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Format: 2014-11-21
Format: 2014-11-21
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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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    Thu, 2014-11-27 19:30
    Alexandra Dariescu performs Grieg with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alessandro Fabrizi, Alexandra Dariescu, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Fidelio was Beethoven’s only opera, yet it spawned no fewer than four overtures. After the gravitas of the three Leonore overtures, Beethoven wanted to produce something more adventurous, resulting in this spirited work.

    After the romantic beauty of Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo from his opera Cavalleria rusticana, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with its scintillating opening is performed by acclaimed pianist Alexandra Dariescu.

    Dvorák’s Symphony No 7 perfectly balances dramatic power and irresistible lyricism. With its arresting opening, gorgeous slow movement, dancing Scherzo and thrilling Finale, this is one of the greatest pieces Dvorák ever wrote. Not to be missed.

    Overture from Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    Sun, 2014-11-23 16:00
    We Will Remember - A WW1 Concert in aid of War Child
    Chamber Ensemble of London, Chris West, Peter Fisher
    Dartington Great Hall Totnes TQ9 6DE
    United Kingdom

    The Chamber Ensemble of London will play ‘No Man’s Land’, a new suite for double bass and string orchestra by the West Country composer Clive Jenkins. The work includes readings of English, French, German and Russian poetry from the Great War. The soloist is Chris West co-principal bass player with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and for many years previously the solo double bass player with the Guildhall Strings. He is also professor of double bass at Trinity College of Music, London. He plays on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Ceruti in Cremona in the 18th century.

    The concert will include works by composers who fought in the war – Vaughan Williams, Hindemith and Kreisler – as well as lighter music from the period with Ivor Novello and Irving Berlin prominently featured. Research by CEOL’s director, violinist Peter Fisher, has come up with a salon piece, ‘Angels of Mons’ by Sydney C Baldock. Battlefield, homefront. peace, war and aftermath are all reflected in this very varied programme entitled ‘We Will Remember’.

    This concert was commissioned by Jeanie Moore MVO on behalf of the following sponsors and is a fund-raiser for the International Charity WAR child: Gard & Co.Solicitors; Lang & Co. Estate Agents; Walter C. Par Funeral Directors; Parkhurst Hill, Chartered Accountants.

    Chanson de Matin
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    The Lark Ascending (original version for violin and piano)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    No Man's Land (world premiere)
    Clive Jenkins (1938-)
    Angels of Mons
    Sydney C Baldock ()
    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    5 Pieces for String Orchestra
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
  • Thu, 2014-11-27 19:30
    Mozart's Requiem | The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge
    Cambridge, Christopher Dollins, David Rowland, Fiona MacKay, Keith Marshall, Nick Pritchard, Rhiannon Llewellyn, Thames Chamber Orchestra, The Choir of Christ's College
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Keith Marshall conducts the Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, Thames Chamber Orchestra and an outstanding group of young soloists in what promises to be a truly memorable performance of Mozart's haunting Requiem Mass. The orchestral music includes Elgar's much loved Serenade for Strings and Mozart's effervescent Salzburg Symphony in D. Three other choral works, Verdi's dramatic Pater Noster, Bruckner's Christus factus est and Ave verum corpus Christi by Verdi are sung by Christ's College Choir, directed by David Rowland.

    Divertimento No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Pater Noster
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Christus factus est
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Ave verum corpus Christi
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    Sat, 2014-11-22 19:30
    For the Fallen | Bath Minerva Choir and Southern Sinfonia
    Anna Jeruc-Kopec, Bath Minerva Choir, Gavin Carr, Madeleine Easton, Southern Sinfonia, William Dazeley
    Bath Abbey Bath BA1 1LT
    United Kingdom

    A tribute to the fallen in war, in the centenary year of the First World War. The programme of music by Vaughan Williams and Elgar, includes 'The Lark Ascending', Dona Nobis Pacem and For the Fallen from The Spirit of England. It also features the world premiere of a composition by Gavin Carr, 'Pour out your light, O stars', inspired by Ivor Gurney, who was gassed in France in 1917, and died in an asylum in 1937, having written some of the most beautiful music of the early 20th Century.

    Gavin Carr is the Music Director of Bath Minerva Choir and will be conducting this concert.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Dona nobis pacem
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    For the Fallen from The Spirit of England
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sat, 2014-11-22 19:30
    Crossing the Lines: Remembering the Great War | Kingston Choral Society
    Andrew Griffiths, Gareth Brynmor John, Kingston Choral Society, Susanna Hurrell, Thames Sinfonia
    All Saints Church Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP
    United Kingdom

    For its autumn concert, Kingston Choral Society is performing music from England, France and Germany. Holst’s Ode – his finest choral work – and Ravel’s beautiful orchestral suite Le Tombeau de Couperin were both written during the conflict in memory of lost friends. Brahms’s Nänie, a setting of a funeral text by Schiller, contains some of his most ravishing music. These will be followed by Fauré’s timeless Requiem.

    Requiem in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Ode to Death
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Enlightenment - Masterpieces of the 18th century
    North Downs Consort, Paul Provost, Ruth Provost
    Collegiate Church of St Peter and St Paul Lingfield RH7 6AH
    United Kingdom
    Mass No 6 in G, 'Missa Sancti Nicolai'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Salve Regina in E major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Ave Verum Corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Magnificat in D
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
    Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    Sat, 2014-11-22 19:30
    Britten's War Requiem
    Amanda Roocroft, Britten Sinfonia, Cambridge, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, Choir of Girton College, Choir of Jesus College, John Mark Ainsley, Neal Davies, Stephen Cleobury
    Ely Cathedral Ely CB7 4DL
    United Kingdom

    This year the Cambridge Music Festival closes with Britten's heart-wrenching War Requiem which sees the forces of Cambridge University Musical Society, Cambridge College Choirs, Britten Sinfonia and international soloists join together for what will be a performance to remember.

    War Requiem
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Sat, 2014-11-22 16:30
    Mini Maestro Family Concert: Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Ode to Joy
    John Landor, LMA Orchestra
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Treat your children to John Landor's wonderful Mini Maestro Family Concerts, bringing classical music alive for 4 - 12 year olds. They'll have lots of interactive fun with the music, including games, stories, miming, singing, clapping and conducting along. It's a journey of discovery, imagination and inspiration - creative, educational and fun!

    These child-friendly events at St Martin’s, in the heart of Trafalgar Square, have been entertaining London families and visitors for over a decade. They’re also convenient for inclusion in a day out in the centre of town, with brass-rubbing, gift-shopping and lovely tea and cakes available in the crypt. And the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and the attractions of Covent Garden are all just a stone’s throw away for an even more fun-packed day for you and your kids!

    Come and explore darkness and light in Beethoven’s powerful 5th Symphony - and everyone can sing along to his thrilling Ode to Joy, a great hymn to universal peace.

    Mini Maestro Series September 2014 - April 2015

    Special Offer - 3 concerts for the price of 2

    Phone the box office (020 7766 1100) quoting ‘Mini Maestro LMA 3 for 2′. Excludes December concerts.

    'Since coming to your concert, our six-year old cannot stop listening to classical music and recognises composers on the radio! You’ve certainly inspired him!'

    'Love the opportunity for children to sit in the orchestra, conducting and having the freedom to respond in their own way!'

    'a beautiful and informal way to introduce children (and adults who did not have the chance) to music'

    '100% entertaining, fun, enjoyable, child-friendly'

    'Brilliant! The children (and parents!) loved it and learnt a lot'

    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ode to Joy (orchestral version) from Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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