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Format: 2015-08-03
Format: 2015-08-03
  • 8 August 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Divertimento for Strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Incidental Music from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 7 August 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by candlelight |Trafalgar Sinfonia
    Ivor Setterfield, Marije Johnston, Simon Hewitt Jones, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Overture from Alcina
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Violin in D minor from 'La Stravaganza'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 4 in D
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto Grosso No 12 in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 4 Violins in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    8 August 2015 - 7:30pm
    English baroque and beyond | Echoing Air (countertenors)
    Echoing Air, Thomas Gerber
    St Mary's House Bramber BN44 3WE
    United Kingdom

    A rare UK performance by Echoing Air, dynamic American countertenors specialising in the repertoire of the English baroque. Their programme also includes music by Tippett and Britten. They have performed at the BBC Prom Concerts and many other venues worldwide. It is a privilege to welcome America’s distinguished top duo to this 29th season of Peter Thorogood’s concerts. Nathan played Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and sang in master-classes with Dame Emma Kirkby. Steven has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, San Francisco Symphony as well as many prestigious groups such as the Bach Ensemble, the New London Consort, and at Carnegie Hall. Thomas is harpsichordist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and has recorded for the Dorian, Concordia, and Catalpa labels.

    With wine and canapés £25

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    6 August 2015 - 8:00pm
    Opera with a Title | The Music Troupe (chamber opera company)
    Ariel Lang, Christopher Foster, Daniel de Souza, Daniel Joy, David Edwards, Ed Spanjaard, Edward Lambert, James Schouten, Laura Kelly-McInroy, Lydia Hillerudh, Peyee Chen, The Music Troupe
    Hall Two, Kings Place London N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    Drawn from two plays by Lorca, this small-scale opera is both contemporary and 'classical'.

    Gay courtships, reinvented Shakespeare, the bombing of a theatre, Juliet’s erotic desires and the shooting of a theatre director feature in this surreal work. But is the action for real or are the actors imagining it? Can their performance survive the war raging around them and will it redefine their art?

    What the actors are playing, and what is happening to them in the real world, are confused: they bring their fantasies to bear on their performances while their characters invade their own personalities. Thus, role-play and questions of identity are examined, each from the other's viewpoint, as well as the nature of theatre and its relevance to everyday life.

    Opera with a Title
    Edward Lambert (1951-)
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    3 August 2015 - 1:10pm
    Drew Steanson (piano) plays Bach, Brahms and Rachmaninov
    Drew Steanson
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Drew Steanson recently finished his undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music under the tutelage of Philip Jenkins and will start postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban with Martino Tirimo in September. He started piano lessons in January 2007 and passed Grade 8 with distinction in February 2010. Before the Guildhall School he studied at Peter Symonds College, Winchester where he participated on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course and gave a concerto performance at Thornden Hall. In his first year of Guildhall he won the title of Newbury Young Musician of the Year 2012, and recently won the 2015 Guildhall Romantic Piano Prize. He has played to many distinguished pianists including Angela Hewitt, Vladimir Tropp and Idil Biret and has recently played in Steinway Hall. Upcoming concerts include a performance in the Temple Music Young Emerging Artists Series and performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasia in Hampshire. Drew Steanson gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the Hampshire Foundation for Young Musicians.

    Free recital - retiring collection.

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Intermezzo in E flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    6 Moments Musicaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    5 August 2015 - 1:10pm
    Charlotte Ashton (flute) plays Handel, Messiaen and Chopin
    Charlotte Ashton, William Vann
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Charlotte recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where studied with Karen Jones and Sam Coles. Her musical training began in the Junior Department of the Academy, aged eleven, before joining The Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2008, studying under Clare Southworth.

    She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Royal Academy’s Chris Taylor Flute Award and the Harold Craxton Memorial Trust Award, as well as winning the 2015 Royal Overseas League Wind, Brass & Percussion finals. She has given recitals in venues across the country, such as the St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Bristol’s Colston Hall, and appeared as a soloist with the City of London Sinfonia at the Cadogan Hall.

    A keen orchestral musician, Charlotte has played with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera, and is currently on trial for Principal Flute of Birmingham Royal Ballet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and for Second Flute at the Hallé. She has been Principal Flute of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for the last two years, and participated in London Sinfonietta Academy 2014, and this year's London Symphony Orchestra Wind Academy.

    She performs regularly in and around London, both as a soloist and with her quintet, Notus Winds, winners of the Royal Academy’s Patrons’ Award 2014. They also performed in a BBC Prom Portrait 2014, celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

    Away from the concert platform, Charlotte has a strong interest in outreach work and was lucky enough to represent The Purcell School at The Commonwealth Resounds! festival in Trinidad & Tobago and, as an alumni four years later, as a workshop leader in Sri Lanka.

    Future engagements include a week of recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and lunchtime recitals at St John's Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

    Free recital: retiring collection.

    Le Merle noir
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Sonata for Flute and Piano, 'Undine'
    Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
    The Great Train Race
    Ian Clarke ()
    Variations on a theme by Rossini, for flute and piano
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for flute in C
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    7 August 2015 - 1:10pm
    Ángel Laguna (piano) plays fantasies by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
    Ángel Laguna
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in Madrid in 1990, the Spanish pianist Ángel Laguna began his musical studies at the age of nine, and was accepted into the Conservatoria Profesional de Música in Madrid two years later. He has taken part in masterclasses with C. Martínez Menher, Ana Guijarro, Luca Chiantore, Elsa Kolodin o Ferenc Rados. He has also participated in the Mozarteum Spring Academy in Salzburg, taking classes with Frank Wibaut.

    He has taken part in many competitions in his native Spain and was a finalist in the Certamen Musical Intercentros in Madrid. In 2005 he was awarded second prize in the Jacinto Guerrero piano competition in Toleda, and in 2007 he won the Hazen Piano Competition.

    In 2008 he began his studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca, as well as giving performance in majors venues such as Ateneo Cultural de Madrid, Carlos III University in Madrid, Auditorio Conde Duque de Madrid and Fundación Eutherpe de León. Since graduating, he has performed extensively around Europe, and made his debut performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2014.

    Free recital: retiring collection.

    Sonata for Piano No 13 in E flat, 'quasi una fantasia'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Fantasia in C minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Fantasy in C, 'Wandererfantasie'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    10 August 2015 - 1:10pm
    Ferncliffe String Quartet play Mozart and Bartók
    Adam Szabo, Ferncliffe String Quartet, Joseph Fisher, Phillip Brett, Rosemary Attree
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The Manchester-based Ferncliffe String Quartet presents a programme of relatively early works by Mozart and Bartók. Mozart's String Quartet No 6 was written in 1773, when the composer was just 17 years old. It is the penultimate quartet in the set known as the Milanese Quartets, written in Milan while he was working on the opera Lucio Silla. Bartók's first string quartet was completed in 1909, and is, in part, inspired by his unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer.

    Free recital - retiring collection.

    String Quartet No 6 in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 1
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
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    12 August 2015 - 1:10pm
    Jessica Leary (soprano) sings Bach, Purcell, Mozart and Britten
    Jessica Leary, Juliane Gallant
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Noted for her ‘Impressive acting’ (The Times) and ‘Searing purity’ (The Scotsman), soprano Jessica Leary completed her formal training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Opera with Distinction. She is currently a member of the English National OperaOpera Works Programme 2014/15. Previously, she obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from Edinburgh University, and undertook additional training at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as an International Exchange Student.

    A 2014 Samling Artist and Britten-Pears Young Artist, Jessica was recently a semi-finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition and London Bach Singing Competition. Further accolades include the Ye Cronies Opera Prize, the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize, Bill Dewar Memorial Award, Governor’s Recital Prize (2nd Prize), Tovey Memorial Award, and a full scholarship administered by the Robertson Trust.

    On the operatic stage, Jessica has appeared as Edeldame Lohengrin and chorus (Bayreuth Festival Opera, Germany), Sandman (cover) and Gretel (shadow) Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Opera), Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scottish Opera, in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera Education), and Damigella/Venere (Cover Amore/Drusilla) L’incoronazione di Poppea (Aldeburgh Music, under Richard Egarr). Other roles include Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea, Anna Reich Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Lucia The Rape of Lucretia, Naiad Ariadne Auf Naxos, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress, and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride.

    Highlights on the concert platform include Bach St Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort, Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (recorded for BBC Radio 3), Lisette in excerpts from La Rondine with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (conducted by Jean-Claude Picard), a concert performance of Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Snape Proms (under Richard Egarr), and a recital of newly discovered editions of Mendelssohn lieder (broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland).

    A keen recitalist, Jessica is an artist for The Concordia Foundation, Live Music Now, and Music in Hospitals, with whom she performs regularly.

    Current and future plans include concerts with the Dunedin Consort, Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, and Ludus Baroque, recitals as an artist for The Concordia Foundation and Live Music Now, and a return season as a member for the Bayreuth Festival Chorus.

    Free recital: retiring collection.

    Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! from Cantata No 51, 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sweeter than Roses, from 'Pausanias'
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Der Nussbaum from 'Myrthen'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Widmung from Myrthen, song collection
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Laudate dominum from Vesperae solennes de Dominica
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    3 Fables de Jean de la Fontaine
    André Caplet (1878-1925)
    Ye banks and braes from 3 Burns Songs
    Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944)
    My luve is like a red, red rose from 3 Burns Songs
    Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944)
    The Salley Gardens from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Fair House of Joy from 7 Elizabethan Lyrics
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Love's philosophy from 3 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
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    7 August 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime all Beethoven Recital - Julian Jacobson and friends
    Emma Peaurt, Julian Jacobson, Mariko Brown, Sue Sutherley, Susie Meszaros, Vicky Jolliffe
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Regent Hall Summer Festival

    Variations on 'Ich Denke Dein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Elegischer Gesang
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Cantata 'Un lieto Brindisi' for chorus and piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    O war' ich schon mit dir vereint from Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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