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Format: 2017-05-25
Format: 2017-05-25
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    25 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    London Conchord Ensemble
    Andrea de Flammineis, Daniel Pailthorpe, Emily Pailthorpe, London Conchord Ensemble, Thomas Carroll
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    The London Conchord Ensemble is recognised as a leading international ensemble. Founded in 1993 by principal players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, their imaginative and highly original programming has won them many accolades over the years, and has won an international following with its fresh communicative style. Recent highlights include appearances at the Cheltenham Festival, BBC lunchtime series at the Wigmore Hall and the Proms Chamber Series.

    "The London Supergroup...playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity in performances that are a constant joy." Gramophone 2012

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Suite for solo cello No 1 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Bachianas brasileiras No 6
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano', from Mozart's 'Don Giovanni', for 2 oboes and English horn
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Duo for Flute and Oboe
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    Sonata (Duo) for Bassoon and Cello in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    27 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé and Nottingham Harmonic Choir perform Belshazzar's Feast
    Andrew Tyson, Benedict Nelson, Nottingham Harmonic Choir, Rory Macdonald, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    This concert brings together two English composers inspired by Italy, and an evergreen concerto written by a Norwegian abroad. Elgar sought escape from a bout of depression by visiting Italy in 1904 and a stay in Alassio inspired him to write his extrovert overture, In the South. The dynamic young American pianist Andrew Tyson is the soloist in Grieg’s A minor piano concerto. Written whilst the young composer holidayed in Denmark in 1868 it was to become his most significant orchestral work, his familiar lyricism allied to powerful drama.

    William Walton began writing his cantata Belshazzar’s Feast in a monk’s cell on the Amalfi coast, having received an early BBC commission in 1929. Quickly outgrowing the original brief, it was first heard in the 1931 Leeds Festival. Ironically some of its success was due to the doubts of the Festival’s director, Sir Thomas Beecham, who was so convinced it would fail that he sardonically suggested adding a couple of brass bands to its massive orchestral and choral forces. Walton did just that, creating a widescreen spectacular from the biblical story of the hedonistic Babylonian king and his downfall. Powered by the composer’s thrilling rhythmic drive and most brilliant orchestration, this is musical pageantry at its eye-popping best.

    In the South, 'Alassio'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Belshazzar’s Feast
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
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    27 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas McCarthy (Piano)
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas McCarthy, Robert Hodge
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Anatoly Liadov harboured a penchant for the occult, the mysterious and the downright spooky. Most of his late tone poems were based on Russian folk tales (Baba Yaga for example) but ‘The Enchanted Lake’ is an exception; it arose solely from his imagination. He loved this piece more than any other of his compositions, and those who know it are indeed enchanted by the delicate scoring and immaculate craftsmanship, all packaged into a magical six minutes. Benjamin Britten’s ‘Diversions’ were composed for the one-armed pianist, Paul Wittgenstein and will be performed in this concert by another one-armed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who has established an enthusiastic following of admirers. Wittgenstein was notoriously quarrelsome and pernickety. He not only failed to perform works he had commissioned, including those by Serge Prokofiev and Paul Hindemith, he would not allow anyone else to play them. That is why these ‘Diversions’ were and still are rarely performed. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a work that the exceptionally fastidious Wittgenstein actually blessed with his approval! Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony also gained the approbation of an important person: Rachmaninov himself. He was well pleased with it and couldn’t understand why the American première provoked a lukewarm reaction. We may feel similarly surprised because the symphony is now a firm favourite within the standard orchestral repertoire.

    The Enchanted Lake
    Anatole Liadov (1855-1914)
    Diversions for piano left hand and orchestra
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    27 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    Bonn Anniversaire | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Marios Papadopoulos, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Oxford with the German city of Bonn in 1947, one of the first official Anglo-German links to be formally established after the war. The culmination of a week of special events throughout Oxford, Marios Papadopoulos and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra honour Bonn's most famous son in a programme dedicated to two towering masterpieces.

    Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto was conceived under fire as Napoleon's forces surrounded Vienna, yet it conveys a tenderness and beauty far removed from the sounds of the battlefield. His fifth symphony remains among the most recognisable in the entire history of the genre; an exhilarating work of dramatic power.

    Young Artists' Platform pre-concert recital, 6.30pm: a chance to hear talented young musicians in recital - free admission

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    3 June 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Philharmonic Chamber Series: Quartet for the end of Time
    Momo Kodama, Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Amid the despondency of a World War II prisoner-of-war camp, the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelations resonated profoundly with the deeply pious Olivier Messiaen. Striving not for retribution but instead spiritual reflection upon the world beyond, Messiaen wrote the Quartet for the end of Time for musician companions held captive there.

    Premiering this mystical work on a winter's night in 1941 to some four hundred prisoners and guards, Messiaen later recalled 'never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension'. War, too, was on the horizon at the conception of Ravel's impassioned Piano Trio of 1914, spurring on the completion of this enchanting work so that Ravel could serve in the French army, as Messiaen later would in World War I's tragic sequel.

    Quatuor pour la fin du temps, 'Quartet for the end of Time'
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    4 June 2017 - 7:30pm
    Last Night of the Proms | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Owain Arwel Hughes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarah Redgwick
    Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe HP11 2XE
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to join them for the ultimate British spectacular!

    This classical extravaganza will be full of Pomp and Circumstance, celebrating the best of British music, plus many more well-loved classical masterpieces, popular arias and Proms favourites. Led by conductor Owain Arwel Hughes, the Orchestra will be joined by the talented soprano Sarah Redgwick.

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra encourages you to you to get your Union Jacks ready for what promises to be a world-class performance of the music that you know and love.

    Galop from Overture to 'William Tell'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Song to the Moon from Rusalka
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Rule, Britannia
    Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778)
    Jerusalem
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    31 May 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Music of Eric Whitacre | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    City of London Choir, Eric Whitacre, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be joined by Grammy Award-winning American choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, who has been taking the classical music world by storm, for a resplendent evening of spine-tingling music.

    This ethereal concert, featuring the choral talents of the City of London Choir, includes some of his greatest choral works, such as the groundbreaking Deep Field, which was a sensation at the 2015 BBC Proms and for which the audience is invited to activate a special mobile phone app (available on the App Store and Google Play) during the performance, adding to the shimmering tranquillity of his music.

    Water Night
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Orawa
    Wojciech Kilar (1932-)
    A boy and a girl
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    5 Hebrew Love Songs
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Godzilla eats Las Vegas
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Bachianus Americanus
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Deep Field
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
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    2 June 2017 - 7:30pm
    Eric Whitacre conducts Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cardiff Ardwyn Singers, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, Côrdydd, Eric Whitacre, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    St David's Hall Cardiff CF10 1SH
    United Kingdom

    Eric Whitacre has taken the world of choral music by storm, composing some of the most popular pieces of the last decade. This summer he joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an outstanding evening of choral works.

    Eric Whitacre conducts a concert featuring his own music, including Deep Field, which was a sensation at the 2015 BBC Proms. The audience will be able to add to the shimmering tranquillity of his music by activating a special mobile phone app (available on the App Store and Google Play) during the performance.

    Orawa
    Wojciech Kilar (1932-)
    Water Night
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    A boy and a girl
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Godzilla eats Las Vegas
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Bachianus Americanus
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Deep Field
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    5 Hebrew Love Songs
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
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    4 June 2017 - 6:30pm
    London Mozart Players and Howard Shelley
    Howard Shelley, London Mozart Players
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    As pianist, conductor and recording artist Howard Shelley has enjoyed a distinguished career since his highly acclaimed London debut in 1971, performing with renowned orchestras around the world. He has been closely associated with the music of Rachmaninov and has performed and recorded complete cycles of that composer's solo piano works, concertos and songs. His discography now exceeds a landmark 150 cds, all highly acclaimed. He has appeared in several television documentaries, including ‘Mother Goose’, a documentary on Ravel which won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals Awards.

    Since his conducting debut in 1985 he has worked with all the major London orchestras and many other symphony orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, City of Mexico Philharmonic and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland. He has toured to Australia for over thirty consecutive years, performing now as both conductor and soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – with the latter he has recorded fifteen volumes (and rising) for Hyperion’s Romantic Piano series. Much of his current work is now in this combined role with major chamber orchestras.

    His long association with the London Mozart Players has now been recognised by the title of Conductor Laureate. Shelley has also been Principal Conductor of Sweden's Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. In addition to close relationships with the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy, Västerås Sinfonietta in Sweden, Poland’s Sinfonia Varsovia and the St Gallen Symphony in Switzerland, with most of whom he also records, other chamber orchestras with whom he has worked include the Swedish Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Netherlands Chamber, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Picardie and Camerata Salzburg. In 1994 HRH The Prince of Wales conferred on him an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music and in the 2009 New Year's Honours he was awarded an OBE for services to classical music.

    Symphony No 83 in G minor, 'La Poule' ('The Hen')
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 27 in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony in C
    Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781)
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    28 May 2017 - 6:30pm
    Hiro Takenouchi and friends
    Ashok Klouda, Dunja Lavrova, Hiroaki Takenouchi
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists: his love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.

    As a soloist, he has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada. His more unusual recent appearances include piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett specially recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week programme, the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany) and the BBC Four documentary The Prince and the Composer on the life and music of Parry alongside HRH The Prince of Wales.

    Takenouchi’s discography includes Haydn: 4 Sonatas (Artalinna), Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (Lorelt) as well as the world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (Lorelt). 2012 saw a further release: a highly acclaimed disc of piano concertos by Catoire and Sherwood (another world première recording) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Dutton Epoch).

    Since 2012 Takenouchi has been teaching piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). He also returns every summer to give masterclasses at the Poros International Piano Academy (Greece) and Ingenium International Music Academy (UK).

    Pre-concert recital at 5.30pm in the main hall:

    Hiro Takenouchi and Dunja Lavrova perform Catoire's Violin Sonata No 2 Op 20 'Poème'

    Piano Trio in F minor
    Georgy Catoire (1861-1926)
    Trio for violin, cello and piano, in A minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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