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Format: 2014-11-26
Format: 2014-11-26
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 19:30
    Chetham's Showcase
    David Shaw, Emma Bain, Eudald Buch, Jack Reddick
    Chetham's School of Music Manchester M3 1SB
    United Kingdom

    Outstanding student soloists from across the departments perform in a special concert that profiles the next generation of classical musicians. Each student performs a 20-minute recital within this full-length concert. You saw them here first!

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    Sat, 2014-12-06 18:30
    Humperdinck’s enchanting seasonal family classic : Hansel and Gretel
    Birmingham Conservatoire Students, Leamington Sinfonia, Thomas Payne
    St Mark's Church Leamington Spa CV32 6DL
    United Kingdom

    Leamington Sinfonia will be performing Englebert Humperdinck's magical opera, Hansel and Gretel, based on the ever-popular fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

    The Orchestra, under the direction of their charismatic conductor Thomas Payne, will be joined by talented soloists from Birmingham Conservatoire's Operatic course. The performance also features choruses sung by the children's choir, 'Warwickshire Young Voices’.

    The semi-staged production (complete with forest and gingerbread house!) tells the story of two young siblings who, lost in the woods, end up knocking on the door of a gingerbread house - the property of a wicked witch. Although a children’s tale, the opera does, however, contain dark, underlying themes that will have adults on the edge their seats.

    This highly accomplished local orchestra will be staging what promises to be a fantastic evening, with something for all: Beautiful and familiar melodies, an enchanting story and a happy ending!

    Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
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    Fri, 2014-12-05 19:00
    On Christmas Night | Priory Church Choir of St Bartholomew the Great
    James Sherlock, Nigel Short, Priory Church Choir of St Bartholomew the Great
    Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great London EC1A 9DS
    United Kingdom

    Join the Priory Church Choir, Nigel Short and Edition Peters, for a candlelit celebration of Christmas music, including favourite carols and new works by Jonathan Rathbone, Nigel Short, Patric Standford, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, James Burton, Jim Clements, Stephen Cleobury, Bob Chilcott, Peter Wishart, Adrian Peacock and Ian Humphrys.

    Festive Christmas Music
    Various ()
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    Thu, 2014-12-04 19:00
    Christian Aid Advent Carol Service | Tenebrae
    Grace Davidson, Nigel Short, Tenebrae
    St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington London W8 4LA
    United Kingdom

    Join us for our annual Advent Carol Service in London.

    It's a wonderful evening of music and readings that's sure to set you off on the journey through Advent to Christmas.

    Taking place in the holy and historic surrounds of St Mary Abbots, Kensington in central London we're delighted to welcome The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons to be our preacher. The service will include music from Nigel Short, soprano Grace Davidson and the Tenebrae Choir, and readings by amongst other our Chief Executive Loretta Minghella, BBC Radio 4 presenter Revd Richard Coles and editor of the Church Times Paul Handley.

    Tickets are free, and groups are welcome, please come prepared to make a donation towards our maternal health work in Kenya where the UK government will match every pound given at this service.

    In partnership with The Church Times

    Carols old and new
    Various ()
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 19:45
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Amyn Merchant, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jesper Svedberg, Kirill Karabits, Sunwook Kim
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Blumine was originally part of Mahler’s First Symphony, but after the first few performances, the composer decided not to use it. It remains a charming and romantic piece, representing a lovers’ serenade. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, written around the time of the Eroica Symphony and Waldstein sonata, is gradually becoming more familiar after decades of neglect. The polonaise-influenced finale is a delight from start to finish. Arguments continue to rage over the true meaning of Shostakovich’s most performed and recorded symphony, but it remains a work of extraordinary emotional and musical tension, poised on a knife edge between survival and disaster.

    Blumine
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra in C major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Piano recital by Jarel Robinson-Brown
    Jarel Robinson-Brown
    Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff CF10 3ER
    United Kingdom

    A piano recital of works ranging from Bach to Debussy, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann including some beautifully intimate transcriptions!

    Prelude and Fugue No 21 in B flat, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Excerpts from Kinderszenen, 'Scenes from Childhood'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sicilienne from Concerto No 5 in D minor (after Vivaldi)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude in B minor (arr. A Siloti)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prélude No 10, La cathédrale engloutie from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 9, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from 'Children's Corner'
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prelude in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A Minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 4 in A minor from 4 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 19:00
    JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio | Gloucester Choral Society
    Adrian Partington, Corelli Orchestra, Gareth Treseder, Gloucester Choral Society, James Birchall, Rebecca Rudge, Simon Ponsford
    Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester GL1 2LR
    United Kingdom

    Start your Christmas with Bach’s joyous and celebratory seasonal masterpiece. Written to be performed in 6 parts, from Christmas to Epiphany, we are performing parts 1, 2, 3 and 6, rich with jubilation, devotion and contemplation. Discover the sheer beauty of the Christmas story - the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.

    2 hours – sung in German

    Cantata 1 from Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 13:00
    Kotaro Fukuma - lunchtime piano recital
    Kotaro Fukuma
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma started learning piano at the age of 5 and has obtained many high awards in international competitions in such cities as Tel Aviv (Arthur Rubinstein), Santander (Paloma O’Shea), Helsinki (Maj Lind), Rio De Janeiro (BNDES) and Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer). In 2003, at the age of 20, Kotaro won both First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since then his concert career has developed on five continents.

    He has performed in many of the world’s top concert venues in New York, London, Berlin, Leipzig, Geneva, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In 2013, he played at “La Folle Journée au Japon” in Tokyo and in the series 'Grandes Pianistas' in the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile replacing Hélène Grimaud.

    His performances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Île de France National Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic, Japan Century Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic, under the direction of such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Juanjo Mena, Asher Fisch, Hannu Lintu, Lawrence L. Smith, François-Xavier Roth, Jahja Ling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Yuki Kakiuchi.

    Passionate about contemporary music, Kotaro has performed world and national premieres of works by Toru Takemitsu, Mutsuo Shishido, Renaud Gagneux, Thierry Escaich, Thierry Huillet, Peter Klatzow and Francesco Milita.

    Kotaro has released six commercial CDs to date: two by Naxos (Schumann, Takemitsu), two by Accustika (Liszt, Toppan live recital) one by Editions Hortus (Albéniz) and one by Denon (Debussy), and has received critical praise in such music magazines as Gramophone, Diapason, American Music Records, Monde de la Musique, Classica, Bayern 4 Klassik and Classic Today.

    Kotaro Fukuma is currently based in Berlin.

    “A fabulous pianist and a prince among peers” (The Independent)

    Gavotte and Six Variations
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Reflets dans l'eau, from 6 Images
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Hommage à Rameau from Images for Piano (Book 1, 1905)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Mouvement, from '6 Images'
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Dumka, Russian rustic scene
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The Lark (arr Balakirev)
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Excerpts from The Firebird
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Haydn's Nelson Mass and Parry's Songs of Farewell, a winter concert farewell!
    Canticle Chamber Choir, James Lloyd-Thomas
    The Meeting House Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QF
    United Kingdom

    The Canticle Chamber Choir invites you to what is most likely our final concert together.

    We are looking forward to performing Haydn's Nelson Mass, composed in 1798 and Parry's Songs of Farewell, composed between 1916-18, in this concert and hope that you will enjoy the majesty of the Haydn and the emotional nature of the Parry.

    Mass No 11 in D minor, 'Nelson Mass' (Missa in Angustiis)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    6 Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
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    Sat, 2014-12-06 19:45
    A Celebration of British Music - St George's Chamber Orchestra
    Dominic Moore, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    This programme is a feast of British Music of universal appeal drawn from all parts of the United Kingdom and will demonstrate the splendour, richness and diversity of our musical heritage its styles and influences and indeed the diversity of the orchestra's membership who come from across the UK. We are particularly grateful to the Ulster Orchestra for lending us an unpublished work by Joan Trimble, and would like to encourage everyone to show their support for this wonderful orchestra who are currently fighting for survival.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’

    ‘A most enjoyable evening – an excellent programme with a first class chamber orchestra; what more could you ask for?’

    ‘Your concert yesterday evening brought immense pleasure many congratulations to everyone. It is a privilege to live where such things happen locally.’

    ‘The concert was such a treat, what a programme! So lovely to hear those less-often performed pieces. Thank you.’

    Overture from Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Rondeau from Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Suite for Strings (1951)
    Joan Trimble (1915-2000)
    Divertimento
    Gareth Walters (1928-2012)
    Suite in F for Strings (Lady Radnor's Suite)
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Benedictus
    Sir Alexander Campbell MacKenzie (1847-1935)
    Country Gardens (In an English Country Garden)
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Irish Tune from County Derry
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Suo Gan
    Traditional Welsh ()
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