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Format: 2015-05-28
Format: 2015-05-28
  • 4 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Thames Chamber Orchestra | Glory of the Baroque
    David Juritz, David Rowland, Keith Marshall, Thames Chamber Orchestra
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The Thames Chamber Orchestra was formed by Michael Dobson in 1962 to take part in a series of concerts in the 14th century Parish Church at Kingston-upon-Thames. Since then, the orchestra has appeared at festivals at Windsor, Norwich, Fishguard, Nottingham, Cambridge, Pershore, Madley, Walsingham and at many other venues in this country and abroad, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St John's Smith Square. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Thames Chamber Orchestra has always invited the finest chamber musicians to be amongst its members and its sense of style and warmth of sound have frequently earned much praise both from the critics and from the many guest conductors who have worked with the orchestra.

    The orchestra's Principal Conductor, Keith Marshall, read music at Caius College Cambridge, before going on to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has played in many of our most famous orchestras at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals such as the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, Carnegie Hall in the USA, Suntory Hall in Japan (with the Philharmonia orchestra) and the Musikverein in Vienna with the English Chamber Orchestra. Keith has often appeared as soloist with the Thames Chamber Orchestra, playing concertos in both the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore halls, and at other venues throughout the United Kingdom. He also conducts Lord Lloyd Webber's award winning Phantom of the Opera in London.

    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Strings in C minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    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)
    Orchestral Suite No 1 in C
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Symphony No 2 in A
    William Boyce (1711-1779)
    Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in F Minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto Grosso No 4 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    31 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Enlightenment | The Ligeti Quartet
    The Ligeti Quartet
    Hoxton Basement London N1 6NG
    United Kingdom

    Ancient and modern battles are fought, fired by beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil and a search for light. George Crumb’s Black Angels, written against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, is a complex drama interwoven with numerology, the politics of war and the eternal conflict of the idea of god and the devil. As this conflict is played out through the piece itself and through a world premiere response to it by Tom Green, around it dances the eerie and sparkling light of the Aureole Effect by William Dougherty and the dark and enigmatic world premiere of Music for Ravens by Anna Meredith. The fight for enlightenment continues with Wadada Leo Smith’s Black Church - rooted in the struggle for African-American US civil rights and another work born out of the cultural maelstrom of the 1970s. Finally there is some peace and a chance to reflect through the simple act of breathing in Ji Sun Yang’sLes Accordeons V. The journey is brought to life through the virtuoso talents of new music specialists the Ligeti Quartet, continuing a creative collaboration with New Dots

    Music for ravens
    Anna Meredith ()
    Black Angels
    George Crumb (1929-)
    The Aureole Effect for String Quartet
    William Dougherty ()
    String Quartet No 3 'Black Church'
    Wadada Leo Smith (1941-)
    Les accordeons V
    Ji Sun Yang (1979-)
    Gravity Fragments
    Composer Not Known ()
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Maki Sekiya (piano): Bartók, Beethoven, Ravel
    Maki Sekiya
    Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Oxford OX4 1DY
    United Kingdom

    Acclaimed Oxford-based pianist Maki Sekiya performs two early 20th century masterpieces by Bartók and Ravel alongside the wonderful late Beethoven Sonata Op 110 (please note change of programme).

    Suite for Piano
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Gaspard de la nuit
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Unstemmed
    Joel Baldwin (1985-)
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    5 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Young Choon-Park (piano): Schumann, Chopin
    Young Choon-Park
    Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Oxford OX4 1DY
    United Kingdom

    South Korean pianist Young-Choon Park brings us a technically-challenging and intensely Romantic programme, from Schumann’s fanciful Humoresque to Chopin’s turbulent third sonata.

    Humoreske in B Flat for Piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    30 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    Midday Musical Cocktails | Jubilo Choir (mixed voice choir)
    John Willmett, Jubilo Choir, Lesley Bruce, Walter Thomson
    St Andrew's and St George's West Church Edinburgh EH2 2PA
    United Kingdom

    Join us for a sparkling cocktail of music from around the world.
    Jubilo are once again presenting a programme of choral easy listening with selections from popular musicals, operas, operettas and folk songs.
    There will be a musical interludes from our pianist John Willmett and local soprano Lesley Bruce. Forget the wet Scottish weather and come inside for a real pick-me-up!

    Estimated time of concert: 1 hour.
    In aid of Enable Scotland which is a charity that helps and campaigns for people with learning disabilities. http://www.enable.org.uk/

    Choral Selection from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Lennon and McCartney Medley No 2
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Am Bodensee ('Schwelle die Segel, günstiger Wind!') from 4 Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Con amores, la mi madre
    Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523)
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    7 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Faust Ensemble: Ways into Bach
    Faust Ensemble, Jonathan Rees, Mark Austin
    St Anne's Church, Kew Green London TW9 3AA
    United Kingdom

    Faust Ensemble is a daring chamber orchestra which inspires audiences of all ages with great performances. Formed at the Royal Academy of Music, our ensemble consists of young professionals who regularly play in the top UK and European orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Concertgebouw. Our inspiration is the figure of Faust, who took risks in his goal to live life to the full. Under the direction of rising young conductor Mark Austin, we provide unique and memorable introductions to the music to help you understand why we are passionate about it.

    Holberg Suite
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor, for flute and strings
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cow-call and Peasant Dance from 2 Nordic Melodies
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
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    30 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    Summer Saturday Recital - The Bandorians
    Alexander Barrie, Ariella Ulianu, Mick Hobbs, Renzo Frontoni, Rex Sara, The Bandorians, Thomas Nicholson
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    Based in London, the Bandorians perform their unique music to audiences for and on all occasions - music that is warmly enjoyed by people within the full range of the age spectrum. Their music possesses melody, rhythm and importantly, excitement. This promises to be a captivating and memorable concert.

    The programme will include a mix of Latin American, Oriental and light classical music.

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    6 June 2015 - 12:00pm
    Summer Saturday Recital - The Milgram Trio
    JongSun Woo, Kirsten Jenson, Lyrit Milgram, The Milgram Trio
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    The Milgram trio is an exciting new ensemble made up of violinist Lyrit Milgram, cellist Kirsten Jenson and pianist Jongsun Woo, all seasoned soloists and chamber musicians in their own rights. Individually they have won concerto competitions and have been invited to perform with orchestras around the UK and abroad, and have taken part in festivals and master classes throughout Europe, America, Israel and Canada.

    As chamber musicians, they have each performed in venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

    The Milgram Trio receives regular coaching sessions from Patsy Toh and Mark Messenger. Together, they have played numerous concerts around London and are looking forward to many more exciting projects this year including a number of concerts, competitions and master classes.

    The programme will include the Ravel Piano Trio.

    Coffee and home-made cake will be served before and light lunches afterwards.

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    6 June 2015 - 6:00pm
    A New Dawn | Wimbledon Choral Society
    George Hoult, Michael Higgins, Neil Ferris, Wimbledon Choral Society
    St Paul's Church London SW19 6ED
    United Kingdom

    The centenary season of Wimbledon Choral Society closes by looking to the future with a selection of beautiful music by contemporary composers, including John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik and Will Todd.

    Svyati, for Cello and Choir
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    The Beatitudes
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    A new song
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    A quoi bon dire
    James McCarthy (1979-)
    Declare the Wonders
    Roxanna Panufnik (1968-)
    The Lord is my Shepherd from Te Deum
    Will Todd (1969-)
    Northern Lights
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Sure on this Shining Night
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Love Divine
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
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    6 June 2015 - 8:00pm
    Mozart's Coronation Mass and Schubert's Mass in G | Summertown Choral Society
    Alexander Pullinger, Benjamin Durrant, Duncan Saunderson, Julian Littlewood, Louise Wayman, Summertown Choral Society, The Summertown Players, Tom Edwards
    St Andrew's Church Oxford OX2 6UG
    United Kingdom

    Summertown Choral Society’s Summer concert includes two popular masses, as well as Handel and Verdi choruses. The Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass in C, KV 317), so called because it was first performed either for Francis I of Austria or Leopold II in Prague, is one of the most popular of Mozart's 17 Mass settings, composed in 1779. It is famous for the Agnus Dei, one of Mozart's most sublime sacred soprano solos. Schubert's Mass in G was written in a week at the age of 18. His genius for melody, through simplicity, is evident and the Mass has become one of his most popular sacred works.

    Handel's Israel in Egypt, by contrast, is a mature work. The choir will sing the extraordinarily graphic plague sequence of frogs, insects and darkness visited upon the Egyptians for their treatment of the Israelites in Egypt. Despite the subject, the music is Handel at his most uplifting and majestic. Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco and Chorus of Scottish Refugees from Macbeth are two of his most beautiful and enduring short works. Both have the theme of the plight of an oppressed country and its people.

    The popular Summetown Choral Society, with our conductor, Duncan Saunderson and accompanist Julian Littlewood, are joined by soloists Louise Wayman, Alex Pullinger, Ben Durrant and Tom Edwards.

    Early booking is advisable!

    Mass in C, 'Coronation'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Mass No 4 in C
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    He spake the word from Israel in Egypt
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Chorus of Scottish Refugees from Macbeth
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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