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Format: 2015-04-21
Format: 2015-04-21
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Janácek's Glagolitic Mass | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrea Dankova, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Karen Cargill, Kor-Jan Dusseljee, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orfeó Català, Tomáš Netopil
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In his masterful Glagolitic Mass, Leoš Janácek set about creating a celebration of the God he glimpsed in the physical world around him. Inspiration struck in the misty Luhacovice woods. 'Its moist scent was the incense', wrote the composer, 'I felt a cathedral grow out of the giant expanse of woods ... Now I hear the voice of each arch-priest in the tenor solo, a maiden angel in the soprano – and in the choir I hear our people.' After a storm-tossed overture by Wagner and Beethoven's radiant Fourth Symphony, we hear all the blazing fanfares, raw outcries and hushed humility of Janácek's Mass inspired by the wonder of life.

    Overture from Der Fliegende Hollander, 'The Flying Dutchman'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Symphony No 4 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Glagolitic Mass
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:55pm
    Rachmaninoff: Inside Out | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Vsevolod Grivnov
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A deep sadness colours Rachmaninoff’s third and final symphony. For music journalist Robert Angles, it stemmed from ‘the grief of a deeply patriotic man forcibly separated from the land of his birth’. In 1935 Rachmaninoff knew he’d never return to Russia, but still his Symphony finds moments of dignity and optimism, of brilliance and vitality. Here it forms an appropriate ‘farewell’ to Rachmaninoff following our season-long exploration of his music. Vladimir Jurowski precedes the Symphony with Yuri Butsko's arrangements of some of the composer's scintillating piano works and a selection of Jurowski's grandfather’s own orchestrations of ten of Rachmaninoff’s most touching songs.

    In co-operation with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation.

    Piano works, four movements
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    1 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Symphonie fantastique | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Giancarlo Guerrero, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Narek Hakhnazaryan
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Hector Berlioz was prone to overreaction, but when he saw the Irish actress Harriet Smithson playing the role of Ophelia in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1827, he believed his life had changed forever. Berlioz fell madly in love with Smithson, and with Shakespeare too. He set about proving it in a symphony that would give birth to his own unique and uncompromising musical language: passionate, witty, enraged, high-spirited, sardonic, tormented and proud. TheSymphonie fantastique was born, and it eventually won Hector Berlioz the heart of Harriet Smithson as well.

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphonie fantastique
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Tchaikovsky Gala | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Garry Walker, Martin Roscoe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    A spectacular concert that pays tribute to the genius of Tchaikovsky, opening with the patriotic Marche Slave, full of traditional Russian folk melodies and elements of the Russian national anthem which can also be heard in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

    From one exuberant ending to a triumphant beginning, Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s most beloved pianists, introduces the thunderous opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s sublimely romantic and hugely admired Piano Concerto No 1.

    A Tchaikovsky gala would not be complete without a work that encapsulates the composer’s emotional power, Tchaikovsky’s greatest and final symphonic manuscript, his tragic Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’.

    Marche slave, 'Slavonic March'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    1 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Septura (brass septet) - Unmasking May Day
    Septura
    St. Cyprian's Church London NW1 6AX
    United Kingdom

    Traditionally the first day of summer, May Day has been celebrated throughout history. Already a significant date in Roman and pre-Christian pagan cultures, it was adopted by the Catholic Church, observed with devotions to the Virgin Mary, and also recognised as the feast day of her husband, Joseph, patron saint of workers – perfect to be re-cast by the Communists as International Workers’ Day. The festive madrigals and dances were banned when the Puritan parliaments of the interregnum abolished May Day; but appropriately enough for a festival with such close ties to themes of fertility and re-birth, they were reinstated with Charles II’s restoration. But the term ‘May Day’ has a darker resonance in modern times: perhaps spelt “m’aidez”, it was appropriated early in the 20th century to replace SOS as the international distress signal.

    In a wide-ranging programme of music for brass, Septura reflect on this single date’s incredibly diverse set of identities, in music by Bruckner, Victoria, Rameau, Blow, Shostakovich and more.

    Congratulamini mihi
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Ave Maria
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Suite from Dardanus
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    String Quartet No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Elijah | Cardiff Bach Choir
    Angharad Morgan, Cardiff Bach Choir, Dr Tim Taylor, Guy Withers, New Bristol Sinfonia, Paul Carey Jones, Sioned Gwen Davies
    Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff CF10 3ER
    United Kingdom

    Elijah is one of the most popular and dramatic of all the Oratorios. From the sublime moments of calm as the Angels watch over Elijah to the roars of the crowd in Baal we cry to thee, and the climax of the whole work in It is finished, there is never a moment when audiences are not enthralled by the sheer splendour and musicality of this work.

    Cardiff Bach Choir return to the superb venue of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and join forces for the first time with the New Bristol Sinfonia in this performance of Mendelssohn 's mighty Elijah. The role of Elijah will be sung by popular Welsh bass Paul Carey Jones.

    Elijah
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Spring Concert - Lancaster and District Choral Society
    AnnaKate Pearson, Dianne Bird, Dr Richard MacGregor, Ian Pattinson, John Perrin, Lancaster and District Choral Society
    Lancaster Priory Lancaster
    United Kingdom

    The Lancaster and District Choral Society are pleased to welcome you to their spring concert in the mediaeval splendour of the Lancaster Priory. The concert is a mixed selection of baroque and modern works from Handel to Bernstein.

    The Heavens are telling from The Creation
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Chichester Psalms
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Choral Selection from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: The King Shall Rejoice
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: My heart is inditing
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    22 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Ensemble BPM : Three Tales - Steve Reich, visuals by Beryl Korot
    Synergy Vocals
    IMAX Theatre, Science Museum, London SW7 2DD
    United Kingdom

    Ensemble BPM presents Three Tales, a video opera exploring three momentous scientific events from the twentieth century that examines our deepening relationship with technology; the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb tests on Bikini Atoll in 1946–1958, and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

    It features live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers to create an immersive piece of multimedia that examines technology’s growing dominance in society.

    It was created by Grammy Award-winning composer Steve Reich – whose work has influenced countless artists and composers including John Adams, Brian Eno and Sufjan Stevens – and pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

    Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. It's showing at the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre for two nights only and also features a Q&A.

    The production is conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

    The work is presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Keeper of Science and Medicine at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

    Credits

    Music: Steve Reich; video: Beryl Korot
    Singers: Synergy Vocals
    Artistic and Musical Director: Nick Sutcliffe
    Stage Director: Matthew Eberhardt
    Producer: Amanda Carrick
    Designer: Gill Denny
    Production Manager: Ben Hosford

    Ensemble BPM

    Founded in 2010, Ensemble BPM specialises in the creation of contemporary musical multimedia, embracing the inseparability of musical and theatrical thought. Collaborating with both emerging and established artists, we create vivid, accessible and immersive works of art that reflect the pace and flux of modern cultural life. Our work aims to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world. ensemblebpm.com

    Three Tales is supported by the Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

    Three Tales
    Steve Reich (1936-)
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    24 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Ensemble BPM - Three Tales
    Synergy Vocals
    IMAX Theatre, Science Museum, London SW7 2DD
    United Kingdom

    Ensemble BPM presents Three Tales, a video opera exploring three momentous scientific events from the twentieth century that examines our deepening relationship with technology; the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb tests on Bikini Atoll in 1946–1958, and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.
    It features live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers to create an immersive piece of multimedia that examines technology’s growing dominance in society.
    It was created by Grammy Award-winning composer Steve Reich – whose work has influenced countless artists and composers including John Adams, Brian Eno and Sufjan Stevens – and pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.
    Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. It's showing at the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre for two nights only and also features a Q&A.

    The production is conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the Science Museum, Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

    The work is presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Keeper of Science and Medicine at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

    Credits

    Music: Steve Reich; video: Beryl Korot
    Singers: Synergy Vocals
    Artistic and Musical Director: Nick Sutcliffe
    Stage Director: Matthew Eberhardt
    Producer: Amanda Carrick
    Designer: Gill Denny
    Production Manager: Ben Hosford

    Ensemble BPM
    Founded in 2010, Ensemble BPM specialises in the creation of contemporary musical multimedia, embracing the inseparability of musical and theatrical thought. Collaborating with both emerging and established artists, we create vivid, accessible and immersive works of art that reflect the pace and flux of modern cultural life. Our work aims to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world. ensemblebpm.com

    Three Tales is supported by the Arts Council England, AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

    Three Tales
    Steve Reich (1936-)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Haydn and Mozart | Luton Choral Society
    Crispin Lewis, Fae Evelyn, Joseph Doody, Luton Choral Society, Nicola Beckley, The Chiltern Sinfonia, Thomas Asher
    St Mary's Church Luton LU1 3JF
    United Kingdom
    Mass No 16, 'Maria Theresa'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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