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    10 April 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Vitaly Pisarenko (piano)
    Vitaly Pisarenko
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    On 12 April 2008, Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko (1987) won First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Vitaly’s packed tour schedule, with world-wide engagements until 2011, commenced straight away the morning after the Finals with an appearance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Damian Iorio.

    Vitaly Pisarenko already had his first public recital at the age of 6. Following his first musical training at music schools in Kiev (with Natalia Romenskaya) and Kharkov (with Garry Gelfgat), he commenced his study in Moscow with Professor Yuri Slesarev at the Central Music School (1999-2005) and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (from 2005 to 2010 and a postgraduate course from 2010 till July 2013) with the same teacher .From 2005 to 2009 he enrolled in a post-academic course of study at Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory, as a pupil of Aquiles Delle Vigne. From 2009 to 2012 Vitaly was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya at Oxana Yablonskaya Piano Institute in Italy. As of September 2012 Vitaly is a Master student at Royal College of Music in London, where he studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev, receiving a Kenneth and Violet Scott full scholarship.

    In 2008 after having won the Liszt Competition Vitaly Pisarenko has performed in more than 25 countries including appearances in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Lithuania, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, China, Japan, Mexico and the United States and performances at the Basilica Festival of Flanders, the Piano Pic Festival in France, the Berlin International Music Festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Busoni Festival in Bolzano.

    In 2009 Vitaly made an extensive tour with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, performed with Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Ushuaia Festival in Argentina. That same year he made an international tour with the Heath Quartet, winners of the TROMP International Music Competition and performed Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody in the reopening ceremony of De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam. Furthermore he took part in the European Liszt Nights tour and performed at the Vilnius Piano Festival and in South-Africa. In 2010 Vitaly performed in Shanghai during the World EXPO and he toured with the Gelders Orkest performing Rachmaninov Concerto No. 4. In 2011 Vitaly was invited to Japan for a extensive tour with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra performing in Tokyo Opera City, Sumida Triphony Hall, Minato-mirai hall (Yokohama) among others. In 2012 Vitaly made his debut in Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the Musikverein, Vienna, De Singel, Antwerpen and The Palace of Arts, Budapest. As well as tour of China including performances at the NCPA in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall. He also participated in the International F. Liszt Piano Academy having lessons with Elisabeth Leonskaya.

    In 2013 Vitaly made his debut in South Korea performing at the Seoul Arts Centre with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. As well as at several prestigious festivals including the International F. Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki (Poland), the Euro Music Festival in Halle (Germany), The Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam) and the Diaghilev Festival (St. Petersburg).

    In 2014 he will return to Belgium for the tour “De biecht van Liszt” with an actor Warre Borgmans, as well as performing a number of solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in USA, Italy, China, Canada and UK.

    Sonata for Piano No 8 in C minor, 'Pathétique'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Elegy from 5 Morceaux de fantaisie
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 1 April 2015 - 7:00pm
    Pergolesi's Stabat mater | Take2! (soprano and countertenor duo)
    Adrian Boorman, Anna Shackleton, Jonathan French, Take2!
    St Andrew's Church East Hagbourne OX11 9ND
    United Kingdom

    Come along and experience this unusual opportunity to hear a duet performance of Pergolesi's celebrated Passiontide Cantata Stabat mater in the historic setting of St Andrew's Church, located in the village of East Hagbourne, about 1 mile south of Didcot and 11 miles south of Oxford. Dating back to the 12th century this Grade II* listed church features a medieval pulpit, font and stained glass. The tower was built in the latter half of the 15th century and houses a Sanctus Bell Cote, one of only two in England to have survived the Reformation, and still rung daily. St Andrew's forms a fitting backdrop for a performance of this the most famous composition of the 26year old master of the Italian Baroque and the most frequently reprinted work of the 18th century.

    With its 13th century text, a strongly emotional retelling of the Passion story from the viewpoint of the grieving mother, the Virgin Mary, and extraordinary harmonic language it is little wonder that the popularity of the Stabat mater has endured to this day. The work's feeling of restrained 'sacred opera' is retained this evening, performed in a liturgical context appropriate to the start of Holy Week, attempting to recreate what the composer may have originally intended and featuring the etherial combination of solo soprano and countertenor voices singing in the same octave.

    This is a very special event and one not to be missed, irrespective of your religious conviction, featuring the acclaimed Oxford based soloists, soprano Anna Shackleton and countertenor Adrian Boorman, both former students of Birmingham Conservatoire, accompanied by award-winning keyboard performer and Conservatoire tutor, Jonathan French.

    A retiring collection will made in aid of Church funds.

    "The opening movement of Pergolesi's Stabat mater is the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer" Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).

    Stabat Mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
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    2 April 2015 - 12:45pm
    Pergolesi's Stabat mater | Take2! (soprano and countertenor duo)
    Adrian Boorman, Anna Shackleton, Jonathan French, Take2!
    St Mary's Church Aylesbury HP20 2JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come along and experience this unusual opportunity to hear a duet performance of Pergolesi's celebrated Passiontide Cantata Stabat mater in the renowned Music at Lunchtime series at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury.

    Dating back to 1271AD Buckinghamshire's beautiful County Church was restored in Victorian times by Sir Gilbert Scott. Located at the heart of the old town the building provides an appropriately atmospheric and historic setting for a special Passiontide performance of this the most famous composition of the 26year old master of the Italian Baroque and the most frequently reprinted work of the 18th century. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet the artists and purchase refreshments from the outstanding Refectory, whose homemade cakes are legendary throughout throughout the county and beyond!

    With its 13th century text, a strongly emotional retelling of the Passion story from the viewpoint of the grieving mother, the Virgin Mary, and extraordinary harmonic language it is little wonder that the popularity of the Stabat mater has endured to this day. The work's feeling of restrained 'sacred opera' is retained this afternoon in a performance appropriate to Maundy Thursday, attempting to recreate what the composer may have originally intended and featuring the etherial combination of solo soprano and countertenor voices singing in the same octave.

    This is a very special event and one not to be missed, irrespective of your religious conviction. Why not give yourself a lunchtime break in the company of these two the acclaimed Oxford-based singers, soprano Anna Shackleton and countertenor Adrian Boorman, both former students of Birmingham Conservatoire, accompanied by award-winning pianist and Conservatoire tutor, Jonathan French.

    "The opening movement of Pergolesi's Stabat mater is the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer" Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778).

    Stabat Mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
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    11 April 2015 - 7:00pm
    Mr Handel's Heroes and Heroines - Take2! (soprano and countertenor duo)
    Adrian Boorman, Anna Shackleton, Jonathan French, Take2!
    St Giles' Church Oxford OX2 6HT
    United Kingdom

    In an exciting pairing of soprano and countertenor voices, Take2! (Anna Shackleton and Adrian Boorman) are making a welcome return to St Giles Church, located in the heart of the City of Oxford, at 7pm on Saturday 11 April 2015 and performing a Gala Concert featuring the work of George Friderick Handel, a man described by Lv Beethoven as 'the finest composer who ever lived'. This glorious Grade 1 listed building, first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, provides an appropriately historic setting in which to travel back in time and sample works from the Baroque master, and all proceeds will go towards supporting the St Giles Choir Academy.

    The duo, Take2!, both former students of Birmingham Conservatoire, will be presenting 'Mr Handel's Heroes and Heroines', a varied and entertaining programme of scenes from his Opera and Oratorio works, both those well and lesser known. In solo arias and duets the pair will paint vivid pictures of besotted lovers, battle-scarred heroes and feisty heroines demonstrating the composer's masterful command of his characters' psychology, summed up by his obituary in the London Times: 'He surpassed the power of words in expressing the various Passions of the Human Heart'.

    The concert concludes with a tribute to one of the earliest composers of opera, Claudio Monteverdi, and his famous and popular love duet Pur ti miro from L'incoronazione di Poppea. This event is a highly unusual opportunity to experience the etherial blend of male and female voices singing in the same octave, much as those first Baroque audiences may have enjoyed, and is one not to be missed. The ticket price includes a souvenir programme and drinks will be available before and after the performance, when there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.

    Why not treat yourself to an evening at the opera, in the company of these two acclaimed singers, accompanied by the award-winning pianist and Conservatoire tutor Jonathan French.

    The vibrant and energetic performances of Take2! have delighted critics and audiences alike:

    "The duo display a wonderful vocal chemistry, with warmth and clarity of tone subtly blended and controlled, always putting the music, in all its glory, first." (Dorchester Abbey - March 2013)

    Pur ti miro from L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Caro! Bella! from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Va tacito e nascosto from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Our limpid streams from Joshua
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Heroes when with glory burning from Joshua
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    To thee, thou glorious son of worth from Theodora
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Io t'abbraccio from Rodelinda
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Vadoro pupille from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Oh! that I on wings could rise from Theodora
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    8 April 2015 - 1:15pm
    St Peter's lunchtime recital series 2015: West Hill Park Community Choir
    Wendy Blunn, West Hill Park Community Choir
    St Peter's Church Bournemouth BH1 2EE
    United Kingdom

    Kicking off the 2015 lunchtime recital series at St Peter's Bournemouth, The West Hill Park Community Choir, directed by Wendy Blunn will perform a varied choral programme. This is the beginning of the choir's European concert tour.

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    2 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Transfiguring Night | Project Instrumental (chamber orchestra)
    Project Instrumental
    Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse London E8 1HE
    United Kingdom

    What happens when you bring together some of the most incandescent art and music (n)ever heard before, some of the most effervescent creative minds and skilled performing hands in the world, and an Attic? It can only be a Transfiguring Night. And it’s on April 2.

    Project Instrumental and artist Yiyun Kang find light in dark places through music, projection mapping and space. Nightmare and beauty, forest and moonlight, secrets and elevation fill Hackney Attic in an existential shimmer of psyche and phenomena.

    Brilliant young ensemble, Project Instrumental, brings thrilling performances to unbounded audiences. Bold, imaginative and boundary defying, this virtuosic ensemble strips back the peripherals with their straightforward contemporary approach to music.

    Yiyun Kang is an artist, researcher and lecturer, currently in London as a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art. From a painting background, her work explores the borders between real and virtual through video installation, interactive installation, animation and digital prints.

    Come not knowing.

    "If you're partial to strings & things, you need Project Instrumental in your life. Awesome" - Rick Grant, Take Records

    Night Tracks (world premiere)
    Stephen Montague (1943- )
    String Sextet (1916)
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
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    1 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Chapelle du Roi (vocal ensemble) : Tenebrae
    Alistair Dixon, Chapelle du Roi
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Holy Week was one of the richest sources of inspiration for many of Europe's Renaissance composers. As the tension mounted in the approach to the crucifixion and resurrection, the music accompanying the liturgy would become more emotional and highly wrought. The greatest drama was found in the candlelit service of Tenebrae held at sunset; the shadows lengthening as the candles were extinguished one by one.

    This programme explores music of the Triduum particularly that of the candlelit service of Tenebrae.

    The centrepiece of the programme will be the celebrated Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis

    ‘Chapelle created a wonderfully muscular sound ... luxurious thanks to the richness of the polyphony ... in this church’s lovely acoustic the lines of the ‘Sanctus’ soared to the heavens’ The Independent

    'They make a beautiful sound as anyone can hear' Evening Standard

    In jejunio et fletu
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Derelinquat impius
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Emendemus in Melius
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    O Domine Jesu Christe
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Tenebrae Responsories
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Lamentations for Maundy Thursday
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
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    1 April 2015 - 1:05pm
    Howard Shelley - Mozart explored: Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor
    Howard Shelley, London Mozart Players
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Continuing their highly successful Mozart Explored series, Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players introduce Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor. The concert begins with a short illustrated talk from Howard Shelley, introducing the principle themes and revealing how the work has been written. Then follows a full performance of this astonishing work, showing Mozart at the height of his composing powers; from the turbulent opening movement, through the tender, lyrical slow movement and culminating in a Rondo full of irregularities. The addition of two trumpets and timpani to the orchestra adds a dramatic and grand conclusion to this highly successful series of lunchtime concerts.

    Don't miss this wonderful pianist with the London Mozart Players in the splendid surroundings of St John's Smith Square.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 20 in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    2 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Derek Paravicini Quartet Concert for World Autism Awareness Day
    Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet
    Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh GU6 8AS
    United Kingdom

    In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, the Derek Paravcini Quartet will be playing a concert at Cranleigh Arts Centre in partnership with Jigsaw Trust. Derek Paravicini is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed 'The Human iPod' in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces - all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. Derek's unique musical abilities are recognised all over the world. Now, along with three exceptional musicians, Derek has formed his own ensemble - the Derek Paravicini Quartet. Recently debuting on Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme and currently playlisted on Jazz FM, the Derek Paravicini Quartet provide new takes on classic songs and jazz standards, with a repertoire from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay.

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    3 April 2015 - 6:30pm
    Passion and Prayer: as told through plainsong and polyphony
    The Epiphoni Consort, Tim Reader
    St Peter's Church, Vauxhall London SE11 5HY
    United Kingdom

    The Epiphoni Consort returns to St Peter’s Vauxhall for a candlelit recital of powerful and contemplative music for Good Friday by choral composers from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. This programme of music for Lent and Passiontide includes Allegri's Miserere, Sanders's Reproaches and works by Byrd, Gesualdo, Gibbons, Victoria, Harris, Parry and Schlenker.

    The Epiphoni Consort is a small chamber choir performing sacred and secular music of all eras to a professional standard across London's great churches and concert halls. They will be performing in the beautiful surroundings and stunning acoustic of St Peter's Vauxhall in what will be an evening to remember.

    Lent Prose
    Anonymous ()
    Civitas Sancti Tui
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Hosanna to the Son of David
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Ubi Caritas et Amor
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Judas mercator pessimus from Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Jod. Manum suam from Lamentations for Maundy Thursday
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Crucifixus
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    The Reproaches
    John Sanders (1933-2003)
    Love Unknown
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Faire is the heaven
    William H Harris (1910-1949)
    Never weather-beaten sail
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Now the green blade riseth
    Traditional ()
    Water plainsong
    Composer Not Known ()
    Alleluia
    Terry Schlenker (1957-)
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