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Oxford Pro Musica – Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Thursday 13th July, Exeter College Chapel, OX1 3DP, 7.30pm
Oxford Pro Musica

Midsummer Night’s Dream

A concert of modern choral classics both secular and sacred. Featuring Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine and the ever-popular Sleep, together with Mäntyjärvi’s striking and effective Shakespeare Songs plus other outstanding modern pieces suitable for a summer evening. Come along and hear something new!

Musical Director – Mark Jordan

Tickets £12 (£10 students) available online and on the door.

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Beethoven with Thomas Ades

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Friday 26th May, St Andrew’s Hall at 7.30pm
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Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Adès conductor
Mark Stone baritone

Gerald Barry Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

In this concert, which is centred on the work and influence of Beethoven, we hear his witty first symphony paired with the virtuosic second. These are complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s famous love letter to his “immortal beloved”. Hearing how one of the most celebrated composer/conductors working today will interpret and illuminate these iconic works, is sure to be a major event in the classical music calendar.

‘Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new’ The Guardian – click here to read the full article

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Baritone Mark Stone discusses Gerald Barry’s Beethoven.

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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.

Foundling Folk – Three Cane Whale

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24th March 20177, The Foundling Museum London at 7.00pm
Three Cane Whale

Multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale perform an intimate acoustic gig for Folk at the Foundling. Hailing from Bristol, Three Cane Whale brings together mandolinist Alex Vann (Spiro), trumpeter Pete Judge (Get the Blessing) and acoustic guitarist Paul Bradley (Scottish Dance Theatre). Influenced by both folk and minimalist music, they perform intricate works with a cinematic sweep and intimate delicacy.

Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her top five modern folk albums, followed by Holts And Hovers, awarded Roots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013. Their latest album Palimpsest was chosen by The Telegraph as one of the best folk music albums of 2016. Recent projects include a live recording from The Old Barn on Kelston Roundhill in Somerset, for new independent label Kelston Records, and the soundtrack to the independent feature Brown Willy (2016), filmed on location in Cornwall.

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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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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.

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.

Bath Abbey Christmas Story

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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

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

BOX OFFICE: 02380 595 151
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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