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Format: 2015-03-27
Format: 2015-03-27
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    28 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Rimsky-Korsakov | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andreas Brantelid, Jaime Martin, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Brighton Dome Brighton BN1 1UG
    United Kingdom

    When his older brother started sending letters back home from his naval adventures in the Far East, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov fell in love with the faraway land he'd never see. The composer eventually made it as far as Istanbul on a family holiday, but his spellbinding orchestral adventure after The Arabian Nights was as great a tribute to his beloved land of the Orient as anyone could hope to make, and the greatest piece of musical storytelling ever crafted.

    Hear Rimsky-Korsakov's sultry, dramatic and captivating portrayal of the young Sultana Scheherazade's stories here, alongside Tchaikovsky's own slice of orchestral fantasy and Elgar's noble but fierce Cello Concerto.

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    29 March 2015 - 3:00pm
    Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Rimsky-Korsakov | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andreas Brantelid, Jaime Martin, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Congress Theatre Eastbourne BN21 4BP
    United Kingdom

    When his older brother started sending letters back home from his naval adventures in the Far East, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov fell in love with the faraway land he'd never see. The composer eventually made it as far as Istanbul on a family holiday, but his spellbinding orchestra adventure after The Arabian Nights was as great a tribute to his beloved land of the Orient as anyone could hope to make, and the greatest piece of musical storytelling ever crafted. Hear Rimsky-Korsakov's sultry, dramatic and captivating portrayal of the young Sultana Scheherazade's stories here, alongside Tchaikovsky's own slice of orchestral fantasy and Elgar's noble but fierce Cello Concerto.

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    28 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Haydn: The Creation | Bristol Choral Society | Adrian Partington (conductor)
    Adrian Partington, Bristol Choral Society, Bristol Ensemble, David Ireland, Helen-Jane Howells, Paul Badley
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    From vivid depictions of initial chaos and darkness, through the creation of light, the world and its inhabitants, Haydn packs his musical creation with inventiveness, wit, beauty and wonder. “I spent much time over it because I expect it to last for a long time,” he wrote. 217 years later, it's easy to see why!

    Die Schöpfung, 'The Creation'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    5 April 2015 - 6:00pm
    Britten Sinfonia: James MacMillan's St Luke Passion
    Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Cardinal Vaughan Schola Cantorum, James MacMillan, Trinity Boys Choir
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Britten Sinfonia continues its close relationship with Scottish composer James MacMillan with Easter performances of his St Luke Passion which takes as its starting point the passage in the Gospel of Luke describing the suffering and death of Jesus. James’s musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music. In writing his Passion MacMillan said “Bach’s music proves that the Passion of Christ has deep beginnings and profound resonance, even for modern man: he opened up a window on the divine love affair with humanity. The greatest calling for an artist, in any age, is to do the same.”

    Post-concert event - Sun 5 Apr - Barbican Hall: A post-concert discussion with James MacMillan and a panel of both music and religious experts (free to ticket holders)

    Image - James MacMillan (c) Philip Gatward

    St Luke Passion
    James MacMillan (1959-)
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    3 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Britten Sinfonia: James MacMillan's St Luke Passion
    Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Cardinal Vaughan Schola Cantorum, James MacMillan, Trinity Boys Choir
    King's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1ST
    United Kingdom

    Britten Sinfonia continues its close relationship with Scottish composer James MacMillan with Easter performances of his St Luke Passion which takes as its starting point the passage in the Gospel of Luke describing the suffering and death of Jesus. James’s musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music. In writing his Passion MacMillan said “Bach’s music proves that the Passion of Christ has deep beginnings and profound resonance, even for modern man: he opened up a window on the divine love affair with humanity. The greatest calling for an artist, in any age, is to do the same.”

    Image - James MacMillan (c) Philip Gatward

    St Luke Passion
    James MacMillan (1959-)
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    27 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Andreas Moutsioulis - classical guitar concert
    Andreas Moutsioulis
    The Gate Arts Centre Cardiff CF24 3JW
    United Kingdom

    Greek-born guitarist and arranger Andreas Moutsioulis will perform a large variety of music from Greece and Latin America, including his own arrangements of popular pop songs. Join Andreas tonight and witness his spellbinding performance.

    Elegie für die Gitare
    Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
    Milonga del Angel
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Libertango, arranged for solo guitar
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Romance, from the movie 'The Excursion'
    Nikos Mamangakis (1929-2013)
    Love theme, from the movie 'The Excursion'
    Nikos Mamangakis (1929-2013)
    Summertime, arranged for solo guitar
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Song from a secret garden, arranged for solo guitar
    Rolf Løvland (1955-)
    Yesterday, arranged for solo guitar
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    A day in May, arranged for solo guitar
    Mikis Theodorakis (1925-)
    Where did my boy fly away, arranged for solo guitar
    Mikis Theodorakis (1925-)
    I've kept a hold of my life, arranged for solo guitar
    Mikis Theodorakis (1925-)
    You have set my star, arranged for solo guitar
    Mikis Theodorakis (1925-)
    Milonga
    Jorge Cardoso (1949-)
    Koyunbaba
    Carlo Domeniconi (1947-)
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    28 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Music for Easter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    James MacMillan, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Emery
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    Liverpool Philharmonic is 175, and we’re celebrating the way we always have – by looking to the future. And what better way to look forward than with the very first performance of a major new choral work, specially written for our wonderful youth choirs by the man who’s been called Britain’s greatest living composer? James MacMillan’s music is passionate, sincere and charged with emotion: with the man himself conducting, this should be a landmark event in British music. And then MacMillan and the Orchestra continue to reach for the heavens, with music inspired by Easter -- by turns joyous, serene and rapturously beautiful. A celebration for both heart and soul.

    Post-concert discussion (starts 15 minutes after the concert): Conductor James MacMillan, Simon Emery, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir Director and a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir answer your questions about tonight’s performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

    Leonore Overture No 3
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Parsifal Prelude
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Karfreitags-Zauber (Good Friday Music) from Parsifal
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Russian Easter Festival Overture
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    A Little Mass
    James MacMillan (1959-)
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    29 March 2015 - 11:00am
    Emma Johnson
    Emma Johnson, Finghin Collins
    The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate HG1 2SR
    United Kingdom

    Emma Johnson is one of few clarinettists to have established a busy solo career which has taken her to major European, American and Asian venues as well as to Africa and Australasia. As one of the Young Musicians alumni of Harrogate International Festivals who went on to global fame, it is with great delight we welcome her back to Harrogate with Irish pianist Finghin Collins. This prodigious pair present an eclectic programme of
    transposed duets including Beethoven’s Variations on La Ci Darem La Mano, the jazz inspirations of Bernstein and Brahms’s clarinet masterpiece Sonata No 1.

    Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano' from Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano No 1 in F minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    2nd movement, Larghetto, 'Minnehaha's melody' from Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Pièce en forme de habanera
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Czardas
    Vittorio Monti (1868-1922)
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    30 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Brahms: Requiem and Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony | Wimbledon Choral Society
    East London Chorus, Elizabeth Watts, Jacques Imbralio, Michael Higgins, Neil Ferris, Orchestra Vitae, Wimbledon Choral Society
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Wimbledon Choral Society celebrates its centenary season with a performance of one the great choral classics coupled with a blockbuster of a symphony, taking advantage of Royal Festival Hall’s recently rebuilt organ and working with an orchestra of some of the most talented young graduates and students of the London conservatoires.

    The choir is joined by soloists Elizabeth Watts, an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and Jacques Imbrailo, hailed as ‘the hottest young baritone on the block’ in the Brahms Requiem, sung in German, a choral piece of universal appeal containing some of the most sublime music ever written, and, unlike some conventional settings of the Requiem Mass, its message is full of hope and comfort.

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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    28 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Steinberg Duo - The young Richard Strauss
    Louisa Stonehill, Nicholas Burns, Steinberg Duo
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    The young Strauss was raised on a musical diet of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. This programme highlights these influences in Strauss’s monumental Violin Sonata, written when he was just 26.

    Recently described by The Sunday Telegraph as having both "warm musicality" and "virtuosity", and by Gramophone magazine as "passionately committed advocates", the Steinberg Duo have a growing list of CD releases garnering praise and they have performed in Canada, Spain, Germany and throughout the UK. Nicholas and Louisa are passionate about presenting the violin and piano repertoire as an equal partnership. Each recital in the 1901 Arts Club series revolves around a theme, giving a context through which to listen to repertoire both familiar and new.

    The Club's exclusive bar and lounge are open for the enjoyment of ticketholders an hour before the performance. The performers also invite you to join them there after the performance.

    Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No 33 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 7 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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