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Format: 2018-05-24
Format: 2018-05-24
  • 24 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Dresden Philharmonic with Michael Sanderling and Arabella Steinbacher (violin)
    Arabella Steinbacher, Dresden Philharmonic, Michael Sanderling
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Tchaikovsky’s opulent opener to Act III of his Opera Eugene Onegin ensures a suitably grand prelude to the first Nottingham visit by German violinist Arabella Steinbacher. Praised by the New York Times for her “finely polished technique” and armed with a repertoire of over thirty concertos, she’s one of the leading virtuosos of our time and the perfect soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Writing the piece on the shores of Lake Geneva proved to be the perfect antidote to the composer’s despond following the break-up of his marriage, his rekindled spirit evident in its soaring lyricism and bustling finale.

    Shostakovich lived much of his life under the oppressive Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin and his Fifth Symphony is testimony to its impact on his creative output. The official censuring of his 1936 opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk left Shostakovich fearing for his future and even led him to withdraw his progressive Fourth Symphony from public view. His Fifth Symphony, though, was an adept escape act, on the surface a dutiful piece of patriotic struggle ending in triumph but which, nevertheless, spoke volumes about human suffering and endurance in dark times. From arresting opening to blistering finale it exerts an iron grip throughout, no more so than in its searing and heartfelt slow movement.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James introduces the programme.

    Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart: La finta semplice
    Alessandro Fisher, Božidar Smiljanic, Chiara Skerath, Classical Opera, Emily Edmonds, Ian Page, Lukas Jakobski, Regula Mühlemann, The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Thomas Elwin
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Classical Opera returns to Birmingham Town Hall with a semi-staged performance of Mozart’s first full-length opera, La finta semplice. Written when the composer was just twelve years old, the opera is based on a sparkling comedy by Carlo Goldoni, and combines situations of great comic invention and genuine humour with music of extrordinary beauty, energy and psychological insight.

    Ian Page directs a superb international cast of world-class young singers, headed by the rapidly emerging Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, whose solo recording contract with Sony Classical was recently launched with a highly acclaimed disc of Mozart arias.

    La finta semplice
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    31 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Michael Petrov, Rory Macdonald, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Sombre strings descend into crashing percussion before giving way to the romantic, lilting theme of Shakespeare’s play in Tchaikovsky’s ever popular Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

    Joining the orchestra for another of Tchaikovsky’s great masterpieces is cellist Michael Petrov, who performs the elegant and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme. Technically demanding but light-hearted, the cello solos resonate throughout the piece and are considered to be Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart.

    Sibelius’s Symphony No 2 evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of his native Finland. From an anguished slow movement to a finale of furious passion, this piece climaxes in a flourish of exhilarating heroism.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Hexagon auditorium

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 31 May 2018 - 11:30am
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents - We're gonna need a bigger boat...
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Steiner
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a fun-filled family concert, featuring bite-sized pieces of classical music inspired by the sea and beyond - the perfect half term treat!

    Suitable for ages 5-12 and their families.

    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Hans Zimmer (1957-)
    Fantasia on British Sea Songs
    Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944)
    By the Sleepy Lagoon
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    Excerpts from Suite from Jaws
    John Williams (1932-)
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    31 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Brussels Philharmonic with Liza Ferschtman (violin)
    Brussels Philharmonic, Liza Ferschtman, Stéphane Denève
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Brussels Philharmonic is back for a second visit this season with a programme full of romance and drama. The orchestra’s Music Director, Stéphane Denève, is joined by the Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman.

    Bernstein‘s Serenade is perhaps his most famous non-theatrical work and has been performed by many great violinists. It is based on Plato’s Symposium, the text in which he introduced the concept of Platonic love. Bernstein described his violin showpiece as ‘a series of related statements in praise of love’.

    Jazz and dance rhythms, finger clicking, not to mention a police whistle are not ordinarily heard at symphony concerts but expect to hear them all during a performance of West Side Story, Bernstein’s modern-day, big-city adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. In 1960, Bernstein drew from it an orchestral suite of Symphonic Dances which follows the principal episodes of the drama.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Le tombeau des regrets
    Guillaume Connesson (1970-)
    Serenade
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    3 Dance Episodes from On the Town
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
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    30 May 2018 - 7:00pm
    Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Salieri
    Orchestra of Opera North
    Cast - Main Space Doncaster DN1 3BU
    United Kingdom

    The internationally acclaimed and critically praised Orchestra of Opera North, debuts at Cast with a sparkling summer programme.

    The concert begins with a popular classic, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Ranked at no 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, this evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breathtaking when heard live. Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work… spine-tingling and life-enchantingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Concerto for flute and oboe in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto in C for flute and oboe
    Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
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    27 May 2018 - 6:30pm
    Gémeaux Quartet and Oliver Wass (harp)
    Gémeaux Quartett, Oliver Wass
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Representing four different nations, the Gémeaux Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its generation. During the 2010/11 season, the Quartet made its highly acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Recent highlights include concerts in Hong Kong with clarinetist Paul Meyer, a performance of Schubert’s Octet with Jörg Widmann and Bruno Schneider, an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as a collaboration with the Bundesjugendballet at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

    In 2012 the Quartet won 2nd Prize at both the International “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” Competition in Graz and the International “Joseph Haydn Chamber Music” Competition in Vienna. Previous prizes include a 3rd Prize at the ARD Music Competition in 2008, as well as the coveted Audience Award. In 2007 the Quartet won 1st Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the “Migros-Kulturprozent”, were 1st Prize winners of the Basel Orchestra Society Competition and received the Mozart Prize from the city of Lucerne. More recently, the Quartet was honored with the Swiss Ambassador’s Award in London which resulted in a tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

    The Basel based Quartet has a busy concert schedule. In addition to performances at the KKL in Lucerne, Opera Bastille in Paris, Tonhalle in Zürich, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and at the Philharmonie in Köln, the four musicians are guests at well-known festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schubert Festival in Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Kitakyushu Festival in Japan, as well as the Davos Festival. Radio and television invite the young quartet regularly, and they performed on Swiss Radio DRS2, RTSI, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, SWR, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk and Bavarian Radio.

    The Quartet has collaborated with artists including Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Patrick Gallois, Bruno Giuranna, Maximilian Hornung, Reinhard Latzko, Jens Peter Maintz, Sebastian Manz, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Poltéra and Julian Prégardien.

    The four young musicians came together because of their passion for the string quartet repertoire – in 2003 they formed the Gémeaux Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel where they studied with Walter Levin and Sebastian Hamann. As part of a postgraduate course for string quartets, the Quartet then received further training from the Hagen Quartet at the ‘Mozarteum’, Salzburg University, and continued to work with Rainer Schmidt at the Hochschule für Musik Basel.

    During 2010/11 the Quartet was “Ensemble in Residence” at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and more recently the Quartet lead an undergraduate course for string quartets at the Hochschule für Musik Basel.

    On the record label Gunuin, the Gémeaux Quartet released the first recording of the two string quartets and the string trio by Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle. In June 2015, the Quartet released their second CD with the Piano Quintets by Friedrich Gernsheim with Oliver Triendl on the CPO label, which was recently chosen as recording of the week on German radio SWR2.

    Oliver Wass is in his second year of a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for which he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Imogen Barford. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry.

    In May 2016, he became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He has performed all the major harp concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra. He recently won the Andrea Vigh Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition in Szeged, and will return to give a recital at the Gödöllo International Harp Festival in the autumn.

    He is a 2016 St John’s Smith Square Young Artist, and will be presenting recitals throughout the 2016/17 season, as well as commissioning a new work for solo harp.

    He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous dynamism” and “remarkable range of timbres and warmth of the tone” (Seen and Heard International).

    His flute-viola-harp trio; The Pelléas Ensemble, are winners of the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists.

    They have a busy recital schedule performing around the country, and are active in commissioning new works for the combination which have been performed at St John’s Smith Square, the Two Moors Festival, and the United Kingdom Harp Association. They have appeared live on Radio 3.

    An experienced soloist, Oliver competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood. He studied with Charlotte Seale at the Junior Department of the GSMD, where he became the only harpist to have been a prizewinner in the prestigious Lutine Competition, and he was Principal Harp in the National Youth Orchestra.

    Oliver is very grateful for support from the Norman Gee Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and Help Musicians UK, where he holds a Fleming Award.

    *Pre-concert talk by Nicolas Southon, 5:30pm in the Brockway Room - French musicologist Nicolas Southon introduces the evening's programme.

    String Quartet in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Conte fantastique for string quartet and harp
    André Caplet (1878-1925)
    Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    3 June 2018 - 2:00pm
    Sunday Recital Series - Clare McCaldin(mezzo-soprano) and Paul Sheehan(baritone)
    Clare McCaldin, Paul Sheehan
    St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge London SW1X 8SH
    United Kingdom
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    26 May 2018 - 1:00pm
    My Great Orchestral Adventure: Calling all space explorers!
    London Youth Choir, Orchestra of Adventurers, Timothy Redmond, Tom Redmond
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Calling all space explorers!

    Aliens have arrived on planet Earth and they are not happy! The record player on their spaceship is broken and instead of bringing musical messages of intergalactic peace, it’s doing the complete opposite! We need to travel through outer space to help save the world!

    Along the way we’ll make friends with aliens, waltz in zero gravity and enjoy sunrise symphonies, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s magical auditorium. You decide what happens next by voting which way we should travel! We’ll be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring our adventure to life.

    Will you help the Orchestra of Adventurers bring musical harmony back to the galaxy?

    Peer Gynt
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Mars from The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    1st movement: Allegro con brio from Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Star Wars Suite
    John Williams (1932-)
    Also sprach Zarathustra
    Sergey Berinsky (1946-)
    Also sprach Zarathustra
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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    3 June 2018 - 6:30pm
    London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble and Simon Callaghan
    London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, Simon Callaghan
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Our spring 2018 season concludes with Director of Music Simon Callaghan performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 with members of the London Mozart Players and more - free entry for under 26s, courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

    Founded by Harry Blech in 1949 as the UK’s first chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players (LMP) has achieved international renown for its outstanding live performances and CD recordings of the core Classical repertoire. Music Directors have included Gérard Korsten, Andrew Parrott, Matthias Bamert and Jane Glover, who grew and developed the orchestras strong classical tradition. They enjoy connections with Hilary Davan Wetton as Associate Conductor, and Howard Shelley as Conductor Laureate, and continues to work closely with many of the world’s finest conductors and soloists, including Tasmin Little and Anthony Marwood. In 2015 the LMP appointed cellist Laura van der Heijden as its first Young Artist in Residence. London Mozart Players also plays an active part in contemporary music, giving many world premières and commissioning new works, in recent years by composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tarik O’Regan, Sally Beamish, Cecilia McDowall, Lynne Plowman, Fraser Trainer and Jonathan Dove. In March 2011 the LMP appointed Roxanna Panufnik as Associate Composer.

    Touring is a major part of the orchestra’s schedule, with regular appearances at festivals and concert series throughout the UK and abroad. Recording has played a major part in the orchestra’s life for many years. A long relationship with Chandos includes many recordings of works by Haydn and Mozart and an acclaimed Contemporaries of Mozart series numbers over 20 CDs. New Naxos release Flowers of the Field in collaboration with City of London Choir, Roderick Williams and Hilary Davan Wetton reached No 1 in the Classical Album Charts. For an Unknown Soldier, a 2014 commission for choir, children’s choir and orchestra by Jonathan Dove marking the centenary of the start of World War I was released by Signum Records in October 2016.

    London Mozart Players has been committed to providing a platform for sharing the creative arts with schools and communities for over 25 years. LMP Voyager is London Mozart Players's education and community arm which allows music to inspire, educate and enrich communities through an extensive programme of work across the UK. In July 2016, the orchestra started a new exciting phase in their history as an orchestra managed by the players, relocating their offices to the Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood and embedding themselves within a community in the north of the Croydon borough. The orchestra’s inaugural concert at St John the Evangelist was held in October 2016. LMP Voyager covers a vast programme of work including visiting schools and care homes to providing community concerts for elderly and disabled people.

    London Mozart Players enjoys the patronage of HRH The Earl of Wessex.

    Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, throughout Europe and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Manchester’s Bridgewater and Stoller Halls.

    Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix and Tippett, and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto, which he will perform again in 2018. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke, chamber music by Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi (on Somm). In 2017 he released his debut CD for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc reached No.3 in the specialist classical charts, the top ten in the Classic FM chart and garnered enthusiastic reviews across the press.

    Festival invitations have included Highgate, Husum, Whittington and Cervo Chamber Music. Callaghan has also performed frequently on BBC radio and television. In chamber music he has collaborated with Ning Feng, Jack Liebeck, Giovanni Guzzo, Tim Hugh, Thomas Gould, Raphael Wallfisch and the actors Timothy and Samuel West, and Prunella Scales. His extensive repertoire has included complete cycles of Beethoven and Brahms chamber works, and a three-concert residency at St John’s Smith Square in London, exploring the piano quartet medium. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s ‘Dérive II’ as part of their ‘Variable Geometry’ series. His world premiere recording of Paul Patterson’s ‘Allusions’ for two violins and piano (with Midori Komachi and Sophie Rosa) was released in 2017.

    In 2018 Simon will release two further recordings on Hyperion, return to the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in North Germany, present a series of Schubert chamber music in London and perform a programme of American music for two pianos for the Americana Festival at St John’s Smith Square, including the European premiere of Irving Fine’s Toccata Concertante. He has also signed with Lyrita Recordings, for whom he will make three recordings in 2018 with Raphael and Simon Wallfisch, Hiro Takenouchi and others.

    Simon puts great value on teaching and this season will give masterclasses, lead a course at Benslow Music and continue his work as Head of Piano at the Ingenium Academy (Winchester). In addition to his performing schedule, Callaghan is Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe. He is also a PhD Researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music, working to bring the oeuvre of Roger Sacheverell Coke into the public domain.

    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Elegy No 1 in D
    Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)
    Symphony No 102 in B flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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