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Format: 2015-05-29
Format: 2015-05-29
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    6 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Sprig of Thyme | Liverpool Welsh Choral
    Keith Orrell, Liverpool Welsh Choral, Stephen Hargreaves, Susan Marrs
    Cornerstone Concert Hall, Liverpool Hope University Liverpool L6 1HP
    United Kingdom

    We return to the superb hall of Liverpool Hope University's Cornerstone Theatre for this concert which aims to send you home with the warm glow of Summertime. The programme is one suited to an entertaining evening of light music.

    We will be showcasing some wonderful work by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter, starting the concert with the former's Singing by Numbers, a lovely series of 7 short folk-style items. Also by Chilcott you will be able to enjoy the well known favourites Londonderry Air and An Irish Blessing and also a 'signed' song Can you hear me?

    The John Rutter section includes Home is a special kind of feeling, and Banquet Fugue. We will end the concert with the wonderful Sprig of Thyme - an enchanting setting of traditional folk melodies.

    All perfect for a summer concert!

    The Sprig of Thyme
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Singing by Numbers
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Banquet Fugue from The Reluctant Dragon
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Can you hear me?
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Londonderry Air
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    An Irish Blessing
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Home is a special kind of feeling
    John Rutter (1945-)
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    7 June 2015 - 7:00pm
    Roskell Piano Trio
    Colin Scobie, Heather Tuach, Penelope Roskell, Roskell Piano Trio
    Sutton House London E9 6JQ
    United Kingdom

    Our very popular resident trio consisting of Colin Scobie (violin), Heather Tuach (cello) and Penelope Roskell (piano) will play trios by Mozart (K 548 in C major), Shostakovich (No 2in E minor) and Schumann (No 1 in D minor).

    Sutton House is one of London’s most attractive concert venues. Our aim is to provide the highest quality of music-making at affordable prices in relaxed and pleasant surroundings. Refreshments are available in the conservatory before the concert and during the interval.

    Ticket holders are allowed free admission before the concert to view Sutton House, which is owned by the National Trust. Built in 1535, the house holds a fascinating juxtaposition of oak-panelled Tudor rooms, Jacobean wall paintings and Georgian and Victorian interiors.

    Optional tour by Richard Griffiths, the architect for the restoration of Sutton House at 6pm.

    Keyboard Trio No 5 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Trio No 2 in E minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Iolanthe | Bicester Choral and Operatic Society
    Akeman Chamber Orchestra, Bicester Choral and Operatic Society, Martin Quinn
    The Cooper School Bicester OX26 4RS
    United Kingdom

    Join Bicester Choral and Operatic Society as they present the final night of the G&S classic, Iolanthe, with a modern twist!

    Although more than 130 years have passed since this G&S operetta was written you’ll be surprised to find how little has changed in the Palace of Westminster…or has it?

    With fairies, mistaken identity, Peers of the Realm, and plenty of well known tunes thrown in for good measure, you’ll have a great evening.

    Presented 7:30pm nightly from 27th May - 30th May

    Iolanthe (or The Peer and the Peri)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
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    1 June 2015 - 1:10pm
    Sergei Podobedov (piano) plays Chopin's 24 Preludes
    Sergei Podobedov
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Russian born pianist Sergei Podobedov has been described by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky as: 'a magnificent pianist who possesses outstanding virtuosic skills combined with true musicality and a refined sense of style.' Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto, Podobedov has toured throughout the world performing the major concert repertoire, new works and also fully improvised recitals.

    Sergei has appeared numerous times at the world's leading concert halls. Highlights of the 2011/12 season included an appearance on BBC Radio 3; a recital at The Purcell Room at London's Southbank Centre and concerts at Fairfield Halls and St James's Piccadilly. The latter prompted Jeremy D Rowe of Wagner News to write: 'The astonishing Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov whose breathtaking readings of both Prokofiev and Chopin had the audience enthralled'.

    Sergei's 2013/14 season includes concerts at London's Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Fairfield Halls and St James's Piccadilly; Wales's Brecon Theatre and a tour of Russia and Europe with violinist Yuri Kalnits.

    Sergei's latest solo CD, the complete piano works of pre-WWII Russian composer Boris Goltz, the first ever complete recording of this repertoire, attracted strong critical acclaim in many countries: 'Everything that world premiere recordings need to be"(Jim Svejda, Classical KUSC Los Angeles); "All 24 Preludes are crystalline and perfect' (Allmusic).

    With an increasing discography, that includes, in addition to the recent Goltz disc, his first release: a live recording of Haydn, Prokofiev, Shumann, and Lyadov on the Cristofori label; Alan Hovhaness's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra, and other works, on Sanctuary Records, Sergei has attracted much attention with these discs, the latter being called 'an unusual masterpiece'.

    His most recent release, on Toccata Classics, is the chamber and instrumental music of British composer David Braid. He is joined in this project by the Erato Piano Trio and Russian violinist Yuri Kalnits, among others.

    Sergei has performed at London's Wigmore Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, the Bolshoi Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, San Francisco's Herbst Theater, among others. In 1990 he was the first ever recipient of a Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Scholarship at the Royal College of Music and was also the youngest ever winner of the Edward Boyle Award in London. In 1991 he performed and collaborated with Sir John Gielgud at Windsor Castle at the Queen Mother's special invitation.

    In addition to these live performances Sergei has given numerous radio broadcasts, on major international stations and worked with a number of leading conductors, including Michael Morgan, Vladimir Weiss, Antonio Pirolli, Raymond Harvey and David Andre.

    In recent years, Podobedov, in addition to giving dozens of recitals and constantly expanding his repertoire, has moved into a new and unique area. He performs fully improvised solo recitals, that usually consist of two large works; his current 'Dimensions' series has included fourteen concerts in London so far this season. Constituting both a revival of the improvisation/premiere practice common in the 18th/19th centuries and a new direction in contemporary performance, Podobedov literally composes in real-time in front of you, the result being, according to one commentator: 'A strong, structurally coherent work of music, that surpasses much contemporary composition' (David Braid, Music & Vision Daily).

    Sergei is a graduate of The Moscow Central School of Music, The Tchaikovsky Conservatory and The Royal College of Music.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Nocturne No 5 in F sharp major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    5 June 2015 - 1:10pm
    Nazrin Rashidova, Daniel Grimwood and Sarah Oliver play Shostakovich and Fauré
    Daniel Grimwood, Nazrin Rashidova, Sarah Oliver
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Nazrin Rashidova is a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral director, whose musical acumen is ensuring a unique place for her in the music world. The Azerbaijani-born, British violin virtuoso made her solo début at the age of three in Baku and was awarded a gold medal by the Cairo Opera House for an exceptional violin recital three years later. Establishing FeMusa in 2008, Britain’s first female chamber orchestra in sixty years, is merely the latest in a series of achievements. She entered the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of fifteen, acclaimed by the former principal as “one of the most talented musicians to have walked through its doors in forty years”. She studied with professors Gruenberg, Andrievsky and Mordkovitch. A prizewinner of several international competitions, she has performed in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and also played for Royalty and other dignitaries. She plays the 1699 ‘Crespi’ violin by Antonio Stradivari, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music

    Daniel Grimwood (born 1976) studied at the Kent Music School before being awarded a scholarship to The Purcell School in 1987 where he studied piano under Graham Fitch; violin and viola under Sybil Copland and Elspeth Iliff; and composition under the late Tim Stevenson. In 1994/95 he studied with Vladimir Ovchinnikov and later finished his education under the tuition of Peter Feuchtwanger.He has since performed in most nations of the EU, the USA, the Middle East, the former USSR, and China. In 2000 Daniel was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain and, following a performance in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales to celebrate the Prince's honorary admission to the freedom of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2003, Daniel was himself invited to be elected to the Freedom of the Company and of the City of London. Following the success of his recent recording of Russian Sonatas for Somm Records with his great friend the cellist Jamie Walton, he has recently recorded a solo disc of works by Scriabin to great acclaim. Together with Walton he was invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel to perform at the private theatre on his ranch in Virginia, USA, in June 2005. He is also the first European musician to record for a Chinese company, with a series of solo CDs for Foshan Tianyi Audio and Visual Production in Guangzhou, China.

    Sarah Oliver performs regularly, both nationally and internationally as a soloist, and as an orchestral and chamber musician. She appeared regularly on BBC Radio, amd recently on the Hyperion Record Label with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is also a member of the Femusa String Ensemble. Sarah was a string finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006, going on to win the Walter Todds Bursary. Sarah studied at The Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Richard Lester, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Sarah plays on an English Cello.

    Notturno in E flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Piano Trio in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Piano Trio No 1 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    8 June 2015 - 1:10pm
    Alexander Soares (piano) plays Beethoven, Liszt and Dutilleux
    Alex Soares
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    London-born pianist Alexander Soares is increasingly in demand as a soloist. He has performed across the United Kingdom in such venues as the Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, The Barbican Centre, The Wigmore Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and has also performed in major venues across France and Spain. In 2011, he was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, as a featured artist on ‘In Tune’ with a performance of 'diamond clarity and authority' as described by host Sean Rafferty. He also featured in a live broadcast from London to Times Square, New York. Alexander made his concerto debut at the age of 17, with the Barber Piano Concerto, and since then has regularly appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the UK. This season he will perform Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles with Diego Masson.

    In 2010, Alexander became a Park Lane Group Young Artist, under whose auspices he gave his debut solo recitals at both the Purcell Room and The Wigmore Hall. He has won numerous awards including Making Music’s award for Young Concert Artists (2014), Guildhall’s Beethoven Prize, prizes in the Brant International Piano Competition and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe competition, a Countess of Munster award, a Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award and an AHRC scholarship. He has taken part in masterclasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Dominique Merlet, Steven Osborne and Yonty Solomon. As a chamber musician he has performed with eminent artists such as Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Baillie and Mihaela Martin.

    Alexander began his piano studies at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, under Emily Jeffrey. At the RCM he was winner of all of the top competitions, and upon leaving was awarded the Esther Coleman prize for outstanding contribution. He graduated with a first class degree from Clare College, Cambridge, where he led an active concert life as a soloist and chamber musician. He is currently studying with Ronan O’Hora on the Doctoral programme at Guildhall School of Music. Alexander is most grateful to the Guildhall School Trust for their generous support.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 26 in E flat, 'Les adieux'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude from Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Chorale and variations from Sonata for Piano
    Henri Dutilleux (1916-)
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    4 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Imperfect Pearl - life and music of Domenico Zipoli
    Charlotte Fairbairn, Eloise Irving, Mark Latimer, Miles Golding, Sophie Gledhill, William Towers
    Bouverie Hall Pewsey SN9 5QE
    United Kingdom

    The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the baroque music that drove him.

    “Phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin have created a “sumptuous and romantic” (The Independent) work in a wildly imaginative clash of culture, music and theatre. The Imperfect Pearl will tour the UK from May through to June 2015, visiting rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces.

    The Imperfect Pearl
    Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)
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    6 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Imperfect Pearl - life and music of Domenico Zipoli
    Charlotte Fairbairn, Eloise Irving, Mark Latimer, Miles Golding, Sophie Gledhill, William Towers
    St Mary's Church Snettisham PE31 7NA
    United Kingdom

    The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the baroque music that drove him.

    “Phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin have created a “sumptuous and romantic” (The Independent) work in a wildly imaginative clash of culture, music and theatre. The Imperfect Pearl will tour the UK from May through to June 2015, visiting rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces.

    The Imperfect Pearl
    Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)
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    3 June 2015 - 1:10pm
    Laefer Quartet play Bach and Bozza
    Amy Green, Jessamy Holder, Laefer Quartet, Philip Attard, Stephen Shepherd
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The Laefer Quartet is an exciting and fresh new saxophone quartet who were delighted to be awarded the 2014 Boconnoc Music Award. Formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, the quartet has since been performing across the UK at numerous venues, including The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

    As individuals and as a group, the quartet are experienced in a variety of genres but specialise in performing contemporary classical repertoire and transcriptions of works by classical composers. Recent performances include UK premières of works by contemporary composers such as Ivan Fedele.

    The Laefer Quartet has received coaching from Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson and has performed in masterclasses with David Brutti and Gerard McChrystal. The Laefer Quartet intend to continue performing throughout the UK and are currently commissioning several new works.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    'Italian Concerto' in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Andante et Scherzo
    Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
    Cosmopolitan American March
    Helen May Butler (1867-1957)
    3 Novelettes
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Sonata Pastorale
    Albert Potts ()
    Bergakungen (The Mountain King) Suite
    Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)
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    5 June 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Batera Duo
    Batero Duo, Christine Zerafa, Philip Attard
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Batera Duo hails from two sister islands in the Maltese archipelago, being formed by Gozitan saxophonist Philip Attard and Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa. Philip and Christine gave their debut as a duo in April 2012, and since then they have been invited to perform in major festivals and venues, including the Embassy Series in Washington D.C., the Malta Arts Festival, the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Individually, Philip and Christine have been regular performers in Malta and overseas and have appeared as soloists and chamber musicians in Spain, France, Austria, Italy, England and Poland. Both Philip and Christine have been recipients of various awards, including the national Young Musician’s Contest (Malta), the 11th Bice Mizzi Competition (Malta), the RNCM Clifton Helliwel Memorial Award (U.K), the RCM Jane Melber Saxophone Competiton (U.K.) and the Scott Huxley Competition (U.K.). They have recently been awarded the Ensemble Prize in the VFIMF International Competition in 2013.

    While performing extensively, Philip and Christine have also been furthering their musical training. Philip commenced his saxophone studies in Gozo under the tutorship of saxophonist Joseph Vella and has just finished his B.A.(Hons) degree with firstclass in Music from the University of Malta and at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence (Italy), majoring in saxophone performance under the tutelage of Godfrey Mifsud and Roberto Frati. He has also participated in regular master classes with saxophonist Fabrizio Mancuso in Paris. Christine studied in Malta with pianist Joanne Camilleri before furthering her studies overseas. She read for a Masters degree (MMus) in solo piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (U.K) under the tuition of Paul Janes and Norma Fisher, and later studied with Andrea Lucchesini as part of the Corso di Perfezionamento at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence. As a duo, Batera Duo have participated in master classes with various international chamber musicians, including Tiziano Mealli, Fabrizio Mancuso, Antonino Mollica, Federico Mondelci, Godfrey Mifsud, Roberto Frati, Michael Dussek and Ian Brown.

    Christine and Philip are currently based in London, where they are furthering their studies and performing extensively. Philip is reading for a MMus degree in performance with saxophonist Kyle Horch at the Royal College of Music, while Christine is reading for a MMus specialising in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau.

    Christine and Philip are very grateful for the support of the Malta Arts Fund, Silverstone Foundation, Janatha Stubbs Foundation, Gilling Family Scholarship and the Malta Arts Scholarship throughout their studies.

    Sonata for saxophone and piano
    William Albright (1944-1998)
    4th Movement: Allegretto poco mosso from Sonata for Violin and Piano in A (arranged for saxophone and piano)
    César Franck (1822-1890)
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