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Format: 2019-03-26
Format: 2019-03-26
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:45pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Alina Pogostkina, Philharmonia Orchestra, Xian Zhang
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Brahms’s violin concerto is built on a symphonic scale, to the point where the original version had the four movements traditional for that form. Brahms replaced the middle two with one of his most beautiful adagios, and the finale is a vigorous Hungarian dance. Arguments continue to rage over the true meaning of Shostakovich’s most performed and recorded symphony, but it remains a work of extraordinary emotional and musical tension, poised on a knife edge between survival and disaster.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm, The Forge - to book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 29 March 2019 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 6 - Minute Waltz, Scherzo 2 |Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Waltz in D flat, 'Minute'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 3 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 5 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Tarantelle in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Allegro de concert in A
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 17 in B major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 11 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 44 in G
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 2 in B Flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 March 2019 - 9:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 6 - Minute Waltz/Scherzo 2 |Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Waltz in D flat, 'Minute'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 3 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 5 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Tarantelle in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Allegro de concert in A
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 17 in B major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 11 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 44 in G
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 2 in B Flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 5 April 2019 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts: Piatti Quartet perform Haydn, Schubert and Joseph Phibbs
    Jessie Ann Richardson, Michael Trainor, Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Piatti Quartet, Tetsuumi Nagata
    Artrix Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts, the well-respected regional concert platform, is once again rolling out the red carpet to welcome internationally renowned guest artists who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2018 until April 2019.

    A highly-anticipated season of mixed programmes this year, once again attracting attention for the calibre of artists, features prize-winners from some of the most prestigious performing competitions, including one of the foremost British wind quintets of their generation and double prize-winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark – the Atéa Wind Quintet, as well as powerhouse ensembles including the Piatti Quartet, joint winners of the 2nd prize Wigmore Hall International Competition in 2015, the Zelkova Quartet, who won the St Martin’s Chamber Music competition, and the Lawson Piano Trio, who have been selected as a featured artist by, amongst others, the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

    Those artists who, as mentors, have links to outstanding music institutions in the region, such as Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the CBSO, include the Atéa Wind Quintet and the gifted young Eblana String Trio - violin, viola and cello - who will be showcasing lyrical British works. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall. The 2017 winner of the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition; Australian violinist Emily Sun, will perform to open the season in the newly refurbished Routh Hall at Bromsgrove School, accompanied by pianist and Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling artist, Gamal Khamis.

    Familiar faces who are returning to Bromsgrove Concerts this season include Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Stephen Stirling (horn), with pianist Michael Dussek joining them to perform as Endymion ensemble, and Robert Plane (clarinet) who will be performing with the Gould Piano Trio in a thrilling arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular work ‘Scheherazade’.

    In keeping with Bromsgrove Concerts’ ethos of providing varied and imaginative programmes and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces, the new season features works by some of Britain’s most enterprising contemporary composers including David Matthews, Judith Weir, Joseph Phibbs, Huw Watkins, Mike Mower and Gillian Whitehead, giving an unprecedented opportunity to hear these composers outside of the major conurbations.

    “Bromsgrove Concerts continues to be a showcase for the best chamber music on offer in the UK”, said Chairman, Alastair Moseley. “This year’s programme has a fantastic blend of wind, string and piano ensembles featuring some of the best emerging and established talent from the UK’s concert platforms. We are also including the newly opened Routh Hall as a venue which, like Artrix, our home base, is blessed with a comfortable auditorium and a generous acoustic. I would urge our audiences to take advantage of our discounted ticket offer and attend several performances to experience the range and quality of the music that we have programmed this year.”

    Details of all concerts in the 2018-19 season can be found on Concert Diary.

    String Quartet No 4 in D, 'Sun'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1
    Joseph Phibbs (1974-)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Age of anxiety
    George Li, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    William Walton was the original angry young composer. So forget everything you thought you knew about British music: Walton’s First Symphony is a cry of rage from an age of anxiety, a controlled explosion of anger, ardour and shattering power. There’s no possible way to follow it, so guest conductor Vasily Petrenko looks back to his childhood in the USSR, and starts the concert with the no-holds-barred romance of Khachaturian’s famous Adagio. And pianist George Li was a medallist in the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow – so who better to join the musical battle-royale of Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular First Piano Concerto?

    Adagio from Spartacus
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 1 in B flat minor
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 2 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan presents Winter Remembered
    Carmen Flores, Kenneth Woods, Orchestra of the Swan
    Stratford ArtsHouse Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
    United Kingdom

    Two otherworldly, heart-stopping slow movements for strings – the first simply dying away, after one of the most shocking (and perhaps heartbreaking) dissonances ever written; the other resolved (thankfully) with brisk counterpoint – are enclosed by the works of two of this country’s most productive composers. David Matthews – once Benjamin Britten’s associate – gets us underway with a wonderful concertino for viola and strings partly inspired by memories of Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise, this again closes quietly. And we end with the twenty-three-year-old Britten’s startlingly precocious – and thoroughly entertaining – tribute to his teacher, Frank Bridge.

    Winter remembered, for viola and strings
    David Matthews (1943-)
    Symphony No 10 in F sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Adagio and Fugue in C minor, for strings
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Gala evening with Juan Diego Flórez
    Juan Diego Flórez, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sascha Goetzel
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A selection of popular arias for tenor from world-famous operas by composers including Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Massenet and Offenbach.

    Juan Diego Flórez has one of the great voices of the 21st century, and this gala evening offers a chance to hear it at its most unrestrained, in a selection of famous tenor arias. Flórez is unsurpassed on the operatic stage, but without the costumes and sets, he reveals all the subtleties of his phenomenal voice. One thing’s for sure, though: you’ll certainly get to hear the gleaming legato, the heartfelt edge and the spectacular power that have made him one of the supreme vocalists of our time. ‘The best tenor in the world?’ asked The Independent. We just know he sounds glorious.

  • 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Symphonic Masters | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    From one inescapable melody to another, legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman is both conductor and soloist in a concert brimming with infectious melodies. Opening with a true English masterpiece, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music.

    Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 5, the ‘Turkish’ is imbued with joie-de-vivre, the frenzied Allegro in the final movements emulating a Turkish style with melodic leaps, pounding rhythms and percussive strings. Closing the concert is one of the most instantly recognisable piece of symphonic music; Beethoven’s Symphony No 5.

    Opening with four imposing notes, this Fate motif that dominates the symphony arguably epitomises all that was brilliant about the Classical era and still dominates the concert halls today.

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 5 in A, 'Turkish'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 4 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Reflections: Lutoslawski, Strauss and Bruckner | Orchestra of Opera North
    Ana Maria Labin, Dalia Stasevska, Orchestra of Opera North
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Following her acclaimed UK début at the Kirklees Concert Season in March 2018, Dalia Stasevska returns to conduct the Kirklees Concert Season finale, opening the concert with Lutoslawski’s intense Musique Funèbre for small string orchestra.

    Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs are the composer’s gloriously serene and transcendent swansong, with reflections on life and death woven throughout the piece. The vocal lines, supported by solo horn, are a poignant reminiscence on his upbringing and are renowned as some of the most stunning song settings in the canon.

    There are few finer culminations to a symphony than the ending of Bruckner’s 7th, and the great adagio is a song of farewell. Bruckner’s music was given little appreciation in his lifetime, but the seventh symphony was an exception: an unqualified success at its première in 1884, it remains one of his most popular works. The Wagner tubas get an outing too as part of the phalanx of brass performing.

    Musique Funèbre
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Symphony No 7 in E
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:45pm
    Notos Piano Quartet
    Andrea Burger, Antonia Koster, Notos Piano Quartet, Philip Graham, Sindri Lederer
    South Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    It is unusual to have a piano quartet as a permanent group but such is th Noto Piano quartet. Since its founding in 2016 it has achieved remarkable success: first prizes at the Charles Hennen Concours in The Netherlands, at the Premio Vittorio Gui in Italy and at the Parkhouse Awards in London.

    Fono forum lauded the Quartet as one of the 'outstanding chamber music formations of our time' and praised the musicians for their 'profound musicality that goes straight to the heart'.

    Quartet for piano and strings No 2 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Divertissement
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Piano Quartet in C minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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