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Format: 2019-03-26
Format: 2019-03-26
  • 5 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    City Chorus perform Rossini's Petite messe solennelle
    City Chorus, Giancarlo Palena, Paul Ayers, Philip Shannon
    St Andrew's Church, Holborn London EC4A 3AB
    United Kingdom

    Gioachino Rossini’s last great masterpiece has moments of radiance and uninhibited joy but also a darker side hinting at death as the extinction of meaning. It is music of the soul which speaks directly to every member of the audience and all will enjoy the creativity and craftmanship displayed in the work.

    City Chorus concerts are famously convivial: full of family, friends and supporters of the choir. Our concerts always also feature professional musicians. This concert features: Giancarlo Palena (accordion), Philip Shannon (piano), four other soloists and six choral scholars, conducted by Paul Ayres.

    Gioachino Rossini

    Throughout his long life as a composer Rossini had a special affinity with the voice. He wrote numerous operas, including William Tell, The Barber of Seville and The Italian Girl in Algiers but also composed five masses and a number of liturgical pieces and other church works. He was astonishingly successful during his lifetime with his works experiencing a revival in the 20th century.

    The Petite messe solennelle was written in 1864 for the dedication of the private chapel of Countess Pillet-Will. Rossini himself questioned whether the work was entirely sacred, given his preference for comic opera.

    City Chorus

    We are a friendly, non-auditioning choir that performs a wide range of music, from sixteenth-century motets to modern choral compositions and arrangements. Membership is open to all, at the discretion of our musical director. Some choral singing experience and music reading ability is advantageous, but not essential. All works are thoroughly rehearsed and sound files are available to help you learn the music. Our musical director Paul Ayres conducts and accompanies several choral groups in London and works extensively as a composer and arranger. Contact Dionne at membership@londoncitychorus.com.

    Subscription costs:

    £96 per term, £63 concession* (includes 2 concert tickets)

    £216 annual full membership (includes 6 concert tickets)

    £153 annual concession* (includes 6 concert tickets

    Petite messe solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Brent Symphony Orchestra - Charity Concert
    Ben Tarlton, Brent Symphony Orchestra, Levon Parikian
    St Martin's Church Kensal Rise, London NW10 5SN
    United Kingdom

    Our annual charity concert opens with MacCunn’s concert overture which depicts the land of his birth, followed by Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto. And then something completely different: the sunshine, birdsong and unbridled melody of what’s surely Antonín Dvorák’s happiest symphony.

    The concert is in aid of Small Steps Project

    Land of the Mountain and the Flood
    Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Fabio Zanon (guitar) - Americas CD launch
    Fabio Zanon
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    A voyage of discovery through the personal survey of music of the Americas by the celebrated Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon. This recital will mark the UK launch of his new CD dedicated to composers from the Americas.

    Fabio Zanon is one of the pre-eminent guitarists of today as well as a teacher, chamber player, conductor, author, and broadcaster.

    Mr Zanon has been a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2009; he has also been a regular teacher at the Master Guitarra Alicante in Spain since 2014. In 2008 he was an artist-in-residence at the Royal Stockholm Conservatoire in Sweden. He's been a teacher-in-residence at the Lisbon-Estoril International Festival since 2011. He has given master classes at most prestigious schools in the USA, Canada, South America and Europe, including Juilliard and Gnessin School. Since 2014 MrZanon has been the artistic and educational director of the Campos do Jordão International Music Festival in Brazil, the largest classical music festival in South America, where he supervises orchestral and chamber practice of hundreds of orchestral students.

    Mr Zanon had his musical education in his native Brazil, where his main teachers were his father and professors Antonio Guedes and Henrique Pinto. He holds a bachelor degree from University of São Paulo and a Master of Music degree from the University of London. He moved in 1990 to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin, where he also attended master classes with Julian Bream and John Williams. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy Music, an accolade reserved for exceptionally distinguished alumni.

    Although not greatly drawn to competitions, Mr Zanon had his career propelled with the first prize at both the Guitar Foundation of America in the USA and the Francisco Tarrega Competition in Spain in 1996. Prior to that he had been a top prize winner of competitions in Alessandria (Italy), Toronto and Havana.

    As a soloist Mr Zanon has played in over 50 countries, at venues including Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie and 92nd Y in New York, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonie in St Petersburg, Les Invalides in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro Opera House, Amazonas Theatre, Sala Verdi in Milan, and KKL in Lucerne to name but a few. He has also regularly played at most major guitar and chamber music festivals around the world.

    He has played over 40 concertos, many of them as world premieres, with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony in Dublin, Israel Chamber Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Evgeni Svetlanov State Orchestra in Moscow, and Salzburg Chamber Orchestra. With the São Paulo Symphony, he has recorded Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Francis Hime's Guitar Concerto, conducted by Alondra de la Parra, a recording nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2011.

    He is sought after as a chamber player, having played together with such distinguished musicians as violinists Nigel Kennedy, Nicolas Koeckert and Daishin Kashimoto, flautist Marcelo Barboza, oboist Alex Klein, and singers of all styles, ranging from soprano Carole Farley to folk/pop singers like Toquinho, Ney Mattogrosso and Maria Mulata.

    He has also been recognised as a conductor and is perhaps the only guitarist who regularly performs as a soloist/conductor. He has directed the award-winning South American premiere of Michael Nyman's opera The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat. As a broadcaster he has conceived and presented over 200 programmes for Radio Cultura in São Paulo, many of whose have been adopted as teaching material at music schools in Brazil and Portugal.

    Mr Zanon has recorded for labels such as Musical Heritage, Decca, and BIS and is now an exclusive GuitarCoop artist.

    Presented by Poliphonia
    Poliphonia is a charity founded in 2017 with the purpose of promoting the music of the Americas.

    Through concerts, recordings, score restoration and education, Poliphonia aims to unlock exciting and diverse repertoire of the Americas to wider audiences. The revision and digitisation of scores still in manuscript form will be a key focus of the charity along with a commitment to commissioning new works and supporting younger musicians.

    The charity has been established by one of Brazil’s leading classical musicians, pianist Clélia Iruzun along with Renato Martins, the violinist Nadia Myerscough, the cellist Nick Roberts and double bass player Sarah Neil.

    3 Minuetos, for guitar
    Pedro Ximénez Abril Tirado (1780-1856)
    Sonatina Meridional
    Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
    Emboscada, for guitar
    Paulo Bellinati (1950-)
    Parabienes (Ya se casaron los novios)
    Traditional Chilean ()
    Triste
    Eduardo Fabini (1882-1950)
    Balada para Martin Fierro
    Ariel Ramírez (1921-2010)
    Danza Paraguaya
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Porro from Suite Colombiana No 2
    Gentil Montana (1942-2011)
    Virgílio (bambuco Tachirense)
    Rafael Miguel-Lopez (1907-2002)
    Aires Indio No 2
    Eduardo Caba (1890-1953)
    Dance of the Hounsies
    Frantz Casséus (1915-1993)
    Lesley's Song, for guitar
    Frederic Hand (1947-)
    Bate-Coxa
    Marco Pereira (1956-)
  • 27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Portrait of Purcell - with St Mary's Music School and Choristers
    Libby Crabtree, Michael Hilary, Students from St Mary's Music School, The Choristers of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, William Conway
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    Come and join the students of Scotland's national music school and the choristers of St Mary's Cathedral for a celebration of the works of Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Guests artists include soprano and choral conductor Libby Crabtree, Will Conway (conductor) and Hilary Michael (violin). Set in the beautiful venue of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, the concert will also feature a concerto performance of Saint-Saëns's Violin Concerto No 3 by Momo Ueda, winner of the prestigious Lord Clyde Memorial Competition.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 3 in B minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
  • 31 March 2019 - 3:00pm
    RNCM Opera: Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim’s Progress
    David Parry, Jonathan Cocker, RNCM Chorus, RNCM Opera Orchestra
    RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    The Pilgrim’s Progress tells the story of an Everyman figure – Pilgrim – who journeys from his home, the City of Destruction, through a series of challenges and temptations to the Celestial City and salvation. This new RNCM Opera production is set during the First World War, and we see the Pilgrim as a deserter who leaves his fellow soldiers behind to embark on a quest for better things.

    Inspired by John Bunyan’s text (Vaughan Williams actually kept a copy of the book with him while he served in the trenches) the composer turned the 1678 religious allegory into a universal tale of spirituality moving beyond the confines of Christianity. However, The Pilgrim’s Progress unashamedly sides with the Pilgrim in stressing the righteousness of his journey.

    This unconventional piece (Vaughan Williams called it a ‘morality’ rather than an opera) is the culmination of the composer’s 45-year musical journey, the ultimate expression of the wide variety of his musical style, exhibiting fabulous transparency of orchestration and a luminous sound. It is spiritual rather than religious and very uplifting, focussing on the light rather than the dark. We see the two sides of Vaughan Williams – the gentle lyricism of his pastoral style and his darker side that lived with the horrors of war. It is a defining work for the composer – a coherent time-lapse of his music.

    This production will be sung in English with surtitles.

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 2 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    RNCM Opera: Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim’s Progress
    David Parry, Jonathan Cocker, RNCM Chorus, RNCM Opera Orchestra
    RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    The Pilgrim’s Progress tells the story of an Everyman figure – Pilgrim – who journeys from his home, the City of Destruction, through a series of challenges and temptations to the Celestial City and salvation. This new RNCM Opera production is set during the First World War, and we see the Pilgrim as a deserter who leaves his fellow soldiers behind to embark on a quest for better things.

    Inspired by John Bunyan’s text (Vaughan Williams actually kept a copy of the book with him while he served in the trenches) the composer turned the 1678 religious allegory into a universal tale of spirituality moving beyond the confines of Christianity. However, The Pilgrim’s Progress unashamedly sides with the Pilgrim in stressing the righteousness of his journey.

    This unconventional piece (Vaughan Williams called it a ‘morality’ rather than an opera) is the culmination of the composer’s 45-year musical journey, the ultimate expression of the wide variety of his musical style, exhibiting fabulous transparency of orchestration and a luminous sound. It is spiritual rather than religious and very uplifting, focussing on the light rather than the dark. We see the two sides of Vaughan Williams – the gentle lyricism of his pastoral style and his darker side that lived with the horrors of war. It is a defining work for the composer – a coherent time-lapse of his music.

    This production will be sung in English with surtitles.

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 3 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    RNCM Opera: Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim’s Progress
    David Parry, Jonathan Cocker, RNCM Chorus, RNCM Opera Orchestra
    RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    The Pilgrim’s Progress tells the story of an Everyman figure – Pilgrim – who journeys from his home, the City of Destruction, through a series of challenges and temptations to the Celestial City and salvation. This new RNCM Opera production is set during the First World War, and we see the Pilgrim as a deserter who leaves his fellow soldiers behind to embark on a quest for better things.

    Inspired by John Bunyan’s text (Vaughan Williams actually kept a copy of the book with him while he served in the trenches) the composer turned the 1678 religious allegory into a universal tale of spirituality moving beyond the confines of Christianity. However, The Pilgrim’s Progress unashamedly sides with the Pilgrim in stressing the righteousness of his journey.

    This unconventional piece (Vaughan Williams called it a ‘morality’ rather than an opera) is the culmination of the composer’s 45-year musical journey, the ultimate expression of the wide variety of his musical style, exhibiting fabulous transparency of orchestration and a luminous sound. It is spiritual rather than religious and very uplifting, focussing on the light rather than the dark. We see the two sides of Vaughan Williams – the gentle lyricism of his pastoral style and his darker side that lived with the horrors of war. It is a defining work for the composer – a coherent time-lapse of his music.

    This production will be sung in English with surtitles.

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 5 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    RNCM Opera: Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim’s Progress
    David Parry, Jonathan Cocker, RNCM Chorus, RNCM Opera Orchestra
    RNCM, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    The Pilgrim’s Progress tells the story of an Everyman figure – Pilgrim – who journeys from his home, the City of Destruction, through a series of challenges and temptations to the Celestial City and salvation. This new RNCM Opera production is set during the First World War, and we see the Pilgrim as a deserter who leaves his fellow soldiers behind to embark on a quest for better things.

    Inspired by John Bunyan’s text (Vaughan Williams actually kept a copy of the book with him while he served in the trenches) the composer turned the 1678 religious allegory into a universal tale of spirituality moving beyond the confines of Christianity. However, The Pilgrim’s Progress unashamedly sides with the Pilgrim in stressing the righteousness of his journey.

    This unconventional piece (Vaughan Williams called it a ‘morality’ rather than an opera) is the culmination of the composer’s 45-year musical journey, the ultimate expression of the wide variety of his musical style, exhibiting fabulous transparency of orchestration and a luminous sound. It is spiritual rather than religious and very uplifting, focussing on the light rather than the dark. We see the two sides of Vaughan Williams – the gentle lyricism of his pastoral style and his darker side that lived with the horrors of war. It is a defining work for the composer – a coherent time-lapse of his music.

    This production will be sung in English with surtitles.

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 31 March 2019 - 4:00pm
    Holy Minimalism | Leeds Guild of Singers
    Joseph Judge, Leeds Guild of Singers
    St Margaret's Church Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LA
    United Kingdom

    An atmospheric programme of choral music that will soothe the soul. Featuring British, Scandinavian, and Polish composers, these bright, contemporary works are ones to be heard, often inspired by a deeply held faith.

    Particular highlights are Arvo Pärt's 7 Magnificat Antiphons, Knut Nysted's Immortal Bach, which is an expansive arrangement of the Bach chorale Komm, süßer Tod, and Eriks Ešenvalds' beautiful, O salutaris hostia.

    Bogoroditse Djevo
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, '7 Magnificat Antiphons'
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Three Motets
    Howard Skempton (1947-)
    Vessels, from the soundtrack to the film 'Koyaanisqatsi'
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Immortal Bach
    Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
    4 Songs of Love
    Sven-David Sandström (1942-)
    Nunc dimittis
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Daylight declines
    Pawel Lukaszewski (1968-)
    O salutaris hostia
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
  • 28 March 2019 - 11:30pm
    Mozart and Moonlight by Candlelight
    Adam Johnson, Andrew Earis, Brandenburg Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    A beautiful programme of baroque, classical and romantic favourites, including Beethoven's Moonlight Piano Sonata, played by Adam Johnson, who also joins with Brandenburg Sinfonia and conductor Andrew Earis in performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No 12 in A major. The concert also includes Mozart's much-loved Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Divertimento in D.

    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A (arranged for piano and strings)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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