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Format: 2016-06-30
Format: 2016-06-30
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    2 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    Summer Concert | Gravesham Choral Society
    Alan Vincent, Gravesham Choral Society, Malcolm Riley
    St George's Church Gravesend DA11 0DJ
    United Kingdom
    Psalm 150
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Panis Angelicus
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    5th movement: Toccata from Symphony No 5 in F minor
    Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
    Mass in D
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    9 July 2016 - 6:30pm
    Star Wars, ET and more | Ealing Symphony Orchestra
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, John Gibbons
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    Ealing Symphony Orchestra finishes its season with a lively evening of music from across the pond, some of which has found fame on the silver screen.

    Please note that the start time of this concert is 6.30pm - earlier than usual.

    Whether it is the terrifying vision of Darth Vader striding along to the Imperial March, or the majestic opening title theme, the music of Star Wars is instantly recognisable. There are a variety of concert suites and arrangements of the music, usually split into the original trilogy (1977-83), the modern prequels (1999-2005) and the new saga (2015+). The Suite on offer this evening contains melodies from the classic trilogy.

    We continue our exploration of classic film music with a section of the soundtrack of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (to give it the film’s full title). This segment, Adventures on Earth, includes the famous ‘flying theme’ and an exciting chase scene, with extracts from the finale where the characters in the film bid farewell to their new friend.

    Moving further back into the 20th century, Copland’s 1938 ballet Billy the Kid is only partly a portrait of the infamous outlaw, with a wider view on the ‘Old West’ and the adventurous pioneers. Beginning with a melody depicting the open prairie, the action moves around the frontier, from a small town to a desert shootout. Cowboy and folk tunes feature heavily in the score, and one scene includes the Mexican ‘Jarabe’ dance.

    Based on Voltaire’s novella of the same name, Bernstein’s operetta Candide has now overcome its initially lukewarm reception and achieved enormous popularity. A complex and satirical plot, invoking many comic opera tropes such as masked balls and singers (deliberately) doubling as multiple characters, gives rise to many popular songs. The Overture remains popular in its own right and is full of Bernstein charm.

    Gershwin called Porgy and Bess not an opera, but a ‘folk opera’. He said, “Porgy and Bess is a folk tale... When I first began work in the music I decided against the use of original folk material because I wanted the music to be all of one piece. Therefore I wrote my own spirituals and folksongs. But they are still folk music – and therefore, being in operatic form, Porgy and Bess becomes a folk opera.” Initially unpopular due to its racially charged theme, the opera is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas. This evening’s version is the Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture, an exploration of the more well-known themes of the work, arranged by the composer’s friend Robert Russell Bennett in 1942.

    Ealing Symphony Orchestra is an independent voluntary orchestra based in West London usually giving around five main concerts a year. We try to do something in most concerts which is a bit out of the ordinary, without forgetting that players and audiences come to enjoy themselves, so there are plenty of popular classics as well as some fine music you may not know already. Our concert programmes pages should give you an idea of what we're about. Our conductor is John Gibbons, well-known in both the professional and amateur worlds.

    Credit to 'aldobarquin' of Pixabay for the photo of the toy stormtrooper (used with permission).

    Overture from Candide
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Suite from Billy the Kid
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Music from Star Wars
    John Williams (1932-)
    E.T. Adventures on Earth
    John Williams (1932-)
    Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    2 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with Steven Joseph (guitar)
    Alex Soares, City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Robert Hodge, Steven Joseph
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Alberto Ginastera was Argentinian; Manuel de Falla and Joaquín Rodrigo were Spanish; Leonard Bernstein was American from a Ukrainian/Jewish background. This exotic mix creates an evening of remarkable musical colour and evocation. The four dances from Ginastera’s ballet Estancia are easily his best known creations. Their vigour and national flavour arouse excited approval from audiences around the world. ‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’ by Manuel de Falla is also imbued with national fingerprints but in a more gentle and reflective manner. The exquisite orchestration and the superb blending of a solo pianist within that texture create a most memorable musical experience lying somewhere between a concerto and a tone poem. Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez, is one of the world’s best loved examples of classical music. The intimacy and evocation of the Spanish heritage never fail to captivate all who hear it. That magnetic quality applies also to Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’. This showcase for the orchestra is often brash and always invigorating. And it’s not all that far from our Hispanic theme either since the stage musical celebrates the Costa Rican traditions and culture alongside those of Yankee America.

    Much of the responsibility for all this colour and excitement will rest with two young soloists, pianist Alexander Soares and guitarist Steven Joseph. Both are attracting attention for their skills and sensitivity, and both are playing with City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra for the first time. Welcome to them and to all who come to find out where their magic lies.

    Dances from Estancia
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
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    2 July 2016 - 7:15pm
    Saturday Night is Music Night | Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra
    Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Butcher
    Medina Theatre Newport PO30 2DX
    United Kingdom

    The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra conclude their latest concert series with a pot pourri of orchestral delights. Included in the programme will be the World Premiere of a new work by Island based composer Ian Lynn entitled 'Farthing Down'.

    Under the baton of regular conductor Jonathan Butcher who will also act as compere, the orchestra will perform many well known orchestral works, some of which are displayed here.

    The summer concert always proves popular and sells out quickly, so if you are reading this on the mainland or further abroad! Why not make a holiday around the concert and enjoy the wonders the Island has to offer.

    Overture, 'Peterloo'
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Capriccio Espagnol
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Jazz Suite No 2
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Suite algérienne in C
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Sheep May Safely Graze from 'Cantata No 208'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    2 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    A Shakespearean Concert | Birmingham Bach Choir
    Anton Lesser, Ben Kennedy, Birmingham Bach Choir, Paul Spicer, Samuel Ingvorsen
    Stratford ArtsHouse Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
    United Kingdom

    Our summer concert celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. We are performing a wonderfully varied programme which moves from the sublime Vaughan Williams partsongs which are classics of the genre to George Shearing’s jazz-inspired ‘Music to hear’ where a double bass player will add that pungent pizzicato to the mix! A pianist joins us for Shearing and for a fabulous set of ‘Fancies’ by the Swedish composer Sven-Eric Johanson and for William Mathias’s wide-ranging Shakespeare songs. With Britten’s colourful ‘Gloriana Dances’ setting us off this will be a memorable and enjoyable evening’s music.

    This concert will feature extracts from Shakespeare spoken by Anton Lesser.

    Choral Dances from Gloriana
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    3 Shakespeare Songs (1951)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Fancies
    Sven-Eric Johanson (1919-1997)
    Shakespeare Songs
    William Mathias (1934-1992)
    Music to hear
    George Shearing (1919-)
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    9 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    Blackburn Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert
    Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, Richard Howarth
    Croston Theatre, Westholme Upper School Blackburn BB2 6QU
    United Kingdom

    Our summer concert features well known favourites and a work by composer Martin Ellerby - Dunham Dances for string orchestra (2012).

    For more information on Martin Ellerby's current work please visti his website.

    Mobile device users may book adults tickets through <Line Up>.

    A Somerset Rhapsody
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    First Suite of English Folk Dances
    Ernest Tomlinson (1924-)
    The Dambusters
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    633 Squadron
    Ron Goodwin (1925-2003)
    Mexican Hat Dance
    Robert Farnon (1917-2005)
    Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 in G
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Dunham Dances for string orchestra (2012)
    Martin Ellerby (1957-)
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    3 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    Elias Quartet: Purcell, Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Jordans Summer Festival
    The Elias String Quartet
    Jubilee Hall Seer Green HP9 2QJ
    United Kingdom

    Two of the nine four-part Fantasies for violas da gamba written by Purcell in the summer of 1680 form an unusual opening to this concert. Nearly 150 years later the young Mendelssohn completed his first mature string quartet. Beethoven's last five quartets had just appeared and had a great influence on Mendelssohn in what many consider to be his greatest quartet. Beethoven's six-movement Op 130 has been described as the most ambitious of any written up to that time. In this concert we hear the Grosse Fuge as its final movement, as Beethoven orginally intended.

    Formerly part of BBC Rado 3's New Generation Artists' scheme the Elias Quartet have established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. They have performed at some of the world's most prestigious chamber venues, including New York's Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Wigmore Hall in London.

    An application form for postal bookings may be downloaded from the Jordans Music Club website

    Fantasia No 6 for 4 viols
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    String Quartet No 2 in A minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 13 in B flat, with Grosse Fuge
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Fantasia No 8 for 4 viols
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    2 July 2016 - 8:00pm
    Britten's War Requiem | Sheffield Oratorio Chorus
    Alan Eost, James Edwards, Laura Mitchell, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Ross Ramgobin, Sheffield Oratorio Chorus
    The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul Sheffield S1 1HA
    United Kingdom

    Performance in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, the day before the concert. Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is a work on a large scale, employing a main orchestra, a chamber orchestra, 3 soloists and a boys' choir.

    Britten employs the Latin texts of the Requiem and the war poetry of Wilfred Owen. Composed for the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962 following its rebuilding, its title page echoes Owen's mantra: "My subject is war and the pity of war".

    Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm for ticket holders

    War Requiem
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    5 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    Pinchas Zukerman Festival: Elgar, Mozart and Beethoven
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Scored for string quartet and string orchestra, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro was composed to show off the performers’ virtuosity. Pinchas Zukerman’s solo line will soar above the orchestra in this expressive masterpiece.

    Following on the drama is Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto; often referred to as the 'Turkish', the wild, frenzied Allegro in the final movement emulates a Turkish style with melodic leaps, pounding rhythms and percussive strings.

    Concluding the Festival is the instantly recognisable and much-adored Beethoven Symphony No 5.

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 5 in A, 'Turkish'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    9 July 2016 - 7:30pm
    Music for all - A Summer Serenade
    Julia Smith, Leo Byrne, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir, Richard Lea, Stephen Pratt, The Orchestra of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
    The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool L3 5TQ
    United Kingdom

    Access for concerts in the Cathedral is through the main doors or underground car park
    Access for the disabled: The Cathedral is accessible using the lift in the lower porch from the underground car park
    Refreshments are available in the Gibberd Room in the lower porch during the interval at most events.

    The Cathedral Car Park accessed from Mount Pleasant is under the cathedral with direct access to the concert venue by lift or stairs. Limited capacity on a first come first served basis. A charge of £3 is payable on arrival.

    Excerpts from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Les fleurs et les arbres
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Les nuits d'été
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    A Song before sunrise
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    On hearing the first cuckoo in spring
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Summer Night on the River
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    In Windsor Forest
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Calme des nuits
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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