and Rabban Gamliel (a Talmudic sage who is featured in the Haggadah).

“All the familiar themes of the traditional Seder experience make their appearance in the Pesach Cantata. As Rabban Gamliel explains, it is an evening of “listening and telling the endless beautiful cycle.” The Grandfather describes the different aromatic dishes that diverse Jewish communities around the world use at their Seder Table: “These are the scents of Jewish homes on the eve of Pesach. Each scent curls around a point on the map, the map of our wanderings.” The 10 plagues, the 4 Questions, and the 4 Children all make their appearance in Roddy Young’s evocative libretto.

“The role of the Grandfather will be sung by Cantor Jason Green, the Grandchild by Zev Green, Miriam by Martha Jones, Aaron by Mark Nathan and Rabban Gamliel by Julien Van Mellaerts. The chorus will be our very own New London Singers, supplemented by eight professional singers, and the instrumental parts will be played by The New London Chamber Ensemble, led by Sophie Lockett and conducted by Vivienne Bellos.

“Please come and help make this performance a memorable precursor to Pesach.”

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A Celebration of Music by Female Composers

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“A Celebration of Music by Female Composers” with Soprano Katerina Mina & Pianist Andrea Benecke

A wonderful opportunity to listen to music by six female composers of the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, including the World Premiere of British composer Rosemary Duxbury’s piece “Kabir says…”. The programme includes also song cycles by German composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Viennese-born socialite Alma Mahler and Italian contemporary composer Carlotta Ferrari. German pianist and composer Andrea Benecke will also perform her very own piano pieces during the concert.

The programme, except R. Duxbury’s World Premiere, has already been performed at SteinwayHaus Hamburg and the next day of this concert, on 26th February, it will be performed at SteinwayHaus Munich, with further plans to present it also in Vienna in Summer/Autumn 2016.

For more information about the musicians Soprano Katerina Mina, pianist Andrea Benecke and composers Rosemary Duxbury & Carlotta Ferrari, please visit their websites at,, & respectively!


Thalassa Ensemble, London

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Music of the Spheres

The inaugural concert by new London ensemble, The Thalassa Ensemble takes place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Fordwych Rd, London NW2 3TN at 7.30 pm and includes music by Diana Burrell, Philip Cashian, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Patrick Nunn, Natalie Bleicher, Jennifer Fowler and Karen Tanaka.

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Music by Julian Dawes

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Julian Dawes

A Concert Of Commemorative Music By Julian Dawes

The Forge Arts Venue
3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL

Wednesday the 13th January 2016 at 7.30pm

To listen to extracts of works by Julian Dawes and to buy scores of his music, visit

Love, Life and Lyric for Soprano and Piano
Reflection on Psalm 43 for Piano (first concert performance)
Homage for String Quartet
Wedding Song for Soprano, Violin and Piano (first performance)
Sonata for Piano (first performance)
Bagatelle for a Wedding for String Quartet
Four Songs form the Song of Solomon for Mezzo Soprano, Tenor and Piano (first performance)
String Quartet (Slow Movement)
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Holywell String Quartet
Sophie Lockett – Violin
Louisa Stuber – Violin
Vivienne Bellos – Soprano
Cantor Jason Green – Tenor
Camille Maalawy – Mezzo Soprano
Helena Massip – Soprano
Mitra Alice Tham – Piano
Stephen Dickinson – Piano
Alexander Knapp – Piano
Andrew Gellert – Piano

Tickets: £11/9 online; £12/10 on the door

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