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Format: 2017-02-22
Format: 2017-02-22
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    22 February 2017 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Memory of an angel
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Beauty is truth, truth beauty ... even when that truth is so honest that it hurts. Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto 'to the memory of an angel', and a bottomless depth of personal loss lies beneath its gorgeous colours. Patricia Kopatchinskaja unlocks its secrets in this concert, between two final symphonies by composers who knew that truth could be a dangerous thing. Shostakovich's Fifteenth Symphony cloaks its sorrows in jokes, enigmas and pitch-black humour; two decades later, his friend Edison Denisov said farewell in a poignant, fantastical Second Symphony of his own. This is a rare British performance of a work that's close to Vladimir Jurowski's heart.

    Symphony No 2
    Edison Denisov (1929-1996)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 'To the memory of an angel'
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Symphony No 15 in A
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    25 February 2017 - 8:00pm
    Amersham Concert Club presents Ugne Tiskute (viola) and Alexandra Vaduva (piano)
    Alexandra Vaduva, Ugne Tiskute
    Dr Challoner's High School Little Chalfont, Amersham HP7 9QB
    United Kingdom

    Ugne Tiskute – young and vibrant Lithuanian born violist - is a winner of various international competitions and major awards and has established herself as a widely renowned musician. Ugne has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and China. She has also appeared as a guest conductor and soloist at the International Avanti Festival, Kaunas. Recently Ugne was invited to perform and talk at the BBC 3 Radio's In Tune.

    Romanian-born pianist Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of 4 with the teacher Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won numerous national and international piano competitions, whilst maintaining a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has recently performed Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Keith Bragg and the 'Petrushka' ballet suite conducted by Thierry Fischer.

    Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Prelude from Suite for solo cello No 1 in G, transcribed for solo viola
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for viola and piano
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
    Phantasy for Viola and Piano
    Edwin York Bowen (1884-1961)
    Kinderszenen, 'Scenes from Childhood'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    4 March 2017 - 7:30pm
    Riyad Nicolas (piano)
    Riyad Nicolas
    The Civic Centre Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
    United Kingdom

    Riyad Nicolas was born in Aleppo and has already established himself as a leading figure of his generation on the international performing circuit. Among his recent achievements are the First Prize at the Francaix International Piano Competition in Paris and his débuts at Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He was selected to be a Tillett Trust Young Artist in 2012 and an artist at the Countess of Munster Trust Concert Scheme in 2014. Riyad studied in London at the Purcell School of Music, Royal Academy of music and the Royal College of Music and was complimented by such musicians as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Lill.

    Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Keyboard in F minor
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Gaspard de la nuit
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Etude No 4, 'Fanfares'
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Ballade No 4 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Etude No 6 in A minor (Theme and Variations) from Études d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Prelude and Fugue No 25 in C, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    3 March 2017 - 7:45pm
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jesper Svedberg, John Lill, Tom Beer
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Don Quixote is one of Strauss’s finest and most imaginative tone poems. Sancho Panza (viola) and Don Quixote (cello) set off in search of the beautiful Dulcinea. They encounter windmills, scatter a flock of sheep and fly on a magic carpet – each episode vividly depicted in the music – before the gentle Don meets his knightly match and expires in one of the composer’s most affecting endings. Brahms’s piano concerto is symphonic in scope, with a trenchant scherzo added to the usual concerto form. The beautiful slow movement features a prominent cello solo, and is followed by a graceful, Hungarian-flavoured finale.

    Don Quixote
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in B flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    25 February 2017 - 8:00pm
    Navarra String Quartet
    Navarra String Quartet
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Since its formation in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. They have been awarded the Midem Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions.

    “…..They have a warmly-rounded and very expressive sound, perfectly suited to Haydn: on this showing, they are already in the first rank of his music’s exponents…..” - Independent – BBC Proms

    This is the seventh in the 45th season of nine professional 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 250. 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.

    String Quartet in G minor, 'Sun'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 11 in F minor, 'Serioso'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 12 in C minor, 'Quartettsatz'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    String Quartet No 2 in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    3 March 2017 - 6:00pm
    The London Bridge Trio perform music by Robert and Clara Schumann
    Daniel Tong, Kate Gould, London Bridge Trio, Lucy Gould
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    This concert forms part of a series of four over a weekend (3–5 March 2017) with the London Bridge Trio and friends, with music by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

    For Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn was ‘the Mozart of the 19th century’. Mendelssohn in turn revered his contemporary, conducting Schumann’s symphonies and playing in his chamber music. This weekend celebrates the musical friendship between two great German early Romantics in works that range from Mendelssohn’s astonishing early A minor Quartet – a homage to late Beethoven – to Schumann’s gloriously uplifting Piano Quintet. En route we take in piano trios by both composers, including Mendelssohn’s D minor Trio, and songs familiar (Schumann’s Dichterliebe) and unfamiliar.

    Our Schumann-Mendelssohn celebration is far from an all-male affair. While their sex prevented them from pursuing a full-time career, both Schumann’s wife Clara and Mendelssohn’s elder sister Fanny were gifted composers who are at last beginning to receive their due. Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet has a power and passion that might surprise the unwary, while Clara Schumann’s piano trio is so melodically rich and skilfully written that early critics assumed it must be her husband’s work.

    The London Bridge Trio, one of the UK’s most thrilling chamber ensembles, have performed at major concert venues throughout the UK and recorded to critical acclaim. They regularly collaborate with guest performers to present larger chamber works. Violinist, Sara Bitlloch is leader of the Elias Quartet. She has also appeared as a soloist with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, and alongside Yehudi Menuhin, Leon Fleischer, Steven Isserlis, Miriam Fried, and many others. Gary Pomeroy is violist of the award-winning Heath Quartet. Baritone Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and has appeared on concert, opera and recital stages worldwide.

    There is also the option of attending a pre-concert talk at 5.30pm, included in the ticket price. Speaker Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.

    Residential spaces for the whole weekend are also available, including accommodation, dinners and afternoon teas. For more information visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Piano Trio in G minor
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Piano Trio No 2 in F
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    4 March 2017 - 11:00am
    The London Bridge Trio perform music by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn
    Daniel Tong, Gary Pomeroy, Kate Gould, London Bridge Trio, Lucy Gould, Sara Bitlloch
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    This concert forms part of a series of four over a weekend (3–5 March 2017) with the London Bridge Trio and friends, with music by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

    For Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn was ‘the Mozart of the 19th century’. Mendelssohn in turn revered his contemporary, conducting Schumann’s symphonies and playing in his chamber music. This weekend celebrates the musical friendship between two great German early Romantics in works that range from Mendelssohn’s astonishing early A minor Quartet – a homage to late Beethoven – to Schumann’s gloriously uplifting Piano Quintet. En route we take in piano trios by both composers, including Mendelssohn’s D minor Trio, and songs familiar (Schumann’s Dichterliebe) and unfamiliar.

    Our Schumann-Mendelssohn celebration is far from an all-male affair. While their sex prevented them from pursuing a full-time career, both Schumann’s wife Clara and Mendelssohn’s elder sister Fanny were gifted composers who are at last beginning to receive their due. Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet has a power and passion that might surprise the unwary, while Clara Schumann’s piano trio is so melodically rich and skilfully written that early critics assumed it must be her husband’s work.

    The London Bridge Trio, one of the UK’s most thrilling chamber ensembles, have performed at major concert venues throughout the UK and recorded to critical acclaim. They regularly collaborate with guest performers to present larger chamber works.Violinist, Sara Bitlloch is leader of the Elias Quartet. She has also appeared as a soloist with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, and alongside Yehudi Menuhin, Leon Fleischer, Steven Isserlis, Miriam Fried, and many others. Gary Pomeroy is violist of the award-winning Heath Quartet. Baritone Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and has appeared on concert, opera and recital stages worldwide.

    There is also the option of attending a pre-concert talk at 10.30am, included in the ticket price. Speaker Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.

    Residential spaces for the whole weekend are also available, including accommodation, dinners and afternoon teas. For more information visit www.martinrandall.com.

    String Quartet in E flat (1834)
    Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
    Piano Trio No 2 in C minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    4 March 2017 - 6:00pm
    Daniel Tong and Stephan Loges perform Lieder by Mendelssohn and Schumann
    Daniel Tong, Stephan Loges
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    This concert forms part of a series of four over a weekend (3–5 March 2017) with the London Bridge Trio and friends, with music by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

    For Robert Schumann, Mendelssohn was ‘the Mozart of the 19th century’. Mendelssohn in turn revered his contemporary, conducting Schumann’s symphonies and playing in his chamber music. This weekend celebrates the musical friendship between two great German early Romantics in works that range from Mendelssohn’s astonishing early A minor Quartet – a homage to late Beethoven – to Schumann’s gloriously uplifting Piano Quintet. En route we take in piano trios by both composers, including Mendelssohn’s D minor Trio, and songs familiar (Schumann’s Dichterliebe) and unfamiliar.

    Our Schumann-Mendelssohn celebration is far from an all-male affair. While their sex prevented them from pursuing a full-time career, both Schumann’s wife Clara and Mendelssohn’s elder sister Fanny were gifted composers who are at last beginning to receive their due. Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet has a power and passion that might surprise the unwary, while Clara Schumann’s piano trio is so melodically rich and skilfully written that early critics assumed it must be her husband’s work.

    The London Bridge Trio, one of the UK’s most thrilling chamber ensembles, have performed at major concert venues throughout the UK and recorded to critical acclaim. They regularly collaborate with guest performers to present larger chamber works. Violinist, Sara Bitlloch is leader of the Elias Quartet. She has also appeared as a soloist with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, and alongside Yehudi Menuhin, Leon Fleischer, Steven Isserlis, Miriam Fried, and many others. Gary Pomeroy is violist of the award-winning Heath Quartet. Baritone Stephan Loges was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and has appeared on concert, opera and recital stages worldwide.

    There is also the option of attending a pre-concert talk at 5.30pm, included in the ticket price. Speaker Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.

    Residential spaces for the whole weekend are also available, including accommodation, dinners and afternoon teas. For more information visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Selected Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Dichterliebe
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    25 February 2017 - 7:00pm
    Robin Hood - film screening with live accompaniment by BBC Symphony Orchestra
    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Brock
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Douglas Fairbanks’s smash-hit swashbuckler Robin Hood, costing nearly a million dollars to make in 1922, set a new bar for extravagant Hollywood spectaculars. A brilliant new score, by master of live music-screenings Neil Brand, is performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A film that changed the world of cinema is here transformed in its turn by a new accompaniment, and a classic tale of derring-do gets a new lease of life for the latest generation of movie-goers.

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    26 February 2017 - 7:00pm
    Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra 1 with Angela Hewitt (piano)
    Angela Hewitt, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Yutaka Sado
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Cadogan Hall is proud to welcome back this superb Austrian orchestra with its new Chief Conductor Yutaka Sado, winner of some of the most distinguished conducting awards worldwide. The orchestra performs three concerts and brings with it three outstanding soloists and a varied repertoire of orchestral classics.

    Part of Cadogan Hall's Zurich International Orchestra Series 2016-17

    Overture from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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