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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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A Future for British Music – Bristol Ensemble

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23rd September 2018, 6:30 pm, St George’s Bristol, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
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Bristol Ensemble
John Pickard Conductor

Hannah Kendall Processional [pictured]
Sadie Harrison Coretta
Andy Keenan For Boola
Graham Fitkin Ardent

New pieces by composers from the Young Composers’ Academy and shortlisted pieces from the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2018

The Young Composers’ Academy (YCA) and New Music in the South West help to invigorate the region’s new music scene whilst creating inspiring opportunities for its most talented young composers. Hear Bristol Ensemble performing great new music by the region’s best young composers, alongside recent repertoire classics and music specially commissioned to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Tickets £12, £8 concessions

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NMSW Season Finale & the St George’s Young Composers’ Academy Showcase

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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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

Atlantis-Skyline

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 – 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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August Premieres – Emma-Ruth Richards

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Monday 20th August 2018 at 10.00pm, Stoller Hall, Manchester
Emma-Ruth Richards

Zelkova Quartet: Caroline Pether, Alex Mitchell, Ed Pether, Jonathan Pether
Dominic Degavino – piano
Alex Roberts – clarinet
Stella Tahtinen – soprano
Dominic Ciccotti – piano
Meera Maharaj – flute
Lucy Nolan – harp

 
 
Emma-Ruth RICHARDS
Ikon for solo clarinet (2013)
Piranesi’s Fantasies for solo piano (2010)
Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble (2016, world première)
In Aer, 6 Little Songs for soprano and piano (2010)

This is the second recital of music by composer in residence Emma-Ruth Richards. The performance includes a world première of Perpetual Becomings, After Gormley for solo flute and ensemble.

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August Premieres – Philip Venables

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Friday 17th August at 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
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Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev and Venables

Edward Elgar
Introduction and Allegro(14 mins)
Philip Venables
Béla Bartók
Venables Plays BartokBBC commission: world premiere
interval
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 5 in B flat major(44 mins)

 
Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables.

The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

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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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August Premieres – Thea Musgrave

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7.30pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Thea Musgrave
Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes (Scottish premiere)
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Director
Elizabeth Watts Soprano
Christopher Maltman Baritone

BBC SSO: Turbulent Landscapes Scottish Premiere, celebrating the 90th birthday of one of Scotland’s most internationally renowned composers, Thea Musgrave, with her remarkable Turbulent Landscapes, a powerful musical journey through six vivid land and seascapes by J. M. W. Turner.

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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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The Path to Heaven

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Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

the path to heaven by adam gorb

An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.

Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.

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New Holocaust Opera

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Tuesday 19 June at 7.45pm, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

the path to heaven by adam gorb

An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye

A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.

Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.

The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.

Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.

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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
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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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