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Format: 2016-09-29
Format: 2016-09-29
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    1 October 2016 - 7:30pm
    Windsor and Eton Choral Society sing Dvorák's Stabat Mater
    James Cleverton, Jeanette Ager, Katherine Crompton, Southern Sinfonia, Tim Johnson, Tom Raskin, Windsor and Eton Choral Society
    Eton College School Hall Eton SL4 6DW
    United Kingdom

    Dvorák's setting of the Stabat Mater is not only renowned as his greatest and best known choral work, but also the most glorious setting of this particular sacred text. The wonderful music for the chorus is richly melodious with many outstanding crescendos and there are magnificent moments for the four soloists - especially the dramatic contralto aria 'Inflammatus' and the beautiful 'Fac me vere' for tenor solo and chorus. Dvorák himself conducted this work in London in 1884 and immediately established its popularity in the UK. 2016 could not be a better time for Windsor and Eton Choral Society to perform this marvellous music as the year marks the Choir's 180th anniversary and also marks the 170th anniversary of Dvorák's birth.

    Stabat Mater
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    29 September 2016 - 1:00pm
    Free lunchtime piano recital - A Shakespeare Anniversary, with Kanae Furomoto
    Kanae Furomoto
    Church of St George the Martyr London SE1 1JA
    United Kingdom

    St George the Martyr is privileged to welcome back the very talented pianist Kanae Furomoto. This time, in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death, Kanae is giving us a very special recital themed on the works of the Bard. It is especially relevant for our church as Shakespeare was born and died on April 23rd - St George's Day. We're so thrilled Kanae has chosen to perform this special recital for us. She has become a firm friend for our audiences.

    Kanae studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, firstly with Lois Phillips, and later with Hamish Milne. She was awarded several prestigious prizes and scholarships inside and outside the college, and gained the M.Mus. from the University of London.

    In 1999 she was chosen as a soloist for the PLG Young Artist Concert Series to appear at the Purcell Room in London.

    Her experience as a soloist, as ensemble player and as accompanist extends from the radio broadcasts on the Classic FM, the NHK-FM and others to appearances at various music festivals including the Budapest Spring Festival.

    She has given performances in a number of countries in Europe and South East Asia, in the USA, as well as within the UK and her native Japan. Her performance with the violinist Mina Tanaka at the Tokyo Furtwangler Fest in 2011 was highly acclaimed, and its live recording was made into a CD which is available from the King International Co.Ltd. Her first solo CD ‘Pastorale Romantique’ was released in 2013. She was invited to Thailand as a jury member for The 3rd International String Competition 2014 for young players. In May 2015 she gave concerts in Tianjin and Hohhot in China.

    Fantasia on 'Greensleeves', arranged for piano
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Juliet as a young girl' from 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, arranged for piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Maiden in the bridal chamber from Much Ado about Nothing
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Desdémona
    Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
    Ophélie
    Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
    Wedding March and Dance of the Fairies
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    7 October 2016 - 5:00pm
    The Heath Quartet play Haydn, Mozart and Debussy
    Cerys Jones, Christopher Murray, Gary Pomeroy, Heath Quartet, Oliver Heath
    The Swan at Lavenham Lavenham CO10 9QA
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber groups.

    Recipients in 2013 of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, they have won various other prizes and appear regularly at major centres, often collaborating with leading artists and composers. They have established a relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall which sees them perform a complete cycle of Bartók quartets there in 2015–16, and at least two further series are planned. All four members of the Quartet hold teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Over the course of three days, an overall programme of four concerts focuses mainly on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – the works of the two latter composers being indebted to the first. Debussy and Dvorák also each make an appearance, and we hear three Chorale Preludes by JS Bach, which the Quartet performed recently on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    While the concerts all fall within an overarching theme, each is also designed to be self-sufficient - it is not necessary to attend all four.

    Pre-concert talks are given by musicologist, lecturer and writer Misha Donat. These begin 30 minutes before the advertised concert start times.

    A 'residential' option is also available. For full details, visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Photo of the Heath Quartet ©Sussie Ahlburg.

    String Quartet in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    String Quartet No 19 in C, 'Dissonance'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    8 October 2016 - 11:00am
    The Heath Quartet play Bach, Haydn and Beethoven
    Cerys Jones, Christopher Murray, Gary Pomeroy, Heath Quartet, Oliver Heath
    The Swan at Lavenham Lavenham CO10 9QA
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber groups.

    Recipients in 2013 of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, they have won various other prizes and appear regularly at major centres, often collaborating with leading artists and composers. They have established a relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall which sees them perform a complete cycle of Bartók quartets there in 2015–16, and at least two further series are planned. All four members of the Quartet hold teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Over the course of three days, an overall programme of four concerts focuses mainly on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – the works of the two latter composers being indebted to the first. Debussy and Dvorák also each make an appearance, and we hear three Chorale Preludes by JS Bach, which the Quartet performed recently on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    While the concerts all fall within an overarching theme, each is also designed to be self-sufficient - it is not necessary to attend all four.

    Pre-concert talks are given by musicologist, lecturer and writer Misha Donat. These begin 30 minutes before the advertised concert start times.

    A 'residential' option is also available. For full details, visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Photo of the Heath Quartet ©Sussie Ahlburg.

    Chorale Prelude 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Choral Prelude 'In dulci jubilo'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    String Quartet No 4 in F sharp minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 13 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    8 October 2016 - 5:00pm
    The Heath Quartet play Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
    Cerys Jones, Christopher Murray, Gary Pomeroy, Heath Quartet, Oliver Heath
    The Swan at Lavenham Lavenham CO10 9QA
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber groups.

    Recipients in 2013 of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, they have won various other prizes and appear regularly at major centres, often collaborating with leading artists and composers. They have established a relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall which sees them perform a complete cycle of Bartók quartets there in 2015–16, and at least two further series are planned. All four members of the Quartet hold teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Over the course of three days, an overall programme of four concerts focuses mainly on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – the works of the two latter composers being indebted to the first. Debussy and Dvorák also each make an appearance, and we hear three Chorale Preludes by JS Bach, which the Quartet performed recently on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    While the concerts all fall within an overarching theme, each is also designed to be self-sufficient - it is not necessary to attend all four.

    Pre-concert talks are given by musicologist, lecturer and writer Misha Donat. These begin 30 minutes before the advertised concert start times.

    A 'residential' option is also available. For full details, visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Photo of the Heath Quartet ©Sussie Ahlburg.

    String Quartet No 23 in F minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 16 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 15 in A minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    9 October 2016 - 11:00am
    The Heath Quartet play Beethoven and Dvorák
    Cerys Jones, Christopher Murray, Gary Pomeroy, Heath Quartet, Oliver Heath
    The Swan at Lavenham Lavenham CO10 9QA
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber groups.

    Recipients in 2013 of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, they have won various other prizes and appear regularly at major centres, often collaborating with leading artists and composers. They have established a relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall which sees them perform a complete cycle of Bartók quartets there in 2015–16, and at least two further series are planned. All four members of the Quartet hold teaching positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Over the course of three days, an overall programme of four concerts focuses mainly on the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – the works of the two latter composers being indebted to the first. Debussy and Dvorák also each make an appearance, and we hear three Chorale Preludes by JS Bach, which the Quartet performed recently on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    While the concerts all fall within an overarching theme, each is also designed to be self-sufficient - it is not necessary to attend all four.

    Pre-concert talks are given by musicologist, lecturer and writer Misha Donat. These begin 30 minutes before the advertised concert start times.

    A 'residential' option is also available. For full details, visit www.martinrandall.com.

    Photo of the Heath Quartet ©Sussie Ahlburg.

    String Quartet No 12 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 13 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    8 October 2016 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: A matter of life and death
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergej Krylov, Thomas Søndergård
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony 'a Soviet artist's creative response to just criticism'. Well, that was the official line. Like everything in Stalin's Russia though, the reality was a bit more complicated, and the music is a lot more gripping. Conductor Thomas Søndergard brings all his trademark energy to a symphony that defined the 20th century – music that really is a matter of life and death. It's the ideal companion-piece for the atmospheric Violin Concerto by Andrzej Panufnik, the post-war Polish master who found refuge in the UK, and the rich Nordic colours of Sibelius's rarely-performed evocation of a doomed romance, far away and long ago.

    King Kristian II Suite
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Sir Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    1 October 2016 - 8:00pm
    The Thames Consort - As the leaves fall
    Elinor Carter, Jeremy Boughton, The Thames Consort
    St Peter's Church Wallingford OX10 0BH
    United Kingdom

    Once again the Thames Consort closes the season with a concert of choral and orchestral music. Harold Darke, who is best known for his setting of 'In the bleak midwinter", wrote 'As the leaves fall', as an elegy for the fallen of 1914-18, in which Elgarian melancholy and passionate denunciation are transformed into a message of hope. For the other works in this programme, the Thames Consort returns to its baroque roots with favourite concerti by Handel and Vivaldi and a cantata by Buxctehude.

    As the leaves fall
    Harold Darke (1888-1976)
    Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, 'La notte'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Harp and Strings in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Cantata 'Jesu meine Lebens leben'
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
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    8 October 2016 - 8:00pm
    Amersham Concert Club presents Divertimenti (string quintet)
    Divertimenti Ensemble, Jonathan Barritt, Josephine Horder, Paul Barritt, Rachel Isserlis, Sebastian Comberti
    Dr Challoner's High School Little Chalfont, Amersham HP7 9QB
    United Kingdom

    Divertimenti has become widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting and innovative British chamber groups of its generation. Four of the players in this outstanding ensemble were founder members at its inception in 1978. All five are top ranking players with a wealth of world wide concert experience between them, as soloists and orchestral principals as well as chamber music players. Long standing friends, they share an evergreen love of music making, and a passion for the rich sonorities of the string ensemble repertoire.

    ‘Divertimenti give a brilliant, highly committed performance.’ Gramophone

    ‘Exquisite chamber music... warm and expressive performances.’ BBC Record Review

    ‘The playing by Divertimenti is superb. They bring much warmth and colour to this excellent disc and give an excellent account of two very beautiful pieces of British music.’ MusicWeb International

    Fantasia in F minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quintet in C
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    String Quintet in C
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    30 September 2016 - 7:45pm
    Brussels Philharmonic
    Brussels Philharmonic, Stéphane Denève
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    The five movements of Beethoven’s symphony encompass the joys of solitary contemplation and a peasants’ celebration, a summer thunderstorm, and a final hymn of thanksgiving. It’s followed by two short pieces by Guillaume Connesson. Their brilliantly colourful orchestration and surging momentum make them extremely effective. The concert ends with Respighi’s spectacular musical depiction of some of the sights, sounds and history of Rome, an orchestral tour de force. Children playing, a lonely chapel, and a nightingale all make their appearance, before the final triumphant march of the Roman legions.

    "The playing was terrific in its poise and immediacy" The Guardian

    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Flammenschrift
    Guillaume Connesson (1970-)
    E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare
    Guillaume Connesson (1970-)
    Pini di Roma, 'Pines of Rome'
    Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
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