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Format: 2015-03-29
Format: 2015-03-29
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    8 April 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Auriol Evans (cello) plays Brahms and Chopin
    Auriol Evans, Dina Duisen
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011, Auriol has been principal cellist of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and Co-Principal of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra under the direction of Sir Mark Elder, and from January will be working as an extra player with the Philharmonia and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    Auriol was born in Eastbourne, and started to play the cello at the age of seven. When she was nine years old, she played the role of the young Jacqueline du Pré in the feature film Hilary and Jackie. Soon afterwards, she became a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music studying with David Smith. She was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship and is completing her MA at the Royal Academy of Music with Josephine Knight.

    Auriol is the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust Award, and is kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Albert Cooper Charitable Trust.

    Free recital (retiring collection).

    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in F
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Polonaise Brillante in C for Cello and Piano
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Ayr Choral Union spring concert
    Andrew McTaggart, Ayr Choral Union, City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Doherty, Jeremy Budd, Linda Finnie, Wilma MacDougall
    Town Hall Ayr KA7 1LX
    United Kingdom

    Ayr Choral Union's spring concert this season is the magnificant Bach St Matthew Passion. The choir is delighted to be joined again by the City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra and eminent soloists - Wilma MacDougall, Linda Finnie, Jeremy Budd and Andrew McTaggart.

    An opportunity to hear this work with a large scale choir may be unfashionable, but a great chance for choir, soloists and orchestra to celebrate Bach at his most extravagant.

    "It is this meeting of worlds - Bach's with that of the New Testament - that lies at the heart of the St Matthew Passion. Its multiple layers of musical and dramatic argument, and the way in which the emphasis shifts constantly between them, helps to support its vast span; but it also lifts the work high above the level of functional church music and turns it into one of the profoundest creations of Western art."

    Programme note © Lindsay Kemp/BBC

    St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    29 March 2015 - 6:30pm
    JS Bach's St John Passion on period instruments
    Claire Eadington, David Costley-White, Julian Alexander Smith, Mark Uglow, Sarah Probert, St Mary Abbots Choir, St Mary Abbots Singers, The Purcell Orchestra
    St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington London W8 4LA
    United Kingdom

    This special candlelit performance by a small, mainly professional choir and with a small orchestra performing on baroque instruments, re-creates the atmosphere and intimate scale of the original performance

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 31 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Sound of St Martin's Concert Series - Fauré's Requiem
    Andrew Earis, Richard Moore, St Martin's Voices
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    St Martin’s Voices is the newest vocal ensemble of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The professional choir is primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.

    Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the church music and concert programmes. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and Television’s religious output, as a music advisor, conductor and organist to programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Daily Service and BBC1 Songs of Praise.

    Requiem (1893 version)
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    God so loved the World from The Crucifixion
    Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
    Crucifixus
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    The Wounds
    James Whitbourn (1963-)
    Were you there?
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
  • 3 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Sound of St Martin's Concert Series - JS Bach's St John Passion
    Andrew Earis, St Martin's Consort, St Martin's Voices
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Based on chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, Bach’s St John Passion premiered in 1724, and is well-known for its masterfully evocative portrayal of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. Tonight, on Good Friday, St Martin’s Voices welcome you to the beautifully resonant setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields for an atmospheric candlelit performance of Bach’s celebrated oratorio.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 4 April 2015 - 6:30pm
    The Sound of St Martin's Concert Series - Allegri's Miserere by candlelight
    Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Tom Williams
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Tom Williams is Choral Director of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He is also founder and director of The Erebus Ensemble. Tom read Music at the University of Bristol and continued to postgraduate level focusing on the performance practice of early music, in particular researching the works of Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer, Nicolas Gombert. As a conductor Tom has worked with several successful groups, including the University Singers (Bristol), with whom he toured and recorded music ranging from Machaut to Frank Martin, and The Fitzhardinge Consort, one of the South West’s premier chamber choirs. Alongside his busy performing schedule, Tom is the Artistic Director of the Clifton International Festival of Music, which was established in June 2013 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the consecration of Clifton Cathedral. The inaugural festival saw world class performances by artists such as The Tallis Scholars and I Fagiolini.

    The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields is a group of dedicated singers from all walks of life, with an excellent reputation for performance of a professional standard. The Choir is well known for its frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio and Television, including regularly appearing on Radio 4 Sunday Worship, and they also took part in Radio 2’s Sunday Half Hour 70th anniversary programme.

    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Miserere
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    Stabat Mater
    Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
    Crucifixus
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
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    2 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Mass in C minor / Schubert's Stabat Mater in F minor | Whitehall Choir
    Anna Sideris, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Emily Garland, Nicholas Mogg, Paul Spicer, Whitehall Choir, Ørjan Bruskeland Hinna
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Whitehall Choir will present two wonderfully atmospheric works for Maundy Thursday, 2 April (19.30), at St John’s Smith Square: Schubert’s rarely heard, Stabat Mater and Mozart’s great unfinished C Minor Mass. The choir’s Musical Director, Paul Spicer conducts the concert, with sopranos Emily Garland and Anna Sideris, tenor Ørjan Hinna and baritone Nicholas Mogg.

    The ‘Great Mass in C minor’ was Mozart’s last setting of the Mass, apart from the Requiem composed in 1791, the year of his death. Many prefer this piece to his Requiem. The Mass in C minor, which is incomplete, is scored for four soloists (two sopranos, tenor and bass), chorus (in some movements a double chorus), and large orchestra. In a letter to his father Leopold dated 4 January 1783, Mozart mentioned a vow he had made to write a Mass to celebrate the occasion of his bringing his then fiancée Constanze to Salzburg as his wife; and Constanze sang the very beautiful ‘Et incarnatus est’ at the première, which took place in Salzburg on 26 October 1783.

    As a composer of songs, Schubert has no equal in fertility of melodic invention. His Stabat Mater has twelve movements which include two fine fugues, and it contains some of the best and most beautiful choral writing of the period.

    Mass in C minor, 'The Great'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Stabat Mater in F minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    29 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Behold the Sea - British music depicting the sea, ships and sailors
    Dean Robinson, East Lancs Sinfonia, Kathleen Wilkinson, Linda Richardson, Nigel Wilkinson, Oldham Choral Society
    RNCM Concert Hall Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    We present a programme of Great British Music celebrating the mighty sea with Fantasia on Sea Songs by Sir Henry Wood, Sea Pictures by Edward Elgar and A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Join us as we celebrate Britain’s sea-going heritage with soloists Linda Richardson, Dean Robinson, and Kathleen Wilkinson, and of course, the East Lancs Sinfonia. An evening not to be missed!

    Symphony No 1, 'Sea Symphony'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Fantasia on British Sea Songs
    Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944)
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    8 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    The Choral Pilgrimage 2015: Flight of Angels | The Sixteen
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Christ Church Cathedral Oxford OX1 1DP
    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

    Concessions
    A 50% discount is available for the following groups:

    - disabled (plus one companian)
    - those aged 18 or under
    - Jobseekers (proof of eligibiity will be required on the door)
    - students (prood of eligibility will be required on the door)

    A 10% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

    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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    4 April 2015 - 6:00pm
    Solomon's Knot: Pour un tombeau d'Anatole
    James Halliday, John Crockatt, Jonathan Rees, Jonathan Sells, Josep Maria Martí Duran, Solomon's Knot, Victor Sicard, Zachary Wilder, Zoe Brown
    Britten Studio, Snape Maltings Snape IP17 1SP
    United Kingdom

    For Solomon's Knot's third residency as an Open Space ensemble at Aldeburgh Music and a performance as part of the Easter Weekend, James Halliday leads a programme of 17th-century French and English music inspired by the fragmentary poems that Stéphane Mallarmé in memory of his son, Anatole.

    Purcell, Charpentier, Marais, de Jeune, Janequin, Lambert and others form a musical memorial to a lost child, set within a visual context by way of projection and movement by Sven Werner.

    This promises to be a very strong, atmospheric experience.

    Qu'est devenu ce bel oeil
    Claude Le Jeune (c1528-1600)
    La Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris
    Marin Marais (1656-1728)
    Le repos, l'ombre, le silence
    Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
    Ombre de mon amant
    Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
    Pourquoy doux rossignol
    Jean-Baptiste Drouard de Bousset (1662-1725)
    Celle qui fait mon tourment
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
    The Plaint, 'O let me weep' from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Man that is born of a woman
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    In the midst of life we are in death from Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Thou knowest Lord, the secrets of our hearts
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    No stars again shall hurt you from The Tempest (or The Enchanted Island)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Les Pleures
    Sainte Colombe (le pere) (1640-1700)
    Laissez durer la nuit
    Sébastien Le Camus (c.1610 -1677)
    Toutes les nuits
    Clément Janequin (c1485-1558)
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