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Bristol Ensemble at Maldon Festival

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Categories: Concerts, Family
Tags: bristol ensemble, maldon festival

Saturday 30 June at 7:30 pm, St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon CM9 5HW

Bristol EnsembleHaydn Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Boyce Symphony No. 4 in F
Grieg Holberg Suite
Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A

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The Bristol Ensemble performs a concert of classical favourites as part of the tenth annual Maldon Festival, which provides music lovers with a feast of orchestras, choirs, musicians and more.

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St Lawrence Jewry Music Festival

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Tessa Uys
St Lawrence Jewry, London

THE AUGUST MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

20 concerts of chamber music starting at 1.00pm

3 August 2015 – festival opens

Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman opened the festival with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the transcription for four hands at one keyboard by Franz Xaver Scharwenka.

Brookfield Musicroom Players

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Tessa Uys
St Lawrence Jewry, London

THE AUGUST MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

20 concerts of chamber music starting at 1.00pm

10 August 2015

THE BROOKFIELD MUSIC ROOM PLAYERS   

Tessa Uys, piano  Hazel Cropper, oboe   Helen Pierce, clarinet   Stephen Nichols, horn and Andrew Watson, bassoon.

A most welcome return by this group with two great Quintets –

Beethoven in E flat Op16 and Mozart, also in E flat, K452.

Centenary Celebration for Rhodes Scholar, Michael Thwaites

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Penelope Thwaites
Rhodes House, Oxford

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Penelope is a musician with an exceptionally wide repertoire.  Her London debut in 1974 featured the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mussorgsky. She has gone on to perform both the well-known classics alongside rarely performed repertoire, such as the Constant Lambert Piano Sonata, and works by notable Australians such as Arthur Benjamin, Peter Sculthorpe and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Her CD, ‘Travelling Between Worlds’, includes many other favourite composers.

She has played as soloist with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra,  the Philharmonia, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Albany Symphony, and most of the leading Australian orchestras. She has broadcast frequently on the BBC and has devised series where she both introduced the music and performed it.

A Poet at War

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Penelope Thwaites
Kings Place Concert Halls, London

25 October 2015

Pianist Penelope Thwaites marks the centenary of her poet father, Michael, with a concert of his poetry, interspersed with evocative works by Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Grainger and more.

Winner of the King’s Medal for Poetry, Michael Thwaites served in the British Navy during the second world war. Some notable poems came out of that experience – including The Jervis Bay, a stirring and moving account of the sea battle which saved one of the vital convoys in the North Atlantic.

Penelope is delighted to be joined by the renowned actor, Timothy West, and, as Guest Artist, the well-known baritone, Stephen Varcoe.

Whiteacre Winds Autumn Concert

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Autumn Concert at St Vigor’s, Fulbourn, Cambridge, Sunday 29th November at 7.30pm
Whiteacre Winds, conductor Sarah Rodgers, perform:
Dvorak – Serenade for Winds,
Janacek – Mladi,
Nielsen – Serenata in Vano and
Haydn – Notturno No.2 in F (arranged by Derek Smith).
Admission free.
Retiring collection for the Friends of St Vigor’s.

The Apple Tree by Jennifer Fowler

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The choral piece, “The Apple Tree” is to be performed by the chamber choir Chantage on 12th December 2015 at St James’ Piccadilly, London, at 7.30pm

Visit the Chantage webpages

Chantage has just returned from an international choir festival in Malta where they scored the highest mark in the festival and were awarded the Grand Prix of Malta.

Music by Julian Dawes

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: composer, concert, forge arts centre, holywell string quartet, Jewish music, julian dawes, live concert, The Forge Arts Venue

Julian Dawes

A Concert Of Commemorative Music By Julian Dawes

The Forge Arts Venue
3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL

Wednesday the 13th January 2016 at 7.30pm

To listen to extracts of works by Julian Dawes and to buy scores of his music, visit
tutti.co.uk

PROGRAMME
Love, Life and Lyric for Soprano and Piano
Reflection on Psalm 43 for Piano (first concert performance)
Homage for String Quartet
Wedding Song for Soprano, Violin and Piano (first performance)
Sonata for Piano (first performance)
Bagatelle for a Wedding for String Quartet
Four Songs form the Song of Solomon for Mezzo Soprano, Tenor and Piano (first performance)
String Quartet (Slow Movement)
Sonata for Violin and Piano

PERFORMERS
Holywell String Quartet
Sophie Lockett – Violin
Louisa Stuber – Violin
Vivienne Bellos – Soprano
Cantor Jason Green – Tenor
Camille Maalawy – Mezzo Soprano
Helena Massip – Soprano
Mitra Alice Tham – Piano
Stephen Dickinson – Piano
Alexander Knapp – Piano
Andrew Gellert – Piano

Tickets: £11/9 online; £12/10 on the door

Available from
www.forgevenue.org

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Thalassa Ensemble, London

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Categories: Concerts, New Work

Music of the Spheres

The inaugural concert by new London ensemble, The Thalassa Ensemble takes place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Fordwych Rd, London NW2 3TN at 7.30 pm and includes music by Diana Burrell, Philip Cashian, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Patrick Nunn, Natalie Bleicher, Jennifer Fowler and Karen Tanaka.

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Christopher Gunning Flute Concertino

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On February 16th at 1pm, Marielle Way will be the soloist in Christopher Gunning’s Concertino for Flute and Small Orchestra. This forms part of a concert given by the Blaze Ensemble conducted by George Vass, and it also includes Schubert’s 3rd Symphony. The venue is St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU. Admission is free, with a retiring collection. The Concerto has been recorded by Catherine Handley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was also recently performed at the Presteigne Festival by Catherine Thomas and the Festival Orchestra.

Organ Recital by David M. Patrick

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David M. Patrick
Exeter College Chapel, Oxford

23 February 2016

David M. Patrick who was born in Devonshire, England, in 1947, is one of the most brilliant British organists of this time. He pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music with distinction winning the Stuart Prize for organ in 1967 and going on to gain the coveted Walford Davies Prize the following year. This award brought him prestigious recitals at both Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral as well as the honour of being presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

A Celebration of Music by Female Composers

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“A Celebration of Music by Female Composers” with Soprano Katerina Mina & Pianist Andrea Benecke

A wonderful opportunity to listen to music by six female composers of the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, including the World Premiere of British composer Rosemary Duxbury’s piece “Kabir says…”. The programme includes also song cycles by German composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Viennese-born socialite Alma Mahler and Italian contemporary composer Carlotta Ferrari. German pianist and composer Andrea Benecke will also perform her very own piano pieces during the concert.

The programme, except R. Duxbury’s World Premiere, has already been performed at SteinwayHaus Hamburg and the next day of this concert, on 26th February, it will be performed at SteinwayHaus Munich, with further plans to present it also in Vienna in Summer/Autumn 2016.

For more information about the musicians Soprano Katerina Mina, pianist Andrea Benecke and composers Rosemary Duxbury & Carlotta Ferrari, please visit their websites at www.katerinamina.com, www.konzertpiano.de, www.rosemaryduxbury.com & www.carlottaferrari.altervista.org respectively!

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YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series

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Amy HarmanAmy Harman bassoon, Jonathan Ware piano
Tuesday 1 March / 1.00pm / Wigmore Hall

JS Bach: Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D, BWV. 1028
Olav Berg: Duo for bassoon and clarinet
Schubert: Three Songs from Schwanengesang, D. 957
Saint-Saëns: Sonata, Op. 168

Over the last year Amy Harman has attended Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove working with Elisabeth Leonskaja, toured California with Camerata Pacifica, and collaborated with artists Paul Lewis, Guy Johnston, Nicholas Daniel, Radovan Vlatkovic and the Chilingirian Quartet at festivals throughout Europe. She was appointed principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011.

Amy is joined by pianist Jonathan Ware, whose recent engagements include a Schubert song recital at Wigmore Hall with Benjamin Appl and appearances at the Kölner Philharmonie and Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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Viv McLean plays Gershwin

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: bristol ensemble, gershwin, viv mclean

April Tea-Time ConcertSunday 3 April at 3pm
Christ Church, Nailsworth

Viv McLean made a huge impression on our audiences last year and he‘s back with us in Nailsworth to perform Gershwin’s iconic work Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s mighty Fourth Piano Concerto in an arrangement for chamber ensemble. Tickets £10 on the door.

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Sarah Francis in classic fm Full Works concert

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Categories: Broadcasts, Concerts
Tags: classic fm, full works, handel oboe concerto, london harpsichord ensemble, sarah francis

catherine-bott-studio-classic-fmThursday 7th April, 8pm

It’s World Health Day, and Catherine Bott is marking this in music tonight. There are more links to the world of classical music than you may imagine, from patrons of medicine to fully trained professionals.

 

 

 
 

Wolf-Ferrari: Doctor Cupid – Overture
Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 54
Stephen Hough/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Borodin: Petite Suite
Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor
Sarah Francis/London Harpsichord Ensemble

Jarre: Doctor Zhivago – Lara’s Theme
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kreisler: Liebesleid – Ji Liu
Berlioz: Royal Hunt & Storm
Orchestre de Paris/Daniel Barenboim
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Pesach Cantata Première

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: contemporary work, Jewish music, julian dawes, New London Synagogue, pesach

Julian Dawes’ new Pesach (Passover) Cantata will have its premiere at the New London Synagogue, 33 Abbey Road NW8 0AT, on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 7.30pm.

Julian writes:
“As many of you will know Jewish themes are an important part of my work as a composer, and a theme which has been a recurring is the story of The Exodus. My cantata, Shirat Hayam (The Song Of The Sea) was first performed in December 2013. The Death of Moses, first performed in 2003, is a cantata based on a sequence of poems which imaginatively and dramatically describe what the experience of death might have been like for Moses.

“Which brings me to my third major work with an Exodus theme, Pesach Cantata for Soloists, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble. It is dedicated to Cantor Jason Green and to the New London Synagogue. It has an inspired libretto by Rabbi Roderick Young in which a Grandfather relates the story of Passover to his Grandchild, which in turn is illuminated by three other characters, Miriam, Aaron and Rabban Gamliel (a Talmudic sage who is featured in the Haggadah).

“All the familiar themes of the traditional Seder experience make their appearance in the Pesach Cantata. As Rabban Gamliel explains, it is an evening of “listening and telling the endless beautiful cycle.” The Grandfather describes the different aromatic dishes that diverse Jewish communities around the world use at their Seder Table: “These are the scents of Jewish homes on the eve of Pesach. Each scent curls around a point on the map, the map of our wanderings.” The 10 plagues, the 4 Questions, and the 4 Children all make their appearance in Roddy Young’s evocative libretto.

“The role of the Grandfather will be sung by Cantor Jason Green, the Grandchild by Zev Green, Miriam by Martha Jones, Aaron by Mark Nathan and Rabban Gamliel by Julien Van Mellaerts. The chorus will be our very own New London Singers, supplemented by eight professional singers, and the instrumental parts will be played by The New London Chamber Ensemble, led by Sophie Lockett and conducted by Vivienne Bellos.

“Please come and help make this performance a memorable precursor to Pesach.”

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YCAT Wigmore Lunchtime Series

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Alexander Ullman

Alexander Ullman’s programme includes Liszt’s great Sonata in B minor, and music by Haydn and Ravel. Born in 1991 he studied at the Purcell School, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal College of Music. In 2011 he won 1st Prize at the Liszt Competition in Budapest.

Alexander has already performed widely in Europe, China and the USA, including recitals in Copenhagen, Leipzig Gewandhaus, La Jolla Arts Festival in California and a European tour with the Dover Quartet. Future engagements include his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The Music of Penelope Thwaites

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Penelope Thwaites
Schott Music, London

6 May 2016

Penelope is a musician with an exceptionally wide repertoire.  Her London debut in 1974 featured the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mussorgsky. She has gone on to perform both the well-known classics alongside rarely performed repertoire, such as the Constant Lambert Piano Sonata, and works by notable Australians such as Arthur Benjamin, Peter Sculthorpe and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Her CD, ‘Travelling Between Worlds’, includes many other favourite composers.

After graduating with highest honours at the top of her year in a B Mus degree from Melbourne University, she found herself initially working in and composing for the theatre. Hundreds of songs, four musicals and four revues later, she worked with West End artists on her musical (with Alan Thornhill)  Ride!Ride!, a show that has continued in production with both amateurs and professionals ever since. Gramophone Magazine described the CD as “a compelling aural drama.”

Franz Scharwenka transcription of Beethoven 9 for piano duet

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: beethoven transcription, ben schoeman. franz schwarenka, tessa uys

Ludwig van Beethoven
13th May, 27th June and 7th September 2016

Tessa Uys and Ben Schoeman (piano duo)
Beethoven : Symphony no 9 (‘Choral’) arr for piano duet by Franz Scharwenka

13th May 2016

St Barnabas Church Lunchtime Concert Series, London W5

Fridays, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
VISIT Music at St Barnabas

 

27th June 2016

June Recital Series at St Lawrence Jury

Mondays, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
VISIT St Lawrence Jewry

7th September 2016

Melford Music Lunchtime Recitals, Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk

Wednesdays, 1.15pm
VISIT Melford Music

Another Audience with the Diva

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: Alison Pearce, art songs, concert, Jermyn Street Theatre, operatic arias

DivaSOPRANO ALISON PEARCE presents ‘ANOTHER AUDIENCE WITH THE DIVA’
An evening of song and spoken ‘intimacies’ from a life in music

Sunday 15th May 2016 at 8pm at the Jermyn Street Theatre, SW1

A must-see event for lovers of music and those who want a glimpse into the fascinating world of ‘divadom’. Internationally acclaimed soprano, Alison Pearce, rides into town with a glittering – but ‘intimate’ evening of song and ‘confidential’ anecdotes from her distinguished career in music. The evening promises an extravaganza of Operatic Arias, favourites from the Musicals and Art songs interspersed with spoken intimacies. Renowned for her ‘down to earth approach’ the audience will delight in Alison’s candid observations as well as her magnificent voice. Ms Pearce is accompanied by Maestro pianist Benjamin Costello and keeping a tight rein on proceedings is Master of Ceremonies Martin Dibben.

The performance starts at 8pm and runs for approximately 100 minutes plus an interval of 15 minutes.
Alison Pearce is delighted to organise this event to benefit NEW HORIZON YOUTH CENTRE.

Tickets: £25. Box Office: 020 7287 2875: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST

Archaeus Quartet play Leonard Salzedo

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, hanbleden valley churches, leonard salzedo

Archaeus Quartet

HAMBLEDEN CONCERTS
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN RG9 6RT
near Henley on Thames
SATURDAY MAY 28th at 7.30 pm
Mozart quartet in G K387
Salzedo quartet no. 5 Op.32/1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Nick Roberts- cello

Tickets £15.00 under 18’s free. From: Mrs C Allen, 2 Wargrave Hall, High St,
Wargrave, Berks RG10 8DA enclosing SAE.
tel. 01189 403555. email benandcarol@btinternet.com

Hambleden Valley Churches

Hertfordshire Festival of Music – Tasmin Little

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: hertfordshire music festival, tasmin little, violin

Saturday, 11 June 2016 from 19:30 to 22:00

Tasmin Little

‘Tasmin Little – one of the world’s leading violinists.’ Classic FM – is joined by renowned pianist John Lenehan in a programme of Schubert, Franck, Beethoven and a world première from composer and HFoM Co-Artistic Director James Francis Brown.

There will also be an opportunity hear Tasmin speak about music and her career before the concert (18.30-19.00), an event free to all ticket holders.

We really hope that you can join us for this special concert in such a lovely part of the country, and for the first event in what we hope will become a valued addition to the UK’s musical calendar.

Hertfordshire Music Festival

August 2016 Music Festival at St Lawrence Jewry

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Tags: august music festival, martyn noble, music in london, st laawrence jewry, tessa uys

St Lawrence Jewry, London at 1.00pm
St Lawrence Jewry church

20 days of lunchtime recitals throughout the month of August

Tessa Uys, piano Martyn Noble, organ

To open the festival in which we celebrate Franz Joseph Haydn, we have two of the master’s concertos for piano, the C major Hob. XV111:1 and D major Hob. XV111:11, sandwiching the sonata for piano in B minor. Hob XVl:32

August Music Festival

August Music in London

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Tags: august 2016, christian valle, dylan perez, london concerts, st lawrence jewry

St Lawrence Jewry, London at 1.00pm
St Lawrence Jewry church

20 days of lunchtime recitals throughout the month of August

Christian Valle, bass baritone Dylan Perez, piano

A Norwegian singer and an American pianist combine to perform the great song cycle Songs and Dances of Death by Mussorgsky. Their programme will include one of Haydn’s best known solos for keyboard, the Andante with variations, also known as Un piccolo divertimento, Hob, XV11: 6.

August Music Festival

Lunchtime Music at St Lawrence Jewry

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Tags: august 2016, london concerts, nigel foster, sarah campbell, st lawrence jewry

St Lawrence Jewry, London at 1.00pm
St Lawrence Jewry church

20 days of lunchtime recitals throughout the month of August

Nigel Foster, piano Sarah Campbell, trumpet

A rare opportunity to hear Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob 7e/1 as part of this programme. Almost certainly the most popular concerto of all of ‘Papa’s’ output, composed in 1796.

August Music Festival

Music for flute, oboe and clarinet

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: eric wolfe-gordon, london concerts in august, music for flute oboe clarinet, ray leung, rosamund harpur, st lawrence jewry, william white, world premiere performance

St Lawrence Jewry, London at 1.00pm
St Lawrence Jewry church

20 days of lunchtime recitals throughout the month of August

Rosamund Harpur, flute Eric Wolfe-Gordon, oboe William White, clarinet

In her return visit to the festival, Rosamund brings with her two friends to play a programme which will include Haydn’s London Trio I in C major, and a new work written especially for the group by Ray Leung, a world premiere

August Music Festival

ROSL Arts in Edinburgh

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, emerging performers, ROSL Arts

Edward King

Edward King


“The best place to spot future talent is undoubtedly the Royal Over-Seas League music series”
THE HERALD

“The ROSL’s 60-year old record for supporting young artists bears enormous fruit…, it attracts the cream of the young musical crop”
THE SCOTSMAN

From Monday 8th August to Friday 2 August, ROSL Arts will be running their Music and More programme on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

100 Princes Street is the venue for Breakfast (9.30am) – After Lunch (2.00pm) – TeaTime (4.00pm) and – Late (10.30pm) mini-concerts.

Full programme information

The best selling ROSL ARTS classical music programme is augmented by new events in the lunchtime slot of each week – talks on the history of colour, literary panel discussions on fantasy, heroines, detectives and Scottish poetry, and anecdotes about famous composers.

TICKET PRICES MUSIC AND BOOK EVENTS ARE PRICED AT £12, £10 CONCESSIONS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Performances last approximately 1 hour.
Complimentary refreshments are served after events (unless otherwise indicated)

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE FROM:
FRINGE BOX OFFICE
180 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1QS
0131 226 0000
(9am – 9am)
www.edfringe.com
ROSL ARTS VENUE 19
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB
0131 225 1501
(10am – 10pm)
www.rosl.org.uk

Music and More – week 1

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, emerging performers, ROSL Arts

Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Ferio Saxophone Quartet


“The best place to spot future talent is undoubtedly the Royal Over-Seas League music series”
THE HERALD

“The ROSL’s 60-year old record for supporting young artists bears enormous fruit…, it attracts the cream of the young musical crop”
THE SCOTSMAN

From Monday 8th August to Friday 2 August, ROSL Arts will be running their Music and More programme on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

100 Princes Street is the venue for Breakfast (9.30am) – After Lunch (2.00pm) – TeaTime (4.00pm) and – Late (10.30pm) mini-concerts.

Full programme information

The best selling ROSL ARTS classical music programme is augmented by new events in the lunchtime slot of each week – talks on the history of colour, literary panel discussions on fantasy, heroines, detectives and Scottish poetry, and anecdotes about famous composers.

TICKET PRICES MUSIC AND BOOK EVENTS ARE PRICED AT £12, £10 CONCESSIONS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Performances last approximately 1 hour.
Complimentary refreshments are served after events (unless otherwise indicated)

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE FROM:
FRINGE BOX OFFICE
180 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1QS
0131 226 0000
(9am – 9am)
www.edfringe.com
ROSL ARTS VENUE 19
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB
0131 225 1501
(10am – 10pm)
www.rosl.org.uk

Music and More – week 2

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, emerging performers, ROSL Arts

Charlotte Ashton

Charlotte Ashton


“The best place to spot future talent is undoubtedly the Royal Over-Seas League music series”
THE HERALD

“The ROSL’s 60-year old record for supporting young artists bears enormous fruit…, it attracts the cream of the young musical crop”
THE SCOTSMAN

From Monday 8th August to Friday 2 August, ROSL Arts will be running their Music and More programme on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

100 Princes Street is the venue for Breakfast (9.30am) – After Lunch (2.00pm) – TeaTime (4.00pm) and – Late (10.30pm) mini-concerts.

Full programme information

The best selling ROSL ARTS classical music programme is augmented by new events in the lunchtime slot of each week – talks on the history of colour, literary panel discussions on fantasy, heroines, detectives and Scottish poetry, and anecdotes about famous composers.

TICKET PRICES MUSIC AND BOOK EVENTS ARE PRICED AT £12, £10 CONCESSIONS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Performances last approximately 1 hour.
Complimentary refreshments are served after events (unless otherwise indicated)

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE FROM:
FRINGE BOX OFFICE
180 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1QS
0131 226 0000
(9am – 9am)
www.edfringe.com
ROSL ARTS VENUE 19
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB
0131 225 1501
(10am – 10pm)
www.rosl.org.uk

Music and More – week 3

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: Edinburgh Festival Frings, emerging performers, ROSL Arts

Gillian Keith - soprano

Gillian Keith – soprano


“The best place to spot future talent is undoubtedly the Royal Over-Seas League music series”
THE HERALD

“The ROSL’s 60-year old record for supporting young artists bears enormous fruit…, it attracts the cream of the young musical crop”
THE SCOTSMAN

From Monday 8th August to Friday 2 August, ROSL Arts will be running their Music and More programme on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

100 Princes Street is the venue for Breakfast (9.30am) – After Lunch (2.00pm) – TeaTime (4.00pm) and – Late (10.30pm) mini-concerts.

Full programme information

The best selling ROSL ARTS classical music programme is augmented by new events in the lunchtime slot of each week – talks on the history of colour, literary panel discussions on fantasy, heroines, detectives and Scottish poetry, and anecdotes about famous composers.

TICKET PRICES MUSIC AND BOOK EVENTS ARE PRICED AT £12, £10 CONCESSIONS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
Performances last approximately 1 hour.
Complimentary refreshments are served after events (unless otherwise indicated)

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE FROM:
FRINGE BOX OFFICE
180 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1QS
0131 226 0000
(9am – 9am)
www.edfringe.com
ROSL ARTS VENUE 19
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House
100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB
0131 225 1501
(10am – 10pm)
www.rosl.org.uk

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Ealing Abbey

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Eamonn Dougan will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Wells Cathedral

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Tewkesbury Abbey

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

English Chamber Orchestra at Windsor Festival

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

In a series of three concerts the Windsor Festival marks the Centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin, the founding Artistic Director of the Festival, with three of the world’s greatest violinists. Performing in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, the English Chamber Orchestra has played at the Festival throughout its history and tonight is joined by Tasmin Little and Howard Shelley. Tasmin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Mendelssohn Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Fauré Pavane, Op. 50
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90: Italian

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little (violin)
Howard Shelley (conductor)

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Milton Keynes City Church

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Eamonn Dougan will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Coventry Cathedral

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

English Chamber Orchestra in Dublin

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

Performing at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers.

The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.
 
 
Haydn Symphony No. 92 in G major (‘Oxford’)
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Beethoven Violin Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike (violin)
José Serebrier (conductor)

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Southwell Minster

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Blackburn Cathedral

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

Two Piano Gala Feat at the London Piano Festival

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: kings place, london piano festival, nico muhly, two pianos in concert

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London Piano Festival Saturday 8th October, 7.00pm

Tonight’s concert brings together a wonderful group of pianist friends and colleagues to explore the riches, complexities and joys of music for two pianos.

The works chosen are almost exclusively from the 20th Century and include two French orchestral masterpieces in their initial, pianistically-revealing versions. A number of rarities are present including the extraordinary Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni, a true homage to the works of JS Bach and a piece greatly admired and recorded by Alfred Brendel at the beginning of his career.

Rachmaninoff’s early Suite No. 1 is, by turns, hauntingly Russian, quasi Wagnerian and strikingly minimalist in its evocation of ecstatic passion, obsessional grief and the clangorous sounds of Orthodox Easter festivities.

The third part of the concert is designed to add a fun, extended encore-like atmosphere to the proceedings with Nico Muhly’s Fast Patterns, receiving its World Premiere. This will be followed by the Roaring Twenties excitement of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a selection of sultry Piazzola Tangos and will finish with the evergreen melodies of Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess recreated for two pianos by the Australian virtuoso Percy Grainger.

Stephen Kovacevich
Katya Apekisheva
Ronan O’Hora
Charles Owen
Martin Roscoe
Kathryn Stott
Ashley Wass

Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (O’Hora & Roscoe)
Debussy Lindaraja; Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (Kovacevich & Owen)
Rachmaninoff Suite No. 1 (Owen & Apekisheva)
Ravel La Valse (O’Hora & Wass)
Nico Muhly Fast Patterns* (Owen & Apekisheva)

Milhaud Le Boeuf sur le Toit (Apekisheva & Wass)
Piazzolla Tangos (Stott & Wass)
Grainger Fantasy on Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ (Stott & Roscoe)

*World Premiere

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Julian Joseph in Concert at the London Piano Festival

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: jazz, julian joseph, kings place, london piano festival, new compositions

julian-joseph

Saturday 9th October at 2.00pm – Hall 1

Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge from this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has performed extensively for over two decades, firmly establishing himself as a towering figure in the contemporary jazz world. Equally admired for his electrifying piano playing and extensive compositions, he is also a respected bandleader, inspirational collaborator and an engaging broadcaster; in essence a true champion of music.

Drawing inspiration from the classical as well as the rock and pop worlds, Julian Joseph considers all influences essential to his music making, His own challenging and innovative works are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and reveal his unique voice combined with those of his predecessors.

For the London Piano Festival’s closing concert, Julian will create a unique mixture of pieces to include a selection of his own compositions linked with many well-loved jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington and Porter. All of these will be announced from the stage.

‘The London pianist Julian Joseph’s music unfolds as a dramatic narrative with each twist and subplot marked by a stab, riff or unexpected change of key. The foundations are solid; clear melodies and strong harmonic structures’ Financial Times, February 2015

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English Chamber Orchestra at Kings Place, London

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

Peerless violist and the English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust’s new Artistic Director Lawrence Power opens the season with Biber’s La Battalia, an extraordinary depiction of war, redefining and inventing instrumental techniques that were truly groundbreaking. Lawrence is the soloist in Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre for violin and strings, composed during the outbreak of World War II, a heart-wrenching lament for a lost world. Written after the First World War, Kodály’s Serenade for two violins and viola is one of his most personal works, infused with the Hungarian folk music he’d collected with Bartók. After war, a hard-won peace, with Mozart’s seminal dialogue between equals, the Sinfonia concertante, with violinist Anthony Marwood.

Biber La Battalia 1673
Hartmann Concerto funebre 1939
Kodály Serenade for two violins and viola, Op. 12
Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin, viola & orchestra, K364

Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power

Lawrence Power (viola/violin, director)
Anthony Marwood (violin)

19th London New Wind Festival

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: Anne Boyd, Catherine Plugyers, Elizabeth Lutyens, Janet Beat, Jennifer Fowler, London New Wind Festival, St Cyrpian's Church London

Catherine Plugyers - Director London New Wind Festival

Catherine Plugyers – Director London New Wind Festival

Friday October 21st 7.30pm
St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth St, London

BIRTHDAY COMPOSERS AND COLLEAGUES
flute
oboe
clarinet
horn
trombone
bassoon
piano

Elizabeth Lutyens Footfalls for Flute and Piano
Catherine Pluygers Posthorn for Solo Horn
Jenny Fowler New Work for Bassoon Solo (first performance)
Janet Beat Two Images for Woodwind Quartet (first performance)
Anne Boyd (TBC) Market Garden for Solo Piano

And includes music by Bernard Stevens (TBC), David Blake, Cornelius Cardew, Lawrence Casserly and brand new pieces as a result of our annual call.

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Email: catherinepluygers@hotmail.com
Telephone: 020 8699 1101

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage at Kings Place, London

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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

Continuing their 2016 Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen perform works from their latest CD, The Deer’s Cry with the music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Arvo Pärt.

For this performance, Harry Christophers will conduct.

English Chamber Orchestra: A Concert for Max

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English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was one of the most influential pioneers in British music for more than half a century, creating ground-breaking works in all forms and areas of musical life, writing for all types of musician from famous virtuosi to children’s choirs and folk ensembles.

The English Chamber Orchestra is proud of its outreach programme, Close Encounters, which is run by the musicians in the orchestra and takes music into many settings within communities and schools around the UK and abroad.

 

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Presenter Tom Service is joined by a host of artists and composers close to Max for this special evening in which we present his music alongside new works written in his memory.

    • Peter Maxwell Davies Seven in Nomine
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Sea Eagle for Solo Horn
    • Colin Matthews New piece
    • David Matthews New piece
    • James MacMillan Seraph for Trumpet and Strings
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto No 5 for Violin and Viola
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Sromness for solo piano

 
 
 
 
Sir James MacMillan (conductor)
Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Daniel Hope (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Simon Crawford-Philips (piano, director)
Richard Watkins (horn)
Tom Service (presenter)

Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha in 25th Birthday Concert Series

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: contemporary music, hebrides ensemble, psappha

Hebrides EnsembleOver the past quarter of a century, Hebrides has premiered no fewer than 140 new pieces of music, more than half of which we have commissioned ourselves. From cutting edge digital programmes to classics of the modern repertoire, Hebrides has always championed the very best in chamber music and our 25th birthday events honour this extraordinary legacy.

And what better way to mark the occasion than by joining forces with Psappha, England’s foremost contemporary music ensemble who also celebrate their 25th birthday this year. Together, we mark the start of a new chapter with a powerful new co-commission from David Fennessy that sets string sextet against cimbalom in a stark and compelling modern soundworld. With its austere angles and driving sense of pulse, it forms a thrilling contrast to Transfigured Night, Schoenberg’s beautiful masterpiece for string sextet, which follows two lovers as they share their secrets in the glow of the moonlight.

Psappha New Music Ensemble

 

 

8 November 2016 @ 7.30PM St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
9 November 2016 @ 7.30PM The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
10 November 2016 Peel Hall, University of Salford, The Red Brick Sessions
11 November 2016 @ 7.15PM Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
12 November 2016 @ 7.30PM Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University.

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La Serenissima at Turner Sims

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: adrian chandler, albinoni, baroque music, caldara, corelli, la serenissima, southampton, tartini, torelli, turner sims concert hall, vivaldi

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, 8th November at 8.00pm
Highfield Road Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Adrian Chandler, director, violin, violino in tromba marina
Peter Whelan, bassoon
La Serenissima - photo ny Eric Richmond

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME
Caldara, Sinfonia in C
Corelli, Sinfonia to S. Beatrice d’Este in D minor
Albinoni, Sinfonia to La Statira in C
Vivaldi, Concerto for bassoon in C, RV 467
Vivaldi, Concerto Alla Rustica in G, RV 151
Tartini, Concerto for violin in D, D 51
Albinoni, Concerto in F Op.9 No.3
Torelli, Sinfonia, G 33

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String Talk at The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, leonard salzedo, stringtalk, the underground theatre

Ann Hooley
Elizabeth TurnbullTHE UNDERGROUND THEATRE, EASTBOURNE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13TH at 2.45pm
Ann Hooley and Elizabeth Turnbull, founder members of the Archaeus Quartet, formed “String Talk” in 1989 presenting programmes of duos and solos for violin and viola from a repertoire extending from Baroque to the present day. Leonard Salzedo wrote his Sonata Op.132 especially for Elizabeth and Ann.
Their programme today will include the complete two-part Inventions by J.S Bach (1685-1750), Sonata for violin and viola Op.132 by Salzedo (1921-2000) and a work by Allessandro Rolla (1757-1841)

Tickets @ £10.00 (UGT members £9; students £5) can be obtained from:
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or, if available, on the door
TEL: 0843 289 1980

Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta Perform Snowmelt

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: london sinfonietta, marius neset, snowmelt, turner sims

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, 22nd November at 8.00pm
Highfield Road Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Norwegian composer and saxophonist Marius Neset leads an orchestral performance of music from his forthcoming new album.
Marius Neset - photo by Lisbeth Holton

Snowmelt (live performance of new recording)

Wunderkind saxophonist Marius Neset exploded on to the UK stage in 2010 when he performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of his mentor Django Bates’ 50th birthday celebrations. Using a palette of visceral instrumental sounds, his music mixes the lyricism of his Scandinavian roots with the high-octane fury of Bates and Zappa.

Following the world premiere of his new album Snowmelt at the EFG London Jazz Festival, here now is a second live performance at Turner Sims Southampton. This music stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demanding infectious energy and lightning virtuosity from nineteen London Sinfonietta players and a jazz quartet, with Neset at their helm.

Neset’s music has an infectious energy and a harmonic dynamism which is very different, and hugely refreshing. The Telegraph

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Severnside Composers’ Alliance

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bristol, madeleine mitchell, severnside composers alliance, violin

madeleine-mitchell-violinSevernside Composers Alliance presents
A St. Cecilia’s Day concert featuring
Madeleine Mitchell – violin and Geoffrey Poole – piano
Tuesday 22 November, 2016 7.30pm
St. George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
www.severnsidecomposersalliance.co.uk
or from St. George’s box office: 0845 40 24 001
 
 

Eclectic virtuoso of the violin, Madeleine Mitchell, has inspired living composers to a
staggering degree
BBC Radio 3.

…One of Britain’s liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist,
Madeleine Mitchell.
Richard Morrison, the Times

A violinist in a million,…staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship. Michael
Tumelty, Glasgow Herald

Programme:
Olivier Messiaen Theme & Variations (1932)
Steven Kings Prelude, Cumulation, Trio
Sulyen Caradon Dorian Dirge
Jolyon Laycock The Persistence of Memory (world premiere)
Michael Nyman Taking it as Read (2007)
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata no.10 in G op 96 (1812)

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Metallics – Psappha Soloists

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: charlotte bray, helmut lachenmann, jonathan harvey, psappha, stylianos dimou, tom harrold

Metallics-Psappha

Metallics – Psappha Soloists

Psappha at St. Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

Saturday 03 December 2016, 19:30

Benjamin Powell (piano), Tim Williams (cimbalom), Benedict Holland (violin) and Jennifer Langridge (cello)

Join us in our St Michael’s home for this special collaboration with Curated Place.

 
 
Steve Reich
Cello Counterpoint

Peter Maxwell Davies
Sonatina for violin & cimbalom

Jonathan Harvey
Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and electronics

Tom Harrold
Speechless Skies for solo cello

Nuria Bonet
Pota for cimbalom and electronics

Charlotte Bray
Oneiroi for solo piano

Helmut Lachenmann
Toccatina for solo violin

Stylianos Dimou
Metallicas (world première)

The centrepiece of this performance is the world premiere of Stylianos Dimou’s Metallicas where acoustic sounds undergo electronic transformation resulting in the assembly of sonic twins.

Featuring emerging composers alongside established 20th century greats the programme has been curated to showcase Psappha’s virtuoso musicians in an eclectic mix of music that – along with tape and electronics – explores the sonorities of each individual instrument.

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Whiteacre Winds in Concert

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: casadesus, ernest tomlinson, fulbourn cambridge, sarah rodgers, whiteacre winds

whiteacre-winds-clarinetConcert at St Vigor’s, Fulbourn, Cambridge, Sunday 4th December at 7.30pm
Whiteacre Winds, conductor Sarah Rodgers, perform:
Handel – Sinfonia from Solomon (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba)
Tomlinson – Concerto for Wind Instruments
Byrd – Variations on the tune, ‘Walsingham’
Poulenc – Suite Francaise
Casadesus – London Sketches
Mozart – Wind Serenade in C minor K.388Dvorak – Serenade for Winds,

Admission free.
Retiring collection for the Friends of St Vigor’s.

London Sinfonietta at St John’s Smith Square

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hans abrahamsen, london sinfonietta, morgan hayes, simon holt

Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee

Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

A concert as part of the London Sinfonietta’s 2016-2017 Southbank Residency

Michael Cox piccolo
Thierry Fischer conductor
London Sinfonietta
 
Morgan Hayes Overture: The Kiss (2016) (world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission)
Simon Holt: Fool is Hurt (2015) (UK premiere of a London Sinfonietta co-commission)
Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008)

Journey into a frozen wilderness

From the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast, impenetrable snowdrifts – Hans Abrahamsen’s monumental artwork Schnee is an all-encompassing experience. In this hour-long tour de force Abrahamsen uses a series of interlocking canons to create a magnificent and ethereal piece of musical architecture. The loneliness and quietude of this frozen landscape finds resonance in Simon Holt’s piccolo concerto – Fool is Hurt – a work inspired by the isolation of the central character in the Federico Fellini film La Strada.

Simon Holt’s work has been co-commissioned with the NOVA Ensemble and supported by the London Sinfonietta Pioneers

This concert is supported by the RVW Trust

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Bath Abbey Christmas Story

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bath abbey, bristol ensemble, jools scott, shean bowers

Jools Scott

Jools Scott

Bristol Ensemble

December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bath Abbey
Bath

Shean Bowers conducts the world premiere of And There Was Light by Jools Scott, performed by the Boys’ and Girls’ choirs and Melody Makers of Bath Abbey and the Bristol Ensemble, with narration from Tim Delap (History Boys, Woman In Black). This 55 minute Christmas extravaganza is a fresh telling of an old story, with familiar carols and melodies, two new carols with words by Sue Curtis, framed by narrated passages from the King James’ Bible Christmas story.

Not to be missed!

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Haydn’s Creation – Scherzo Chorus and Orchestra

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: haydn's creation, holy trinity church, scherzo chorus and orchestra

Holy Trinity Church, London
January 12th 2017, 7.30pm

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The Creation

Benedictus Liberal Arts Trust are delighted to announce a performance of the great oratorio The Creation by Franz Josef Haydn, performed by the Scherzo Ensemble. Scherzo is an ensemble of leading young singers at conservatoires in London. We will be joined by Scherzo Chorus and Orchestra.

Gulsin Onay plays Schumann, Ravel and Beethoven

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Tags: beethoven, cambridge, gulsin onay, ravel, schumann

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
January 14th 2017, 7.30pm

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Gulsin Onay

Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a guest soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, English Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. She has performed under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek.

Joshua Bell at Cadogan Hall

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: academy of st martin in the fields, cadogan hall, joshua bell

Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
January 19th 2017, 7.30pm

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Joshua Bell

After delivering an explosive unconducted performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Academy in 2015/16, Music Director and violinist Joshua Bell returns to play and direct the orchestra in another iconic masterpiece, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Two of Beethoven’s most popular works sit either side: the Egmont Overture powerfully captures the heroic tale of the 16th century Dutch Count Egmont’s resistance against the Inquisition, and Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’, paints pictures of nature in all its glory, from bubbling brooks and sun-drenched meadows to raging storms.

A pre-concert talk will take place from 6:30pm in the Caversham Room.

Send a Piano to Cuba – a Concert of Cuban Music

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: ann liebeck, cuba, marcos madrigal, venezuelan composers

Bolivar Hall, Venezuelan Embassy, London
January 21st 2017, 7.30pm

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Ann Liebeck

The brilliant multi-prize winning international Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal will join opera singer Ann Liebeck in an exciting programme of songs and solo piano music by some of Cuba’s most famous classical composers little heard in the UK. The programme will include two UK premieres by contemporary composers,Grammy winner Yalil Guerra who is based in Los Angeles and Jose Maria Vitier from Havana. Marcos won an important prize for his new cd Cuba piano music of Ernesto Lecuona last year in Paris. Opera singer Ann Liebeck specialises in performances of Latin American music and especially tango.She recently returned from Havana where she led opera workshops at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte.

Knightsbridge Festival

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Tags: Knightsbridge, St Paul's Church, Tamila Salimdjanova, Thames Chamber Orchestra

St Pauls Church, Knightsbridge, London
January 28th 2017, 7.30pm

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Tamila Salimdjanova

Thames Chamber Orchestra continues its series of Knightsbridge Festival concerts at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge with a programme featuring Chopin’s much loved second piano concerto. In this work, the orchestra is joined by the fabulous young Uzbekistan pianist, Tamila Salimdjanova. The evening begins with a rousing Telemann overture for strings, trumpets and drums and concludes with Mozart’s wonderful Symphony No 39 in E flat. Keith Marshall conducts and it will be an evening not be missed!

The Hermes experiment at Kings Place

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: kings place, the hermes experiment, timothy salter

Thursday 16th February, Kings Place, Hall 2 at 8.00pm
The Hermes Experiment
Concert includes first performance of a new work by Timothy Salter, The blood-dimmed tide, for voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, commissioned by The Hermes Experiment. The text, poetic extracts interspersed with political and philosophical statements, relates to the subject of revolution, and the work will be performed in a concert of music that commemorates the centenary of 1917.

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Light and Matter, performed by Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: light and matter, psappha, world premiere performances

Thursday 16th February, St Michael’s, Manchester at 7.30pm
Psappha - Light and Matter
A programme that explores the music of extremes. From Coult’s skittish piano solos with bluesy jambouree to Duddell’s REM-inspired Nightswimming. We travel through the complex rhythmic structures of Xenakis’ Psappha to a continuous transformation of light on glinting leaves in Saariaho’s Light and Matter. Continuing McPherson’s series for solo and virtual instruments, Williams Machine was a birthday present to Psappha. Hall’s Advert – wedding dress reflects on the society of today through a series of hard-hitting poems by Polish writer Agnieszka Dale in a collaboration with electronic artist Mira Calix.

Tom Coult – Two Games and a Nocturne (Psappha commission, world première)
Joe Duddell – Nightswimming
Emily Hall – Advert – wedding dress (Psappha commission, world première)
Gordon McPherson – Williams Machine (world première)
Kaija Saariaho – Light and Matter
Xenakis – Psappha

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Lark Ascending at Sage Gateshead

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: bradley creswick, lark ascending, royal northern sinfonia

Wednesday 1st March, Sage Gateshead at 7.30pm
Bradley Creswick
Bradley Creswick director/violin
Timothy Orpen clarinet
Royal Northern Sinfonia
ELGAR Introduction and Allegro
FINZI Clarinet Concerto
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
TIPPETT Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Vaughan Williams’ famous bird in flight is often regarded as quintessentially English music. However, as the rest of this programme shows, there are plenty more paths to the unique musical tradition of these isles, ranging back all the way to Tallis.

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New Clarinet Concerto by Patrick Hawes

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: emma johnson, norwich, patrick hawes, st andrews halls

Sunday 12th March, St Andrew’s Halls, Norwich at 3.00pm
Emma Johnson
The premiere performance of Patrick’s new Clarinet Concerto written especially for Emma Johnson. Emma will be performing alongside the St Thomas Orchestra of Norwich, conducted by Christopher Adey.

The Clarinet Concerto features on Emma’s new album An English Fantasy, recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Phil Ellis and released on Nimbus Records.

Patrick Hawes’s Clarinet Concerto [is] musically nourishing…a fine work….gorgeous…” GRAMOPHONE (Aug 2016)

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Antiphon: A Mass for All Seasons

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Tags: antiphon, Binchois, Dufay, holy cross haltwhistle, Palestrina, tynedale

Saturday 18th March, Holy Cross Parish Church Haltwhistle, at 7.30pm
Antiphon
Antiphon, a chamber choir based in Tynedale, presents a concert of Medieval and Renaissance music, conducted by John Roper. The main work is the beautiful Missa L’Homme Armé (The Armed Man Mass) by Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474). This will be interspersed with a sequence of chants and motets for the seasons of the religious year, by Binchois, Palestrina, Parsons, Sheppard, Tallis and Taverner.
 
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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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Beethoven for Henleaze Concert Society

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: bristol ensemble, henleaze concert society, viv mclean

Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Bristol
Tea-Time Concert
We welcome the virtuosic pianist Viv McLean back to the Henleaze Concert Society series to perform a chamber arrangement of Beethoven’s mighty and majestic ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5. The programme also includes music by Mozart and Strauss. Tickets from Opus 13 Music shop on 0117 923 0164 or online – follow link.

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Hoylake Chamber Concert Series

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Tags: coull quartet, hoylake chamber concert series

Monday 24th April at 7.30pm, Hoylake Chamber Concert Series, St Hildeburgh’s church, 1 Stanley Rd, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 1HL

Shostakovich Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122
Mozart Quartet in E flat K428
Beethoven Quartet in B flat, Op.130
with Grosse Fuge Finale

Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in “Editor’s Choice” in The Gramophone, it was also described as the “Benchmark Recording” by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.

Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, Robert Simpson and Howard Skempton. These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players!

The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:

“Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)

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Wotton Arts Festival

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Tags: bristol ensemble, ella york, watton arts festival

Saturday 6 May at 7.30pm, St Mary’s parish church, Wotton-under-Edge
Wotton Arts Festival
The Bristol Ensemble is joined by Wotton-under-Edge local young musician Ella York, who will perform the Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello. The programme also includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5, Suite Antique by Rutter, a Beatles’ medley and Piazzolla’s tangos.

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Warwick Arts Centre – Resident Quartet

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Thursday 11th May at 7.15pm, Helen Martin Studio, University of Warwick Arts Centre, CV4 7AL

Britten Three Divertimenti
Bridge Three Idylls
Haydn Quartet Op 103
Beethoven Quartet in A minor Op 132

COULL QUARTET

Roger Coull violin
Philip Gallaway violin
Jonathan Barritt viola
Nicholas Roberts cello

‘…the magnificent, seasoned ensemble of the Coull’. (The Strad)

Formed in 1974 by students at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned quartet leader, Sidney Griller, they rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, and has made tours of Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, China, India and the Far East.

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Ravel and Messiaen

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Friday 19th May, Norwich Playhouse at 7.30pm
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Annelien Van Wauwe clarinet
Amatis Piano Trio

Ravel Piano Trio in A minor
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Some of the most beautiful music has been inspired by the most harrowing of circumstances, none more so than Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Composed while Messiaen was interned in a prisoner of war camp in 1940, it received one of the most unique premieres in all music history when it was performed to an audience of fellow prisoners and German guards on a cold January night in a hut at the centre of war-torn Nazi Germany. Decades on, its heartfelt, expressive power is as vivid and as relevant as ever. Celebrated for their fiery and intelligent performances, the Amatis Trio with clarinettist Annelien Van Wauve bring their exceptional musicianship to this compelling apocalyptic musical vision of the future.

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Beethoven with Thomas Ades

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Friday 26th May, St Andrew’s Hall at 7.30pm
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Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Adès conductor
Mark Stone baritone

Gerald Barry Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

In this concert, which is centred on the work and influence of Beethoven, we hear his witty first symphony paired with the virtuosic second. These are complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s famous love letter to his “immortal beloved”. Hearing how one of the most celebrated composer/conductors working today will interpret and illuminate these iconic works, is sure to be a major event in the classical music calendar.

‘Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new’ The Guardian – click here to read the full article

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Baritone Mark Stone discusses Gerald Barry’s Beethoven.

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Whiteacre Winds Summer Concert

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Tags: sarah rodgers, whiteacre winds

Sunday 11th June at 7.30pm, Fulbourn Parish Church
Church Lane, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, CB21 5EP
Sarah Rodgers
Whiteacre Winds, woodwind tentet conducted by Sarah Rodgers, perform music by Hidas, Arrieu, Alpaerts, Donizetti, Jacob and Binge.

Admission free with retiring collection to support the firends of St Vigors Church, Fulbourn.

Corinthian Chamber Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields

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Tuesday 20th June, St Martin in the Fields, London at 7.30pm
Corinthian Chamber Orchestra
Rameau Dances from Les Boréades
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Mike Seal, conductor
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, violin

Tickets: £22, £18, £14 (concessions £3 off)

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Email: tickets@corinthianorchestra.org.uk

Jean-Philippe Rameau is one of the orchestral world’s neglected masters. Although he is acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of French baroque music, modern symphony orchestras today rarely play his music. So, we are really pleased to play for you this evening some instrumental selections from Les Boréades (The Descendants of Boreas) an opera in five acts by this composer.

Mendelsohn’s violin concerto needs little introduction. The concerto turned out to be Mendelssohn’s last orchestral work and a powerhouse finale to a career burdened by the promise of spectacular early accomplishment.

The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Written mostly during his stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, it was a time when his deafness was becoming more apparent and he began to realise that it might be incurable. Paradoxically, “this Symphony is smiling throughout” (as Hector Berlioz remarked).

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Archaeus Quartet in Hastings

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, leonard salzedo

Saturday 24th June, St Clement’s Church, Old Town, Hastings at 7.30pm
Archaeus Quartet

The Archaeus Quartet: Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock, Elizabeth Turnbull, Martin Bradshaw

Beethoven quartet in G Op.18 No.2
Salzedo quartet No.1 Op.1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Julia Bradshaw

Tickets £10.00 on the door. Accompanied children, free.

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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300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music

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Tags: bristol ensemble, handel, water music, well cathedral school

Friday 14th July, Cedars Hall, Wells, Wells Cathedral School, Wells BA5 2ST, 7.00pm
Handel's Water Music

Handel’s Water Music 300th Anniversary

Bristol Ensemble
Louise Innes mezzo soprano
A special anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music and other treats, first played to a royal audience on the River Thames 300 years ago almost to the day, and now the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening in sight of Wells Cathedral.

All ticket prices include strawberries and cream.
There will be a long supper interval of 45 minutes for each concert. Drinks and some light catering will be available to purchase on the night or please feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on Cedars Lawn.
Tickets £14, £18, £23 available online or from the box office by telephone on 01749 834483 or email boxoffice@wells.cathedral.school. The box office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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Bristol Harbour Festival

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Tags: bristol ensemble, bristol harbour festival, handel 300th anniversary, water music

Sunday 23rd July, SS Great Britain, Bristol, 5.30pm
Bristol Harbour Festival

Handel’s Water Music 300th Anniversary celebrated at Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Ensemble will take centre stage at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival which will conclude with a 45-minute performance of Handel’s Water Music in the Floating Harbour at 5.30pm on Sunday 23 July. The Bristol Ensemble will perform on a flotilla of boats, with flares marking the finale beside Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

The dramatic performance will mark the 300th anniversary of the first legendary performance of the famous piece. In July 1717, the premiere was given in front of the King and his court aboard a flotilla of boats on the River Thames, so it is fitting that this recreation will take place on the water beside one of Bristol’s most exciting historic landmarks: Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Brunel was a great fan of Handel’s music, and requested that ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Judas Maccabaeus was performed at an underwater party held inside his new Thames Tunnel during its construction in the 1820s; Brunel later had the same piece performed at an event marking the completion of the Royal Albert Bridge, Plymouth.

Bristol’s 300th anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music is possible thanks to public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Earlier on Sunday 23 July, children from local primary schools involved with ‘Preludes’ music project will perform a new composition on the SS Great Britain and BBC Radio Bristol stage in Brunel Square. They will work with ‘Preludes’ teachers and musicians from the Bristol Ensemble, taking inspiration from Handel’s Water Music before premiering their Bristol Harbour Festival performance.

For more information on the performance including details of the flotilla route and timings follow the link

BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL

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St Lawrence Jewry Music Festival

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Tags: goldberg variations, st lawrence jewry, tessa uys

Monday 31st July, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Tessa Uys

St Lawrence Jewry Summer Chamber Music Festival 2017

20 lunchtime concerts starting at 1.00pm

Tessa Uys returns to the summer festival to open it with one of the finest of J. S. Bach’s compositions for keyboard, the Goldberg Variations BWV 988. A magnificent beginning to this year’s chamber music offering!

More concerts the same week:
Tuesday 1st AUGUST – Helen Bailey, soprano Chad Kelly, piano

Helen and Chad have chosen to include Bach’s Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut and Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa in their recital. In addition, a Mozart concert aria is scheduled together with a world premier composition from her husband, Jim Clements.

Wednesday 2nd – 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!

Thursday 3rd – Matthew Huber, cello

The first of three concerts which will present all six of Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello, composed when the master served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Matthew will begin by performing No’s 1 and 6 BWV 1007-1012.

Friday 4th – Emmanuel Bach, violin

Our first opportunity to listen to the unaccompanied violin in this festival. Emmanuel has chosen two works of approximately equal length and unquestionable genius: Bach’s Partita No 3 in E major BWV 1006 and the Sonata No 3 in C major BWV 1005.

Admission free

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St Lawrence Jewry Summer Music Festival

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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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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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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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Bang on a Can at Proms

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Festivals, New Work

Thursday 17th August, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 10.15pm
Bang on a Can

Bang on a Can late night Prom

Bang on a Can represents all that is most gleefully non-conformist and boundary-breaking in new music. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, this pioneering American artistic collective and its three composer-directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble.

The All-Stars perform classic works by Wolfe, Lang and Louis Andriessen alongside an 80th-birthday tribute to Philip Glass and a world premiere by Michael Gordon, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble. Expect propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves.

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Four Violas at St Lawrence Jewry Summer Festival

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Monday 21st August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm

Kesari Pundarika

The Bridge Viola Ensemble – Katherine Clarke, Anna Growns, Henrietta Hill, Kesari Pundarika

A rare opportunity to listen to music composed for the unusual combination of four violas! The Ensemble’s programme will feature the Bach Chaconne arranged by Ichiro Nodaira, together with York Bowen’s Fantasia for four violas Op 41 No 1.

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Ensemble Canon Japan

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Thursday 24th August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Ensemble Canon Japan

Ensemble Canon Japan

Toshiko Matsudaira, soprano Yoko Yokoyama, mezzo-soprano Yoshiko Toyonaga, piano

Ensemble Canon (Canon means Flower Sound in Japanese) is a vocal ensemble consisting of 2 singers: Toshiko (Soprano) and Yoko (mezzo-soprano) with Yosinko, their pianist.
The group’s performances showcase the beauty of Japanese song.

From Bach’s Präludium Cis-Dor BWV 848 via Mendelsohn duets to Japanese Art Song and folk songs with such intriguing titles as Gooey, Gooey, Soft and Sticky, Pass Along and Where are you all from!

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Schubert Octet at Lammermuir Festival

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Tags: hebrides ensemble, schubert octet

16 September 2017 at 7.45pm Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton.
Hebrides Ensemble

Performed by the renowned Scottish chamber ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble, Schubert’s Octet is one of the best loved of all pieces of chamber music. Cast on a grand scale in six movements it is also a work of the most sublime genius – in turn profound and playful, virtuosic and lyrical. Howells’s Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and strings was composed just after the Great War and is one of his finest works, infused, like the music of Schubert, with songful melody.

This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast at a later date.

‘The ensemble beautifully articulated each and every phrase in this impeccable performance.’
Scotland on Sunday

‘One of the most innovative and thrilling ensembles in Europe.’ The Guardian

Also in the programme –
Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet

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Bristol Ensemble: Teatime Concert

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Tags: bristol ensemble, haydn, piano trio, schubert

September 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
Papa Haydn

Bristol Ensemble continue their series of Teatime Concerts at various venues in Bristol.
For this concert at Christ Church, Nailsworth, the programme includes
Haydn Piano Trio No.44 in E major
Schubert Piano Trio No.2 in E flat major D.929

Yoshiko Endo piano
Roger Huckle violin
Alison Gillies cello

Tickets £10 on the door.

Messiah 4 Grenfell

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Sunday October 8th at 7.00pm, Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London
messiah4grenfell
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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European Contemporary Composers Orchestra

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Tags: ecco, european contemporary composers orchestra, vienna

12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
European Contemporary Chamber Orchestra
The European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO)

ECCO is a project of the ECF committee of ECSA. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.

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The next ECCO concert will take place in Vienna on 12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The concert will be performed by Wiener Concert-Verein and feature the following string orchestra pieces:

Fenster – Gerald Resch (Austria)

Lacrimae – Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)

Respectus – Rene Eespere (Estonia)

Brittle Fluid – Tyler Futrell (Norway)

Sinfonietta- The Night of Fireworks – Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)

Per Archi – Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)

Plainsongs for Strings – Jennifer Fowler (UK)

Previous editions of ECCO have featured the Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (KOS) of the Society of Slovene Composers (Vienna 2011), the Silesian Philharmony (Vienna 2013), the Sturm und Klang ensemble (Brussels 2015, 2016 and 2017), the BBC Singers (London 2015), the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Ljubljana 2016) and the Big Band of RTV Slovenia. Among the conductors who have contributed to the ECCO concerts are Thomas Van Haeperen, Jessica Cottis, Sigi Feigl, James Morgan, Jürgen Bruns and Chunghi Min.

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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Bristol Ensemble play Mozart and Brahms

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Tags: bristol ensemble, dave pagett

Sunday 22 October, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
Dave Pagett

Bristol Ensemble continue their series of Teatime Concerts at various venues in Bristol.
For this concert at Christ Church, Nailsworth, the programme includes
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Dave Pagett clarinet
Roger Huckle and Rachel Gough violins
Carl Hill viola
Juliet McCarthy cello

Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Clarinet Quintet, one of the most well-loved chamber works for its exquisitely-crafted melodic lines,
is paired with Brahms’ lively and passionate Hungarian Dances, based on traditional folk tunes.

Tickets £10 on the door.

Penelope by Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Anna Clyne, Molly Joyce, Penelope, psappha

Thursday 26 October 2017, 19:30
Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats Manchester M4 6BF

Psappha Ensemble

Molly Joyce – Rave (UK première)

Anna Clyne – Steelworks

Sarah Kirkland Snider – Penelope*

Richard Balcombe – conductor*
Jessica Walker – vocalist*
Psappha Ensemble

Three striking works from brilliant US-based composers.

A woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is and she doesn’t know who he’s become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book she finds a way into his memory and the terror and trauma of war. Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music of Penelope moves from moments of elegiac reflection to dusky post-rock textures in a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home.

Rave gives the impression of impossible virtuosity, transforming the piano into a multi-dimensional piano/organ hybrid. Giving a fascinating glimpse into a disappearing world, the music of Steelworks interacts with film and with recorded interviews of employees at the last steelworks factory in Brooklyn.

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Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic

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Tags: New Music Northwest Festival

New Music Northwest Festival

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm, The Studios MediaCityUK

New Music Northwest Festival

Programme

David Horne Resonating Instruments
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne

Psappha Ensemble

Laura Bowler 3811 Nautical Miles
Larry Goves New Work (world première)
Mario Duarte Metztli
Grace-Evangeline Mason Kintsukouroi

BBC Philharmonic
Mark Heron conductor
Overview

Resonating Instruments is rhapsodic and volatile, entwining the ensemble around a solo cimbalom. “An absorbing work” – The Times.

Two Games and a Nocturne alternates skittish piano solos with bluesy jamboree in a work that, in Coult’s own words, “does what it says on the tin” with its two playful games followed by a gently swaying night-time reverie.

In this joint concert with the BBC Philharmonic we give well-deserved second performances of two of Psappha 25th anniversary commissions.

Psappha has now allocated all tickets for this event. If you would still like to come to the performance you can apply for tickets through BBC Audiences. Applications for tickets opens on 30 October and close on 5 November. For more information please click HERE.

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Psappha at St Michaels

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: psappha, St Michaels, wonderland

Friday 17th November 2017, at 7.30pm St Michaels, Manchester, UK
Psappha Ensemble

Wonderland

Music inspired by fantasy, surrealism and Led Zeppelin
 
 
 
 
Mark-Anthony Turnage Grazioso!
Richard Whalley Wonderland
Mark-Anthony Turnage Slide Stride
Brian Elias Geranos
Philip Cashian Leonora Pictures (world première)
Nicholas Kok Conductor
Psappha Ensemble

Leonora Pictures takes inspiration from the fantastical characters and landscapes of Lancashire-born surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. This piece was written to showcase Psappha’s virtuosic musicians. Geranos imagines Theseus’ dance after his escape from the Minotaur with music that mirrors the mazes of the Labyrinth while Wonderland celebrates the miracle of nature.The programme also features works by Mark-Anthony Turnage inspired by Led Zeppelin’s guitarist and the extrovert jazz of Fats Waller.

*Philip Cashian’s new work is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation Composers’ Fund

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Laura Snowden – Julian Bream Trust

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Tags: Laurs Snowden, wigmore hall

Tuesday 21st November 2017, at 7.30pm – Wigmore Hall

Laura Snowden - guitar

Laura Snowden performs rarely heard music by Giulio Regondi and Hans Erich Apostel with a brand new work by Olli Mustonen.

Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was handpicked by Julian Bream to give the Bream Trust concert at Wigmore Hall in 2015, including the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Catalan Peasant with Guitar. She was featured on the front cover of Classical Guitar Magazine Fall 2016 with an in-depth article describing her as “linking guitar’s past, present and future”. Laura was the first guitarist to graduate from the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones, and was invited by guitarist John Williams to perform at Shakepeare’s Globe with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite No.3 in C major BWV1009
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart Op. 9
Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
Introduzione e capriccio Op. 23
Olli Mustonen (b.1967)
Sonata No. 2 (world première) [1]
Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
Vals Op. 8 No. 3
Vals Op. 8 No. 4
Hans Erich Apostel (1901-1972)
Sechs Musiken Op. 25
Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999 )
En los trigales
Zarabanda Lejana
3 piezas españolas
Invocación y danza

Commissioned by The Julian Bream Trust

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Whiteacre Winds Winter Concert

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Categories: Concerts, Women musicians
Tags: whiteacre winds

Sunday 3rd December 2017, at 7.30pm, St Vigors Fulbourn Cambridge
Sarah Rodgers

An English Garland

Whiteacre Winds, conductor Sarah Rodgers, perform music for wind nonet, including original works by Parry and Casadesus, plus arrangements of music by Sullivan and Elgar.

Admission free.

Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall

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Categories: Concerts
Tags: nash ensemble, roderick williams, wigmore hall

Saturday 9th December 2017, at 6.00pm and 7.30pm – Wigmore Hall, London
Nash Ensemble

‘The French Connection’

6.00pm:
Lily Boulanger: D’un soir triste, D’un matin de printemps
(piano trio)
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for cello & piano
 
 

7.30pm:
With: Roderick Williams (baritone)

Debussy: Danse sacrée et Danse profane (harp, string quartet & double bass
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka (are. for 2 pianos)
Stravinsky: Three movements from The Firebird (piano duo)
Poulenc: Le bal masqué (voice, piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin & cello)
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (voice & piano)
Ravel: Piano Trio

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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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Bristol Ensemble’s Festive Fiesta

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, Youth
Tags: bristol ensemble, christmas, st george's bristol

22nd December 2017 at 7.30pm, St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

bristol ensemble festive fiesta

A feel-good festive evening of carols and Christmas music – come and sing all your festive favourites with members of City of Bristol Choir, accompanied by The Bristol Ensemble and led in entertaining style by David Ogden. Bring the family for a wonderful evening of singing.

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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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Black Plays Bach Concerti

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Categories: Concerts, Women musicians
Tags: bach concerti, bristol ensemble, kings place, virginia black

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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Slapstick Festival Silent Comedy Gala

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Family, Festivals, New Work, Youth
Tags: bristol ensemble, comedy festival bristol

Friday 26th January at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

Silent Comedy Gala Billboard

Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

The host for this year’s gala show is soon to be announced and the film programme is an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live musical accompaniment.

Buster Keaton’s best loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

£10.50 to £60.00 incl. booking fee

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Salomon Orchestra Celebrate American Composers

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Categories: Concerts, Family
Tags: American composers, st johns smith square

Monday 29th January 2018 at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

Graham Ross, conductor

The Salomon Orchestra
Guest Conductor, Graham Ross

Programme:
Harbison – Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Bernstein – Symphony No.1: Jeremiah
Copland – Old American Songs First Set
Barber – Symphony No.1 in One Movement

Part of St John’s Smith Square’s Americana ’18 programme.

John Harbison’s orchestral foxtrot begins with an impression of the faraway green light on the East Egg dock, Gatsby’s yearn for the American dream, that would be shattered by corruption and excess. A tune from twenties style party music sketched for his abandoned opera on Fitzgerald’s novel forms the main foxtrot, culminating in fleeting references to the telephone bell and car horns signifying Gatsby’s fate.

Leonard Bernstein, who famously said for great things you need a plan and not quite enough time, completed his first symphony to a tight competition deadline on 31st December 1942. The first movement represents Jeremiah’s pleas to the people of Jerusalem to root out corruption or disaster would befall them, the second the sacking of the city, and the finale settings of Jeremiah lamenting the desolation. Bernstein refused suggestions to add an optimistic ending, and over his career he worked on the theme of corruption and a crisis in faith, to a conclusion that for renewal dogma and orthodoxy must be stripped away in favour of a fundamental belief in common humanity, as expressed in his eclectic Mass of 1971.

Benjamin Britten asked Aaron Copland to arrange some American songs for him and Peter Pears for the 1950 Aldeburgh Festival. These were such a success Copland arranged another set and orchestrated them all in 1957. The original set includes ‘Simple Gifts’, that was used to great effect in Appalachian Spring, and a children’s song ‘I bought me a cat’ complete with sounds of the barnyard and its animals.

Samuel Barber’s Symphony in One Movement is more universally symphonic similar to Sibelius’ approach and less overtly American than Copland’s later style. Lyrical and dramatic, it was in 1937 the first American music to be performed at the Salzburg festival.

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Beethoven on the Southbank

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Categories: Concerts, Period instruments, Women musicians
Tags: beethoven, marin alsop, nicola benedetti, oae, southbank

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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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (New Galloway)

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Sunday 11 February at 3.00pm, CatStrand, New Galloway
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Perth Concert Hall)

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Monday 12 February at 1.00pm, Perth Concert Hall
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Banchory)

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm Woodend Barn, Banchory
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.

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Caught in Treetops with Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Anna Clyne, charlotte bray, lucy armstrong, psappha

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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Bach, The Universe and Everything

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Family, New Work
Tags: bach, kings place, orchestra of the age of enlightenment

Sunday 18th February at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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OAE – The Corridors of Power

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Categories: Concerts, Period instruments, Women musicians
Tags: adam fischer, haydn and mozart, oae, royal festival hall

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

Lisa-Beznosiuk-OAE
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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Rush Hour Romantics at St John’s Waterloo

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals
Tags: rush hour romantics, southbank sinfonia, st johns waterloo

Thursday 15th March, St John’s, Waterloo at 6.00pm

Berlioz Cléopâtre
Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’
Jonathan Berman Conductor

This concert is free with no ticket required.

Schumann once wrote, admiringly, that Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was ‘written with drops of blood’. Both composers were ardent Romantics, eager to transplant their very souls into music. Both were entranced by all Beethoven had achieved whilst eager to prove themselves and outstep his shadow. You sense this in these works.

One hears young Berlioz’s own longing for recognition in Cleopatra’s appeal to the Gods for exaltation. Meanwhile, Schumann embarks on his own pastoral symphony, all the while seeking to detour from the path first trodden by Beethoven.

Part of Free Rush Hour Concerts

Bach, the Universe and Everything

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Family, Period instruments
Tags: kings place, orchestra of the age of enlightenment

Sunday 18th March at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Psappha perform Boulez

Date:
Categories: Concerts, New Work, Pre-concert event
Tags: Halle St Peters, pierre boulez, psappha

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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Sacred Debussy with the CBSO

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work
Tags: debussy festival, mirga, symphony hall birmingham

Saturday 24th March, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Debussy (orch. Matthews) La cathédrale engloutie, 5′
Bach Organ solo, 10′
Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium, 5′
Messiaen Dieu parmi nous, 10′
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane, 9′
Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, 35′

“What rules do you follow?”

…asked Claude Debussy’s music teacher. “Pleasure,” he replied. But pleasure can unlock whole worlds. 100 years after his death, join Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO as they set out in search of the wonder, the power and the sheer beauty of music’s quietest revolutionary.

We’ll journey through sensual pleasures and sacred ecstasies, children’s games and bold new sounds, culminating in a concert performance of Debussy’s fairytale opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It’s an adventure that’ll involve our entire musical family, plus musical groups from across the whole city.

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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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Tea-Time Concert – Bristol Ensemble

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Family, Women musicians
Tags: bristol ensemble, clara schumann

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.

A Wonderful Day

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work
Tags: chethams school of music, psappha, stoller hall

Friday 20 April 2018, Stoller Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 7.30pm

Psappha in Performance

Programme
Anna Clyne A Wonderful Day
Fausto Romitelli Amok Koma
Mike Walker Autonomy (World première)*
Steven Mackey Deal

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Mike Walker Electric guitar
Iain Dixon Reeds
Mike Smith Drums
Psappha Ensemble
Overview

Psappha explores the connections between jazz, rock and classical. The centerpiece is a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined by Mike and reeds player Iain Dixon in a piece that combines classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical.

Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natrural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle.

*Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

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Contemporary Music For All

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Categories: Concerts, Masterclasses, New Work
Tags: CoMA, Contemporary music-making for amateurs, hebrides ensemble

Saturday 21 April 2018, St Thomas of Aquins High School, Edinburgh – all day

Join the Hebrides Ensemble as part of the CoMA Edinburgh 2018 Festival

Hebrides Ensemble

Contemporary Music For All
Singers and Instrumentalists: Come and join us for a day of music-making
Be Part of the Future of Music

Do you love new music? Do you enjoy playing an instrument or singing? Then join Hebrides Ensemble for a day of inspiring and surprising music-making in this unique celebration of the UK’s flourishing new music culture. As part of the Contemporary Music for All 2018 Festival, you will have the chance to rehearse and perform alongside Hebrides Ensemble musicians led by conductor and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director, William Conway and Violinist, James Clark.

Applications to take part are invited from all instrumentalists and singers aged 16 or over and of grade 5 standard or above. The repertoire will include a new commission by Nigel Osborne for orchestra and choir.

You can be part of it!

Dates: Saturday 21st April
Schedule: 9.30 registration
10.00 – 13.00 Rehearsals
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14,00 – 16.30 Rehearsals
17.00 – Informal Concert

Venue: St Thomas of Aquins High School, 2 – 20 Chambers St, Edinburgh EH3 9ES

Fee: £25 full price, £15 unemployed, disability and student

Download the application form here

John Adams: The Wound-Dresser

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work
Tags: barbican centre, bbc singers, john adams, ross harris

Saturday 28 April 2018, Barbican, London at 7.30pm

The BBC Singers perform Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams and Harris (UK premiere)

Programme

Maurice Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin
John Adams
The Wound-Dresser
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ross Harris
Face

 

Allison Bell – soprano
James Way – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – baritone
BBC Singers
Gergely Madaras – conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra

The role of those who care for the injured provides the theme: Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines, putting himself in extreme danger. His Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.

John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, for baritone and orchestra, sets words by Walt Whitman who tended the wounded in battle, while Ross Harris’s celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies who pioneered facial reconstruction and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen.

Face, receiving its UK premiere is a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra with projections.

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Severnside Composers New Music Festival 1

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Song
Tags: clifton bristol concert, new music, severnside composers alliance, song

Thursday 17 May 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Rd. Clifton Bristol BS8 1LP
Peter Nickol
Concert 1: CONTEMPORARY ART SONG
 
Matthew Clark (baritone)
Jolyon Laycock (Tenor)
James D’Angelo & Philip Blandford (piano)
Matthew Heyse-Moore (clarinet)

SCA’s 2018 festival kicks off with a recital of contemporary art song featuring baritone Matthew Clark. James D’Angelo is accompanist in his own settings of the meditational poetry of Thomas Merton. Philip Blandford is the accompanist in Sulyen Caradon’s settings of translations of Russian poetry portraying an environment poisoned by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Clark and Blandford are joined by tenor Jolyon Laycock in songs that capture the ecstatic response of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to the wild natural scenery of places such as Inversnaid Falls. On a lighter note songs by Peter Nickol (pictured) & Richard Pond are settings of James Turner, Veronica Gosling and W.H. Auden. Clarinettist Matthew Heyse-Moore is the accompanist in settings by Clement Jewitt of his own verses.

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Severnside Composers New Music Festival 2

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work
Tags: roaring fork wind quintet, Royal West of England Academy, severnside composers alliance

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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Salzedo String Trio in Eastbourne

Date:
Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work
Tags: archaeus string trio, underground theatre eastbourne

Sunday 20 May 2018 at 2.45pm, Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL
archaeus string trio

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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Piano40 Premieres at Southbank

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cecilia mcdowall, piano40, purcell room, sarah rodgers, women composers

21st May 2018 at 7.45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Piano40 Graphic

Experience a selection from Piano40’s unique repertoire for eight hands at two pianos, including three premiere performances, as they return for their tenth Southbank Centre recital.

Piano40 have built their reputation on programming works especially composed for the ensemble, alongside original works from the 19th century. 33 composers have written for the group to date.

Performers
Jeremy Brown piano
Helen Cawthorne piano
Richard Deering piano
Craig White piano

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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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Schiff’s Surprise

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, Period instruments
Tags: andras schiff, cheltenham festival, haydn, orchestra of the age of enlightenment

Sunday 8 July at 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall
Peter Whelan OAE
Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival.

This concert rounds off the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Visions, Illusions & Delusions season with a varied programme of music by Haydn, who as much as any other composer redefined what orchestral music came to be during the Enlightenment period.

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Master of Deception

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, Period instruments, Women musicians
Tags: mozart, orchestra of the age of enlightenment, rachel podger, ryedale festival

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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August Premieres – Thea Musgrave

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Categories: Broadcasts, Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Scottish Proms, Thea Musgrave, Usher Hall

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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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 – Philip Venables

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Categories: Broadcasts, Concerts, New Work
Tags: bbc proms, bbc symphony orchestra, philip venables

Friday 17th August at 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
philip venables
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 – Emma-Ruth Richards

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: emma-ruth richards, perpetual becomings after gormley, stoller hall, zelkova quartet

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 – Cydonie Banting

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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cydonie banting, joseph tong, presteigne festival, the gate of dawn

Friday 24th August at 2.00pm, St Andrews Church, Presteigne
cydonie banting

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 – 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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Cendrillon with Chroma

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Categories: Concerts, Opera, Pre-concert event
Tags: Bampton Opera, cendrillon, Chroma, st johns smith square

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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New Adventures with Psappha

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Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bartok, kurtag, ligeti, lutoslawski, psappha, stoller hall

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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