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Format: 2015-01-31
Format: 2015-01-31
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    2 February 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Jamal Aliyev (cello) and Alexandra Gracheva (piano)
    Alexandra Gracheva, Jamal Aliyev
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Jamal Aliyev made his debut with BBC Concert Orchestra live broadcast on Radio 3 at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall in 2012.

    Jamal is the winner of three international competitions, Trakya International Competition, Muriel Taylor Cello Competition and V. Antonio Janigro International Competition as well as the winner of Royal College of Music 'RCM Concerto Competition 2014' and 'RCM Violoncello Competition 2014'. He has participated in masterclasses with great cellists such as; Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich, Heinrich Schiff, Andras Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Johannes Goritzki, Gary Hoffman and Natalia Shakhovskaya.

    As well as performing with BBC Concert Orchestra, Aliyev has collaborated as soloist on several occasions with orchestras such as; Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Dogus Cocuk Symphony Orchestra, RCM Classical, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra and Kennemer Jeugd Orkest.

    Jamal began his musical studies at age five with his first teacher and beloved grandfather Kara Aliyev in Turkey before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2008, with a full scholarship to study with professor Thomas Carroll who he is currently continuing with at the Royal College of Music.

    Jamal Aliyev has performed in venues such as: The Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Windsor Castle, The Menuhin Hall in London, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Reims Cathedral in France, The Arts Parliament House in Singapore, The Presidential Concert Hall of Turkey, Istrian Assembly Hall in Croatia, The Saanen Church (Menuhin Festival) in Gstaad - Switzerland, Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow and many others. He is also a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with his trio.

    Aliyev is a recipient of four 'full scholarship' awards from Royal College of Music, Royal Academy, The Yehudi Menuhin School and the Central Musical School of Moscow. As well as his Broadcast with BBC Concert Orchestra, Jamal has also performed live as part of Sean Rafferty’s programme; 'In Tune' on Radio 3, in 2012.

    Jamal Aliyev is generously sponsored by; Neville Wathen Scholar supported by an Amaryllis Fleming Award, Lee Abbey Award, Hattori Foundation, Talent Unlimited and the Bowerman family.

    Jamal Aliyev plays on a John Betts which has been generously loaned to him by the Royal College of Music.

    Free lunchtime recital (retiring collection).

    Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Spanish Serenade
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Nocturne in C sharp minor, arranged for cello and piano
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    March, from Music for Children, arranged for solo cello
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    4 February 2015 - 1:10pm
    Russian romantic recital by Eliza Safjan (soprano) and Kaoru Wada (piano)
    Eliza Safjan, Kaoru Wada
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Eliza completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2012 at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw studying with Justyna Skoczek and Magdalena Blum-Rak and is currently continuing her Master studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Susan Waters whilst also in her final year of the Master Degree at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, studying with Agnieszka Rehlis. She has also taken part in several master classes with Claudia Visca, Andrzej Dobber, Izabella Klosinska and was awarded a scholarship by 21st International Sommer Academy PragWienBudapest.

    In 2011, Eliza joined ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) and participated in various workshops including the Latvian National Opera in Riga with Nelly Miricioiu.

    Eliza’s roles in opera have included Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Blanche (Au travers du mur), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Clorinda (Cenerentola), Servilla (La clemenza di Tito), Pamina (Die Zauberflote) and Hanna (Haunted Manor).
    Eliza has sung a wide variety of concert repertoire throughout Poland and Europe and this year took part in the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans performing Staba Mater by E.Astorga and A.Bononcini.
    Competition successes include 1st Prize at the International Moniuszko’s Competition 'Piesn wieczorna' in Bialystok (Poland), 1st Prize at the Ludomir Rozycki Vocal Competition (Poland), 3rd Prize at the Rudolf Peetrak’s International Singing Competition in Zilna (Slovakia).

    Later this year, Eliza will be involved with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in productions of Donizetti’s Francesca di Foix and L’Enfant Prodigue by Debussy.

    Free lunchtime recital (retiring collection).

    Meditation from 18 Pieces
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Lilacs from 12 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Daisies from 6 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    The Rat-Catcher (The Pied Piper) from 6 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Etude No 1 in C sharp minor from 3 Pieces for Piano
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Études-tableau No 6 in A minor from Études-tableaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Why? from 6 Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Cradle Song from 6 Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Does the day reign? from 7 Romances
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    My little garden from 16 Songs for Children
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Frenzied Nights from 12 Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Song of the gipsy girl from 12 Romances
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    6 February 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Yuko Yagishita (piano) plays Mozart, Chopin and Ravel
    Yuko Yagishita
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Pianist Yuko Yagishita was born in Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan. Graduated from Piano Department of Instrumental Music, Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of Arts (Tokyo Geijutu Daigaku) and received the Doseikai Award and Yomiuri Award for New Musicians and Artists. Graduated from Piano Department of Graduate School of Tokyo University of Arts.

    She has performed in various concerts in Europe including Vienna, Austria and Paris, France. From April 2011 to March 2013 she worked as assistant for Solfège department at Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of Arts.

    Currently residing in London, UK, she studies at Trinity Leban Conservatoire from September 2013.

    Free lunchtime recital (retiring collection)

    Rondo in A minor (arr Swayne)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ballade No 4 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Gaspard de la nuit
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    9 February 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: A Tribute to JS Bach with Ann-Kristin Sofroniou (piano)
    Ann-Kristin Sofroniou
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The Cypriot pianist Ann-Kristin Sofroniou was born in Stockholm in 1983. She studied at the Conservatory of Northern Greece (Milena Mollova, Diploma and First Prize, 2006) and at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (BMus with distinction, 2005).

    In 2006 Ann-Kristin moved to London, where she studied at Trinity College of Music with Yonty Solomon and Douglas Finch, financially supported by the Cypriot State Scholarship Foundation, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with distinction in 2009. She was also awarded the TCM MMus Prize for having obtained the highest MMus final mark. Ann-Kristin has participated in several piano and chamber music master-classes with Robert Levin, Konstantin Bogino, Martino Tirimo, John Henry and Kathron Sturrock.

    A significant part of her work deals with the study and performance of new music. She collaborates regularly with composers premiering new works and other artists creating and performing cross-art works. She has worked with composers Marc Sabat, Douglas Finch, Rodney Sharman on some of their piano works.

    She has appeared in music festivals in Sweden (Aurora Chamber Music Festival), Greece (Kavala Music Festival) and the UK (In the Moment Festival, Sounds New Festival, etc.) and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Greece, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. She has collaborated with Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto in his installation Liquid Night that was presented at the Fondazion Beyeler in Basel (Switzerland,2012).

    Ann-Kristin is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Practice (Piano Performance) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire under the supervision of Douglas Finch and Dr. Sophie Fuller with a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. Her area of research is contemporary piano works that use pre-existing material as a compositional tool. She regularly attends and presents papers in conferences in the UK (InTime Symposium, CUK PG Forum) and she is currently the artistic director of an upcoming symposium on musical borrowing involving piano students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

    Free lunchtime recital (retiring collection)

    Partita No 6 in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Nach Bach
    George Rochberg (1918-)
    El ser humano muere solamente cuando lo olvidan
    Cristóbal Halffter (1930-)
  • 7 February 2015 - 8:45pm
    Rossini's Petite messe solennelle | Summertown Choral Society
    Alexander Pullinger, Brian McAlea, Duncan Saunderson, Guy Cutting, Julian Littlewood, Louise Wayman, Nicholas Haigh, Summertown Choral Society
    St Michael and All Angels Church Summertown, Oxford OX2 7ES
    United Kingdom

    A popular North Oxford choir, Summertown Choral Society's winter concert is Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Written around 1863, its first performances, in private, were received extremely enthusiastically. It is neither short nor solemn, but so-called because of its economy of scale, with the orchestra banished, and its formality of a sung Mass. However, Rossini was the greatest writer of comic opera and his humour and gift for melody is present on every page.

    The German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the 19th century. A friend of Rossini's, he attended the first two performances of the Messe and was greatly affected. His beautiful but under performed Pater Noster was written in 1857, the same year Rossini's extremely charming motet O salutaris hostia was written.

    Summertown Choral Society will be joined by piano, harmonium and four soloists including the tenor Guy Cutting, the first recipient of the highly prestigious Jeffrey Thomas American Bach Soloists Award.

    Petite Messe Solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    O salutaris hostia
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Pater Noster
    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)
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    8 February 2015 - 6:30pm
    Susan Bullock sings Wagner with Forest Philharmonic
    Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Shanahan, Susan Bullock
    Walthamstow Assembly Hall London E17 4SY
    United Kingdom

    Seen at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2011, when she sang ‘Brünnhilde’s Immolation’, Susan Bullock is hot property, having performed at La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Royal Opera House. You may also have seen her singing at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012.

    Overture from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Immolation Scene from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 4, 'Götterdämmerung'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 31 January 2015 - 6:00pm
    Spem in alium by candlelight | The Choir of King's College London
    Gareth Wilson, The Choir of King's College London
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome The Choir of King's College London and their alumni once again to St Martin's to perform Spem in alium.

    This concert will last approximately one hour without an interval.

    Spem in Alium (40 part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  • 31 January 2015 - 8:00pm
    Mozart's Requiem by candlelight | Twickenham Choral Society
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, Freddie Brown, Twickenham Choral Society
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Our second concert this evening celebrates the mastery of Mozart, with two popular orchestral works, followed by the Requiem, performed by Twickenham Choral Society.

    Divertimento from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Adagio and Fugue in C minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    3 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Launching of EP/App Songs For Spoken Words
    Iskra Quartet, Richard Birkin
    St John's Church on Bethnal Green London E2
    United Kingdom

    Launching the EP/App 'Songs for Spoken Words', this event will see Richard J Birkin perform the EP in its entirety (plus tracks from his forthcoming album) with strings by Iskra Quartet.

    The performance of the EP will include the live debut of the Rubato platform, developed by Richard and software developer Tom Armitage. Everyone in the audience with an internet capable phone can view synchronised images and words to view and read along with the instrumental performance.

    The app itself is downloadable from the 16th February 2015 and is avaliale for pre-order now.

    Songs for Spoken Words
    Richard Birkin ()
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    1 February 2015 - 5:00pm
    Vivienne Price Memorial Concert
    National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    This special concert will feature performances by invited guests who will combine to form the Vivienne Price Memorial Orchestra.

    We hope you'll be able to join us for this very special concert which will celebrate Vivienne's life.

    Vivienne's passion and dedication helped transform countless young musician's lives and ignited a life-long love of music, not only in themselves but also in their families. This concert will celebrate Vivienne's incredible vision and the positive impact that she had on so many people.

    Spitfire Prelude
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    The Banks of Green Willow
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The day thou gavest, Lord, has ended
    Clement Scholefield (1839–1904)
    Sunset
    Clement Scholefield (1839–1904)
    Prelude to 'Richard III'
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Flop Eared Mule
    Andrew Dabczynski ()
    Waltz from Serenade for String Orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Klaus Badelt ()
    Danzón No 2
    Arturo Márquez (1950-)
    Radetzky March
    Johann Strauss I (1804-1849)
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