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Format: 2015-01-28
Format: 2015-01-28
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    31 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Trinity Orchestra Harrow: Mozart and Bruckner Symphonies
    Michael Alexander Young, Trinity Orchestra
    Trinity Church Harrow HA1 1RX
    United Kingdom

    Trinity Orchestra’s first concert of 2015 will be under guest conductor Michael Young. We pair two towering, contrasting symphonies from different periods.

    Mozart’s ever-popular masterpiece the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony was the composer’s last symphony, and it is considered to be his most well-crafted and joyous, full of exuberant themes. It was described by the late Claudio Abbado as “one of Mozart’s greatest creations. The finale has all the ideas superimposed, bursting out, one after the other, like fireworks.

    The second work in this concert is the magnificent Symphony No 4, subtitled the ‘Romantic’, by Anton Bruckner. This work is seen as the composer’s first real masterpiece and its premiere was a triumph, with Bruckner taking a bow after each movement! The symphony is at times pastoral in character and, at other times, expansive and robust, containing moments of great beauty in its slowly unfurling musical themes.

    Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7pm through which you can learn more about the evening’s music.

    Symphony No 41 in C, 'Jupiter'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 4 in E flat, 'Romantic'
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
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    7 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Kent Chamber Choir - Midwinter Concert
    Alan Vincent, Geoffrey Lester, Kent Chamber Choir
    St Mary's Church Westwell TN25 4JX
    United Kingdom

    All of us in Kent Chamber Choir are looking forward to returning to Westwell for a concert in the village's historic church. The choir enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad for its performances of a wide variety of choral music from unaccompanied miniatures to larger-scale works with orchestra. Tonight's programme comprises a typically broad selection of anthems and songs with two contrasting groups of organ solos played by Geoffrey Lester. We aim to brighten up a winter's evening whilst raising much needed funds for St Mary's Church.

    In the first half you can relish pairs of settings of the same text by composers from different eras. For example, William Byrd's sublime Kyrie eleison from his 1595 Mass for five voices is preceded by Richard Blackford's moving 21st century version; and Paul Mealor's acclaimed Ubi caritas, composed for the 2011 Royal Wedding at the request of the happy couple, is followed by Maurice Duruflé's serene 1960 setting, much loved by choirs and audiences alike.

    New songs and arrangements of traditional ones are featured after interval refreshments. In 1999, George Shearing wrote a delightful collection of seven Songs and sonnets from Shakespeare. We have chosen Spring ('When daisies pied and violets blue...') from Love's labour's Lost which with its cuckoo effects, reminds us that spring is only just around the corner. John Rutter's Five traditional songs are sparkling arrangements of old favourites such as Dashing away with the smoothing iron, which brings our unmissable concert to a rousing conclusion.

    Kyrie eleison
    Richard Blackford ()
    Kyrie eleison from Mass for 5 Voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ave Verum
    Timothy Noon (1974 -)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Exultate justi
    Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (c.1560-1627)
    Ubi Caritas
    Paul Mealor (1975-)
    Ubi Caritas et Amor
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Psalm 150
    Ernani Aguiar (1950-)
    When whispering strains do softly fall
    Alan Vincent (1943-)
    Choral Dances from Gloriana
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Spring from Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    5 Traditional Songs
    John Rutter (1945-)
  • 5 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi and Bach by candlelight | London Octave
    Dietrich Bethge, Gillian Findlay, London Octave, Lorraine McAslan, William Bennett
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    "London Octave's superb delivery of Bach and Handel" The Independent

    Suite No 2 for Flute and Strings
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Flute and Strings No 3 in D, 'Il Cardellino' (The Goldfinch)
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Minuet from String Quintet in E
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    31 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Music for all - The Romantics
    Leo Byrne, Stephen Pratt, The Orchestra of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
    The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool L3 5TQ
    United Kingdom

    Two of the great works of the Romantic repertoire with an overture to a light opera, written by the young Mendelssohn. There is more romantic music, this time by Brahms, in our concert on 14th November.

    *Venue to be in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TQ *Not in the Crypt Concert Room as previously advertised

    Access The only access for Crypt concerts is through the underground car park. Doors normally open at 7pm and interval refreshments are available. There will be a charge of £3 to use the Cathedral car park. This will be collected at the entrance gate.

    Access for the disabled: The Crypt is accessible using the lift situated in the Rotunda, via the underground car park shown.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Overture from Son and Stranger
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    31 January 2015 - 6:00pm
    Battle of the Organs!
    Alan Saggerson, Irene Clugston
    St Mary's, Kilburn London NW6 4SN
    United Kingdom

    Some items and improvisations have also been specially arranged and devised for this concert, so that both organs can be played together. This includes an improvisation entitled A Christmas Carol Service interrupted by Drunkards, with apologies to various composers!

    Alan Saggerson was educated (as a lawyer) at Hertford College, Oxford. His organ tutors include Ann Elise Smoot (USA concert organist) and Paul Bryan (RNCM, now Ely). After 20 years as an organist at St. James’s Parish Church in Islington in north London he moved in May 2008 to St. Mary with All Souls, Kilburn, NW6 where as well as playing the (now) 2 pipe organs he directs the voluntary choir and presides over the annual concert programmes run in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Music. He was a trustee of the Royal College of Organists St. Giles Academy organ project at St. Giles Cripplegate beside London’s Barbican and has participated in the rebuilding and refubishment of several pipe organs in and around London (including the 1880 Bishop organ and the installation of the 1966 Walker gallery organ at St. Mary’s in 2014 – a gift from Downing College Cambridge). He plays regularly in London & has toured annually in France, the Netherlands and New England in each of the last 12 years. In October 2014 he played at the Ashton Hall in Lancaster as part of the Royal College of Organists 150-for-150 international organ series, celebrating the RCO’s 150th anniversary.

    Irene Clugston is a teacher, choral director and organist based in south west London where she continues her career as a freelance musician. As a choral singer she has appeared in most of London’s premier concert venues and is the founder and director of Cantamus a choir of committed enthusiasts who join forces with the choir of St. Mary’s (amongst others) for major festival events throughout the year. As an organist she specialises in music of the baroque era and has participated in many international workshops including the presentation of an acclaimed performance of part of the Couperin Messe des Paroisses with Dame Gillian Weir at the Abbey Church of St. Antoine L'Abbeye in France on the new Bernard Aubertin organ built in the French baroque style.

    Chorale Prelude on 'Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Trumpet Tune in A
    David Johnson (1922-)
    Thema met Variaties
    Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981)
    Coronation March (1911)
    Sir Edward German (1862-1936)
    Chorale Prelude: Sarabande
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
    Chorale Prelude: O Gott du frommer Gott
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
    Chorale Prelude: Antiphon
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
    Voluntary
    John James (?-1745)
    Vesper Song
    John Arthur Meale (1880-1932)
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    4 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Carducci String Quartet | Beethoven, Haydn and Shostakovich
    The Carducci String Quartet
    St George's Hall Concert Room Liverpool L1 1JJ
    United Kingdom

    The Carducci Quartet have a powerful reputation in new music, but that sense of creativity, discovery and shared imagination colours everything they play – and it’s pushed them quickly into the top flight of international string quartet playing. This concert finds them tackling three cornerstones of the repertoire, from the timeless wit of Haydn to the monumental strength of Beethoven’s second ‘Razumovsky’ quartet by way of Shostakovich’s lyrical, impassioned Fourth, a heartfelt protest against anti-Semitism, rich in Jewish melody.

    String Quartet in E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 4 in D
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    String Quartet No 8 in E minor, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    5 February 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten and Fauré | Corpus Christi College Chapel Choir, Cambridge
    Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Chapel Choir, Graham Walker, St John's Voices
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Two fantastic young ensembles from Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Chapel Choir and St John's Voices, perform a selection of Britten's best choral music and Fauré's Requiem, under the baton of Graham Walker and accompanied by organ.

    Missa Brevis in D
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Rejoice in the Lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Requiem in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
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    7 February 2015 - 7:45pm
    Meadows Chamber Orchestra
    David Watkin, Joshua Mills, Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Patrick Broderick
    Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh EH1 2QQ
    United Kingdom

    Small in scale and full of humour, Shostakovich said of his 9th Symphony, 'Musicians will love to play it and critics will delight in blasting it'. The work was controversial from the outset, rejecting as it did the Soviet government's emphasis on subjects such as national character, service to the people, and 'truthfulness and realism'. The Serenade by Benjamin Britten, composed for Peter Pears and the great horn player Dennis Brain, remains one of his most evocative compositions. Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No 8 is not without its moments of pathos but it is essentially a warm and sunny work - as one might expect from a composer who reported that 'melodies simply pour out of me'.

    Symphony No 9 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    6 February 2015 - 7:45pm
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Winds
    Wind Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    It is the grandest and most sumptuous of all Mozart’s wind serenades, but we have no idea for what occasion the work that the Winds of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment opens this concert was written. You don’t need to remember its use in a crucial scene in the film Amadeus to realise that it is one of the composer’s most inspired works in any form. Myslivec?ek, the greatest Czech composer of the eighteenth century, was a friend of the young Mozart, who described his music as full of “fire, spirit and life”. He made a huge reputation as an opera composer in Italy, but his wind music, drawing on the traditions of his native Bohemia, is also noteworthy. The Viennese aristocracy of Mozart’s time loved to have wind band arrangements played at all sorts of social occasions, and this selection of music from Don Giovanni is a delight.

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Association

    Serenade for Wind Instruments No 12 in C minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Octet for winds No 2 in E flat
    Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781)
    Excerpts from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    7 February 2015 - 6:30pm
    Albam Berg Series: Marie-Noelle Kendall (piano)Ute Lepetit-Clare (mezzo-soprano)
    Marie-Noelle Kendall, Ute Lepetit-Clare
    The Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College Cambridge CB2 1TA
    United Kingdom

    Marie-Noelle Kendall has since being a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year played at the major London venues including the Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, St.John's, Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall.She has given concerts in the U.K. with the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Birmingham Ensemble, Cardiff Philharmonic and with several ABC orchestras in Australia. Marie-Noelle has recorded recitals for Classis FM and the BBC, both for radio and television. She has also recorded a concerto for BBC2's 'Contemporary Mozart' series which has since been broadcast in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

    Ute Lepetit-Clare studied at the University of Music and Theatre 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy' Leipzig and at the Liszt School of Music Weimar. Ute has performed more than 40 roles, which include many of the main Mezzo-soprano roles such as Cherubin in The Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Muse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel, Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Nancy in Albert Herring, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Olga in Eugen Onegin.

    Sonata for Piano
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    8 Etudes
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Sieben frühe Lieder (7 early songs)
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Nocturne No 12 in E minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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