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Format: 2014-11-27
Format: 2014-11-27
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Giovanni Guzzo (violin) and Maidstone Symphony Orchestra play Brahms
    Brian Wright, Giovanni Guzzo, Maidstone Symphony Orchestra
    Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre Maidstone ME15 7RN
    United Kingdom

    The second concert in the orchestra's 104th Season with a superb young violinist.

    Come and enjoy Steve Migden's pre-concert talk at 6.40pm.

    Suite, Appalachian Spring
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 19:00
    Handel: Messiah | Yorkshire Bach Choir / Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
    Matthew Long, Mhairi Lawson, Peter Harvey, Peter Seymour, Sally Bruce-Payne, Yorkshire Bach Choir, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
    St Michael-le-Belfrey Church York YO1 7HH
    United Kingdom
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    Fri, 2014-11-28 19:30
    Craig Ogden and Xuefei Yang (guitars)
    Craig Ogden, Xuefei Yang
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden returns to the Sheldonian with his effortlessly brilliant, laid-back performance style. His recordings of both classic and contemporary guitar repertoire have received wide acclaim.

    Since Xuefei Yang last played for Music at Oxford (in a Chapel Series concert in 2010), she has shot to stardom, and is now acknowledged to be one of the foremost guitarists of her generation, developing new repertoire for the instrument through ingenious arrangement and commissioning.

    A rare opportunity to see these two exceptional guitarists join forces. This concert will take us on a musical journey from the classical guitar’s beginnings in Spain to Brazil, Argentina and Australia.

    Tonight's programme will feature solos and duets by Piazzolla, De Falla, Barrios, Pernambuco, Nigel Westlake and Giuliani.

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    Sat, 2014-12-06 18:30
    JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio
    All Saints Chorus, All Saints Orchestra, Bene't Coldstream, Clive Dobbins, Jon Cullen, Margaret Feaviour, Paul Kusel-Baum, Stephen Alder
    West Ham Parish Church London E15 3HU
    United Kingdom

    The All Saints Chorus and Orchestra celebrate their twentieth anniversary season with a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio complete and sung in German. The newly restored 1000 year old parish church of All Saints West Ham will provide a magical setting for this festive work.

    Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra - A Tchaikovsky Celebration
    Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra, Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, Michael Rose
    Corn Exchange Bedford MK40 1SL
    United Kingdom

    To get us in Russian mood, this concert starts with Borodin’s evocative work In the Steppes of Central Asia, picturing a caravan of horses and camels travelling through the immense desert and slowly disappearing into the distance. Then Tchaikovsky bursts onto the scene with two of his most famous and beloved works: the Violin Concerto, to be played by Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, and the Fifth Symphony. Jaroslaw has proved himself over the years to be a fabulous soloist and Bedford audiences will no doubt again be entranced by his playing. The symphony is intense and exciting; it contains amazingly varied melodies, a beautiful waltz, a hugely energetic finale, and a motif that binds it together. What more could we ask?

    In the Steppes of Central Asia
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • Tue, 2014-12-02 19:00
    Temple Song 2014: Lucy Crowe (soprano) and Julius Drake (piano)
    Julius Drake, Lucy Crowe
    Middle Temple Hall London EC4
    United Kingdom

    Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, she has performed and recorded with many of the world's greatest conductors. She joins Julius Drake for a magical programme of French and English song. A treat for the Christmas season.

    A Song for the Lord Mayor's table
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Beau soir
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Fantoches from Fêtes galantes, Set 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Chansons de Bilitis
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Les berceaux from 3 Songs
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Mandoline from 5 Mélodies
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Après un rêve, from '3 Songs'
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Au bord de l'eau
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Fleur jetée, from '4 Songs'
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Fêtes galantes, Set 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Fêtes galantes, Set 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    It was a lover and his lass
    Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
    Silent Noon from The House of Life
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Cloths of Heaven
    Thomas Dunhill (1877-1946)
    Sleep from 5 Elizabethan Songs
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Love's philosophy from 3 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 19:30
    Britten Sinfonia: Bach's Magnificat
    Ashley Riches, Ben Johnson, Britten Sinfonia, James Laing, Kitty Whately, Lucy Crowe, Stephen Cleobury, The Choir of King's College Cambridge
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    And so this is Christmas! Cambridge’s King’s College Choir and Britten Sinfonia once again join forces under the baton of Stephen Cleobury in a programme of jubilant energy and quiet reflection. Christmas 1723 in Leipzig must have been a memorable one for those lucky enough to hear the first performance of Bach’s glorious Magnificat. Respighi’s exquisite musical drama celebrates the birth of Jesus, and Poulenc’s haunting motets, with their beguiling harmonies, bring that very special sense of peace and wonder.

    Image - King's College Choir (c) Benjamin Ealovega

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Lauda per la Natività del Signore
    Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Sun, 2014-11-30 14:30
    Songs from our Ancestors | Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Xuefei Yang (guitar)
    Ian Bostridge, Xuefei Yang
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe London SE1 9DT
    United Kingdom

    The critically acclaimed collaboration between English tenor Ian Bostridge and Chinese classical guitarist Xuefei Yang offers a programme of music by Dowland, Schubert, Britten and Argento and Chinese folk songs.

    The programme comprises musical settings of poems, letters and text set by the composers that reflect the Bostridge and Yang’s joint heritage. Share in the songs of our ancestors, brought back to life in the intimate setting of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

    ‘One of the most extraordinary instrumentalists in the world’ New York Sun on Xuefei Yang
    ‘The thinking man’s tenor’ The Times on Ian Bostridge

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    Mon, 2014-12-01 19:30
    Reflections on WW1: Elgar and Vaughan Williams | Chilingirian Quartet
    Carole Presland, Chilingirian Quartet, Simon Rowland Jones
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe London SE1 9DT
    United Kingdom

    Concluding the end of the year-long vigil to mark 100 years since World War One, this concert brings together Elgar and Vaughan Williams’ compositions that were developed through their personal experiences and reflections of the time.

    Written on the eve of World War One, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet is one of his lesser known chamber masterpieces. Drawing on the forms of Elizabethan consort music, Vaughan Williams here blends the past with his own inimitable style and transports the listener through moments of boundless energy and exquisite reflection.

    In the aftermath of World War One, Edward Elgar composed his last great works, the Cello Concerto and three chamber masterpieces, among them the Piano Quintet of 1919. Beset by ill health and depressed at the losses of the war, in these works there is a final flowering of the composer’s familiar impassioned melodic lines, as if to mourn the passing of ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’.

    For over four decades the Chilingirian String Quartet has thrilled critics and audiences around the world with its vibrant, virtuosic performances of classical and contemporary chamber music. For this concert they are joined by pianist Carole Presland and violist Simon Rowland-Jones.

    ‘The performances of the Chilingirian Quartet are masterly’ The Guardian

    Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Phantasy Quintet
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sun, 2014-12-07 14:30
    Avi Avital (mandolin) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
    Avi Avital, Mahan Esfahani
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe London SE1 9DT
    United Kingdom

    Virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describe their meeting through the music of Bach in this, their first London concert together as a duo. From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both are driven by a passion for their music and the contemporary resonance of their instruments.

    Born in Tehran in 1984, Mahan Esfahani was the first harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist and is shortlisted for Gramophone Artist of the Year Award 2014.

    Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, Grammy nominated Avi Avital is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and commissioning new works in a range of genres.

    ‘It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani … Esfahani’s touch was always insightful and, above all, visceral’ The Guardian

    ‘Bypasses the obvious with playing of sheer brilliance’ Daily Telegraph

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