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Master of Deception

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Sunday 29 July at 5.30pm, Hovingham Hall, York
Bethan White OAE

Part of the Ryedale Festival

Haydn Symphony No. 26 Lamentatione
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1
JC Bach Symphony in G minor
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5

Rachel Podger director/ violin
 
 
 
 
There is more to Mozart than meets the eye.

His repertoire is full of surprises and deceptions.

Mozart was the ultimate musical genius – and the ultimate game player. He tore up the rulebook, and if you hear his music twice, you never have quite the same experience.

Join the OAE to explore the hidden secrets of Mozart’s familiar scores, led by the Orchestra’s longstanding collaborator, violinist Rachel Podger. She plays two of Mozart’s great violin concertos, which are both unique in their own ways.

Also enjoy an exhilarating but rarely performed symphony by Johann Christian Bach. The son of Johann Sebastian Bach, JC Bach was a celebrity in London in the 1770s. This Symphony in G Minor is his dramatic, standout work, full of twists and turns and dark passions.

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Schiff’s Surprise

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Sunday 8 July at 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall
Peter Whelan OAE
Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival.

This concert rounds off the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Visions, Illusions & Delusions season with a varied programme of music by Haydn, who as much as any other composer redefined what orchestral music came to be during the Enlightenment period.

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Bristol Ensemble at Maldon Festival

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Saturday 30 June at 7:30 pm, St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon CM9 5HW

Bristol EnsembleHaydn Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Boyce Symphony No. 4 in F
Grieg Holberg Suite
Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A

Find out more: Maldon Festival

The Bristol Ensemble performs a concert of classical favourites as part of the tenth annual Maldon Festival, which provides music lovers with a feast of orchestras, choirs, musicians and more.

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When The War Came

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Tuesday 12 June at 6.30pm, Bath Abbey, Bath
When the war came
Bristol Ensemble
Jon Monie narrator
Shean Bowers conductor

Jools Scott and Sue Curtis When The War Came

Bath Abbey will be holding an enchanting evening of choral music sung by a massed children’s choir of 300 pupils drawn from different primary schools in Bath.

The children are all part of the Abbey’s Schools’ Singing Programme, which brings the joy of singing to thousands of school children in Bath and surrounding areas.

When the War Came tells the story of six young people from a small village whose lives are changed forever when the Great War comes to them. Words: Sue Curtis; Music: Jools Scott.

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Agnes (a pocket oratorio)

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Sunday 1 July 2018, at 7.00pm, St Nicholas, North Walsham, Norfolk

Agnes, (a pocket oratorio)

Agnes (a pocket oratorio) by Sarah Rodgers receives its world premiere at St Nicholas, North Walsham, performed by Julia Doyle, the choirs of St Nicholas and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Commissioned by the Orchestra in partnership with Orchestras Live, Agnes uses the letters of Agnes Paston in helping to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Paston family correspondence.

The concert, titled Reliving History, includes music by Purcell, Handel, Holborne, Warlock and Mozart.

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Salzedo String Trio in Eastbourne

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Sunday 20 May 2018 at 2.45pm, Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL
archaeus string trio

Archaeus String Trio are Ann Hooley (violin), Elizabeth Turnbull (viola) and Martin Bradshaw (cello).

The Archaeus Trio perform the final recital in the Under Ground Theatre’s official 19th season of Chamber Recitals including the String Trio Op.21 by Leonard Salzedo.

No strangers to premiere performance venues across the globe, the quartet enjoys a broad repertoire and several composers have written works specifically for the group including Antonin Tucapsky, Jeffrey Joseph, Jenni Roditi and Leonard Salzedo.

CD recordings include the quartet by Minna Keal; quartets by York Bowen with the quintet for bass clarinet with Timothy Lines; quartets by Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach and Susan Spain-Dunk; Leonard Salzedo; and quartets by Cyril Scott.

All five of their CDs have been received with great critical acclaim. The recording of Salzedo quartets and the sonata for violin and viola (written for and performed by Ann Hooley and Elizabeth Turnbull) was selected as Editor’s Choice in the Gramophone Magazine.

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Severnside Composers New Music Festival 2

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Friday 18 May 7.30pm, Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road Bristol BS8 1PX
Peter Nickol
Concert 2: PICTURES IN SOUND

The Roaring Fork Wind Quintet
Estelle Greeley (Flute)
Jennifer Mears (Oboe)
Claire King (Clarinet)
Eleanor Whitfield (Bassoon)
Stephen Macallister (Horn)

 
 
Programme:
Julian Dale – Clifton Hill Chimes
Jonathan Palmer – Crystal Eyes
Laura Kane – Quintet No. 2
James D’Angelo – Angels dancing
Peter Nickol (pictured) – Ultramarine
Jaques Ibert – Trois pièces brève
Eric Ewazen – Roaring Fork (1st movement)
David Greenhorne – Full Circle

The second concert in SCA’s 2018 Festival is of music inspired by visual art performed by the West Country’s leading wind ensemble Roaring Fork wind quintet in the wonderful space of the RWA Winterstoke Gallery. The group takes its name from music by American composer Eric Ewazen inspired by a visit to the Roaring Fork Falls in North Carolina. It is a key work in the quintet’s repertoire and shares the same qualities that they display in their playing: freshness, dynamism and accessibility.

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Severnside Composers New Music Festival 1

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Thursday 17 May 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd. Clifton Bristol BS8 1LP
Peter Nickol
Concert 1: CONTEMPORARY ART SONG
 
Matthew Clark (baritone)
Jolyon Laycock (Tenor)
James D’Angelo & Philip Blandford (piano)
Matthew Heyse-Moore (clarinet)

SCA’s 2018 festival kicks off with a recital of contemporary art song featuring baritone Matthew Clark. James D’Angelo is accompanist in his own settings of the meditational poetry of Thomas Merton. Philip Blandford is the accompanist in Sulyen Caradon’s settings of translations of Russian poetry portraying an environment poisoned by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Clark and Blandford are joined by tenor Jolyon Laycock in songs that capture the ecstatic response of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to the wild natural scenery of places such as Inversnaid Falls. On a lighter note songs by Peter Nickol (pictured) & Richard Pond are settings of James Turner, Veronica Gosling and W.H. Auden. Clarinettist Matthew Heyse-Moore is the accompanist in settings by Clement Jewitt of his own verses.

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John Adams: The Wound-Dresser

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Saturday 28 April 2018, Barbican, London at 7.30pm

The BBC Singers perform Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams and Harris (UK premiere)

Programme

Maurice Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin
John Adams
The Wound-Dresser
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ross Harris
Face

 

Allison Bell – soprano
James Way – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone
BBC Singers
Gergely Madaras – conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra

The role of those who care for the injured provides the theme: Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines, putting himself in extreme danger. His Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.

John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, for baritone and orchestra, sets words by Walt Whitman who tended the wounded in battle, while Ross Harris’s celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies who pioneered facial reconstruction and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen.

Face, receiving its UK premiere is a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra with projections.

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Singers at Six: Choral Elgar

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Friday 13 April 2018 St Giles’ Cripplegate, London at 6.00pm

The BBC Singers perform Elgar

Programme

Edward Elgar
4 Choral Songs, Op 53
Ave maris stella
Imperial March
The Light of Life, no 2 “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars’
They are at rest
Give unto the Lord, Op 74

Eamonn Dougan
conductor
Stephen Disley
organ

Smaller scale choral Elgar that finds the composer lifting some beautiful British poetry as well as sacred texts into song.

Edward Elgar’s feeling for poetry, and particularly the poetry of his own time, stimulated his composition. And while many of his choral works were written on a grand scale, he left a substantial body of small works, many of them written as test pieces for the then very popular choral competitions. Tonight’s BBC Singers programme gives us a handful of them, including the four choral songs of his Op 53, settings of Tennyson, Byron, Shelley and a poem he wrote himself, The Owl, which brought forth one of his most harmonically advanced pieces. Organist Stephen Disley plays Elgar’s Imperial March written for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

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Tea-Time Concert – Bristol Ensemble

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Sunday 15 April 2018, Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth at 3.00pm

Bristol Ensemble perform works by Clara Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn

Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor Op.17
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. Op.49

As part of our Notes for Women project celebrating the music of female composers, April’s recital features Clara Schumann’s lyrical and elegant Piano Trio, together with Felix Mendelssohn’s well-loved first piano trio, one of his best-known works. Tickets £10 on the door.

Contemporary Music For All

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Saturday 21 April 2018, St Thomas of Aquins High School, Edinburgh – all day

Join the Hebrides Ensemble as part of the CoMA Edinburgh 2018 Festival

Hebrides Ensemble

Contemporary Music For All
Singers and Instrumentalists: Come and join us for a day of music-making
Be Part of the Future of Music

Do you love new music? Do you enjoy playing an instrument or singing? Then join Hebrides Ensemble for a day of inspiring and surprising music-making in this unique celebration of the UK’s flourishing new music culture. As part of the Contemporary Music for All 2018 Festival, you will have the chance to rehearse and perform alongside Hebrides Ensemble musicians led by conductor and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director, William Conway and Violinist, James Clark.

Applications to take part are invited from all instrumentalists and singers aged 16 or over and of grade 5 standard or above. The repertoire will include a new commission by Nigel Osborne for orchestra and choir.

You can be part of it!

Dates: Saturday 21st April
Schedule: 9.30 registration
10.00 – 13.00 Rehearsals
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14,00 – 16.30 Rehearsals
17.00 – Informal Concert

Venue: St Thomas of Aquins High School, 2 – 20 Chambers St, Edinburgh EH3 9ES

Fee: £25 full price, £15 unemployed, disability and student

Download the application form here

A Wonderful Day

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Friday 20 April 2018, Stoller Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 7.30pm

Psappha in Performance

Programme
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day
Fausto Romitelli Amok Koma
Mike Walker Autonomy (World première)*
Steven Mackey Deal

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Mike Walker Electric guitar
Iain Dixon Reeds
Mike Smith Drums
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

Psappha explores the connections between jazz, rock and classical. The centerpiece is a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined by Mike and reeds player Iain Dixon in a piece that combines classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical.

Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natrural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle.

*Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

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Sacred Debussy with the CBSO

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Saturday 24th March, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Debussy (orch. Matthews) La cathédrale engloutie, 5′
Bach Organ solo, 10′
Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium, 5′
Messiaen Dieu parmi nous, 10′
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane, 9′
Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, 35′

“What rules do you follow?”

…asked Claude Debussy’s music teacher. “Pleasure,” he replied. But pleasure can unlock whole worlds. 100 years after his death, join Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO as they set out in search of the wonder, the power and the sheer beauty of music’s quietest revolutionary.

We’ll journey through sensual pleasures and sacred ecstasies, children’s games and bold new sounds, culminating in a concert performance of Debussy’s fairytale opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It’s an adventure that’ll involve our entire musical family, plus musical groups from across the whole city.

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Rush Hour Romantics at St John’s Waterloo

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Thursday 15th March, St John’s, Waterloo at 6.00pm

Berlioz Cléopâtre
Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’
Jonathan Berman Conductor

This concert is free with no ticket required.

Schumann once wrote, admiringly, that Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was ‘written with drops of blood’. Both composers were ardent Romantics, eager to transplant their very souls into music. Both were entranced by all Beethoven had achieved whilst eager to prove themselves and outstep his shadow. You sense this in these works.

One hears young Berlioz’s own longing for recognition in Cleopatra’s appeal to the Gods for exaltation. Meanwhile, Schumann embarks on his own pastoral symphony, all the while seeking to detour from the path first trodden by Beethoven.

Part of Free Rush Hour Concerts

Psappha perform Boulez

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Thursday March 22nd 2018, Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester, 7:30pm,

Le Marteau sans maître – A twentieth century classic

Pierre Boulez - 1972  -  France / Ile-de-France (region) / Paris  -  Pierre Boulez, Paris, 1972  - Philippe Gras / Le Pictorium. Image shot 1972.

Takemitsu Towards the Sea
Tom Harrold New Work (World première)*
Berio Naturale
Boulez Le Marteau sans Maître

Jamie Phillips Conductor
Jessica Gillingwater Mezzo soprano
Psappha Ensemble

Meaning The Hammer Without a Master, Boulez’ iconic work is a classic of the twentieth century whose sonority and sense of time and direction were profoundly influenced by music from Asia and Africa. Rising star Tom Harrold’s new work has been commissioned by Psappha to complement the Boulez.

Berio’s Naturale pairs live musicians with recordings of Sicilian street vendors highlighting the contrast between flowing folk melodies and the raw, natural voice of the street singer. Takemitsu’s Towards the Sea recalls the ebb and flow of the ocean and was commissioned by the Greenpeace Foundation for their Save the Whale campaign.

*The Tom Harrold commission is supported by the Fidelio Charitable Trust.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert film – 6.00pm – free to ticket holders
Barrie Gavin’s 2005 film: Pierre Boulez: Living in the Present. Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special screening of this intimate portrait of a remarkable artist and his inspiration.

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Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Sunday 18th March at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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OAE – The Corridors of Power

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Tuesday 27th February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 7.00pm

Lisa-Beznosiuk-OAE
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform

Mozart Arias from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Symphony No. 38
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Haydn Symphony No. 103 Drumroll

Ádám Fischer conductor
Stephanie d’Oustrac mezzo-soprano

What wins – love or duty?

Berenice is Queen of Palestine, set to marry the Roman Emperor Titus. But a change of political weather at home makes it impossible for the Emperor to marry a foreign queen. What wins out – love or duty?

Haydn turned this story into Scena de Berenice, a fabulous concert aria (classical music’s equivalent of the short story) told from the Queen’s perspective. As political wheels keep turning, how does she hold her own in increasingly hostile corridors of power?

A packed programme also explores Mozart’s great operas about power, La Clemenza di Tito.

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie d’Oustrac sings Berenice, while we’re joined once again by Ádám Fischer, one of the leading interpreters of Haydn’s music operating today.

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Bach, The Universe and Everything

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Sunday 18th February at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Banchory)

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Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm Woodend Barn, Banchory
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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