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BBC SO Total Immersion: Anders Hillborg

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Saturday 22 February, at London venues

Anders Hillborg

Anders Hillborg – photo by Mats Lundqvist

The event includes: Camilla’s Classical: Anders Hillborg & Ivan’s Childhood – Camilla Lundberg’s documentary examining Hillborg’s life and work (10.30am);

Hillborg’s chamber music, introduced by the composer (Milton Court Concert Hall, 1.30pm); the BBC Singers performing Hillborg’s choral music including O Dessa Ögon, Mouyayoum and the UK premiere of The Breathing of the World (St Giles Cripplegate, 4pm);

Talk – Meet the composer (6pm); and Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Hillborg’s music including the UK premieres of Peacock Tales and the Violin Concerto (Barbican Hall, 7.30pm).

Tickets £37-£50.

Nash Ensemble – Around Schubert (2)

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Saturday 8 February 2020 at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London
Nash Ensemble at Wigmore

5.30pm:
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B flat, Op.11
Weber: Introduction, Theme & Variations for clarinet & piano
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: String Quartet in E flat

7.30pm:
with James Gilchrist (tenor)

Group of songs for voice and piano by Loewe, Reichard & Zelter (with Roger Vigones, piano)
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op.13
Schubert: Auf dem Stron, D843 for tenor, horn & piano
Schubert: Piano Trio in B flat, D898

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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

Henleaze Concert Society - Florence

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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Psappha – Songs of the World

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Thursday 28 November, 7.30pm at Halle St Peter’s, Manchester
Songs of the World - Psappha

Programme

Webern String Quartet, Op.28
Cheryl Frances-Hoad The Whole Earth Dances
Athanasia Kontou After Psappha
Alissa Firsova Songs of the World world premiere
Lutyens The Valley of Hatsu-Se
Schoenberg, arr. Webern Chamber Symphony No.1

Overview

The first concert at the newly renovated Hallé St Peter’s features a Psappha commission inspired by the Vienna of a century ago. Alissa Firsova’s Songs of the World sets three poems by Hugo van Hofmannsthal – a contemporary of Anton Webern, whose abstract but gripping String Quartet and masterful arrangement of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony both feature tonight. Poetry also provides the inspiration for Elizabeth Lutyens’ rarely-heard The Valley of Hatsu-Se, which draws on Japanese texts, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s more recent The Whole Earth Dances, inspired in part by Ted Hughes.

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Daisy Brown Soprano

Into the Music at 6.40pm (Free to ticket-holders)
Alissa Firsova and Athanasia Kontou join Tim Williams and the RNCM’s Douglas Jarman to introduce tonight’s concert.

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Noisy Nights with Red Note Ensemble

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Wednesday 20 November, 8.00pm at The Drake, 1 Lynedoch St., Glasgow – G3 6EF, United Kingdom
Noisy-Nights-2019-Announcement

Noisy Nights returns to Glasgow!

They’re a place to meet music-lovers, curious minds, musicians, composers and artists in an informal space and hear some of the best examples of brand new music while having a beer. They’re fun, free and your chance to listen to the musicians of Red Note.

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Classical Gypsies

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Saturday May 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT
Tea-Time Concert

Pre-concert talk with David Bednall at 6.45pm

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 (reduced orchestration)
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Monti Csárdás

Viv McLean piano
Roger Huckle violin

Music inspired by passionate and romantic Hungarian folk melodies features in this programme, alongside Beethoven’s dark and brooding Piano Concerto No.3, in a reduced orchestration arrangement. We’re delighted to welcome back the pianist Viv McLean for a fifth year as soloist, completing the set of Beethoven piano concertos, and also performing Liszt’s dramatic Hungarian Rhapsody in an arrangement for piano quintet.

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Nash Ensemble – Nash Inventions

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Friday 12 April, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London

Nash Ensemble

Nash Ensemble;
Stefan Asbury conductor;
Claire Booth soprano;
Simone Leona Hueber reciter;
Lawrence Power viola;
Adrian Brendel cello;
Ursula Leveaux bassoon;
Lucy Wakeford harp

 
The Nash Ensemble’s annual contemporary music showcase features six works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, with whom the group has enjoyed a long and close association. In addition to two earlier Nash commissions, Fantasia upon all the notes and The Woman and the Hare, they include a new Duo specifically written for the Nash’s violist Lawrence Power and cellist Adrian Brendel. The programme also takes in Elliott Carter’s Mosaic, inspired by memories of the pioneering harpist Carlos Salzedo, and a newly revised piece for solo bassoon by the late Oliver Knussen, originally written as a study for a large-scale project based on the writings of Kafka. Stefan Asbury conducts the ensemble works and the solo soprano is the Nash’s frequent and welcome guest, Claire Booth.

6.00pm – pre-concert talk

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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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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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