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Format: 2014-12-19
Format: 2014-12-19
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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Lara Melda and Savannah Brown from the Royal College of Music
    Lara Melda, Savannah Brown
    St Peter's Church Shaldon TQ14 0DB
    United Kingdom

    Following her memorable performance four years ago, The Festival is delighted to welcome back the young pianist Lara Melda, who won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition. She will be giving a recital in the second half of the concert, which will include a Chopin Ballade and Beethoven's SonataThe Tempest.

    Sharing this young Musician’s Platform is Savannah Brown, a fellow student from the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Savannah is a classical saxophonist and she has selected a fascinating and varied programme.

    Sonata for Piano No 17 in D minor, 'Tempest'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    L'Histoire du Tango (History of Tango)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Pequena Czarda
    Pedro Iturralde (1929-)
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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah | Bristol Choral Society
    Adrian Partington, Bristol Choral Society, Carolyn Dobbin, Eloise Routledge, Gareth Treseder, John Savournin, Margaret Faultless, Music for Awhile
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    An essential part of Bristol's Christmas for generations, Handel's famous masterpiece – filled to overflowing with beautiful solo arias and magnificent choruses (including the 'Hallelujah' chorus - sung by Bristol Choral Society (from memory!) with a quartet of fine soloists and stylish period orchestra of Music for Awhile. Previous reviews praise 'a fabulous performance...absorbing and thoroughly entertaining...what can only be described as a Christmas present come early'. Your Christmas starts here!

    (a shortened version for families takes places at 4.30pm the same day.)

    A season ticket with 15% discount is available when booking 4 or more events - please see www.bristolchoral.co.uk for details.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    20 December 2014 - 4:30pm
    Mini Messiah family concert - children go free!
    Adrian Partington, Bristol Choral Society, Music for Awhile
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    Fast becoming a Bristol family Christmas tradition, this bite-sized family-friendly version of Messiah introduces children to Handel's masterpiece with a condensed performance taking in some of the favourite highlights in under an hour.

    With large choir, vocal soloists and the delightful playing of the superb orchestra Music for Awhile (playing on period instruments), expect the children to be mesmerized by the sounds created live right before them and enthralled by the music of some of the favourite numbers from Handel's Messiah, including, of course, the most famous of them all - the 'Hallelujah' chorus.

    This is a short concert of highlights intended for a family audience.

    A full evening performance takes place at 7.30pm the same day.

    Excerpts from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    19 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lynda Sayce
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness of St Paul’s Church, only candles pierce the night. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in quiet harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music both old and new, and readings to make you smile – and reflect – Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a Birmingham tradition, and a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    *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 office.

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    20 December 2014 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: Angels, Stars and Kings
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lynda Sayce
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    Ex Cathedra's magical candlelit Christmas concerts at St Paul’s Church are one of Birmingham’s loveliest seasonal traditions. This relaxed family concert offers an hour-long taste of these popular concerts; with a special selection of seasonal readings and ravishing choral music allowing the whole family to share in that same beauty, mystery and enchantment. Come dressed as an angel, star or king.

    Recommended for children aged 6 and above.

    *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 office.

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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lynda Sayce
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness of St Paul’s Church, only candles pierce the night. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in quiet harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music both old and new, and readings to make you smile – and reflect – Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a Birmingham tradition, and a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    Early booking is recommended. This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    * 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 office.

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    22 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lynda Sayce
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness of St Paul’s Church, only candles pierce the night. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in quiet harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music both old and new, and readings to make you smile – and reflect – Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a Birmingham tradition, and a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    Early booking is recommended. This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    * 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 office.

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    23 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by candlelight
    Alexander Mason, Ex Cathedra Choir, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lynda Sayce
    St Paul's Church Birmingham B3 1QZ
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness of St Paul’s Church, only candles pierce the night. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in quiet harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music both old and new, and readings to make you smile – and reflect – Ex Cathedra's popular Christmas concerts are a Birmingham tradition, and a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    Early booking is recommended. This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

    * 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 office.

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    20 December 2014 - 7:30pm
    Thames Concerts Series 2014/15: Concert IV - Thames Youth Orchestra
    Simon Ferris, Thames Youth Orchestra
    St Andrew's Church Surbiton KT6 4DS
    United Kingdom

    For the fourth concert in this year's Thames Concerts series the renowned Thames Youth Orchestra, under their director Simon Ferris, present a seasonal programme of works for orchestra.

    Thames Youth Orchestra was founded in 2005 and is based in South West London. It now has a permanent staff of professional musicians and comprises more than sixty young players drawn from numerous local schools. Its ethos is defined by a challenging, adventurous approach to programming, which combines well-established large-scale orchestral favourites with twentieth century rarities and new commissions.

    Thames Youth Orchestra has featured in a BBC programmes, performed regularly at London's Cadogan Hall and played to full houses in venues across Europe.

    Excerpts from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Overture from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Sleigh Ride
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
    Sleigh Ride, 'Winter Night'
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Audience Carols
    Traditional ()
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    20 December 2014 - 7:00pm
    A Centennial Celebration | Oxford Philomusica
    Marios Papadopoulos, Maxim Vengerov, Oxford Philomusica
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Celebrating the combined centenary of Music Director Marios Papadopoulos’s 60th Birthday and Artist in Residence Maxim Vengerov’s 40th Birthday, this concert will showcase both performing as conductors and as soloists as they alternate the podium for the spotlight. With Tchaikovsky’s technically fiendish Concerto, full of musical fireworks befitting such a significant occasion, the evening closes with Brahms’s grand and almost symphonic Piano Concerto.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in B Flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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