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St Lawrence Jewry Summer Music Festival

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals, Women musicians

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

The Leading Ladies in ‘Sacred and Secular’

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

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Sarah Campbell at St Lawrence Jewry

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

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

Sarah Campbell, trumpet Zeynep Özsuca-Rattle, piano

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

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

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Four Violas at St Lawrence Jewry Summer Festival

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians

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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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

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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European Contemporary Composers Orchestra

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
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.

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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Laura Snowden – Julian Bream Trust

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
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.

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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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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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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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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Tea-Time Concert – Bristol Ensemble

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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.

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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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 – 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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Hebrides Ensemble at the Lammermuir Festival

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Categories: Festivals, Women musicians
Tags: bax, britten, debussy, emily hoyle, joshua ellicott, lammermuir festival, macrae, ravel

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

Joshua Ellicott Tenor
Emily Hoile Harp

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

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A Future for British Music – Bristol Ensemble

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Categories: Experimental, New Work, Women musicians, Youth
Tags: andy keenan, bristol ensemble, graham fitkin, hannah kendall, sadie harrison

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

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

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

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

Tickets £12, £8 concessions

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

21st London New Wind Festival

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Burgh House, Jennifer Fowler, London New Wind Festival

Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7.00pm, Burgh House, Hampstead, London

Jennifer Fowler

The 21st London New Wind Festival features music by Jennifer Fowler, Hugh Shrapnel and Paul Patterson.

Simon Desorgher – flutes
Catherine Plugyers – oboe
Phil Edwards – clarinet
Henryk Sienkiewicz – horn
Glynn Williams – bassoon
Alan Tomlinson – trombone
Robert Coleridge – piano
David Sutton-Anderson – conductor

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Invisibility

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: australian music, errollyn wallen, holywell music room, rebecca clarke, wendy hiscocks

Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 7.30pm – Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SD

invisibility

Felix Mendelssohn Song without Words, dedicated to Lisa Cristiani
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel Capriccio in A flat major
Lili Boulanger Nocturne; D’un matin de printemps
Elisabeth Lutyens Nine Bagatelles
Rebecca Clarke Epilogue, dedicated to Guilhermina Suggia
Rebecca Clarke Passacaglia on an Old English Tune
Ann Carr-Boyd Beneath the Yellow Moon, UK premiere, dedicated to Alice Moyle
Liza Lim Invisibility, inspired by Aboriginal women singers of Yolgnu culture
Errollyn Wallen Dervish
Wendy Hiscocks Songline

A concert celebrating Women Musicians and their Stories in Music presented by Australian cellist Coral Lancaster with pianist Wendy Hiscocks in the sublime setting of Oxford’s Holywell Music Room. Composers represented include Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Lili Boulanger, Elisabeth Lutyens, Rebecca Clarke, Ann Carr-Boyd (UK premiere), Liza Lim, Errollyn Wallen and CAM’s Artistic Director Wendy Hiscocks (world premiere).
Presented by Celebrating Australian Music.

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Nicola Benedetti plays Mendelssohn

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: bristol ensemble, mendelssohn, nicola benedetti, redmaids high school

Thursday 11 October at 7.30pm, Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti violin
Leonard Elschenbroich conductor
Bristol Ensemble

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7
Maria Walpurgis – Sinfonia from Talestri

Redmaids’ High School, Bristol, is delighted to be welcoming renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti to perform in October. She will be joined in concert by the Bristol Ensemble and conductor Leonard Elschenbroich for a programme including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Maria Walpurgis’ Sinfonia from Talestri.

This performance will be the inaugural concert given by the Bristol Ensemble in Redland Hall as Redmaids’ High School’s Orchestra-in-Residence.

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Space Time Sounds

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Song, Women musicians
Tags: Gemini, severnside composers alliance, St Paul's Church

Monday 12 November 2018 at 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Clifton, Bristol

Space Time Sounds
performed by Gemini:
Sarah Leonard – soprano
Ian Mitchell – clarinet and bass clarinet
Joby Burgess – percussion

Music by the Severnside Composers Alliance
Caradon, D’Angelo, Greenhorne, Harvey, Hasse, Laycock, Metzger, Nickol, Palmer, Poole

Tickets £10 (£8) students & under-16s free.

Angela Brownridge plays Debussy

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Categories: Concerts, Women musicians
Tags: angela brownridge, debussy, st james's piccadilly

Wednesday 21 November 2018, at 7.30pm, St James’s Piccadilly, London
Angela Brownridge - pianist
Angela Brownridge (piano) plays Debussy, Liszt and Chopin
Debussy – Pour le piano
Liszt – Sposalizio & Petrarch Sonnet No.104 (from Années de Pélèrinage: Deuxième année Italie)
Chopin – Three Etudes (Op.25 Nos.1 & 7; Op.10 No.5)
Debussy – 12 Preludes, Book 2; L’isle joyeuse

Hailed as a major star in classical music and one of the worlds finest pianists by the New York Times, Angela’s playing brings spontaneity, character and beauty of sound to the platform.

She has amazing technique, tonal splendour, wonderful clarity and dramatic force of which electrifying authority, passion & dedication were the keynotes. She is an artist of the highest calibre and this was playing of the highest order. (The Guardian)

She gave one of the finest and most riveting performances I have ever heard. (Daily Telegraph)

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Bristol Ensemble – Tea Time Concert

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Women musicians
Tags: amy beach, bristol ensemble

Sunday December 9th at 3.00pm, Christ Church, Newmarket Road, Nailsworth

Amy_Beach_composer

Franz Schubert Quintet in C Major D. 956
Amy Beach Quartet for Strings Op. 89 [composer profile]

Bristol Ensemble’s popular series of Sunday afternoon tea-time chamber recitals continues with works for string ensemble.

Recognised as America’s leading woman composer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Amy Beach belonged to the Second New England School of composers. Her one-movement Quartet for Strings, completed in 1929, is a lean yet lyrical work of great originality, incorporating Alaskan Inuit melodies as thematic material.

Written just two months before the composer’s death, Schubert’s string quintet is regarded by many as his finest chamber work. The Adagio second movement is tranquilly sublime, and is so treasured that it has become one of the most requested pieces on Desert Island Discs.

Tickets £10 on the door.

St Paul’s Cathedral – Festive Concert

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Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: british red cross, christmas, st pauls cathedral

Thursday 20th December at 6.45pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Festive Concert at St Pauls web image 1084x610px WIP1

The British Red Cross is proud to host its Festive Concert in the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise vital funds for people in crisis across the UK.

There will be performances by the Kingdom Choir (of Royal Wedding fame), Nadine Benjamin and Toby Spence, and readings from British Red Cross celebrity supporter Joanna Lumley.

The concert will also feature the world premiere of a specially composed work by Sir Karl Jenkins. The evening promises to be a special one!

This wonderful celebration will bring people together, regardless of religion, to make connections over the holidays and get people into the festive spirit.

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Chroma – a hum about mine ears

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Categories: Choral, Experimental, Festivals, New Work, Song, Women musicians
Tags: Chroma, Clara Sanabras, Vox Holloway Chamber Choir

Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm at Town Hall, Berkhamsted
Clara Sanabras

Presenting international chanteuse Clara Sanabras singing her evocative and deeply moving Songs of Exile, and her version of Shakespeare’s Tempest with CHROMA and Vox Holloway Chamber Choir directed by Harvey Brough. Performed at the Barbican to great acclaim, this promises to be an evening of sublime magic.

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CHROMA Going Steady/ Confetti Friends £19/£17 under 18s FREE subject to availability

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Chroma – Awakening

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Period instruments, Women musicians
Tags: Chroma, liam byrne, st john maddermarket

Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm St John, Maddermarket, Norwich

Liam Byrne
A feast of Renaissance and contemporary music performed by Stuart King (clarinet), Clare O’Connell (cello) and superstar viola da gamba player Liam Byrne, with visuals from Claire Shovelton.

More than just a concert, Awakening seamlessly weaves together music from experimental composers both ancient and modern; the gamba, cello and clarinet creating a uniquely rich sonic experience, linked by electronic episodes and enhanced by Claire Shovelton’s imagery, to immerse you in a transcendental, transformative world.

Music will include works from Nico Muhly, Pierre de la Rue, Christopher Tye and Alexander Agricola with three new CHROMA commissions from outstanding composers Freya Waley Cohen, Rubens Askenar and David Bruce.

The concert lasts approx one hour with no interval.

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£15/£12 concessions (CHROMA Friends £13/£10)
under 18s free, subject to availability.

Britten and Bridge at Snape

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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: aldeburgh festival, britten and bridge, joanna macgregor

Sunday 16 June at 4.00pm, Snape Bridge, Snape, East of England, IP17 1SP, United Kingdom
joanna macgregor

Adrian Brendel cello
Joanna MacGregor piano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano

Britten Sonata 18’
Imogen Holst The Fall of The Leaf for solo cello 9’
Harvey Songs and Haiku (UK premiere) 10’
Curve with Plateaux 12′
Britten Folk Songs for mezzo and piano: The Last Rose of Summer; O Waly, Waly; The Salley Gardens 11′
Bridge Sonata 22’

MacGregor and Brendel offer intimate music for cello and piano by Britten, his teacher, his assistant and his younger colleague. Large-scale sonatas bookend the programme – Britten’s punchy, richly characterised work written for his new friend Rostropovich to premiere at the 1961 Aldeburgh Festival, and Frank Bridge’s achingly beautiful piece of late-Romantic wistfulness composed during WWI.

In between, Imogen Holst’s cello solo alternates between plangent beauty and pizzicato passages aimed at sounding ‘like the lute of our friend Julian Bream’. Mezzo Fontanals-Simmons sings Britten Folksongs and songs by Jonathan Harvey.

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival.

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Chineke Ensemble at Wigmore Hall

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Categories: New Work, Women musicians
Tags: chineke!, errollyn wallen, wigmore hall

Friday 21 June 2019 10:00pm at Wigmore Hall, Wignmore Street, London
chineke ensemble

Chineke! Ensemble perform Saint-Saëns, Wallen and Coleridge-Taylor at the fabulous post-dinner time of 10.00pm!

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Septet in E flat Op. 65

Errollyn Wallen
Nnenna (London première)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
Nonet in F minor Op. 2

One of the most exciting developments of recent years has been the foundation of Europe’s first majority BME orchestra, whose inaugural concert in 2015 was hailed by The Guardian as ‘culturally inspiring’. Here, the Chineke! Ensemble performs an early work by the English mixed-race composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and the London premiere of a recent work by Errollyn Wallen.

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New Enigma variations at BBC Proms

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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: bbc proms, enigma variations, nadine benjamin

Tuesday 13th August at 7.00pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
Nadine Benjamin

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.

Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.
 
 
Programme

Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. c30’
New ‘Enigma’ variations by Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Brett Dean, Dai Fujikura, Wim Henderickx, Colin Matthews, Anthony Payne, John Pickard, David Sawer, Iris ter Schiphorst and Judith Weir
BBC commission: world premiere

Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music 13’
Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1938

– interval –

Brahms
Song of Destiny 18’

Elgar
‘Enigma’ Variations 29’

Nadine Benjamin soprano
Idunnu Munch mezzo-soprano
William Morgan tenor
David Ireland bass-baritone

ENO Chorus
BBC Singers
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor

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Presteigne Festival 2019

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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cheryl frances-hoad, gorge vass, presteigne festival

From Thursday 26th August for 6 days in Presteigne, Powys, Wales

presteigne festival

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Artistic innovation and musical discovery in the Welsh Marches
Held each August in an intimate setting nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring programmes and events for an ever-widening Festival audience and to bring experience broadening opportunities to its host community.

The Presteigne Festival’s six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period. Established over thirty years ago, the Festival has a long tradition of supporting young artists and for presenting a fresh and individually stylised mix of contemporary works carefully balanced with twentieth century classics and featuring a wide range of music from the standard repertoire.

Presteigne Festival 2019

Described by Musical Opinion Quarterly as ‘an indispensable mainstay of the cultural calendar’, the 2019 Presteigne Festival programme brings together a large number of diverse musical elements, but with an important American strand running throughout.

We welcome two exciting composers-in-residence – from the UK, Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘A remarkable talent’ The Times, and from the United States, composer and virtuoso harpist Hannah Lash ‘striking and resourceful … handsomely brooding’ New York Times; we also include a mini-feature of works by the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland, among the most important and highly respected figures in all American music.

The Festival continues to actively promote the work of living composers with a collection of specially commissioned pieces from James Francis Brown (string trio), Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Clarinet Quintet), Harriet Grainger (a setting of the Missa brevis), Hannah Lash (Concertino for flute and string orchestra), Freya Waley-Cohen (a work for string quartet), Adrian Williams (Concerto for string orchestra, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta) and 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize-winner, Liam Mattison (a work for percussion and piano).

A carefully balanced collection of supporting events extends the American theme further and includes Sarah Gabriel’s hugely entertaining one-woman show, Dorothy Parker takes a Trip, together with exhibitions, a trio of American movies, talks from Stephen Johnson, Ian Marchant and Nick Murray, poetry with Fiona Sampson, Welsh art with Peter Lord and more besides.

Artists appearing include the Albion Quartet, pianists Tom Poster and Siwan Rhys, virtuoso flautist Katherine Bryan, French clarinettist Rozenn le Trionnaire, string players Mathilde Milwidsky (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and Hannah Lash (harp), soprano Elizabeth Cragg and exciting young percussionist George Barton. A specially-formed Presteigne Festival Chamber Choir will be directed by Philip Sunderland and the ever-popular Festival Orchestra will appear three times under artistic director, George Vass.

Outreach continues to be a vital part of the Presteigne Festival’s work, enabling better engagement with communities both at home and away. In 2019, we’ll be working with senior members of the community in association with the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit, and our Autumn Tour is to be undertaken by exciting young piano and percussion duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys.

Hebrides Ensemble at Edinburgh Book Festival

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Categories: Experimental, Festivals, New Work, Song, Women musicians
Tags: edinburgh book festival, hebrides ensemble, james macmillan

Monday 26th August at 8.30pm, New York Times Main Theatre, Book Festival Village, Edinburgh
hebrides ensemble book festival

We may remember the first line of a novel, but what about the last? In this celebration of great endings to close the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hebrides Ensemble have challenged composers Linda Buckley, Matthew Grouse, James MacMillan, Pàdruig Morrison and Gareth Williams to respond musically to favourite last lines from novels, submitted by members of the public. Hear an exclusive live performance from the Ensemble as you learn which nine lines have been chosen.

Catherine Backhouse Mezzo-soprano
Yann Ghiro Clarinet
Zoë Beyers Violin
William Conway Cello

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Psappha – Songs of the World

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Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Pre-concert event, Song, Women musicians
Tags: firsova, lutyens, psappha ensemble, songs of the world, webern, women conmposers

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

Programme

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

Overview

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

Stephen Barlow Conductor
Daisy Brown Soprano

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

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OAE Tots!

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Categories: Concerts, Family, Period instruments, Women musicians, Youth
Tags: orchestra of the age of enlightenment, royal festival hall, telemann

Sunday 12 January, 10.30am and 12.00pm at Royal Festival Hall, London

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The Patient Horse and the Dutiful Donkey
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s interactive music-making session for ages two to five introduces Telemann’s noble steed.

A master of musical storytelling, Telemann guides us through Don Quichotte’s wild and wacky escapades.

On this adventure, the Orchestra creates a high-brow horse and a common donkey. Come and listen to what they sound like!

These interactive OAE Tots concerts have lots of action and activity to captivate the youngest music-lovers.

You can also meet the players and the instruments in the foyer after the performance.

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David Matthews’ White Flame performed in Edinburgh

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Categories: Concerts, New Work, Song, Women musicians
Tags: david matthews, nash ensemble, new town concerts

Monday 27 January at 7.45pm, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
David Matthews
David Matthews has set 5 poems of Muriel Spark for mezzo-soprano, piano and string quartet. This work receives its Scottish premier performed by Victoria Simmonds and members of the Nash Ensemble.
 
David Matthews will be in conversation with the President of the Muriel Spark Society, Alan Taylor, before the concert.
 
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