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Format: 2019-11-14
Format: 2019-11-14
  • 17 November 2019 - 3:00pm
    Here Come The Classics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ben Goldsheider, Chloé van Soeterstède, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe HP11 2XE
    United Kingdom

    Europe’s rich tradition of orchestral music has produced countless legendary composers, many inspired by the countries around them, so join the orchestra for an astounding evening of music from around our continent. Mozart’s energetic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro gives a foretaste of the farcical fun of the opera it introduces, and provides a sparkling curtain-raiser for this concert. Then follows Rossini’s explosive Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers and Mendelssohn’s heart-swelling 'Italian' Symphony; a charming expression of how Italy made him feel.

    Free pre-concert talk from 2 - 2:30 pm in the auditorium.

    Overture from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Overture from L'Italiana in Algeri, 'The Italian Girl in Algiers'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 20 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Film Music Gala | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Richard Balcombe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tommy Pearson
    The Baths Hall Scunthorpe DN15 7RG
    United Kingdom

    Hear your all-time favourite movie themes and some of the greatest soundtracks ever written in this spectacular film music celebration for movie fans of all ages, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Scunthorpe’s magnificent Baths Hall.
    This concert features the famous scores behind the timeless adventures, with music from:

    Murder on the Orient Express,
    La Dolce Vita,
    Schindler’s List,
    Star Wars,
    JFK,
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
    Fiddler on the Roof

    ...and many more!

  • 16 November 2019 - 10:30am
    Platinum Choral Workshop: The Renaissance Algorithm
    Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger
    Sacred Heart Church London SW11 3DS
    United Kingdom

    “Computers and renaissance musicians have at least one thing in common: they can run simple algorithmic processes on fragments of music to create vastly more complex and nuanced musical compositions.” – Jaran Feeley.

    In this modern age the ‘algorithm’ (an unambiguous set of rules which solves a problem) has a great presence in our lives, from sending a message on our mobile phones, to learning and reading music with midi files and tablet computers. In this workshop, we look at an ancient musical algorithm – the canon – which results in some of the most unexpectedly sublime works of the Renaissance period by Josquin, Mouton and Byrd. We will also create our own complex renaissance canon as we improvise on Tallis' motet If ye love me.

    Agnus Dei from Missa L'homme armé sexti toni
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    O salutaris hostia
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Miserere mihi, Domine
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Ave Maria, gemma virginum
    Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
    If ye love me
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  • 15 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Continental Classics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ben Goldscheider, Chloé van Soeterstède, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Marina Theatre Lowestoft NR32 1HH
    United Kingdom

    Europe’s rich tradition of orchestral music has produced countless legendary composers, many inspired by the countries around them, so join the Orchestra for an astounding evening of music from around our continent. Mozart’s energetic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro gives a foretaste of the farcical fun of the opera it introduces and provides a sparkling curtain-raiser for this concert. Then follows Rossini’s explosive Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers and Mendelssohn’s heart-swelling 'Italian' Symphony; a charming expression of how Italy made him feel.

    A pre-show talk with conductor Chloe van Soeterstede will take place in the auditorium at 6.30pm for all ticket holders.

    Overture from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Overture from L'Italiana in Algeri, 'The Italian Girl in Algiers'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 14 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Pablo Heras-Casado: Debussy and Ravel | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Denis Kozhukhin, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Pablo Heras-Casado, “the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor” (New York Times), leads listeners on an evening’s promenade through evocative images of France and Spain.

    Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel. Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole opens with a muted and mysterious evocation of night, paving the way for seductive dances. Debussy never visited Spain, but avidly absorbed sounds from other cultures and made them his own. In Images, a Tyneside folk song, French nursery rhymes and a band of Spanish musicians on their way to a festival all sound unmistakably like Debussy.

    Denis Kozhukhin, praised for his ‘impeccably crystal-clear technique’ (Bachtrack) when he last played with the Philharmonia in 2018, takes on the hugely rewarding challenge of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand. Commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a concert pianist who lost an arm in World War I, this piece makes the most of the darker colours of the orchestra, with important, expressive parts for the contrabassoon, cor anglais, bass clarinet and double basses. Its sinister, martial central section perhaps alludes to the horror of the war that engendered it.

    Lili Boulanger’s deeply-felt, richly orchestrated D’un soir triste was composed at the height of the First World War. But the sadness of the title may be for herself as well as for her country - she died shortly after completing it, at the age of 24. She crammed a prodigious amount of music-making into her short life, and was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome for composition.

    Rapsodie espagnole
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Concerto for piano left hand and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    D'un soir triste
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Images, for orchestra
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 21 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Herreweghe conducts Beethoven and Schubert
    Philharmonia Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Zehetmair
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Hear Schubert’s youthful Fifth Symphony alongside Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by Thomas Zehetmair, whose recording of the masterpiece Gramophone described as “a great performance, one that simply has to be heard”.

    Schubert was just 19 years old and, according to his diary, ‘infatuated with Mozart’, when he composed his Fifth Symphony. Mozart’s influence can be heard in his remarkably accomplished orchestral writing. But the symphony’s profusion of melodies and the hint of melancholy underlying its grace and youthful energy are all Schubert’s own.

    In the first half, baroque and Classical music expert Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with Thomas Zehetmair the soloist. With its breathtakingly beautiful central slow movement, this work is one of the mainstays of the violin repertoire.

    The overture to Beethoven’s only ballet opens tonight’s concert. The story of The Creatures of Prometheus was apt source material indeed for Beethoven - the programme for the first performance describes Prometheus as ‘a lofty spirit who, finding the human beings of his time in a state of ignorance, refined them through art and knowledge.’

    Overture from The Creatures Of Prometheus
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 14 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    John Rutter's Requiem | The Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    John Rutter, Mary Bevan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bach Choir
    St Paul's Cathedral London EC4M 8AD
    United Kingdom

    The Orchestra is thrilled to welcome back John Rutter for a phenomenal programme of his own resplendent works, including his poignant Requiem.

    Featuring the ever-magnificent Bach Choir and star soprano Mary Bevan.

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see one of the nation’s most celebrated composers conduct a sublime selection of his much-loved choral and orchestral music, within the celestial surroundings of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks: St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Cantate Domino from Psalmfest
    John Rutter (1945-)
    The Lord is my light and my salvation from Psalmfest
    John Rutter (1945-)
    What sweeter music from Five Meditations for Orchestra
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Requiem
    John Rutter (1945-)
  • 15 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    If you're looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for flute and orchestra No 2 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Concerto for flute and strings in A
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
  • 16 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    If you're looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No 2 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Concerto for flute and strings in A
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
  • 23 November 2019 - 8:00pm
    Sveta and Slava (cello and piano)
    Slava Sidorenko, Sveta and Slava, Svetlana Mochalova
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    “You had the sense that you were listening to the future, and the near future at that.” - The New York Times

    Russian cellist Svetlana Mochalova and Ukrainian pianist Slava Sidorenko first met at the Royal Northern College of Music. A musical relationship blossomed into a personal relationship and the couple are now married. Between them, they’ve won multiple awards and performed at venues including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Glastonbury. As part of their mission to engage with audiences in a more imaginative way, they’ve developed their own Sveta and Slava app. This allows concert goers to see their Music á la carte menu, and vote for the pieces the duo will perform in the second half of the concert.

    This is the third in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Do not sing to me, fair maiden from 6 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonata for cello and piano in G minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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