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Format: 2016-05-30
Format: 2016-05-30
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    8 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Dame Evelyn Glennie
    Dame Evelyn Glennie, Nicholas Collon, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Reading audiences are in for a treat this summer as the astounding Dame Evelyn Glennie joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an explosive performance of new works. Having had a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Dame Evelyn Glennie is a ground-breaking performer and a highlight of this 2015-15 season.

    Performing a new composition, Dreamachine, from Michael Daughtery and a new work from Debbie Wiseman celebrating Glennie's 50th birthday, Dame Evelyn Glennie will bring an electric magnetism to the stage.

    Closing the concert will be Sibelius' magnificent Symphony No.5, featuring the elegant Swan motif which will leave you feeling uplitfed.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Hexagon Auditorium (free)

    Pelleas et Melisande
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Dreamachine
    Michael Daugherty (1954-)
    New work for Glennie's 50th birthday
    Debbie Wiseman ()
    Symphony No 5 in E flat
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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    31 May 2016 - 7:30pm
    Charles Dutoit conducts Carmina Burana
    Andrew Kennedy, Charles Dutoit, Chloë Hanslip, Erin Wall, New London Children's Choir, Philharmonia Chorus, Rodion Pogossov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit returns to direct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of thrilling works, including Orff’s choral masterpiece Carmina Burana. Beethoven’s Overture to his ballet The Creatures of Prometheusranges from pastoral lyricism to vibrant joie de vivre, while Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the finest in the repertoire, full of warmth and vitality. Soloist Chloë Hanslip has received widespread acclaim for her precision and musical understanding, with BBC Music Magazine praising her ‘panache, poise, and laserlike accuracy’. The Philharmonia Chorus and New London Children’s Choir join the Orchestra for Orff’s Carmina Burana, a work famed for its musical pyrotechnics, but which also features moments of unexpected tenderness.

    The Creatures Of Prometheus
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Carmina Burana
    Carl Orff (1895-1982)
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    2 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé and Alexandra Dariescu (piano)
    Alexandra Dariescu, Jamie Phillips, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Our last concert begins with Emmanuel Chabrier's radiant España, which the composer said "will arouse the whole audience to a feverish pitch of excitement." Tchaikovsky wasn't so confident of his First Piano Concerto, yet this Romantic masterpiece has proved as enduring as any. Our soloist is the charismatic Romanian Alexandra Dariescu, a very popular visitor to Nottingham. Rachmaninov composed his Symphonic Dances after fleeing to America. The last major piece he composed, it features all the melodic strength of his greatest symphonic work. Although, like Rachmaninov, Paul Dukas suffered bouts of self-doubt, The Sorcerer's Apprentice provides a truly magical finale.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Neil Bennison introduces the 2016-17 season

    España
    Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphonic Dances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    L'Apprenti sorcier, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'
    Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
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    3 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    Maxwell Quartet
    Colin Scobie, Duncan Strachan, Elliott Perks, George Smith, Maxwell String Quartet
    St Mary's Church Woodnewton PE8 5EB
    United Kingdom

    Hailed as "one of the front-runners" in Young UK Ensembles, the Maxwell Quartet has a reputation for delighting audiences with their "exhilarating performances". They are rapidly emerging as a dynamic and exciting force in the chamber music world, with an unparalleled drive and commitment to expanding the string quartet repertoire. Formed in 2010, the quartet's members are outstanding graduates of the Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and University of Oxford. They perform frequently throughout the UK and further afield at major venues and festivals, and are Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015. The centerpiece of this concert will be the first of Beethoven's late quartets - Op 127 in E flatmajor.

    String Quartet No 12 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    4 June 2016 - 9:30am
    Sing Saturday - Elgar: The Music Makers
    Adrian Partington, Gloucester Choral Society, Jonathan Hope
    Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House Gloucester GL1 2LX
    United Kingdom

    These friendly, informal sessions, directed by Adrian Partington, are so much fun! If you’re a keen singer (you don’t have to be a member of Gloucester Choral Society) come along, warm up those vocal cords and join in. This season we will be singing Elgar: The Music Makers.

    Questions often asked are:

    Do I need to be able to sight-read music? Well, some sight-reading skills are needed or you could just spend some time learning the choruses before you come.
    Do I need to audition? Absolutely not
    Is there a dress code? Again no, all very informal. Jimjams if you fancy, just come along and enjoy.

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    5 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    Kavakos, Capuçon and Lugansky
    Gautier Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Nikolai Lugansky
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom
    Piano Trio No 1 in B major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Trio No 2 in C
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Trio in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    9 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    The Rite of Spring | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Catrin Finch, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    When Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in May 1913, it started a riot. We’re not expecting any aggro tonight – though a century on, every performance of The Riteis still an adventure. Expect spine-tingling thrills and electrifying playing as Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra tackle the 20th century’s most explosive masterpiece. It’s the apocalyptic climax to a concert that begins with Scriabin’s roof-raising fantasy of cosmic love, and features our artist in residence Catrin Finch in a showcase for her virtuosity on the harp, in Glière’s sparkling concerto.

    The Poem of Ecstasy
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E flat
    Reinhold Glière (1875-1956)
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le Sacre du Printemps'
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
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    5 June 2016 - 7:00pm
    Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    The Old Church London N16 9ES
    United Kingdom

    The culmination of the series of the magnificent late Beethoven quartets played in the inspirational setting of the medieval Old Church in Stoke Newington. The programme will feature the monumental Quartet in B flat major Op.130 and the Große Fuge in B minor Op 133.

    String Quartet No 13 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Grosse Fuge
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    6 June 2016 - 7:30pm
    Maxim Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Marios Papadopoulos, Maxim Vengerov, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Maxim Vengerov joins the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for the rarely heard 1904 version of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Marios Papadopoulos. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony will be conducted by Vengerov. Tchaikovsky described the symphony as ‘the best thing I ever composed or shall compose' -- it is a creation evoking profound intimacy and deep introspection.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    9 June 2016 - 8:00pm
    Joanna MacGregor
    Joanna MacGregor
    Turner Sims Southampton SO17 1BJ
    United Kingdom

    Joanna MacGregor brings the season to a close with a programme featuring two of Beethoven’s greatest sonatas, the mammoth Appassionata and Op 111, his final sonata and one of his brilliant sets of variations. Stravinsky acknowledged Beethoven as ‘one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses’ and his Sonata reflects the composer’s declaration in 1924 ‘to examine more closely the sonatas of the Classical masters in order to trace the direction and development of their thought in solving problems of form.

    32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Tango, for piano
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Sonata for Piano No 32 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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