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Format: 2015-05-25
Format: 2015-05-25
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    25 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    An Evening with Nigel Kennedy | Bach, Kennedy and Jimi Hendrix
    Nigel Kennedy, Oxford Philomusica
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    From Bach to Hendrix, violin maverick Nigel Kennedy bridges musical boundaries with Oxford Philomusica in what promises to be an evening of brilliance, improvisation and showmanship from one of the world’s most dynamic musicians. Expect the unexpected and come prepared for showstopping performances of works new, old and reborn, including music written by Kennedy himself, and arrangements for violin and orchestra of the twentieth-century emblem of American songwriting, Jimi Hendrix.

    Composition Not Known
    Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)
    Composition Not Known
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Piano music of George Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann
    Michele Thomasson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    George Ivanovic Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher with a wide influence during the first half of the twentieth century, was not himself a 'composer' in the Western sense. However he left a substantial body of music on which he worked with Thomas de Hartmann who was a pupil of his. De Hartmann was a professional composer who had studied at the Moscow Conservatoire under Rimsky-Korsakov.

    Together, during 3 years in the 1920s they composed about 200 pieces for piano. These pieces have been published in 4 volumes by Schott's and many CDs now exist of this music both in the original piano version and also in arrangements for other instruments.

    Michele Thomasson is a professor of piano at the Lyon Conservatoire. She has given recitals in many European Countries and is one of the foremost interpreters of the piano music of Gurdjieff/De Hartmann. She has also worked for many years to understand what lies behind Gurdjieff’s teaching and his music.

    Selection of pieces from the four volumes of George Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartman piano music
    Composer Not Known ()
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    United in Music
    Cranwell, Military Wives Choir, Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir, Simon Kerwin, The Nottinghamshire Band of The Royal Engineers, Victoria Barlow
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    A joint choir and military band concert in aid of Help for Heroes and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Both choirs share the same musical director in Victoria Barlow.

    Tickets will be available from early March 2015.

    (Tickets only available on door if not sold out via other outlets)

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    31 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Lawrence Power (viola) and Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
    Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford-Phillips
    Jubilee Hall Seer Green HP9 2QJ
    United Kingdom

    The Rumanian-born Enesco's Concert Piece, a technically demanding and virtuosic work, often used as a competition piece, is followed by Liszt's world weary Romance oubliée. Liszt also arranged a phenomenal amount of music by other composers for the piano. His version of Isolde's 'Liebestod' from the final pages of Wagner's opera, is a fine example of this. As with his symphonies and quartets Brahms struggled long and hard to escape the shadow of Beethoven in his violin sonatas, before publishing his first in his mid-forties, the third and last appearing a decade later. Arrangements, encouraged by the composer himself, of eight of the most familiar items from Prokofiev's great ballet score, complete the programme.

    Considered one of the leading violists today, Lawrence Power combines a busy career performing as both soloist and chamber musician. He has recently performed with the Bergen Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He is joined by his regular duo partner Simon Crawford-Phillips.

    Concert Piece (Konzertstück) for viola and piano
    Georges Enesco (1881-1955)
    Romance oubliée, for viola and piano
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet', arranged for viola and piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    3 June 2015 - 11:00am
    Clare Hammond (piano)
    Clare Hammond
    St Leonard's Church Bledington OX7 6XD
    United Kingdom

    This is the second Coffee Concert at Bledington as part of Pianofest'15. Clare Hammond presents an exciting programme and welcomes young children with their parents/carers to this concert. It is one of the main aims of Bledington Music Festival to bring live music to children which is why all our evening performers give a brief concert or workshop to the children of the local school. This is another extension of our work - presenting a concert for everyone.

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Excerpts from 12 Études d'exécution transcendante
    Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov (1859-1924)
    12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations on a theme of Corelli
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Étude No 3 in thirds and sixths from 5 Études in Different Intervals
    Nikolai Kapustin (1937-)
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    3 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Berlioz: Te Deum | Guildford Choral Society's 175th Anniversary Concert
    City of London Choir, Guildford Choral Society, James Edwards, Jonathan Willcocks, Portsmouth Choral Union, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chichester Singers
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    The 175th anniversary season of Guildford Choral ends in spectacular fashion at the Royal Albert Hall with Berlioz’s titanic setting of theTe Deum. In the company of one of the UK’s great orchestras – the Royal Philharmonic – and with the Chichester Singers, the Portsmouth Choral Union and a large children’s chorus, over 400 voices will combine to deliver this stunning work. Also in the programme are two works by English composers, Parry’s stirring Blest Pair of Sirens and orchestral favourite Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

    Te Deum
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens'
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    3 June 2015 - 7:00pm
    The Sixteen
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Christ Church, Spitalfields London E1 6LY
    United Kingdom

    Vocal ensemble The Sixteen return to the glorious surroundings of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields. They explore the intimate relationship between poetry and music in a programme of a cappella English works from across the centuries. Resounding harmonies are matched with powerful texts from a wide array of writers.

    Enjoy William Harris’s sensitive setting of Elizabeth poet Edmund Spenser’s Faire is the heaven, Benjamin Britten and WH Auden’s collaboration Hymn to St Cecilia, and the recently rediscovered anthem by World War I poet and composer Ivor Gurney of Robert Bridges’s Since I believe in God the Father Almighty.

    Faire is the heaven
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
    When David heard
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    There is a spirit
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Sleep, fleshly birth
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    Bring us, O Lord God
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
    When David heard
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    Take him, earth, for cherishing
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    When David heard
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Eternitie from 5 Motets for unaccompanied choir
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Lay a garland
    Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
    Dance, Clarion Air
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    When David heard
    Michael East (c1580-1648)
    Since I believe in God the Father Almighty
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
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    4 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    La Nuova Musica: Israel in Egypt
    Augusta Hebbert, Callum Thorpe, Christopher Field, David Bates, Esther Brazil, James Arthur, La Nuova Musica, Nick Pritchard
    Christ Church, Spitalfields London E1 6LY
    United Kingdom

    In the first of their Associate Artist performances, early music ensemble La Nuova Musica bring Handel’s choral masterpiece Israel in Egypt to the stunning surroundings of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields.

    Although initially perplexing audiences, the work has developed a lasting reputation as Handel reworked his score over nearly 20 years. Adding operatic flourishes to exceptional effects for choir and orchestra, he artfully tells the story of the ten plagues that fell on biblical Egypt and forced the release of the Israelites from slavery.

    La Nuova Musica bring their characteristic energy and precision to present a compelling interpretation of this much-loved work.

    “La Nuova Musica…. As lively a collection of instrumentalists and singers as the world offers” The Times, 2012

    Israel in Egypt
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    4 June 2015 - 1:00pm
    Reiko Fujisawa - piano recital
    Reiko Fujisawa
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Japanese-born pianist Reiko Fujisawa explores the deep textures of Beethoven’s mighty Waldstein Sonata and the joyful spirit of Schubert’s Impromptus in a recital that begins with Takemitsu’s second, and beautifully delicate, ‘Rain Tree Sketch’.

    The event is part of a series of concerts being given in collaboration with the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and includes repertoire from Reiko's latest CD

    Rain tree sketch II
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Impromptu No 2 in E flat from 4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    26 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen - Choral Pilgrimage
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    St John's Kirk Perth PH1 5SZ
    United Kingdom

    In 2015 The Sixteen takes a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville. It was during this Spanish ‘golden age’ when arts and culture flourished, that Francisco Guerrero and Alonso Lobo made their mark.
    Between them these two composers capture an astonishing variety of moods within their music, from ecstasy and joy to despair, longing and devotional stillness.
    ‘There are surely few composers who can boast a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; Guerrero made his in 1558 and published a book about his incredible journey. He was reputed to have been a person of gentleness and charm and in possession of a beautiful high tenor voice, and it is that singing quality that comes across in his works - every line is a joy to sing. The acclaimed music scholar Robert Stevenson wrote that the moods he captured included ecstasy, gaiety, melancholy, longing, submission and repose, many of which are captured in ‘Agnus Dei I and II’ from his Missa Congratulamini mihi.
    Lobo was a choirboy at Seville Cathedral where Guerrero was maestro de capella. His eight-part setting of Ave Maria is a technical tour de force, but one which in no way impedes its rich sonority and sheer beauty. However there is a single work, that in my opinion makes Lobo deserving of a lasting reputation, and that is Versa est in luctum. Written for the obsequies of Philip II in 1598, it is not only contemplative but also daring, with one of the most heartfelt dissonances I know in Renaissance music.
    Both Guerrero and Lobo’s works were performed for nearly two centuries after their deaths, in cathedrals throughout Spain, Portugal and the New World. Let us ensure today that they can achieve the same renown.’ Harry Christophers

    Duo Seraphim
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Kyrie from Missa Maria Magdalene
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Libera me
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Gloria from Missa Surge propera
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Laudate Dominum
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Maria Magdalene
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Credo from Missa de la batalla escoutez
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Vexilla regis
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Ave Regina caelorum
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Ave Maria
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Versa est in luctum
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Agnus Dei from Missa Congratulamini mihi
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
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