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Format: 2015-08-29
Format: 2015-08-29
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    29 August 2015 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Proms - Mami Shikimori (piano)
    Mami Shikimori
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    With its tragic emotional impact evoking comparison to 'King Lear', Beethoven’s 'Appassionata' Sonata is as devastating today as it was first performed over 200 years ago. Mami Shikimori returns to the Sheldonian to play some of the greatest works written for the piano, having wowed a packed house at a prom orchestral concert last August with a thrilling performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2.

    Chopin’s preludes, containing some of his best known and most memorable melodies, are works full of expression, power, and poetry - qualities particularly suited to her dynamic performance style, plus Mozart's masterwork the Rondo in A minor K 511 and the dramatic and haunting 'En vers' by Akira Miyoshi from her native Japan.

    Our Oxford Proms website has an exclusive special offer for reserved individual chairs at the front of the theatre with the best view of the piano keyboard.

    Mami’s previous Oxford Proms recital was lauded by Oxford Times as “A major, multi-faceted experience”

    “It is a pleasure to see old friends in new surroundings, and it is a pleasure as well to hear these moving works at a new vantage point through the forthright and loving hands of this fine artist.” (Fanfare)

    Rondo in A minor for Piano
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    En vers
    Akira Miyoshi (1933-)
    24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    5 September 2015 - 7:00pm
    Vivaldi's The Four Seasons | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, English Chamber Choir, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris
    Chelmsford Cathedral Chelmsford CM1 1TY
    United Kingdom

    Tickets are by a suggested £20 donation to Essex Clergy Charity (including interval wine and canapes)

    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 Violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Jesu, joy of man's desiring from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 3 September 2015 - 7:30pm
    Thames Chamber Orchestra | Mozart by candlelight
    James Lisney, Keith Marshall, Thames Chamber Orchestra
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The Thames Chamber Orchestra was formed by Michael Dobson in 1962 to take part in a series of concerts in the 14th century Parish Church at Kingston-upon-Thames. Since then, the orchestra has appeared at festivals at Windsor, Norwich, Fishguard, Nottingham, Cambridge, Pershore, Madley, Walsingham and at many other venues in this country and abroad, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St John's Smith Square. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Thames Chamber Orchestra has always invited the finest chamber musicians to be amongst its members and its sense of style and warmth of sound have frequently earned much praise both from the critics and from the many guest conductors who have worked with the orchestra.

    The orchestra's Principal Conductor, Keith Marshall, read music at Caius College Cambridge, before going on to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has played in many of our most famous orchestras at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals such as the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, Carnegie Hall in the USA, Suntory Hall in Japan (with the Philharmonia orchestra) and the Musikverein in Vienna with the English Chamber Orchestra. Keith has often appeared as soloist with the Thames Chamber Orchestra, playing concertos in both the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore halls, and at other venues throughout the United Kingdom. He also conducts Lord Lloyd Webber's award winning Phantom of the Opera in London.

    James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his Schubertreise series at London's South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.

    Following study with Jean Murphy, Phyllis Sellick and John Barstow, James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986. Early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London lead to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras.

    James Lisney`s repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven have been a central pre-occupation (in performance and in recordings) and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and relevant chamber music. His recordings (on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton) have gained the highest recommendations.

    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Nocturne from 'String Quartet No 2' arranged for string orchestra
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    5 September 2015 - 2:30pm
    Drama double-bill: The man with the golden pen / Larry
    Keith Drinkel, Michael Chance
    St Mary's House Bramber BN44 3WE
    United Kingdom

    Exciting double-bill

    Straight from London’s West End, these enthralling short plays, by Mark Burgess, about crucial moments in the lives of two of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century make a striking and original dramatic contrast.

    In ‘The man with the golden pen’, Ian Fleming, the creator of Secret Agent 007, James Bond, stands before the audience, a Martini in hand, a terrified look in his eyes. At 42, he is about to do the thing he most fears: he is about to get married. It is 1952, and he is putting the finishing touches to his first Bond book, Casino Royale. Bond, Fleming’s alter ego, the icon of everything Fleming aspires to, has come into being, but….!

    In ‘Larry’, we find Olivier in his New York Suite recovering from a life-threatening illness, fearing he would never be fit enough to act again. A surprise telephone call comes for him to co-star with Dustin Hoffman. What should he do? He reflects on his marriages, his children, the famous actors he worked with, his punishing fitness regime, his terrifying fits of stage fright, and his final days with ‘Lear’ at the National Theatre.

    Directed by Louise Jameson

    With tea and cake £25

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    31 August 2015 - 5:00pm
    Antonio Salieri's La grotta di Trofonio | Bampton Classical Opera
    Anna Starushkevych, Aoife O'Sullivan, Bampton Classical Opera, Christopher Turner, James Harrison, Matthew Stiff, Nicholas Merryweather, Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera, Paul Wingfield
    Westonbirt School Tetbury GL8 8QG
    United Kingdom

    Bampton Classical Opera, specialists in rarities from the late Classical period, are staging the UK modern-times première of Antonio Salieri’s two-act opera comica, La grotta di Trofonio (1785). This wonderfully lyrical comedy, with a libretto by Giambattista Casti, was one of Salieri’s most popular operas during his lifetime, and will be sung in a new English translation by artistic directors Gilly French and Jeremy Gray. The cast includes some of the finest of emerging young singers in the UK, accompanied by the Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera, and is conducted by Paul Wingfield. The production is directed by Jeremy Gray.

    In a light-hearted but thought-provoking tale, the idealised romances of two contrasted couples are tested and confused through the mischievous magic of a mysterious hermit and his gloomy cavern. With its rich orchestration and glorious ensembles, it is hardly surprising that Mozart should have imitated it in Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

    The cast includes Ukranian mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych, the first winner of Bampton Classical Opera’s Young Singers’ Competition in 2013, as well as regular Bampton Classical Opera performers Aoife O’Sullivan, Nicholas Merryweather and James Harrison. Christopher Turner and Matthew Stiff are making their debuts with the Company.

    Bampton Classical Opera was founded in 1993 by its artistic directors, Gilly French and Jeremy Gray, and stages less familiar works from the late Classical period, many of which might not otherwise be heard. The performances are of the highest musical quality, yet are relaxed and welcoming with fresh and accessible English translations, and can be enjoyed even by those with little opera experience.

    La grotta di Trofonio (Trofonio's Cave)
    Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
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    8 September 2015 - 7:30pm
    Sir Simon Rattle conducts The Dream of Gerontius
    BBC Proms Youth Choir, Gerald Finley, Magdalena Kozená, Sir Simon Rattle, Toby Spence, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Sir Simon Rattle returns to the hall he was so instrumental in the creation of, with one of the world’s greatest orchestras, three world-class soloists, and a massed choir drawn from the entire UK.

    The work? Elgar’s supreme choral masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius. It’s been performed many times in Birmingham since its premiere here in 1900 – but never quite like this.

    Self-recommending.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    5 September 2015 - 7:30pm
    V E Day 70th and Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Concert and Dance
    Colin Jordan, Gary Lewis, Mark Carter, Megan Daniels, The Don Mather Big Band, Victoria Trigger
    Thinktank Science Museum Planetarium Birmingham B4 7XG
    United Kingdom

    Following last year’s sell out concert to commemorate 100 years of World War One and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, The Don Mather Big Band and vocalist and compere Gary Lewis return for the 70th Anniversary of V E Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Thinktank Science Museum.

    Explore the stunning museum venue and take the unique opportunity to dance underneath a Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft, accompanied by the sound of Glenn Miller, the songs of Frank Sinatra and classic war movie themes.

    Celebrate 100 years since the birth of Ol’ Blue Eyes and remember Winston Churchill 50 years on after his death with guest singers Megan Daniels, Mark Carter, Victoria Trigger and Colin Jordan.

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    5 September 2015 - 10:00am
    163rd British Open Brass Band Championship
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Symphony Hall will once again host the British Open Brass Band Championship on Saturday 5th September 10am.

    The British Open is the world’s oldest music competition dating back to 1853 and this year, eighteen of the finest brass bands from around the globe face the challenging prospect of performing a brand new composition by the renowned composer and French horn player, Stephen Roberts.

    ‘Reflections on Swan Lake’ is Stephen’s homage to the great Russian composer, Tchaikovsky and what is arguably the most famous and identifiable ballet music of all time.

    This is the third time that Stephen Roberts has received a commission from the British Open and once again, he has devised a piece of music that promises to be not just a stern test for the musicians, but a great day’s listening for the audience.

    The competition will see the defending champion, Black Dyke taking to the stage in a bid to retain the title along with the other seventeen invited bands which includes for the first time, Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern, the 2014 European champion, will be in attendance from Switzerland.

    The audience will witness immense performances from the world’s finest brass bands throughout a day of exhilarating musical achievement.

    Reflections on Swan Lake
    Stephen Roberts ()
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    31 August 2015 - 4:00pm
    Fulneck baroque | St Peter's Singers of Leeds
    Alan Horsey, National Festival Orchestra, Sally Robinson, Simon Lindley, St Peter's Singers of Leeds
    Fulneck Moravian Church Pudsey LS28 8NT
    United Kingdom

    Mr Handel being present and having generously and charitably offered a performance of vocal and instrumental music to be held at this Hospital, and that the money arising therefrom should be applied to the finishing the chapel of the Hospital Resolved - That the thanks of this Committee be returned to Mr Handel for this his generous and charitable offer. 4.v.1749

    The transactions of the meeting recorded above represent the first mention of “Mr Handel” within the operations of the Foundling Hospital established for London children by Captain Thomas Coram.

    Officially described as the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted young Children, the institution had almost precisely ten years previous received its royal charter.

    Leading Handelian authority Professor Donald Burrows advises that proceedings reported resulted in a concert later the same month in May 1749 in which Handel presented a programme of his recent music, culminating with an anthem produced specially for the occasion, Blessed are they that considereth the poor and needy, now known as the Foundling Hospital Anthem. The event was a success in every respect: it was attended by the Prince and Princess of Wales, attracted a capacity audience and raised more than £350 for the charity.

    For this Anthem Handel adapted a fair amount of earlier music for this new purpose, culmanating in the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah as the final movement. It would seem that the original version was purely choral but in later revivals Handel devised solo vocal numbers to provide contrast. An initial instrumental movement in D minor was added by the composer later.

    No great composer was more selfless and generous than George Frideric Handel.

    Throughout his long and wildly successful career he was not only personally generous to his colleagues but put considerable support behind charitable causes in his adapted city of London. He proved to be a great supporter of one of the first institutions in the world dedicated to help indigent children. The proceeds from several performances of Messiah were given to the organization. But the Foundling Hospital Anthem was written to be performed at the Hospital as a benefit for the organization to complete its then unfinished chapel.

    Written in 1749, the work is the last of Handel's smaller- scale occasional pieces, while the form and demeanour is recognisably in the manner of some of the Chandos Anthems written about thirty-five years earlier. The work has an emotional identification with the words that makes it unique in his output.

    The text is mostly drawn from the Psalms, with several lines from Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom and Revelation. While some of the material is derived from earlier sources, only the final movement may be familiar to some listeners.

    Performing musicians have much for which to be grateful in respect of Handel’s Foundling Hospital performances in that he arranged for the keeping of detail account ledgers listing each artistic transaction. The “word books” or programmes also provide invaluable information as to which solo singers he deployed when and in what manner, along with what was known as the “selection” of the numbers given. Scholars suggest that it is most unlikely that the composed ever presided over a “full” performance – known as a “cover to cover” affair North of the Trent.

    The Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (HWV 74) is a secular cantata composed by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by English poet and politician Ambrose Philips [1674-1749] of which the first line, Eternal source of light divine, provides an alternative title for the work.

    It was probably written during January 1713 for a performance on 6 February 1713, although there is no record of the performance having actually taken place.

    The cantata celebrates Queen Anne's birthday, and the accomplishment of the Treaty of Utrecht negotiated by the Tory ministry of Anne in 1712 to end the War of Spanish Succession.

    Queen Anne was said by the Duke of Manchester to be "too careless or too busy to listen to her own band, and had no thought of hearing and paying new players however great their genius or vast their skill".

    Nevertheless, and whether or not she ever heard this ode for her birthday, she granted Handel a pension in the form of a subsidy for living expenses of two hundred pounds a year, for life, thus proving his endeavour in the project thoroughly worthwhile.

    Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Anthem for the Foundling Hospital, 'Blessed are they that considereth the poor'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: My heart is inditing
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: Let thy hand be strengthened
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    4 September 2015 - 7:30pm
    The Complete Chopin Cycle | Warren Mailley-Smith | Concert 1 The Polonaise
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    During this evening's recital, in the heart of London, the walls of St John’s Smith Square will resound to the romantic music of Chopin. British pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith embarks on the first of eleven concerts during which he will perform all of Chopin’s 200+ solo works for the piano - from memory!

    Described as 'Stunning' by Classic FM and 'The embodiment of the modern romantic concert pianist' by Musical Opinion, this outstanding pianist is a favourite with London audiences and venues alike. Warren Mailley-Smith has performed for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls as well as performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .

    This evening's concert promises to take the listener on a spell-binding journey of moods and emotions. The audience will be treated to a programme full of poetry and virtuosic display, from some of Chopin’s most celebrated works, such as the Minute Waltz, Nocturne in E flat and Military Polonaise, to some of his less well known masterpieces, such as the Rondo No. 1, written when the composer was only 15 and one of his greatest mature masterpieces, the Polonaise-Fantasie.

    Set behind the hustle and bustle of Westminster, the church of St John’s Smith Square offers visitors to London a unique concert experience as the only Baroque concert hall in the UK, with its wealth of history, superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of its own elegant and cosy cafe and restaurant in the downstairs crypt offering concert goers maximum convenience for the perfect evening out.

    So why not indulge yourself in a late summer treat and join us for a spectacular evening of Chopin's uplifting music at St John's Smith Square, performed by this hugely talented British pianist.

    At 7.30 pm there will be a short introduction to the 11-concert series by Jeremy Nicholas, the author of 'Chopin: his life and music'.

    Rondo in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in A 'Military'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    4 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 5 in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 7 in A flat, 'Polonaise-fantaisie'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in D flat, 'Minute'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 2 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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