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Format: 2015-02-28
Format: 2015-02-28
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    3 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Great British Music | Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London
    Christopher Petrie, Nicholas Merryweather, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, Sarah-Jane Bradley, The London Chorus
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London presents a concert featuring great British composers. We are thrilled that the London Chorus, Sarah-Jane Bradley and Nicholas Merryweather will join Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London to perform two pastoral masterpieces that are seldom performed; Requiem da Camera and Flos Campi. These are placed alongside much-loved works of Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, that feature the sweeping melodies and sumptuous harmonies for which they are treasured.

    Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London would like to thank the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and the Finzi Trust for their generous support of this concert.

    5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Requiem da Camera
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Flos Campi
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    8 March 2015 - 3:00pm
    String Virtuosi at St Lawrence's Church
    Indira Grier, Savitri Grier
    St Lawrence's Church Edgware HA8 6QS
    United Kingdom

    Savitri Grier (violin) and Indira Grier (cello) return to St Lawrence’s to give another concert of masterpieces for the violin and cello. The church building retains its eighteenth century interior where Handel’s Chandos Anthems were first performed and it makes an ideal setting for chamber recitals.

    What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the baroque splendour of our parish church listening to wonderful music performed by these vituosi. And there are cakes afterwards!

    Suite for solo cello No 1 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Solo Violin No 2 in A minor (à Jacques Thibaud)
    Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
    Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Duo for Violin and Cello
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Duet No 2, from ‘ Clavier-Übung III’, arranged for violin and cello
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Duet No 3, from ‘ Clavier-Übung III’, arranged for violin and cello
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    7 March 2015 - 3:00pm
    A Grand and Glorious Noise
    Aurora Brass, Aurora Voices, Chelmsford Barbershop Choir, Duncan Archard, Frinton on Sea, St Mary's Church Choir
    St Marys Parish Church Frinton on Sea CO13 9BX
    United Kingdom

    Music for voices and brass, with organ accompaniment, with St Marys Choir, Chelmsford Barbershop Choir, Aurora Brass and Aurora Voices featuring music by Vivaldi, Handel, Poulenc and Vaughan Williams and the first sonata for brass quintet by Peter Thorne.

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Let the bright Seraphim from Samson
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Litanies à la vierge noire
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    The call from 5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Sonata No 1 for Brass Quintet
    Peter Thorne (1955-)
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    7 March 2015 - 8:00pm
    Rachmaninoff's Vespers | Oxford Pro Musica Singers
    Mark Jordan, Oxford Pro Musica Singers
    Keble College Chapel Oxford OX1 3PG
    United Kingdom

    In the beautiful acoustic and surroundings of Keble College Chapel, this concert marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Rachmaninoff’s magnificent All-Night Vigil, more commonly known as the Vespers.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    8 March 2015 - 2:45pm
    Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1 / Bruckner's Symphony No 3
    John Gibbons, Laura van der Heijden, Worthing Symphony Orchestra
    Assembly Hall Worthing BN11 1HQ
    United Kingdom

    Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, returns with Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, a powerful work of great intensity and passion.

    Glinka’s famous overture opens the concert in scintillating fashion while the true majesty of a symphony orchestra can be enjoyed in one of Bruckner’s most popular symphonies. This music is a blend of lyrical melodies, rich orchestral sonorities and deeply-felt spirituality.

    John Gibbons is a passionate advocate of the music of Bruckner and his new recording of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra is released at the end of 2014 on the Danacord label.

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No 3 in D minor
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
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    7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and Natalia Lomeiko (violin)
    Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, Natalia Lomeiko, William Goodchild
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Renowned Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1, composed in 1917, the year of the Revolution and premièred some seven years later in Paris. At times serene, at others fiery, it proved an immediate success. These contrasting emotions are reflected equally in Borodin’s two works: the Polovtsian Dances progress from the softly lyrical to frenzied energy and back again; In the Steppes of Central Asia depicts a desert caravan quietly travelling across deserted grassland. Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony exposes the turmoil within the composer’s troubled soul in this all-Russian programme.

    There will be a pre-concert talk about the works being performed given by Jonathan James in the Auditorium from 6:30-7pm. Entry is free to ticket-holders. More information at: bristolmetropolitanorchestra.blogspot.co.uk

    In the Steppes of Central Asia
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in D
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    28 February 2015 - 7:00pm
    Mystical Romance | Ronan Busfield (tenor) and Amy Tress (violin)
    Amy Tress, Christian Dawson, Ronan Busfield
    Church of St John the Evangelist Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Ronan Busfield and Amy Tress both Alumni of Oxford University return with a spectacular programme exploring the mystical and romantic works of Szymanowski , Beethoven and Schumann both accompanied by leading pianist Christian Dawson .

    Award winning Violinist Amy is developing an exciting solo career performing in prestigious concert halls across the UK. Renowned for her invigorating and virtuosic performances, audiences are left spellbound with her intense energy and imagination .

    "A performance of burning intensity , her whispered pianissimos , half lights and controlled legato were spellbinding" Birmingham Post

    Acclaimed operatic tenor Ronan Busfield leads an exhilarating career performing in leading concert halls across the UK . Ronan's performances have been described by critics as "superb" , "magnificent" and "exceptional" . Ronan has performed with some of the UK's leading ensembles and opera companies including Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera , Glyndebourne , Tenebrae and BBC Singers.

    Dynamic pianist Christian Dawson is in demand both as a soloist and collaborative pianist, his “insightful and highly communicative” performances have graced venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 10 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Myths. 3 Poems for violin and piano
    Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
    Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    An die ferne Geliebte
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    28 February 2015 - 7:45pm
    Puccini's La Bohème
    Anthony Scales, Beatrice Danesfield, David Banbury, David Roberts, Derek Carden, Leon Berger, Porcupine Productions, Randy Nichol, Sarah Tyler
    St Mary's Church, Putney London SW15
    United Kingdom

    Porcupine Productions returns to St Mary’s Church, Putney with Puccini’s much loved romantic, tragic opera, La Bohème.

    Sung in English, La Bohème tells the story of tragic lovers, Mimi and Rodolpho and their friends as they experience joy and despair, love and jealousy, life and death.

    La Bohème, 'Bohemian Life'
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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    4 March 2015 - 7:00pm
    English Chamber Choir: Miserere
    English Chamber Choir, Guy Protheroe
    The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy London WC2R 0DA
    United Kingdom

    This programme takes its title from Psalm 51 Miserere mei, Deus (Have mercy upon me, O God). It is one of seven ‘penitential psalms’ which together are an expression of sorrow for sin, and often associated with the season of Lent. The everyday use of the Miserere dates back to the earliest years of the Christian Church, when it was recited daily at the end of morning service.

    Probably the most well-known, indeed famous, setting of the Miserere is that of Gregorio Allegri, dating from the 1630s and written for use in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The cloak of secrecy which surrounded the performance traditions of the Chapel Choir (particularly in respect of the ornamentation which was added ‘live’ and not written down) has led to a number of myths and legends, the most enduring of which is that Mozart, aged 14, visited Rome, heard the work being sung in the Sistine Chapel and wrote it down from memory. He later passed a copy of his transcription to the English musical historian Charles Burney (who published it in the 1770s) and the rest, as they say, is history.

    This programme does indeed include the Allegri setting, prefaced by the Kyrie (Lord, have mercy upon us) from the Missa Brevis by Kodaly – the two works share the use of high, ethereal voices. The other setting of Psalm 51 is by the Scottish composer James MacMillan, generally regarded as amongst the most talented writers of sacred music of his generation. MacMillan shares with Allegri the technique of using the original chant as the base on which he builds a magical soundworld which moves in mood from the depths of despair to positive hope at its conclusion. Then we have other complementary pieces from across Europe. From the 16th century we have Spanish settings by Victoria, and England represented by William Byrd; we have Bach’s wonderful double-choir motet, written in Leipzig in the 1730s and, moving closer to our own time, there are the Penitential Motets of the French composer Francis Poulenc, which date from just before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

    Licensed refreshments will be available before the concert (from 6.30pm) and during the interval.

    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    O quam gloriosum
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Kyrie from Missa Brevis
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Jesu, dulcis memoria
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Miserere
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    Komm, Jesu, komm!
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Laudibus in sanctis
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
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    7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Concert by Collegium Singers - Holy Roman Empire
    Collegium Singers, Peter Leech
    St John's Church Taunton TA1 4DG
    United Kingdom

    Choral music from the court of Charles V

    Pre-concert talk by Peter Leech at 7pm

    Missa pro defunctis
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Venite populi terrae a 4
    Jean Courtois (fl 1530-1545)
    Heroum soboles (auf Karl V)
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Pourquoi non
    Pierre de la Rue (c1452-1518)
    Ave virgo gloriosa
    Jean Lhéritier (c.1480-after 1552)
    Si le secours
    Nicolas Gombert (c1495-c1560)
    Secourez moy
    Nicolas Gombert (c1495-c1560)
    Pour parvenir
    Nicolas Gombert (c1495-c1560)
    C'est en amour
    Thomas Crecquillon (c1505/10-c1557)
    Fortune hellas
    Thomas Crecquillon (c1505/10-c1557)
    Ce fut amour
    Thomas Crecquillon (c1505/10-c1557)
    Jan, petit Jan
    Jean Lhéritier (c.1480-after 1552)
    Doleo super te
    Pierre de la Rue (c1452-1518)
    Circumdederunt me
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Peccantem me quotidie
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
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