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Format: 2017-06-28
Format: 2017-06-28
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    4 July 2017 - 8:00pm
    William Byrd Anniversary Concert - The Stondon Singers (chamber choir)
    Christopher Tinker, The Stondon Singers
    Church of St Peter and St Paul Stondon Massey CM15 0LD
    United Kingdom

    This year's William Byrd Anniversary Concert celebrates the music of William Byrd, and this year explores the connections between his work and that of composers living and working in Italy.

    The setting for the concert is the charming Church of St Peter and St Paul in Stondon Massey. It was here that Byrd lived for the last 30 years of his life. He is buried near the church, although the exact location of his unmarked grave is unknown. Indeed, it is not known whether Byrd, as a lifelong supporter of the Roman Catholic Church, is actually buried within the bounds of the churchyard, or whether his recusant sympathies resulted in him being buried outside the churchyard. Whatever the case may be, the churchyard provides a wonderful setting to enjoy a glass of wine and a few nibbles during the interval, as the sun sets over the peaceful Roding Valley (weather permitting, of course!)

    This is always an immensely popular concert, and the venue is modest in size. This makes for an intimate atmosphere, but also means that tickets are liable to sell out before the night. If you wish to attend, you are urged to secure your tickets well in advance.

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    8 July 2017 - 7:30pm
    Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society's 50th anniversary concert
    Aurelian Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood Cathedral Choristers, Cantate, Erica Eloff, Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, Matthew Minter, Njabulo Madlala, Tim Hooper
    Brentwood Centre Brentwood CM15 9NN
    United Kingdom

    The version which will be performed is the full scale orchestral arrangement with the addition of two pianos, pianists to be advised later

    Carmina Burana
    Carl Orff (1895-1982)
    I was glad
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust)
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
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    29 June 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Bach Choir - Best of British: A Sea Symphony
    David Hill, Philharmonia Orchestra, Raphael Wallfisch, Roderick Williams, Sally Matthews, The Bach Choir
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In the second concert of our 'Best in British' series, we pay homage to the intricate relationship British composers have with the island and its waters. We also premiere our newly commissioned work by composer James MacMillan.

    Walt Whitman's fluid text and Vaughan Williams's flowing melodic lines eddy together in his greatest choral elegy to the ocean, 'A Sea Symphony'. A brief stint being tutored by the great Ravel early in the century, towards the end of composing this his first and longest symphony, caused the great teacher to remark of Vaughan Williams that he was "the only one of my students who does not write my music." Yet A Sea Symphony absorbs some of the freedom and dynamism of the French style that gives a supple, serous voice to the work; during an era where the sea appeared to fascinate many British composers, Vaughan Williams brings to bear a soundworld that would become uniquely his. In this performance, we are proud to be joined by eminent baritone Roderick Williams and soprano Sally Matthews.

    No journey into the music of this country would be complete without paying homage to the Elgar Cello Concerto. During the First World War, from his cottage in Sussex, Elgar could often hear the low rumble of artillery drifting across the Channel from an embattled French coast. It deeply affected his writing from that time onward. Here, celebrated cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs possibly the most memorable solo in British 20th century music.

    New work (world premiere)
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 1, 'A Sea Symphony'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    28 June 2017 - 7:45pm
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    It’s well known that Bach never left Germany, but what would have happened if he had visited Paris during his lifetime? Would he have met Rameau? The French Baroque suite was a very popular form in Germany and could encompass a great variety of music, as demonstrated in these pieces, from the famous Air on the G string to the magnificent Chaconne from Les Indes galantes, and from the grace of Campra to the boisterous Rejouissance which ends Bach’s fourth suite.

    "Everything was immaculately judged, wonderfully gracious and admirably sensuous." The Guardian on William Christie

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Association

    Pre-concert talk, The Forge 6.30pm

    Les fêtes vénitiennes
    André Campra (1660-1744)
    Suite No 7 in G minor from Le journal du printemps
    Johann Caspar Fischer (1656-1746)
    Suite from Les Indes galantes
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Orchestral Suite No 4 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    1 July 2017 - 7:30pm
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with Joo Yeon Sir (Violin)
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Joo Yeon Sir, Robert Hodge
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    For its abundance of energy, excitement, romance and colour, this programme cannot be bettered. George Gershwin’s ‘Cuban Overture’ was inspired by a holiday in Havana in pre-Castro days. Gershwin absorbed the essence of Cuban and indeed much of other Caribbean music and distilled it into this vibrant composition. His ‘American in Paris’ completes the concert: a longer work but every bit as characterful and just as thrilling. The orchestration is brilliant, incorporating a set of car horns among other curiosities. The Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber is one of the great 20th century examples of its genre – much more romantic than Gershwin yet unmistakably American. Now a regular soloist with the CCSO, the immensely talented violinist Joo Yeon Sir will captivate us with her spectacular technique and profound musical insight. Honegger’s depiction of a steam locomotive (called Pacific 231) is thoroughly gripping. No-one can fail to thrill as this giant ‘iron horse’ flexes its muscles and starts to move, shifting its huge tonnage slowly at first, then with everincreasing speed and vigour. Maurice Ravel’s La Valse was intended as a ballet but has gained more fame and friends as a concert item. The shadow of a waltz emerges from a musical mist to morph into a full-blooded, heart-stirring homage to the King of the Waltz, Johann Strauss. Ravel’s immaculate orchestration and super-sensitive attention to every musical nuance will bring an extra sheen to what promises to be a knock-out concert.

    Cuban Overture
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Pacific 231 from 3 Symphonic Movements
    Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)
    La Valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    An American in Paris
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    1 July 2017 - 7:30pm
    Dvorák - Symphony No 9 | Sinfonia of Leeds
    David Greed, Sinfonia of Leeds
    St Edmund's Church Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1JN
    United Kingdom

    Each programme this year features a major symphonic work by some of the greatest exponents of the genre: Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorák provide these focal points, and are presented alongside a varied selection of music from Russia, the United States, and Great Britain.

    The season closes in a riot of American classics - Gershwin's American in Paris and Copland's Rodeo really give the orchestra a chance to let their hair down!

    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    An American in Paris
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Dance Episodes from Rodeo
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
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    1 July 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Philharmonic: Water Music
    Marios Papadopoulos, Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    From stormy seas to royal sojourns down the Thames, baroque composers illustrated waterscapes of all kinds. Alongside concerti grossi by Bach, Marios Papadopoulos directs the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra in an evening of maritime-inspired gems from the 18th century.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite in C major
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in E flat major 'La tempesta di mare'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite No 3 in G from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    29 June 2017 - 5:00pm
    Fidelio | Longborough Festival Opera
    Gad Kadosh, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    After an attempt to expose the crimes of the corrupt prison governor Pizarro, Florestan finds himself unjustly imprisoned and in mortal danger. Amid rumours of his demise only one person, his wife Leonora, suspects the truth. Disguised as ‘Fidelio’, a male prison guard, she embarks on a valiant attempt to rescue her husband from certain death.

    A deeply moving story of love and faith, Fidelio is a tale of personal sacrifice, heroism and human aspirations for justice. With its themes around incarceration and illegal detainment, Beethoven’s only opera has resonated with audiences across borders for decades, and still feels eerily relevant today.

    For Powder her face at the Royal Danish Opera, director Orpha Phelan and designer Madeleine Boyd won Denmark’s prestigious Reumert Award for Best Opera Production 2016. They join forces again for this new production of Fidelio, asking what could drive one to deny freedom from another – and what imprisonment and longing mean to all of us.

    Longborough Festival Opera is one of the UK's finest country opera houses, an intimate 500-seat theatre set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Relax and enjoy the picturesque grounds during the 90-minute dining interval: whether you reserve a place in one of the exclusive restaurants or simply bring your own picnic to enjoy.

    Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    1 July 2017 - 5:00pm
    Fidelio | Longborough Festival Opera
    Gad Kadosh, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    After an attempt to expose the crimes of the corrupt prison governor Pizarro, Florestan finds himself unjustly imprisoned and in mortal danger. Amid rumours of his demise only one person, his wife Leonora, suspects the truth. Disguised as ‘Fidelio’, a male prison guard, she embarks on a valiant attempt to rescue her husband from certain death.

    A deeply moving story of love and faith, Fidelio is a tale of personal sacrifice, heroism and human aspirations for justice. With its themes around incarceration and illegal detainment, Beethoven’s only opera has resonated with audiences across borders for decades, and still feels eerily relevant today.

    For Powder her face at the Royal Danish Opera, director Orpha Phelan and designer Madeleine Boyd won Denmark’s prestigious Reumert Award for Best Opera Production 2016. They join forces again for this new production of Fidelio, asking what could drive one to deny freedom from another – and what imprisonment and longing mean to all of us.

    Longborough Festival Opera is one of the UK's finest country opera houses, an intimate 500-seat theatre set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Relax and enjoy the picturesque grounds during the 90-minute dining interval: whether you reserve a place in one of the exclusive restaurants or simply bring your own picnic to enjoy.

    Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    2 July 2017 - 5:00pm
    Fidelio | Longborough Festival Opera
    Gad Kadosh, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    After an attempt to expose the crimes of the corrupt prison governor Pizarro, Florestan finds himself unjustly imprisoned and in mortal danger. Amid rumours of his demise only one person, his wife Leonora, suspects the truth. Disguised as ‘Fidelio’, a male prison guard, she embarks on a valiant attempt to rescue her husband from certain death.

    A deeply moving story of love and faith, Fidelio is a tale of personal sacrifice, heroism and human aspirations for justice. With its themes around incarceration and illegal detainment, Beethoven’s only opera has resonated with audiences across borders for decades, and still feels eerily relevant today.

    For Powder her face at the Royal Danish Opera, director Orpha Phelan and designer Madeleine Boyd won Denmark’s prestigious Reumert Award for Best Opera Production 2016. They join forces again for this new production of Fidelio, asking what could drive one to deny freedom from another – and what imprisonment and longing mean to all of us.

    Longborough Festival Opera is one of the UK's finest country opera houses, an intimate 500-seat theatre set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Relax and enjoy the picturesque grounds during the 90-minute dining interval: whether you reserve a place in one of the exclusive restaurants or simply bring your own picnic to enjoy.

    Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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