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Format: 2015-04-26
Format: 2015-04-26
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Opera Foundry Great Composer Concert Series: Mozart
    Andrea Fishenden, Angela Voyajolu, Annette Dumville, David Banbury, Derek S Henderson, Elaine Way, Giovanni Tagliarini, Guy Middlemiss, Ian Helm, Joe St. Johanser, Matthew Connolly, Opera Foundry, Philip Thornton, Richard Cartmale, Richard Johnson, Sarah Quantrell
    St Mary Magdalene Church Richmond upon Thames TW9 1SN
    United Kingdom

    The first of a new concert series celebrating the works of great composers. Opera Foundry presents an intimate evening of Mozart's opera, showcasing an exceptional ensemble of singers and concert pianists. Includes arias and ensembles from the Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo and The Marriage of Figaro.

    Excerpts from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Italia! A festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - The Gondoliers
    Raffles Ensemble, The Choir of Hendon St Mary
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    A semi-staged performance of the classic comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. Delightful tunes and a hilarious farce set in the sunny Mediterrnean, brought to life by the choir of Hendon St Mary and the Raffles Ensemble.

    The Gondoliers, 'The King of Barataria'
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
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    1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Italia! Festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - renaissance music
    Richard Morrison, The Choir of Hendon St Mary
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    Glorious Italian choral music from the renaissance and baroque.

    By candlelight the choir of Hendon St Mary, directed by Richard Morrison, recreate the splendours of the sacred music heard in Rome, Venice and Mantua during the 16th and 17th centuries including some of the greatest polychoral masterpieces of Giovanni Gabrielli, Allegri and Lotti and motets by Monteverdi and Palestrina.

    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Crucifixus a 10
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Magnificat a 17
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Adoramus te, Christe
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Omnes gentes plaudite manibus from Symphoniae sacrae
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Musiche Sacre
    Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
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    3 May 2015 - 4:00pm
    Italia! Festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - chamber music
    Anna Tilbrook, Ellie Fagg, Louisa Tuck, Tom Norris
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    Pianist Anna Tilbrook leads distinguished musicians Ellie Fagg (violin), Tom Norris (violin) and Louise Tuck (cello) in an afternoon of romantic and baroque chamber music for strings and keyboard, including Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor and Italian masterpieces.

    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    1 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Academy Cello Ensemble
    Academy Cello Ensemble, Felix Schmidt, Josephine Knight
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal Academy of Music

    Academy Cello Ensemble, directed by Josephine Knight and Felix Schmidt, will be featuring works by Barber, Ravel, Pärt and Strauss

    Adagio for Strings, arranged for cello quartet
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Fratres for cello ensemble
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Bolero, arranged for cello quartet
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Jellacic March, arranged for cello octet
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Sinfonia a tre, arranged for cello sextet
    Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682)
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    1 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - mezzo-soprano, viola and piano
    Claire Bournez, Ricardo Gosalbo, Valerie Albrecht
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    French mezzo-soprano Claire Bournez is currently studying on the Vocal Studies Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Janice Chapman. She is a demanded recitalist and oratorio soloist, having a special love for historically informed performance practice and cross-art projects. On the opera stage, Claire has recently appeared as Proserpina (L'Orfeo by Monteverdi) as a soloist of the Ambronay European Baroque Academy. Her operatic roles include Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Xerxes (Xerxes).

    Valerie Albrecht (viola), is a demanded soloist, chamber musician, improviser, orchestral player and instrumental teacher. She is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music towards a Master of Music with Matthew Jones. Having a special interest in improvisation as well as in Contemporary Music, recent highlights include performing at Southbank’s The Rest is Noise Festival in 2013, premiering Rolf Hind’s latest project for The Opera Group in 2014, giving a fully improvised performance to Dissenters N16 ‘Made in Hackney’ Exhibition 2014, and performing at the International Viola Moderna Festival in March 2015. Valerie is violist of the Zeitgeist Ensemble and the Portobello Duo and teaches at North London Colourstrings Centre.

    Spanish-French pianist Ricardo Gosalbo is a multifaceted music collaborator, working as accompanist, chamber musician, vocal coach, dance accompanist, director and composer. He has been a fellow at Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2013. Ricardo has performed at venues such as the Barbican Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, the Chapelle Royale in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Kulturpalast in Dresden. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 ‘InTune’. He has won numerous prizes including the 2013 GSMD Piano Accompaniment Prize, the 2013 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the 2012 Paul Hamburger Prize for voice and piano duo.

    3 Songs with Viola and Piano
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Der Sandmann
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Aus dem hebraïschen Gesången from Myrthen, song collection
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Frühlingsnacht from Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Geistliches Wiegenlied from 2 Lieder for Contralto, Viola and Piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Féerie au Clair de Lune from 4 Mélodies for voice and piano
    Henri Dutilleux (1916-)
    Dansons la gigue! from 4 Poémes
    Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    An Opera Gala Evening with The Black Cat Opera Company
    Adriano Graziani, Julie Aherne, Lynsey Docherty, Peter Ford, Philip Smith, Phillip Guy Bromley, The Black Cat Opera Company
    High Cross Church Camberley GU15 3SY
    United Kingdom

    The Black Cat Opera Company presents a gala evening of operatic arias, duets and ensembles in Camberley's High Cross Church. The evening will feature performances by the company's distinguished soloists in classic repertoire including Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini.

    Black Cat Opera made an impression in July 2014 with their inaugural production of Mozart's Don Giovanni at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. Awarded 5 stars by the Surrey Advertiser ("Judging by its first full-scale operatic venture, Black Cat Opera ... has a great future"), the opera boasted a cast who had previously performed for companies including The Royal Opera, English National Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

    The first-rate line-up for this evening of entertainment includes soprano Lynsey Docherty ("well sung, beautiful and exciting" - Opera Magazine), and baritones Philip Smith ("I heard something in his voice that I thought was really most interesting" - Sir Thomas Allen), and Phillip Guy-Bromley ("...a well modulated baritone voice, plus an astute regard to phrasing and an acting ability to conjure forth a whole range of dramatic phrases" - The Stage).

    For more information, visit The Black Cat Opera Company website

    Composition Not Known
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Composition Not Known
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Composition Not Known
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Composition Not Known
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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    3 May 2015 - 3:30pm
    Helix Ensemble in Kendal - Remembering Anice
    David Greed, Helix Ensemble
    St Thomas's Church Kendal LA9 4QG
    United Kingdom

    Come and hear a lovely concert on a Sunday afternoon! Helix Ensemble is a chamber orchestra that is based in the East Midlands, but we are visiting Kendal in May to remember Anice Paterson who co-founded the group in 1992. The first concert included Dumbarton Oaks so we are celebrating again with this masterpiece for chamber group by Stravinsky. We start with Purcell's well-known Chaconne, followed by Dvorák's beautiful Romance for Violin, played by David Greed, leader of the Opera North orchestra who is also our Musical Director for the concert. Mozart's lively and tuneful Symphony No 40 concludes the concert.

    There will be a retiring collection for two charities: Macmillan Cancer Support and St John's Hospice, Lancaster.

    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    6 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Tadaaki Otaka conducts Belshazzar's Feast | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Neal Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarah Connolly CBE, Tadaaki Otaka, The Bach Choir
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A concert of English masterworks with acclaimed mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly performing Elgar's evocative Sea Pictures.

    The concert opens with Elgar's vivid depiction of a day in London, and culminates in Walton's magnificent Belshazzar's Feast, for which the Royal Philharmonic is joined by the Bach Choir and bass-baritone Neal Davies.

    Cockaigne Overture
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Belshazzar’s Feast
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
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    3 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    FUNharmonics family concert | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chris Jarvis, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuart Stratford
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    FUNharmonics sets out on another musical adventure - this time to the home of jazz, blues, bright lights, big cities, Hollywood and the Wild West. That’s right, we’re off to America! Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a journey to ‘the New World’ and enjoy some of the fascinating music that could only have come out of the US of A.

    Suitable for the whole family.

    FUNharmonics concerts are presented by CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis and, at one hour long, are the very best way to introduce your family to the wonders of orchestral music.

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