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Format: 2015-04-28
Format: 2015-04-28
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    3 May 2015 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: Rachmaninoff's Vespers
    Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Passionate, serene, and rooted in a deep and heartfelt faith, Rachmaninoff loved his Vespers above all his other works. They gave their composer “an hour of the most complete satisfaction”, and every performance creates a quite unmistakable atmosphere. On an early summer evening in the warm acoustic of Town Hall, they will speak with real eloquence.

    * A £3 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage, will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall box offices.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    8 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    European Union Chamber Orchestra - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Emma Johnson, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hans-Peter Hofmann
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Emma Johnson needs very little introduction. One of the few clarinettists to have established a busy solo career which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia, after she won BBC Young Musican of the Year in 1984. Later she became a winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York - both whilst still at school. Emma is still in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, composer, arranger, equally at home wih classical and jazz.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Hexagon Auditorium (free)

    Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No 3
    Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Air and Dance
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Symphony No 65 in A
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello) - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Narek Hakhnazaryan, Oxana Shevchenko
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Narek Hakhnazaryan was propelled on to the international scene when, at the age of 22, he won the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, having impressed distinguished jury members such as Sir Clive Gillinson, Mario Brunello, David Geringas, Ralph Kirschbaum and Krzysztof Penderecki. He has since received critical press from both sides of the Atlantic, with the Daily Telegraph describing his playing "a marvel of musicality and technique combined" and the Washington Post describing him as "a seasoned phenomenon".

    Narek will be accompanied by Kazakstan-born pianist, Oxana Schevchenko, who won the Best Accompanist Prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. She was accompanying Narek, the eventual winner of the competition.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Town Hall (free)

    3 Fantasiestücke
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Suite Italienne
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A (arranged for Cello and Piano)
    César Franck (1822-1890)
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    1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Allegri Quartet - Benslow Music International Concert Series
    Dorothea Vogel, Ofer Falk, Rafael Todes, The Allegri String Quartet, Vanessa Lucas-Smith
    Peter Morrison Hall, Benslow Music Trust Hitchin SG4 9RB
    United Kingdom

    Programme included in ticket price; free accessible parking; licensed bar

    Quartet No 3 in D
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in E minor
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    The Choir of Merton College, Oxford
    Benjamin Nicholas, Oxford, Peter Phillips, The Choir of Merton College
    Merton College Chapel Oxford OX1 4JD
    United Kingdom

    The mixed voice choral foundation at Merton College has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2008. This year’s 750th anniversary celebrations saw the college cement this musical foundation with a new American organ built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. Tonight’s performance will showcase this spectacular instrument in the Chichester Psalms, Bernstein’s energetic settings of Hebrew psalm texts.

    The choir has also been building, year on year, a ‘Merton Choirbook’, commissioning works from contemporary choral composers for the choir’s exceptional young singers. Here they show their vocal mettle in new works by Jonathan Dove and James MacMillan, along with Lassus’s glorious Renaissance polyphony in the Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera.

    Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7pm - free to ticket holders.

    Chichester Psalms
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
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    8 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Arcangelo with Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Jonathan Cohen (director)
    Arcangelo, Iestyn Davies, Jonathan Cohen
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Countertenor Iestyn Davies is much sought-after on concert and opera stages across the world, famed for his glorious tone and engaging performance style. He joins award- winning instrumental ensemble Arcangelo and Director Jonathan Cohen for an evening of Baroque masterpieces.

    In this elegant programme, Bach’s Violin Sonata in G and Telemann’s Viola Concerto are flanked by excerpts from Bach’s vocal cantatas, from the lilting obligato of Wie Starb die Heldin so Vergnügt to the gentle call to restfulness of Schlummert ein.

    ‘Director Jonathan Cohen and his ensemble Arcangelo capture the rapid unexpected twists of the younger Bach’s radical imagination.’ BBC Music Magazine

    Cantata No 54, 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Schlummert ein from 'Ich Habe Genug'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt from Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Vergnügte Ruh from Cantata No 170 , 'Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Violin and Continuo No 2 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Viola and Strings in G
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Songs of Vienna
    Barbara Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    “Decadent and dripping with passion” – that’s how Barbara Hannigan describes tonight’s programme of late romanticism. Love, loss and longing abound in these pieces infused with deeply rich harmonies and sensuous orchestral textures, culminating in Schoenberg’s iconic Second String Quartet which marked his musical journey from tradition towards the beckoning intrigues of dissonance.

    In conversation - 6.30pm: Members of Britten Sinfonia discuss tonight's programme.

    Image - Barbara Hannigan (c) Elmer de Haas

    Gavotte from Capriccio
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    6 Pieces for Piano 4 hands
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Hier ist Friede from Altenberg Lieder
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Chanson perpétuelle
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Lagunenwalzer (Lagoon Waltz)
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    String Quartet No 2 in F sharp minor
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
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    6 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Barbara Hannigan in Focus I - Stravinsky and neo-classicism
    Barbara Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    When Le Figaro wrote ‘this woman must come from another planet’ they got it absolutely right! Barbara Hannigan is an exceptional artist, revered for her sensational voice and her charisma, and, tonight, she brings her passion for music , and her skills as a singer and as a musical director, to a programme which plays with the contrasting and complementary sound worlds of Mozart, Haydn and Stravinsky.

    Image - Barbara Hannigan (c) Elmer de Haas

    Overture from La Clemenza di Tito
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Souvenirs de mon enfance
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Pastorale
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony No 49 in F minor, 'La Passione'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Act 1 Scene 3 from The Rake's Progress
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Overture from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Pulcinella, concert suite from the ballet
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
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    7 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: Barbara Hannigan in Focus II - Songs of Vienna
    Barbara Hannigan, Britten Sinfonia
    Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London EC2Y 9BH
    United Kingdom

    “Decadent and dripping with passion” – that’s how Barbara Hannigan describes tonight’s programme of late romanticism. Love, loss and longing abound in these pieces infused with deeply rich harmonies and sensuous orchestral textures, culminating in Schoenberg’s iconic Second String Quartet which marked his musical journey from tradition towards the beckoning intrigues of dissonance.

    Image - Barbara Hannigan (c) Elmer de Haas

    Gavotte from Capriccio
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    6 Pieces for Piano 4 hands
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Hier ist Friede from Altenberg Lieder
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Chanson perpétuelle
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Lagunenwalzer (Lagoon Waltz)
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    String Quartet No 2 in F sharp minor
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Gould Piano Trio at Tonbridge Music Club
    Alice Neary, Benjamin Frith, Gould Piano Trio, Lucy Gould
    Big School, Tonbridge School Tonbridge TN9 1JN
    United Kingdom

    A wonderful programme to end the season. Recently compared to the Beaux Arts Trio by the Washington Post for their “musical fire” and dedication to the genre, the Gould Piano Trio is regarded as the UK’s pre-eminent piano trio. Familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, they perform at major festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, with regular tours to the USA. They have a close relationship with Wigmore Hall and have played all the Dvorák trios in the Wigmore’s Czech Series. MacMillan’s first trio Fourteen Little Pictures is featured with Schubert’s Trio Op.100 on their ‘Wigmore Live’ CD.

    “Pure Gould – trio playing at its best.” (The Strad)

    Piano Trio No 2 in G minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Piano Trio No 2 (new commission)
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    Piano Trio in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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