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Red Note Ensemble – Oceans Tour

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Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm at The Ceilidh House, Arnisdale, IV40 8JH
Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm at Poolewe Village Hall, Poolewe, IV22 2LD
Friday 27 March, 7.30pm at SEALL, Ostaig House, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ

Red Note Oceans Tour

Music and Verse from the Atlantic and beyond

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Red Note string players Jackie Shave (violin) and Robert Irvine (cello) blend their styles with Eliza Marshall on flutes and whistles and iconic Indian tabla player/composer Kuljit Bhamra to explore the theme of ‘Oceans and Journeys’.
The musicians are joined by actor Crawford Logan in a concert integrating poetry and music of great power and beauty, performing specially written works by members of the ensemble and others.
The ensemble will tour the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, interleaving poetry from local and international poets celebrating and exploring the passions of the Oceans.

The programme will include:

Jackie Shave ‘Sea Fever’
Kuljit Bhamra ‘Indigo Sunrise’
Eliza Marshall ‘Fear A’Bhàta
Robert Irvine ‘The Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks’ (Neruda)
Jackie Shave ‘Machair to Myrrh’
Irvine/Bhamra ‘Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’
Marshall ‘Lord Franklin’s Lament’
Bhamra/Marshall ‘Billy Bhangra’s voyage’ (drowning and reincarnation)
Poems and text from Mackay-Brown, Elliot, Neruda and Scottish writers

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Severnside Composers Alliance presents Bristol Brass

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Wednesday 1 April, 7.30pm at Church of All Saints, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3ED

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Paul Harris and Tom Deakin – Trumpets

Paul Tomlinson – horn

John Cornick – Trombone

Simon Derrick – Tuba

Bristol Brass Consort has been entertaining diverse audiences for over 30 years. Their music covers a wide spectrum: folk music, fanfares, show tunes, seasonal and sacred music, jazz and classical music spanning six centuries. They have played at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, and on BBC television and radio. Over the years they have commissioned new works from many living composers.

Their concert on 1st April is a collaboration with Severnside Composers Alliance featuring world premieres by leading West-country composers alongside vibrant and showy pieces from BBC’s regular repertoire such as Anthony DiLorenzo’s “Firedance”. It all adds up to a programme that is fascinating in its range of musical styles. Fanfares by Liz Lane and Arthur Keegan-Bole set a celebratory mood. Jonathan Palmer and David Greenhorne highlight the consort’s well-known interest in renaissance and early music. Jolyon Laycock showcases the virtuoso brilliance of the piccolo trumpet. A slow-moving sombre “Elegy” by Kostis Tsioulakis contrasts with James D’Angelo’s fast-moving “Scherzo”, and Frank Harvey dishes up a jokey take on action movie sound tracks.

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Red Priest: Truly Madly Baroque

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Tuesday 25 February, 8.00pm at The Stables, Wavendon

After their recent foray into the world of gypsy music with their classical-chart-topping Baroque Bohemians project, Red Priest return to theirorigins with a stunning concert of baroque classics, arranged and performed with their trademark energy, virtuosity and (in the best baroque sense) madness!

The programme includes works by Bach, Vivaldi and Albinoni.

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OAE Tots!

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Sunday 12 January, 10.30am and 12.00pm at Royal Festival Hall, London

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The Patient Horse and the Dutiful Donkey
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s interactive music-making session for ages two to five introduces Telemann’s noble steed.

A master of musical storytelling, Telemann guides us through Don Quichotte’s wild and wacky escapades.

On this adventure, the Orchestra creates a high-brow horse and a common donkey. Come and listen to what they sound like!

These interactive OAE Tots concerts have lots of action and activity to captivate the youngest music-lovers.

You can also meet the players and the instruments in the foyer after the performance.

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Henleaze Concert Society: Postcard from Florence

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Saturday, 25 January, 2020, 7:30pm at Trinity-Henleaaze URC Waterford Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT

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Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Op.70
Mozart String Quintet in G minor K.516

Pre-concert talk with David Bednall at 6.45pm

Tchaikovsky’s string sextet Souvenir de Florence was written following a trip to Italy, during which the composer visited the historic city and sketched one of the work’s principal themes there.

The music exhibits an abundance of Russian passion and fervour, combined with Italian lyricism and brilliance. Scored for two violins, two violas and two cellos, it is symphonic in its sonority and texture, with plenty of opportunity to display the players’ virtuosity. Mozart’s String Quintet is written in his ‘tragic’ key of G minor and is scored for string quartet plus a second viola, giving a rich and melancholic quality to the texture.

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Bristol Ensemble Baroque

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Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm, St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

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Bristol Ensemble
Adrian Chandler violin soloist and director

Johann Christian Bach Quintet in G Op.11 No. 2
Francesco Geminiani Concerto Grosso in G minor after Corelli
Nicola Matteis Ground After the Scotch Humour
Nicola Matteis the younger Trio Sonata in G minor
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto Alla Rustica RV151
Antonio Vivaldi Autumn from The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in D RV210

The Bristol Ensemble unveils its Baroque specialist ensemble for the first time, under the directorship of Adrian Chandler.

Adrian will be familiar to St George’s audiences from his performances with La Serenissima and takes over the leadership of Bristol Ensemble Baroque in what will be a vibrant, energetic and thoroughly engaging performance exploring some known and less familiar composers of the Baroque period.

The programme will include works by Johann Christian Bach, Francesco Geminiani, Nicola Matteis and violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi performed by Adrian Chandler.

Tickets £25, £22, £18, £14, available HERE

Bristol Ensemble – Autumn Serenade

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Friday October 18, 2019, 7:30 pm at Malmesbury Abbey, Gloucester Road, Malmesbury SN16 9BA
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Bristol Ensemble
Director/ Soloist – Roger Huckle

Elgar Serenade for Strings
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Delius Two Aquarelles
Haydn Symphony No.83 ‘The Hen’

A concert of English and nature inspired music with master works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams alongside the wonderful ‘The Hen’ Symphony by Haydn. The Lark Ascending forms the centre of this programme and remains one of the UK’s most popular classical piece. Elgar’s Serenade for Strings is a timeless masterpiece and the Two Aquarelles by Delius are perfect for an Autumn serenade.

Tickets £18 for adults, £5 under 18s available to buy online, over the counter at the Malmesbury Abbey shop, or by phone on 07766 105491.

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Go compose! 2019

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Sunday 13 October to Tuesday 15 October
The Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

For ages 14-19

Create your own piece of music with professional composers, Ailie Robertson and Linda Buckley, and musicians from Red Note Ensemble who will premiere your piece in a concert at the end of the course. You will also receive a recording of your piece after the course.

Timetable:
Sun 13 Oct 2 – 8pm
Mon 14 Oct 10am – 5pm
Tue 15 Oct 10am – 5pm & performance at 6pm

Venue: The Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

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Bristol Ensemble – Nailsworth Tea Time Concert

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June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm at Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth
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A summer serenade brings this season of Sunday afternoon tea-time concerts at Nailsworth to a close. Tickets £10 on the door.

BBC Concert Orchestra Goes Green!

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Thursday 16 May at 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London

Richard Wagner – Tannhäuser – Venusberg Music
Judith Weir – Forest
John Harle – Briggflatts(world premiere)
Gioachino Rossini – Othello Overture
Jean Sibelius – Spring Song, Op 16
Michael Torke – Green
Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Robin Hood Suite

The BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey paint a musical portrait of the colour green.

Emeralds. Jealousy. Youth. Joy. Spring. Victory. Nature. We discover how green has been melodically interpreted through great classics and music of today.

Part of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s new, occasional series of concerts inspired by colours, this performance features the world premiere of John Harle’s piece written for young saxophonist of the moment, Jess Gillam.

Presented by Lachlan Goudie, artist, documentary presenter and judge on BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge.
Part of BBC Concert Orchestra 2018-19 Southbank Centre SeasonColour Series

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Bristol Ensemble with Bath Minerva Choir

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Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm at St Swithin’s Church, Bath

Minerva Choir

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Bristol Ensemble
Conducted by Gavin Carr

Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore, KV 339
Mozart Serenata notturna, K239
Haydn Missa in Angustiis (‘Nelson’ Mass)

Bath Minerva Choir presents two beautiful works to mark this spring – the Haydn Missa in Angustiis – also known as the Nelson Mass – is widely known and is happily contrasted with one of Mozart’s loveliest pieces – the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. A beautiful programme of music from the classical era performed by the Bath Minerva Choir and Bristol Ensemble under the direction of Gavin Carr.

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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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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.

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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The Emperor of Atlantis

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:30pm, Peckham (London) Multi-Storey Car Park

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Bold Tendencies with Polly Graham, and her recently formed company, Loud Crowd,

are bringing a new opera programme to Peckham, beginning in 2018 with Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, an opera about the need for humans to respect death. The megalomaniac Emperor has declared a war that will only end when there are no survivors left. Death, an old tramp, is outraged that a mortal should try to steal his job and goes on strike. The war begins but panic sets in as no one can die. The Living Dead walk the earth. The Emperor’s power weakens. He submits to the greater power of Death, and dies. Originally written in the concentration camp at Terezin in 1943 as a satire of the Nazi regime, this project proposes to re-read the piece as a prophecy for our time, presenting it within the context of current political debates about nuclear warfare, the migration crisis, climate change and the value of life in relation to power, always with a flavour of satire and clowning. The sound world of the opera is cartoonish and accessible, its collage style mixes jazz with chamber music and cabaret.

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August Premieres – Cecilia McDowall

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Friday 10th August at 7.00pm, Birmingham Town Hall
National Childrens Choir of Great Britain

NCCGB 20th Anniversary Concert

Don’t miss the NCCGB 20th Anniversary Concert, which will be an opportunity to hear the choirs of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain sing a wide variety of works from classical to R&B. These will include pieces by Faure, Goodall and of course Bob Chilcott, President of NCCGB, each choir showing the range of music they have sung during the year.

The concert will end with the première of Everyday Wonders: the Girl from Aleppo, which was written by Cecilia McDowall to commemorate our anniversary year. Performed by current choir members and a group of alumni, Everyday Wonders follows the story of Nujeen Mustafa, who travelled as a child refugee from Syria to Germany, and celebrates her courage and perseverance.

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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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