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Format: 2015-05-22
Format: 2015-05-22
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    23 May 2015 - 6:30pm
    Alexei Lubimov (piano) - Mozart, Satie, Stravinsky, Schubert and Debussy
    Alexei Lubimov
    St James's Church, Paddington London W2 3UD
    United Kingdom

    'The Legends of the Piano' Concert Series are aimed to showcase the heritage of classical pianism.

    MCS Young Artists Fund in 2015 season starts with the new Concert Series 'The Legends of the Piano' led by the distinguished, world renowned Russian-born pianist Alexei Lubimov. Lubimov is widely recognised for championing new music and also known as a skilful interpreter of modern classical and traditional European music. In 2016 the series will be followed by legendary Badura Skoda and Sequeira Costa.

    Born and raised in Russia, Alexei Lubimov studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lew Naumov. He was prevented from leaving the Soviet Union because of his strong commitment to western music. His repertoire is much diversified; he is known for his exploration of traditional European classical music and experimental modern composers, including John Milton Cage, as well as Schoenberg and Stockhausen and Boulez, Ives, Ligeti, Part, and Webern. He is a founder of the Moscow Baroque Quartet, the Moscow Chamber Academy and the music festival 'Alternativa'. He has appeared with orchestras such as Helsinki-, Israel-, Los Angeles-, Munich and Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Phil. de Radio France, Toronto Symphony and Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin under conductors like Ashkenazy, Jarvi, Kondrashin, Hogwood, Mackerras, Norrington, Pletnev, Saraste, Salonen, Janovski and Tortelier. In 2013 Alexei Lubimov has released his latest record of work by Beethoven 'Moonlight - Waldstein - Storm'.

    "…continues his quest to find the perfect match of repertoire and instrument …" (The Independent)

    Sonata for Piano No 9 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Prelude du deuxieme acte- L'initiation from Les fils des étoiles
    Erik Satie (1866-1925)
    Prelude du premier acte - La vocation from Les fils des étoiles
    Erik Satie (1866-1925)
    Prelude du troisieme Acte - L'incantation from Les fils des étoiles
    Erik Satie (1866-1925)
    Sonata for Piano (1924)
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Prélude No 1, Danseuses de Delphes from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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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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    22 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Imma Setiadi (piano)
    Imma Setiadi
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Imma Setiadi was born in Surabaya, Indonesia into a non-musical family; however a fascination for the piano at her home led to lessons with local teachers who sensed her talent and suggested a more serious training. This resulted in national prizes from the age of nine and through her teenage years, until at the age of fifteen, she was invited to perform one of her own compositions in UNICEF-YAMAHA Junior Original Concert in Hong Kong. Encouraged by this, she decided to audition for the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore where she studied with Albert Tiu and gained her Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours.

    A desire to study in Europe then led her to audition successfully for the Royal College of Music in London where she achieved a Distinction in her Master of Music degree under Nigel Clayton; she is now continuing with him and Amanda Glauert on the College’s Doctoral Programme as a Royal College of Music Scholar supported by Kenneth and Violet Scott Award, Indonesian Beasiswa Unggulan Scholarship, the Seary Charitable Trust, Gordillo Coleridge Charitable Trust, and the Talent Unlimited Charity.

    Since gaining second prize at the National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore, the RCM Beethoven Kendall Taylor Prize, third prize at the RCM Piano Chamber Music Competition, and runner up in Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition, she has been developing a large and varied portfolio of concert performances; she has played as a soloist at Cheltenham Town Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Pallant House Gallery Piano Proms, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and also in chamber music at the Royal Academy of Arts, Deal Festival, the National Gallery, and RCM Britten Theatre; with her Pacific Trio (violin, clarinet, and piano), she commissioned and premiered the London Tales project, a collection of nine new works by young composers working and living in London, inspired by the different scenes of the City – this was most enthusiastically received at St. Martin-in-the-fields. Recently she made her concerto debut performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto 1 at the University Hall, Cambridge; and has also been selected as one of this season’s Park Lane Group Young Artists, and will perform at their New Year Series at the Purcell Room.

    Her doctorate performance research project is entitled 'Creating new concert experiences via cross-arts practice for pianists' exploring her interest in collaborative performances with other arts as a pianist. She is a regular contributor to SongArt Research Group and was a co-presenter at International Symposium on Performance Science 2013 in Vienna.

    12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    29 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Gryphon at the Union Chapel: Early Music with an edge
    Union Chapel, Islington London N1 2UN
    United Kingdom

    Gryphon is the oldest and the newest thing - a legendary UK band that won a huge international following in the 1970s with its uniquely energetic approach to early music and British folk and is now touring again for the first time in nearly 40 years. Using crumhorns, bassoons and recorders alongside guitars, keyboards and percussion, Gryphon dazzled and delighted a wide range of music lovers and once appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 in a single week.

    Gifted, unpredictable and impossible to pigeonhole, the band was - and is - the antidote to genres, adored alike by lovers of Renaissance music, prog rock and folk.

    In the decades since Gryphon toured the world, often playing huge venues like Madison Square Garden and Houston Astrodome alongside bands like Yes, the original members have refined their virtuoso talents, working with artists that range from Paul McCartney and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to John Williams, Hans Zimmer, the Albion Band, Elvis Costello, Desmond Dekker and the Royal Choral Society. The new line-up also includes Graham Preskett, the man who played the mandolin for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the tango violin for Moulin Rouge and the harmonica for Thelma and Louise.

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    22 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Javier Perianes (piano) performs Ravel with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Eduardo Portal, Javier Perianes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling Scheherazade forms one of the highlights of this unmissable concert. Themes of orientalism and the exotic, the rich orchestration and enchanting orchestral solos culminate in a vivid tone poem, inspired by the folk tales of One Thousand and One Nights.

    In contrast, the vision for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G struck the composer ‘on a train between Oxford and London’, according to Ravel himself; the Concerto exhibits the vogue jazz idioms of Paris and the United States, where Ravel undertook a concert tour in 1928.

    Ravel’s compatriot Franz Liszt wrote 13 symphonic poems, of which Les préludes (No 3) is one of his most popular – the striking dynamic ranges and kaleidoscope of orchestral textures create a dramatic symphonic work.

    Les préludes
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    23 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    A Concert for Rowan - massed choirs support the Rainbow Trust children's charity
    Jeremy Backhouse, Salisbury Community Choir, Southern Pro Musica, Vasari Singers, Vivace Chorus
    Guildford Cathedral Guildford GU2 7UP
    United Kingdom

    Join over 300 musicians for an extraordinary fundraising concert in aid of Rainbow Trust. Singers from Guildford, Salisbury and London will be joined by local children’s choirs and Guildford’s professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, for an evening of wonderful music.

    Come along to this one off event inspired by the Todd family whose daughter, Rowan, who was diagnosed with Neorofibrosis Type 1 in 2009. Rowan began chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital and since then has had two intensive periods of treatment. Rainbow Trust has supported the Todd family throughout this difficult time and is delighted to invite you to this fantastic event.

    Bob Chilcott is one of today’s most-loved choral composers and is in demand around the world as a composer and conductor. His Salisbury Vespers is a modern setting of an ancient service, and uses an exciting combination of rhythm and melody to create a memorable musical experience.

    Will Todd is an internationally renowned composer who lives in Guildford. He composed ‘Call of Wisdom’ for the Diamond Choir, specially selected for the Queens Diamond Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Will has enjoyed global success with his jazz rhythms and soaring melodies are at the heart of The City Garden, a toe-tapping journey of romance through the seasons.

    For the first time, Jeremy Backhouse's three choirs - the Vasari Singers, the Vivace Chorus and the Salisbury Community Choir - together with local children's choirs - join together for this unique fund-raising event.

    Salisbury Vespers
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    The City Garden
    Will Todd (1969-)
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    28 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera The Gondoliers presented by Chapel End Savoy Players
    Chapel End Savoy Players, Graham Offord, Leon Berger
    Deaton Theatre, Forest School London E17 3PY
    United Kingdom

    All performances will be fully costumed and accompanied by an orchestra. The venue has disabled facilities, and there will be refreshments available in the interval.

    Tickets for all evening performances are £14 (£12 concessions) and for the Matinees are £12 (£10 concessions). £5 concessions for under 18s to all performances. There is a 10% discount for 10 tickets or more.

    There is ample off-street parking available.

    Free transport will be available to the Theatre from Snaresbrook tube station from 1:30pm for both Matinee performances, with a free return to Snaresbrook after the show. No need to pre-book – just turn up!

    Public transport: nearest tube: Snaresbrook; nearest Network Rail: Wood Street, Walthamstow; Buses 20, W12

    The Gondoliers, 'The King of Barataria'
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
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    29 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Sinfonia Cymru and Rachel Podger
    Rachel Podger, Sinfonia Cymru
    Y Ffwrnes Llanelli SA15 3YE
    United Kingdom

    Sinfonia Cymru's first all-baroque concert; and who better to lead it than the outstanding champion of period music, Rachel Podger.

    She’s put together a programme that showcases the period and its many guises, from dazzling flamboyance to disarming simplicity. Bach’s Air on the G String, the second movement of his Suite No 3 is a textbook example of measured restraint, whilst Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico is an intoxicating flurry of rhythmic drive.

    Although less known today, Purcell, Fux and Telemann enjoyed significant celebrity status back then. Purcell’s music for The Fairy Queen was a huge hit, as was Fux’s book on counterpoint – the must-read for composers of the 18th Century. Telemann was the most successful composer in Germany, far outstripping the popularity stakes compared to his friend and contemporary Bach.

    Join us as we explore one of the richest and liveliest chapters in music history.

    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Ouverture in G minor
    Johann Joseph Fux (1660-1741)
    Concerto for trumpet, violin, 2 oboes, strings and continuo in D
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Concerto Grosso No 10 in B minor, from 'L'Estro Armonico'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    23 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    Summer Saturday Recital Series - Nabillah Jalal (piano)
    Nabillah Jalal
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    Programme to include music by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt and Brahms

    Born and raised in Singapore, Nabillah Jalal started formal piano lessons when she was 11 at Yamaha School of Music. At 18, she realised that her true calling was music when she was learning under the tutelage of Rosy Liu, a former student of Alexander Kelly and Edgar Kendall Taylor, who prepared Nabillah for her DipABRSM and college auditions. Rosy Liu was also her singing teacher. After her A Levels, Nabillah took a gap year where she worked as a vocal tutor in schools around Singapore with her mentor, Terrence Toh. She was also part of Evokx, a community choir that seeks to engage the youths in community and social work through choral singing. Her involvement has inspired her to work with communities to spread classical music.

    With a vast repertoire, Nabillah has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music and has had works written especially for her. She has premiered Singaporean composer and conductor, Albert Tay’s 'Variations on a theme of Di Tanjung Katong', former RCM graduate Toby Nelms’s 'Recruit Green', and will be premiering 'Tampines' in London by rising Singaporean composer, Syafiqah ‘Adha, in conjunction with SG50, a nationwide commemoration of Singapore’s fiftieth year of independence.

    In 2012, she received the prestigious Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise award, (Distinction), and the ‘Live It Up’ bursary. Her studies at the Royal College of Music currently are supported by Trailblazer Foundation Ltd. Recent performances include her debut concerto performance with The Young Musicians’ Foundation, (Singapore), at Raffles Junior College and a performance at the High Commission of The Republic of Singapore. Nabillah is currently a third year undergraduate at the Royal College of Music and is studying with Nigel Clayton.

    Coffee and home baked cakes are served from 11am and light lunches are served after the recital

    Composition Not Known
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Composition Not Known
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Composition Not Known
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Composition Not Known
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    30 May 2015 - 7:00pm
    University of York Opera Society - Mozart's The Magic Flute
    Cassiopia Berkeley-Agyepong, Danny Purtell, University of York Opera Ensemble, University of York Opera Society
    Grand Opera House York YO1 9SW
    United Kingdom

    University of York Opera Society is excited to bring Mozart's iconic work to the heart of this historical city. For one night only a talented cast of young singers will take you on a journey to an enchanting dreamland of magic and mystery with utterly brilliant music. This thrilling performance promises to be a visual and musical spectacle like none other.

    This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. English version by Jeremy Sams.

    Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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