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Seventh London Festival of American Music

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24th February to 2nd March all at 7.30pm, The Warehouse, Theed Street, London SE1
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Lontano’s Biennial Festival – created in 2006 – explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today. The festival programme was put together by Lontano’s Music Director Odaline de la Martinez, one of Britain’s most dynamic and gifted musicians and the first woman to conduct a complete BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. This year’s festival celebrates American Diversity featuring not only American Women Composers, but also American Composers of Colour. The Festival also celebrates Odaline de la Martinez’s 70th birthday with the World Premiere her opera Imoinda – A Story of Love and Slavery.

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All great art is praise – Ruskin celebration

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Friday 8 February 2019, 6.30 — 8pm at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London
John Ruskin

A celebration of the 200th birthday of the visionary art critic and social reformer John Ruskin, with readings by actors Michael Palin and Dan Draper and music performed by tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, accompanied by the Coull Quartet.

John Ruskin, one of the most important writers and thinkers of the 19th century, was born on 8 February 1819. To honour the bicentenary of his birth we present a portrait of this trenchant art critic and passionate social reformer in an evening of readings from his books and letters. Ruskin’s critiques of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, Academy Notes, along with his defence of Turner and promotion of the Pre-Raphaelites, were a profound influence on Victorian taste. This event celebrates Ruskin’s ideas and values, and tells the story of his troubled life.

Ruskin’s words will be read by actors Michael Palin and Dan Draper, with songs by Ruskin performed by the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, accompanied by the Coull Quartet. The music, realised by composer Sarah Rodgers, includes a complete performance of her setting of Ruskin’s fairy tale, The King of the Golden River.

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Bristol Ensemble plays Ludovico Einaudi

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March 8, 2019, 7:30 pm at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ
Ludovico Einaudi
Programme to include excerpts from In a Time Lapse, Devenire and Elements

The Bristol Ensemble performs some of the most famous pieces composed by Ludovico Einaudi to the backdrop of beautiful images of nature. Scored for piano and strings, the ethereal works create a meditative atmosphere, creating waves of emotion to engulf the listener.

Tickets £25 (half price for students and under 18s)

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Bristol Ensemble perform Faure and Franck

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February 17, 2019, 3:00 pm at Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth
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Fauré Piano Quartet in No.1 C minor, Op.15
Franck Violin Sonata in A major

There’s a Gallic feel to February’s concert, with music from across the Channel. César Franck’s romantic work is regarded by many as the finest violin sonata in all French music. Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet was written at a time of emotional turmoil in the composer’s life, but is predominately positive and uplifting in mood. Tickets £10 on the door.

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The King’s Consort at Wigmore Hall

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Friday 4th January, at 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London

The King's Consort

Sound the Trumpet

 

Iestyn Davies countertenor
James Hall countertenor
The King’s Consort

 
Iestyn Davies and outstanding young countertenor James Hall explore a programme of duets, including Purcell’s heartfelt elegy to Queen Mary and Blow’s ravishing tribute on the tragic death of Purcell.

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PROGRAMME

Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)
Come, ye sons of art, away Z323
Sound the trumpet
Hail, bright Cecilia Z328
In vain the am’rous flute
O solitude, my sweetest choice Z406
The Maid’s Last Prayer, or Any Rather than Fail Z601
No, resistance is but vain
Dioclesian Z627
Chaconne – two in one upon a ground
John Blow (1648-1708)
Ah heav’n! what is’t I hear
Henry Purcell
Bonduca, or The British Heroine Z574
Sing, sing ye Druids
Dioclesian Z627
Since from my dear
O dive custos Auriacae domus (Ode on the death of Queen Mary) Z504

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John Blow
Paratum cor meum
Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)
Lord, I have sinned
Wilt thou forgive that sin (A Hymne to God the Father)
William Williams
Sonata in imitation of birds
John Blow
An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

St Paul’s Cathedral – Festive Concert

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Thursday 20th December at 6.45pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

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The British Red Cross is proud to host its Festive Concert in the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise vital funds for people in crisis across the UK.

There will be performances by the Kingdom Choir (of Royal Wedding fame), Nadine Benjamin and Toby Spence, and readings from British Red Cross celebrity supporter Joanna Lumley.

The concert will also feature the world premiere of a specially composed work by Sir Karl Jenkins. The evening promises to be a special one!

This wonderful celebration will bring people together, regardless of religion, to make connections over the holidays and get people into the festive spirit.

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Handel’s Messiah – Bristol Choral Scoiety

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Saturday 15th December, at 7.30pm, Clifton Cathedral, Bristol

Messiah Bristol Choral Society

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Ensemble

Hilary Campbell Conductor
Lucy De Butts Soprano
Anna Harvey Alto
Christopher Bowen Tenor

Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741, continuing to work on it after its initial performance, to arrive at the version we know today in 1754. It tells the story of Jesus’s birth, life, death, resurrection and victory over sin and death, through impressive solo arias interspersed with compelling choruses.

Since the 1740s Messiah has been sung annually by many choirs and remains one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

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Bristol Ensemble – Tea Time Concert

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Sunday December 9th at 3.00pm, Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth

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Franz Schubert Quintet in C Major D. 956
Amy Beach Quartet for Strings Op. 89 [composer profile]

Bristol Ensemble’s popular series of Sunday afternoon tea-time chamber recitals continues with works for string ensemble.

Recognised as America’s leading woman composer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Amy Beach belonged to the Second New England School of composers. Her one-movement Quartet for Strings, completed in 1929, is a lean yet lyrical work of great originality, incorporating Alaskan Inuit melodies as thematic material.

Written just two months before the composer’s death, Schubert’s string quintet is regarded by many as his finest chamber work. The Adagio second movement is tranquilly sublime, and is so treasured that it has become one of the most requested pieces on Desert Island Discs.

Tickets £10 on the door.

Hebrides Ensemble play Kurtág and Harvey

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Friday 30th November at 1.10pm, The Reid Hall, University of Edinburgh

KURTÁG miniature string trios from Signs, Games and Messages

HARVEY String Quartet No.4

Admission Free

With programmes that are diverse, imaginative and inspiring, Hebrides Ensemble has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. Co-founded and led by its artistic director, the cellist and conductor William Conway, the Ensemble is renowned for its fresh and intelligent approach to programming, which places contemporary music at the heart of a diverse range of repertoire.

Amici Chamber Choir sing Gorecki

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Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm, St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London
Amici Chamber Choir

Amici Chamber Choir, conductor Paul Jeanes
Rachmaninov – Bogoroditsye Dyevo
Bairstow – Let all mortal flesh keep silence
‘O Mysterium’ by Victoria
‘O Mysterium’ by Thompson
Gjeilo – Northern Lights; Serenity; Ubi Caritas
Randall Thompson – Alleluia
Dvořák – Mass in D

A richly rewarding evening of beguiling choral music sung with passion and commitment.

The Amici Chamber Choir was established in 1986 so that a group of experienced and enthusiastic amateur singers could enjoy performing music to a high standard. The choir celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016.

The choir draws its members from across north/west London and consists of about 33 singers who are required to have good sight singing ability. We perform regular concerts in Harrow and central London, with occasional trips to other parts of the UK. The repertoire covers both sacred and secular works, from Renaissance church music and madrigals to music of the present day.

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Angela Brownridge plays Debussy

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Wednesday 21 November 2018, at 7.30pm, St James’s Piccadilly, London
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Angela Brownridge (piano) plays Debussy, Liszt and Chopin
Debussy – Pour le piano
Liszt – Sposalizio & Petrarch Sonnet No.104 (from Années de Pélèrinage: Deuxième année Italie)
Chopin – Three Etudes (Op.25 Nos.1 & 7; Op.10 No.5)
Debussy – 12 Preludes, Book 2; L’isle joyeuse

Hailed as a major star in classical music and one of the worlds finest pianists by the New York Times, Angela’s playing brings spontaneity, character and beauty of sound to the platform.

She has amazing technique, tonal splendour, wonderful clarity and dramatic force of which electrifying authority, passion & dedication were the keynotes. She is an artist of the highest calibre and this was playing of the highest order. (The Guardian)

She gave one of the finest and most riveting performances I have ever heard. (Daily Telegraph)

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Cambridge University Robin Holloway 75th Birthday Concert

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Saturday 20 October at 8.00pm, West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Ryan Wigglesworth

Robin Holloway, 75th Birthday Concert

Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos K.365
Schumann arr. Robin Holloway Six Canonic Studies op.56
Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’

In this concert, the Cambridge University Orchestra weaves its way from classic to classic by way of Holloway’s astute reinterpretation of Schumann’s studies for the unusual pedal-piano. We end the evening with Schumann’s great, final symphony, known as the “Rhenish”. From its dance-like melodies to its enchanting contrapuntal chorale to its heroic conclusion, the symphony is a masterful close to the evening from one of Holloway’s favourite composers.

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Invisibility

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Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 7.30pm – Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SD

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Felix Mendelssohn Song without Words, dedicated to Lisa Cristiani
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Capriccio in A flat major
Lili Boulanger Nocturne; D’un matin de printemps
Elisabeth Lutyens Nine Bagatelles
Rebecca Clarke Epilogue, dedicated to Guilhermina Suggia
Rebecca Clarke Passacaglia on an Old English Tune
Ann Carr-Boyd Beneath the Yellow Moon, UK premiere, dedicated to Alice Moyle
Liza Lim Invisibility, inspired by Aboriginal women singers of Yolgnu culture
Errollyn Wallen Dervish
Wendy Hiscocks Songline

A concert celebrating Women Musicians and their Stories in Music presented by Australian cellist Coral Lancaster with pianist Wendy Hiscocks in the sublime setting of Oxford’s Holywell Music Room. Composers represented include Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Lili Boulanger, Elisabeth Lutyens, Rebecca Clarke, Ann Carr-Boyd (UK premiere), Liza Lim, Errollyn Wallen and CAM’s Artistic Director Wendy Hiscocks (world premiere).
Presented by Celebrating Australian Music.

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Nicola Benedetti plays Mendelssohn

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Thursday 11 October at 7.30pm, Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti violin
Leonard Elschenbroich conductor
Bristol Ensemble

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7
Maria Walpurgis – Sinfonia from Talestri

Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, is delighted to be welcoming renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti to perform in October. She will be joined in concert by the Bristol Ensemble and conductor Leonard Elschenbroich for a programme including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Maria Walpurgis’ Sinfonia from Talestri.

This performance will be the inaugural concert given by the Bristol Ensemble in Redland Hall as Redmaids’ High School’s Orchestra-in-Residence.

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Space Time Sounds

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Monday 12 November 2018 at 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Clifton, Bristol

Space Time Sounds
performed by Gemini:
Sarah Leonard – soprano
Ian Mitchell – clarinet and bass clarinet
Joby Burgess – percussion

Music by the Severnside Composers Alliance
Caradon, D’Angelo, Greenhorne, Harvey, Hasse, Laycock, Metzger, Nickol, Palmer, Poole

Tickets £10 (£8) students & under-16s free.

21st London New Wind Festival

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Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.00pm, Burgh House, Hampstead, London

Jennifer Fowler

The 21st London New Wind Festival features music by Jennifer Fowler, Hugh Shrapnel and Paul Patterson.

Simon Desorgher – flutes
Catherine Plugyers – oboe
Phil Edwards – clarinet
Henryk Sienkiewicz – horn
Glynn Williams – bassoon
Alan Tomlinson – trombone
Robert Coleridge – piano
David Sutton-Anderson – conductor

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New Adventures with Psappha

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Thursday September 27th 2018, 7:30pm, The Stoller Hall, Manchester

Psappha

Witold Lutosławski Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
György Kurtág Scenes from a Novel*
György Ligeti Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures

Nicholas Kok conductor
Gillian Keith soprano
Jessica Gillingwater mezzo soprano
Alexander Robin Baker baritone

*Elaine Tyler-Hall director

Ligeti’s astonishing Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures is both touching and comic. Three singers – alone in their little universe – tell each other stories, exchange confidences and play games through an invented language of the emotions. Meanwhile, the instrumentalists punctuate the drama with some extreme musical interjections involving a giant hammer, a tray of crockery, and a large rug!

Voice, film and dance combine in Psappha’s atmospheric production of Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel, which explores the contradictions between fleeting experience and the persistence of memory.

Also featuring Bartók’s exhilarating Sonata for Pianos and Percussion and Lutosławski’s witty, two-piano arrangement of Variations on a Theme of Paganini, the concert launches Psappha’s new season in terrific style.

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Cendrillon with Chroma

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Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 7.00pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

Bampton Opera

CENDRILLON (Cinderella, 1810)
A fairy-tale opera in three acts

Libretto by Charles Guillaume Etienne after the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
English translation by Gilly French, dialogues by Jeremy Gray
 
 
 
Clorinde – Aoife O’Sullivan | Tisbe – Jenny Stafford | Cinderella – Kate Howden
Prince – Bradley Smith | Dandini – Benjamin Durrant | Alidor – Nicholas Merryweather
Baron – Alistair Ollerenshaw
Chorus – Lucy Cronin, Susanne Dymott

Conductor – Harry Sever
orchestra CHROMA
Director – Jeremy Gray
Associate director and choreography – Alicia Frost
Costumes – Jess Iliad

When the orphaned Cinderella, cruelly exploited by her step-family, generously provides breakfast for an itinerant beggar, little does she realise that her reward will be the love and hand of Prince Ramiro. But first she needs a new dress for the ball – and the discarded slipper has to fit…

Isouard’s charming and lyrical telling of Perrault’s much-loved fairy-tale was composed in 1810 for the Opéra-Comique Theatre in Paris and immediately took Europe by storm, its popularity only eclipsed when Rossini adapted the same libretto for La Cenerentola seven years later. Cinderella’s sincerity is matched by simple and affecting melody, whilst her vain step-sisters battle it out with torrents of spectacular coloratura. Ensembles of almost Mozartian effect contribute to make this a jewel of an opera.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6.00pm.

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August Premieres – Errollyn Wallen

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Monday 27th August 7.30pm, at Snape Maltings
Errollyn Wallen
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Ben Parry conductor

Britten Rejoice in the Lamb 16’
Rachmaninov Bogoroditse Devo 4’
Ravel Trois Chansons 7’
and music by Leighton, Gurney, Nico Muhly, Kerry Andrew
and world premieres by Ben Parry and Errollyn Wallen

The brilliant voices of the National Youth Choir – ‘a young choir on blazing form’ (The Arts Desk) – sing songs which celebrate the abundant creativity of those living with mental health conditions. From Britten’s inventive setting of Christopher Smart’s asylum poem Jubilate Agno to new music being given its first performances tonight, this is a programme that goes to the heart – and mind – of who the NYC are.

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August Premieres – Cydonie Banting

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Friday 24th August at 2.00pm, St Andrews Church, Presteigne
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Nordic masters, Matthews and Banting

Joseph Tong piano

Edvard Grieg Stemninger (Moods), Op 73 Nos 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6
David Matthews Variations for Piano, Op 72
Cydonie Banting The Gate of Dawn
World premiere of a Presteigne Festival commission
Jean Sibelius Sonatina in E, Op 67 No 2
Erkki-Sven Tüür Piano Sonata

After studying as a clarinettist on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course at Peter Symonds College, Cydonie Banting studied music at Oxford where she graduated with a first class honours degree. Cydonie is a composer whose pieces of music have been performed by groups including the BBC Singers, the Cavaleri Quartet, and Oxford’s Ensemble Isis.

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