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Format: 2020-01-29
Format: 2020-01-29
  • 1 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Siegfried
    Adrian Thompson, Alina Adamski, Brindley Sherratt, Elena Pankratova, Evgeny Nikitin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Patricia Bardon, Robert Hayward, Torsten Kerl, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    'Simply outstanding’ was how The Guardian described the start of Vladimir Jurowski’s four-year journey through Wagner’s colossal Ring Cycle. Now, together with a cast that includes some of the finest living Wagnerians, he reaches the third, and sunniest, part of the saga. Deep in the forest, the orphaned Siegfried has grown to manhood without ever knowing fear. A dragon’s gold, a sleeping goddess, and the shattered fragments of his father’s sword will all help shape his destiny, and set him on a path that leads to love, glory, and – perhaps – a new world.

    Part fairytale, part cosmic myth, it’s never less than gripping.

    Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • 4 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Mark Wigglesworth conducts Holst's The Planets
    Holst Singers, Khatia Buniatishvili, Mark Wigglesworth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents an evening of music that includes gems of the English repertoire, with Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture bearing the bustling energy of a postcard picture found on a day’s escape to the seaside. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 is performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, the world-renowned concert performer who returns to share the stage with the RPO. Liszt’s stylistic choice of composing the work as a single movement with six distinctive sections allows for a unique interpretation of how each fragmentary melody creates a unified whole in a piece that displays Liszt’s typical virtuosic flourish.

    Holst’s The Planets, a landmark of English romanticism, explores a new psychological landscape reflected in the astrological field with each movement, personifying peace to war, and magic to mysticism, never failing to capture the wonder we project onto the night’s sky.

    Portsmouth Point Overture
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
  • 7 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Concert Society: Kanneh-Mason Ensemble
    Aminata Kanneh-Mason, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, Kanneh-Mason Ensemble, Konya Kanneh-Mason, Mariatu Kanneh-Mason
    Outwood Academy Foxhills Scunthorpe DN15 8LJ
    United Kingdom

    Featuring Braimah, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu Kanneh-Mason

    Jeneba was a finalist in the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018

    The Kanneh-Mason ensemble is made up of five siblings from this famous and musically-gifted family. The family first came to the attention of the public in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and made it all the way to the semi-finals. Simon Cowell said they were, “probably the most talented family in the world!” They play a range of instruments, mainly piano and strings.

    Étude No 3 - Toccatina: Allegro from 8 Concert Études
    Nikolai Kapustin (1937-)
    Polonaise No 6 in A flat, 'Heroic'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Tarantella for cello and piano
    William Henry Squire (1871-1963)
    Keyboard Trio in G , 'Zigeuner' (Gypsy Rondo)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Variations sérieuses in D minor, for piano
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Waltz No 5 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Main theme from Filmscore to 'Schindler's List'
    John Williams (1932-)
    Après un rêve from 3 Songs
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 8 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    From the New World | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Kerem Hasan, Leon McCawley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present Dvorák’s seminal work, Symphony No 9, ‘From the New World’. With echoes of the Native American and early African American folk traditions, the running tune throughout the piece so perfectly captures the flavour of the country that it is often described as an original American folk tune.

    Dances of Galánta
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 8 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2001 - New century, new sounds
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Blaauw, Omar Ebrahim, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    With the anarchic chords that open his First Symphony, Ludwig van Beethoven threw open the doors on a universe of new musical possibilities. A century later, in 1901, the young Alexander Scriabin wrote a Second Symphony whose surging melodies and ardent spirit stand on the brink of a new revelation: and in 2001, Péter Eötvös’s brilliantly quirky trumpet concerto revels in its imaginative freedom.

    In the first concert of our 2020 Vision project, Vladimir Jurowski celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday the way he would have wanted – a conversation between the past, the present and the future of music.

    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Snatches of a conversation, for trumpet and ensemble
    Peter Eötvös (1944-)
    Symphony No 2 in C minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • 1 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Doric String Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    “a true togetherness…. One marvellous utterance followed by another.” - The Sunday Times

    Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Winner of the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy, the Quartet now performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall.

    This is the sixth in the 48th season of eight 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 200. 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 E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in D minor, 'Voces intimae'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    3 Divertimenti for string quartet
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 1 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 8 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Yan Pascal Tortelier and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    This atmospheric concert sees the Iceland Symphony Orchestra making its first visit to Nottingham under its charismatic Music Director, Yan Pascal Tortelier. The first half brings Gallic flair and finesse, with Bizet’s sparkling Second Suite from L’Arlésienne. Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand, composed for one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein is a moodier affair, its subterranean opening sounds emerging into a riot of colours that recalls the sunrise of Daphnis and Chloë. The influence of jazz is also felt with jaunty rhythms running throughout. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, an award-winning interpreter of Ravel, is our soloist. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is Iceland’s leading living composer and her 2011 piece Aeriality evokes the freedom of gliding through air set against the motion of musical tectonic plates. Its textures set the scene for Sibelius’s First Symphony, whose etched melodies and rugged climaxes put a Finnish timbre on music blending Germanic rigour with Tchaikovskian expression. This symphony’s direct energy and drama ensured its place amongst the greatest turn-of-the-century compositions.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James introduces the programme.

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    L'Arlesienne Suite No 2
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-)
    Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for piano left hand and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 2 February 2020 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Jean Selim Abdelmoula
    Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Swiss-born Jean-Selim, winner of the 2018 Lili Boulanger prize, performs a French programme featuring some of Debussy’s most beautiful music, with three pieces from his two books of Préludes and the shimmering swirls of the Poissons d’or from Images. Interspersed are three contrasting Nocturnes by Fauré, his own atmospheric Interludes, and a homage to Boulanger, with her elegant Trois Morceaux.

    Each concert lasts an hour. Tickets include tea, coffee and cake before or after the concert.

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    Nocturne No 1 in E flat minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    3 Morceaux
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    2 Interludes
    Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (1991-)
    Nocturne No 6 in D flat
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Prélude No 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 5, Les collines d'Anacapri from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Poissons d'or from Images for piano (Book 2, 1908)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Nocturne No 13 in B minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:00pm
    Orchestre National de Lille with Eric Lu (piano)
    Alexandre Bloch, Eric Lu, Orchestre National de Lille
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    Throughout the ages French music has been marked by its refinement, great craftsmanship and subtle colours. Who better to show this than the Orchestre National de Lille under the baton of its Musical Director, the charismatic Alexandre Bloch. Two contrasting pieces by Ravel begin and end the concert: each movement of the alluring Ma mére l’oye (Mother Goose) Suite takes its title from a fairy tale; while La valse pays joyful homage to the ballrooms of the past.

    In Ibéria Debussy added French dressing to a foreign subject. As well as this exquisite Gallic fare we hear Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, a work both lyrical and humorous. The soloist is the astonishing Eric Lu, who in 2018 won the final of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition with an astounding performance of this very piece.

    Pre-concert talk with BBC Broadcaster Trisha Cooper starts at 6pm.

    Suite from Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Ibéria from Images, for orchestra
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    La valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 6 February 2020 - 7:45pm
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Ivan Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Mozart’s last three symphonies were written in a few weeks in summer 1788, unusually without performances already arranged. They make a satisfying triptych, with the relatively serene no 39 contrasting with the more agitated and unsettled no 40. The final symphony sums up Mozart’s achievement in the form, with a spacious opening movement, an expressive and chromatic slow movement, and one of his most famous minuets. The finale combines fugue and sonata form in a five-part tour de force.

    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Association

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

    Symphony No 39 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 41 in C, 'Jupiter'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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