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Events Category: Choral

MacMillan St Luke Passion

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, New Work
Tags: bristol bach choir, bristol ensemble, macmillan, red maids school chamber choir

Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm, Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Bach ChoirBristol Ensemble joins the Bristol Bach Choir and The Red Maids’ School Chamber Choir for an evening of passion, power, precision and poignancy in this performance of MacMillan’s St Luke Passion. The programme also includes Barber’s intensely moving Adagio for Strings and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.

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Oxford Pro Musica – Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, New Work
Tags: eric whitacre, exeter college chapel, oxford pro musica

Thursday 13th July, Exeter College Chapel, OX1 3DP, 7.30pm
Oxford Pro Musica

Midsummer Night’s Dream

A concert of modern choral classics both secular and sacred. Featuring Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine and the ever-popular Sleep, together with Mäntyjärvi’s striking and effective Shakespeare Songs plus other outstanding modern pieces suitable for a summer evening. Come along and hear something new!

Musical Director – Mark Jordan

Tickets £12 (£10 students) available online and on the door.

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St Lawrence Jewry Summer Music Festival

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals, Women musicians

Wednesday 2nd August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
The Leading Ladies

The Leading Ladies in ‘Sacred and Secular’

Singers Catrin Lewis, Suzi Saperia, and Rosemary Clifford, with their pianist Louisa Lam offer us Bach’s Suscepit Israel from the Magnificat together with music by Mozart, Fauré and a group of British folksongs including My love is like a red, red rose. Gershwin might also put in a brief appearance!

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Sarah Campbell at St Lawrence Jewry

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

Monday 7th August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell, trumpet Zeynep Özsuca-Rattle, piano

We warmly welcome the return of this talented musician and, making her first appearance with us, her equally accomplished pianist. The Vivaldi/Bach Trumpet Concerto in D major will feature, together with an arrangement of Bach’s Bist du Bei Mir.

Sarah Campbell was born in Wigan, Lancashire where she began learning cornet at the age of 8. In 2009, she received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Paul Beniston where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree, before completing a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music. Sarah is in demand as a versatile orchestral player throughout London and the rest of the UK. As Joint Principal T rumpet of the Southbank Sinfonia (2015) Sarah has performed Peter Maxwell Davies’ ‘The Lighthouse’ at the Royal Opera House, recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as touring to Hong Kong and Italy.

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Coffee Cantata at St Lawrence Jewry Summer Festival

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals

Wednesday 16th August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Chad Vindin

COFFEE CANTATA with Chad Vindin, piano Holly Brown, soprano Tom McDavid, tenor Adam Maxey, bass

Bach, apparently a coffee enthusiast, wrote this rare, secular work in 1735 in celebration of the beverage. In addition to this ‘operatic’ offering Chad will perform a keyboard work by Bach’s fifth child, his second son, the famed Carl Phillip Emanuel.

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Messiah 4 Grenfell

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Categories: Choral, Concerts

Sunday October 8th at 7.00pm, Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London
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Singers and players are invited to participate in a performance of Handel’s The Messiah in aid of those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
Players and singers will rehearse at 2.30pm before performing that evening. Further information may be found here

Tickets cost £15 for singers, £10 for audience members, and £5 for students under 21. Amateur players (grade 8+) are asked to make a voluntary donation of £15, but music college and professional players can participate for free.

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Jephtha at Bath

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Categories: Choral, Concerts
Tags: handel jephtha

20 October 2017 at 7.30pm at St John the Evangelist, Bath
Bath Choral Society
Bath Choral Society presents a semi-staged concert performance developed from the recent opera production by Iford Arts. The soloists are Iford principals: tenor Mark Bonney as Jephtha and countertenor Ben Williamson as Hamor; and Iford Arts New Generation Artists: Jessica Leary as Iphis, Lucy McAuley as Storge, and Peter Brooke as Zebul.

David Gostick will direct the choir, soloists, and the Bristol Ensemble.

Jephtha is Handel’s final oratorio before blindness claimed him. It tells a dramatic story from The Book of Judges.
 
The performance will be a shortened version lasting approximately two hours.

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Snape Maltings – Christmas Weekend

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work, Youth

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 December, 2017 at Snape maltings in Suffolk

Snape Maltings

A weekend of festive activities and concerts for both children and adults, including The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert with live orchestra and fun family activities around the site including workshops, storytelling sessions and a trail. Plus start the month with the Co-op Juniors’ Christmas Spectacular in the Land of Oz.

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Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, Youth

Friday 15th December, 2017 at 7.30pm at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

ALDEBURGH VOICES

Aldeburgh Voices

Whether it has its roots in frost-covered English woods and fields, or the splendour of baroque Venice, all the music in this concert is animated by a shared sense of wonder, mystery and joy. Vaughan Williams’ and Finzi’s seasonal favourites draw deeply on the English folk tradition, and make an enchanting foil for Vivaldi’s great (and rightly popular) shout of celebration. Together they add up to a luminous Christmas concert from Snape Maltings’ own chorus, under its charismatic director Ben Parry.

Programme

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols 11’
Finzi In terra pax (Christmas scene) 15’
Vivaldi Gloria 30’

Performers

Aldeburgh Voices
The Suffolk Ensemble
Ben Parry conductor

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Tewkesbury Abbey, Christmas Messiah

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Categories: Choral, Family, Festivals
Tags: bristol ensemble, messiah, tewkesbury abbey schola cantorum

Saturday December 16th, 2017 at 7.00pm – Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

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A performance of Handel’s Messiah with Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble, conducted by Simon Bell with soloists Kirsty Hopkins (soprano), Tom Lilburn (counter-tenor), Julian Stocker (tenor) and Julian Empett (bass).

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Haydn’s Creation with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals, Period instruments
Tags: haydn creation, kings place, oae, period performance

Saturday 6th January 2018 at 7.30pm, Kings Place, London

Ádám Fischer conductor
Charlotte Beament soprano
James Way tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

Make Haydn’s Creation your first concert of 2018 with this intimate New Year performance at Kings Place.

Haydn’s oratorio The Creation is not only one of the composer’s most popular pieces, but is also one of the most vividly descriptive pieces of classical music there is. Each aspect of the story is brilliantly brought to life by Haydn’s expressive music.

Ádám Fischer conducts the Orchestra, with the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment and a trio of soloists from the Rising Stars programme. Kicking off Kings Place’s new Time Unwrapped series, it’s a wonderful way to start the new year.

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OAE play Bach at Kings Place

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Period instruments
Tags: bach, kings place, oae

Sunday 14th January 2018 at 11.30am, Kings Place, London

Bach Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Praise the Lord, my soul)

Steven Devine director
Charlotte Beament soprano
Nicholas Pritchard tenor
James Newby bass
Professor Helen F Gleeson guest scientist

Time and Vision

There’s a focus on time as this Sunday morning series helps launch Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped programme.

Joining the OAE is experimental physicist Professor Helen Gleeson, whose work explores how the structures of very tiny things affect things on a larger scale. She’ll be exploring issues of time and perception.

To mark the New Year, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be performing Bach’s New Year cantata with its unusual scoring including timpani and three horns.

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Choral Singing Day with Simon Halsey

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Categories: Choral, Masterclasses
Tags: choral singing day, lso st lukes, simon halsey

Sat 10 Mar 2018, Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, London, 11.00am – 4.30pm

Choral Singing Day: A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett

Come and spend the day getting to know Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the LSO’s Choral Director Simon Halsey.
Whether you sing in a local choir, or haven’t sung since school, this is an exciting opportunity to rediscover your hobby.
The day will be accompanied by piano. Some sight-singing ability is required.

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Singers at Six: Choral Elgar

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Categories: Choral, Concerts
Tags: bbc singers, elgar, st giles cripplegate

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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Michael Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement

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Categories: Choral, New Work, Opera
Tags: GSMD Opera, Hindemith, Michael Berkeley, Silk Street Theatre

4, 6, 8, 11 June 2018, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican, London

Opera & Vocal

The Long Christmas Dinner
Libretto by Thornton Wilder
Music by Paul Hindemith

A Dinner Engagement
Libretto by Paul Dehn
Music by Lennox Berkeley

 
Dominic Wheeler conductor
Ashley Dean director
Cordelia Chisholm designer
Kevin Treacy lighting designer
Laura Jane Stanfield costume designer
Victoria Newlyn movement director

The Guildhall School’s opera department presents a double-bill of one-act operas with a distinctive culinary flavour.

Hindemith’s imaginative family drama traverses 90 years in the lives of several generations of the Bayard family in New England. This subtle examination of American family life show births, marriages and deaths set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing society.

A gem of British comic opera, A Dinner Engagement is a comedy of manners set amongst the vegetables. Finding themselves in financial straits, Lord and Lady Dunmow prepare to host dinner for the Grand Duchess of Monteblanco and her son Phillipe in an attempt to marry off their troublesome daughter and thus solve their money problems. However, when dinner gets burnt, things go from bad to worse…
Tickets

£25 (£15 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office from 3 April 2018.
Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members from Monda7 26 March 2018.
Silk Street Theatre

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When The War Came

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work
Tags: bath abbey, bristol ensemble, when the war came

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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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work, Period instruments
Tags: north walsham, orchestra of the age of enlightenment, paston papers, sarah rodgers

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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August Premieres – Cecilia McDowall

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, New Work, Women musicians, Youth
Tags: Birmingham Town Hall, cecilia mcdowall, Girl from Aleppo, NCCGB

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 – Errollyn Wallen

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, New Work, Women musicians, Youth
Tags: errollyn wallen, national youth choir, snape maltings

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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