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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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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.

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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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

Hebrides Ensemble at the Lammermuir Festival

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Wednesday 19th September at 3.00pm, Lammermuir Festival – Pencaitland Parish Church
Emily Hoyle - harp / Joshus Ellicott - tenor
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane
Bax Harp Quintet
MacRae New Work (Lammermuir Festival Commission, World Premiere)
Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Britten Canticle V: The Death of St Narcissus
Ravel Introduction and Allegro

Joshua Ellicott Tenor
Emily Hoile Harp

This superb programme commemorates the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death while we also premiere the festival’s second commission from Stuart MacRae in his Prometheus series, with leading British tenor Joshua Ellicott as soloist in this and in Britten’s late Canticle V. Former Lammermuir Festival artist in residence, Emily Hoile makes a welcome return in gorgeous masterpieces by Ravel and Debussy.

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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
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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

 
 
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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 – 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
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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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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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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.

OAE – The Corridors of Power

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

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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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Caught in Treetops with Psappha

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Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7.30pm, St. Michael’s, Ancoats, Manchester

Programme

Charlotte Bray Caught in the Treetops*
Anna Clyne Paintbox
Robert Reid Allan The Palace of Light
Lucy Armstrong Space Adventure
Michael Cryne In Cloud Light
Will Frampton The Greening Variations
Bethan Morgan-Williams In Kenopsia
James Williamson Fault-Klang

Benedict Holland Violin*
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

The life-changing effects of the atomic bomb are explored in Anna Clyne’s immersive soundscape which combines recorded voice, breathing and other sound loops with a sonorous cello line.

Bound together by a sense of mystery and a relentless energy Charlotte Bray’s work for solo violin and ensemble responds to two contrasting lunar poems. The concert also showcases the next generation of talent with our pick of the best works from Psappha’s emerging composer schemes.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert talk – 6.40pm – free to ticket holders
Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special talk that will introduce you to the composers and the inspiration behind the music being performed tonight.

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Black Plays Bach Concerti

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Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm, Kings Place, London
Virginia Black harpsichord

Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F minor La Passione
Bach Concerto No. 4 in A, BWV 1055
Mozart Divertimento in F, K138
Bach Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

The Bristol Ensemble
Virginia Black piano

After a dazzling international career as a virtuoso harpsichordist, Virginia Black has turned full circle and returned to her roots as a pianist. Having played the Bach concertos on the harpsichord, Virginia has now teamed with the Bristol Ensemble, known for its work with outstanding international artists and soloists, to reprise the concertos on the piano. The Bristol Ensemble will perform as a small chamber orchestra for this concert, providing the perfect foil for the piano.

The contrast between the powerful and expressive D minor concerto and the exuberant passion of the A major concerto will provide a fascinating demonstration of the power of Bach’s mastery of the concerto format. Together, they form an exquisite demonstration of Baroque ensemble music–making. The evening will also include the Bristol Ensemble playing works by Haydn, the dark hued Symphony No. 49 and Mozart’s graceful and charming Divertimento in F major.

‘Virginia Black is a communicative artist, extrovert, colourful, spontaneous but with a deep sense of poetry.’ Gramophone
‘Black’s intimate style… yields arresting results… lilting, relaxed and gorgeously inflected.’ Gramophone

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Beethoven on the Southbank

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Sunday 4th February at 7.00pm, Royal Festival Hall, London

Marin Alsop

Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Beethoven Violin Concerto

Marin Alsop conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

A musician always confounding expectations, violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with the OAE for the first time in this concert.

She’s joined by conductor Marin Alsop for a programme of Beethoven performed with pure unvarnished musicality.

Sandwiched between the complex Third Symphony and the iconic Fifth, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is a gentler, more intimate affair that harks back to older music and shows the distinct influence of Haydn.

Written in the same year as the Fourth Symphony, Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto was one of the first pieces written for the instrument on a large scale.

Enjoy this exploration of the variety of Beethoven’s music with two artists of international distinction.

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