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Format: 2018-11-15
Format: 2018-11-15
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Duruflé's Requiem with works by Pärt, MacMillan and Elgar
    Eric Cross, Magnus Williamson, Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir, Patrick Owston, Rosanna Cooper
    King's Hall, Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir presents a concert of 20th century sacred choral music, with resonances from the tradition of Gregorian chant, accompanied by Magnis Williamson on the marvellous new organ in King's Hall and a small string orchestra. The works of Duruflé, Pärt and MacMillan are complemented by two works by Elgar.

    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Magnificat from Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Salve regina
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Hearken Thou
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, Elizaveta Tyun, Robert Roscoe
    The Old Gym, Wellington College Crowthorne RG45 7PU
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome back the very talented Elizaveta Tyun as soloist in Tchaikovsky's famous violin concerto. And we will also perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, another highly popular romantic work.

    Elizaveta Tyun photo courtesy of Andreea Tufescu Photography

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
  • 17 November 2018 - 2:00pm
    Admission: One Shilling - Piers Lane (piano) with Dame Patricia Routledge
    Dame Patricia Routledge, Piers Lane
    Bishopsgate Institute London EC2M 4QH
    United Kingdom

    This musical and theatrical collaboration between multi-award-winning actress Dame Patricia Routledge and international concert pianist Piers Lane, tells the extraordinary, inspiring story of Myra Hess and her famous wartime National Gallery concerts.

    The script for Admission: One Shilling was compiled by Myra’s great-nephew, composer Nigel Hess from her press and radio interviews during World War II, as well as a few BBC broadcasts where she said a few words before playing. This is Myra in her own words: redoubtable, courageous and inspiring.

    Through spoken word performance taken from letters, books and interviews given by Myra, interspersed with short piano pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven and JS Bach - hear how the ‘great adventure’ of these lunchtime concerts began, and how they continued while bombs rained down on London.

    Dame Myra was most renowned for her interpretations of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, but had a wide repertoire rangning from Domenico Scarlatti to contemporary works. Her 'signature' piece, and the one which became most associated with her, was her own arrangement of Bach's chorale prelude Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

    Performances - Saturday 17 November (14.00 and 19.00)

    16 Deutsche Tänze, 'German Dances'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Intermezzo in C from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Eusebius from Carnaval, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 46 in B flat minor, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    2nd movement: Allegro molto from Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Impromptu No 3 in B flat from 4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Waltz No 15 in A flat major from 16 Waltzes for piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for keyboard in G
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
    Alison Kettlewell, Anne Kimber, Eddie Wade, Jonathan Stoughton, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
    Plymouth Guildhall Plymouth PL1 1HA
    United Kingdom

    Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir perform together for the first time in Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. These two local musical forces will be joined by soloists Alison Kettlewell (alto) Jonathan Stoughton (tenor) and Eddie Wade (bass).

    The Dream of Gerontius is considered to be the best and is definitely the most well-known of Elgar’s oratorios, as well as being one of classical music’s greatest works. Elgar’s Roman Catholic faith drew him to a text by John Henry Newman which explores the journey of a devout man’s soul through death, divine judgement and purgatory to eternal peace. It is devoutly religious and meaningful as well as being profoundly beautiful music. Sir Edward Elgar himself described this work as being ‘the best of me’. Gerontius became widely recognised as the first great English oratorio since those of Handel, some 150 years earlier and its beauty and depth of expression remain widely admired.

    The Plymouth Symphony Orchestra performs regularly across the region under the baton of Anne Kimber, who will be conducting this concert. The ensemble is one of the longest-established orchestras in the country and attracts many distinguished soloists.

    As one of the largest choral societies in the South West, with over 160 members, the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1970, perform three large-scale concerts a year under Musical Director Christopher Fletcher.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Finchley Symphony Orchestra present Russian orchestral fireworks
    David Lardi, FInchley Symphony Orchestra
    Trinity Church, North Finchley London N12 7NN
    United Kingdom

    Tchaikowsky’s Capriccio Italien, dramatic, tuneful and without a trace of the melancholy so often associated with him, will get our concert season off to a lively start. This is followed by Borodin’s best known symphony, packed with lively Slavic rhythms and atmospheric melodies. The ‘Firebird’ suite is one of Stravinsky’s most popular works, drawn from the ballet of that name based on Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing and curse it bestows on its owner. As the nights draw in stave off the cold with this concert of musical fireworks in the comfortable surroundings of Trinity Church.

    Capriccio Italien
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in B minor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    The Firebird Suite
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Voices Across the Mountains - Jacob Handl and his inspirations
    Huw Morgan, Jonathan Holmes, The Ripieno Choir
    All Saints, Weston Green Esher KT10 8JL
    United Kingdom

    For The Ripieno Choir’s first outing under the baton of Huw Morgan, we return to two key tenets of the choir’s heart and soul – renaissance music at its very best, and discovering rarely performed music. Join us as we explore the music of Jacob Handl, alongside the influencing styles of Lassus, Croce, Willaert and Andrea Gabrieli.

    Jacob Handl (also known as Jacobus Gallus) remains to this day one of the undiscovered treasures of the Renaissance. A prolific composer of such skill and quality that he was able to compose masterpiece after masterpiece in a dazzling array of styles. Born in 1550 in what is now southern Slovenia, he spent much of his short life traveling throughout central Europe, absorbing musical influences from many countries. Handl’s two pillars of inspiration were the intense works of the Franco-Flemish school of polyphony and the open, spacious and generous music of the Venetian composers. Of the former, his settings of both Jesu dulcis memoria and Vidi speciosam are particularly sensuous and expressive; while the Venetian-inspired, thrilling works Cantate Domino and Gloria from his Missa sopra Sancta Maria, and the calmly affecting Adoramus Te, Christe and Ecce quomodo, are amongst Handl’s finest.

    Cantate Domino
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Adoramus te, Jesu Christe
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Jesu dulcis memoria
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Egredietur virga from Egredietur virga
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Ecce quomodo moritur justus
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Vidi speciosam
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Missa super Sancta Maria
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Ave verum corpus
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Carmina chromatico from Prophetiae Sibyllarum
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    O Sacrum Convivium
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    In spiritu humilitatis
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    Regina coeli
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    Mirabile Mysterium
    Adrian Willaert (1490-1562)
    Cantate Domino canticum novum
    Andrea Gabrieli (c1510-1586)
    O crux, ave, spes unica
    Antoine Brumel (c1460-c1520)
    Mirabile mysterium
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
  • 16 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Royal Northern Sinfonia
    Kyra Humphreys, Royal Northern Sinfonia
    King George's Hall Blackburn BB2 1AA
    United Kingdom

    This concert of French music begins with Debussy’s ground-breaking orchestral prelude, based on a poem by Mallarmé in which a faun sees two beautiful nymphs and savours the exquisite memory whilst drifting in and out of sleep, and Françaix’s virtuosic Wind Quintet, a work that achieved a success beyond the composer’s wildest dreams. Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro illustrates the full expressive range of the harp, almost like a miniature concerto. The concert draws to a close with Saint–Saëns’s seductive Fantaisie for violin and harp and Debussy’s picturesque and atmospheric seascape, La mer.

    Pre-concert talk: Two members of Royal Northern Sinfonia will discuss the evening’s programme. The talk will commence on the raked seating at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and include a complimentary drink.

    Wind Quintet No 1
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Introduction and Allegro, for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartert
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Fantaisie for violin and harp
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    La mer
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Winchester Symphony Orchestra with Samantha Carrasco (piano)
    Nicholas Wilks, Samantha Carrasco, Winchester Symphony Orchestra
    New Hall, Winchester College Winchester SO23 9NG
    United Kingdom
    Carnival Overture
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:45pm
    Reflections with St George's Chamber Orchestra - Tchaikovsky/Mozart/Finzi/Elgar
    Martin Cousin, Simon Baggs, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    St George's Chamber Orchestra presents a programme of reflective music including a world premiere by film composer and Beckenham resident Adam Grigg. We also premiere 2 new Elgar arrangements by our conductor Simon Baggs, and international concert pianist Martin Cousin (and also a Beckenham resident) joins us to play Finzi's increasingly popular Eclogue.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    'St George's Chamber Orchestra is pure gold.'
    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’
    'Your programmes are always imaginitive and the playing first class.'
    'I have really enjoyed the concerts over these last years. So good and so convenient for me. Long may you continue!'
    'I greatly value the opportunity and experience you provide of "going round the corner" and hearing professionals at work. Thank you so very much.'
    'It was a wonderful concert, very special. No need for any of us to travel up to the Wigmore Hall etc for a performance of the quality we have here in Beckenham. And afterwards we were home again in 10 minutes - fantastic!!'
    'An absolutely first class concert - I wonder how many locals actually realise how lucky they are to have performances of such high quality on their doorstep. It was a privilege to be there.'

    Divertimento for strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Intermezzo from Crown of India Suite
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Dream interlude from Falstaff
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Returning home
    Adam Grigg ()
    Eclogue, for piano and string orchestra
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Serenade for string orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 25 November 2018 - 3:00pm
    Reading Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev
    Harvey Lin, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Stefan Hofkes
    Great Hall, University of Reading Reading RG1 5AQ
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome back Harvey Lin, former winner of the Reading Symphony Orchestra/Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition 2015 and keyboard category finalist of the BBC Young Musicians’ Competition 2016, for Mendelssohn’s sparkling Piano Concerto No 1. Harvey wowed us in our spring concert two years ago and he is sure to impress again with the stunning virtuosity and musicality of his playing. The second half of the concert will feature excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet music for Romeo and Juliet. Written in 1935, hear both the joy and tragedy of this timeless tale. Fans of the BBC’s Apprentice will instantly recognise the Montagues and Capulets theme. The concert will begin with Dvorák's Carnival Overture – a joyous celebration of life! Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the University Great Hall for this special autumn concert.

    Carnival Overture
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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