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Format: 2019-01-20
Format: 2019-01-20
  • 21 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Bernardo Santos (piano) plays Scriabin, Liszt and Frederico de Freitas
    Bernardo Santos
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Bernardo is currently pursuing an PG Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, under the guidance of pianist Deniz Arman Gelenbe, being a recipient of scholarships from this institution, Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation and GDA Foundation.

    Having graduated from the University of Aveiro and the Conservatori del Liceu, in Barcelona, Bernardo Santos studied under the guidance of Alvaro Teixeira Lopes and Josep Colom, having started his piano studies at age 10 with Klara Dolynay. Santos had the opportunity to study three years with pianist and composer Antonio Chagas Rosa. During his studies at University of Aveiro, Bernardo was laureated with the Aveiro Township Prize, awarded to the best student completing this Bachelor degree in the university, having also completed his Master of Piano Pedagogy degree with the highest mark on piano. Bernardo’s academic interests include research on famed Portuguese composer Frederico de Freitas, being responsible for the critical edition and publishing of this composer’s Theme and Variations.

    Since the beginning of his studies, Bernardo regularly participates in national and international competitions, highlighting his participation in the International Competition of the Russian Conservatory Alexander Scriabin (Paris), where he received the 3rd prize in 2013, in the senior category and the Outstanding Soloist prize in the Mastering the Concerto festival and competition in 2017, in Bulgaria. Bernardo also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses of pianists such as Aquilles Delle Vigne, Artur Pizarro, Boris Berman, Carles Lama, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Dubravka Tomsic, Guigla Katsarava, Jun Kanno, Luiz de Moura Castro, Manuela Gouveia, Mattia Ometto, Nancy Lee Harper, Pamela Mia Paul, Paul Badura-Skoda and Yi Wu. Recently, Bernardo was responsible for teaching masterclasses himself in several music schools and universities in Brazil.

    Bernardo had the opportunity to play with the Vidin State Philarmonic Orchestra, University of Aveiro String Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra Jovem Vale Musica and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, having played under the baton of Antonio Vassalo Lourenco, Artur Pinho Maria, Bruno Martins, Charles Gambetta, David Wyn Lloyd and Kira Omelchenko and Miguel Campos Neto. Bernardo has performed recitals all over Portugal and abroad, in venues such as the Rivoli Theatre, Foz Palace, National Museum of Music, Pancho Vladigerov House Museum (Sofia), National Concert Hall (John Field Room), Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, among others. Santos has also played for the Portuguese classical radio Antena2, at the Liceu Camões Auditorium, with his concert being broadcast live. He was one of the artists invited to the II and IV International Festival of Young Pianists in Amarante and was invited as the Artist in Residence 2017 of the Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation, in Agueda, Portugal. Bernardo also recently participated in the project Curtas of the composer and guitarist Israel Costa Pereira, culminating into the edition of a CD.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 2 in F sharp minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Danza sacra e duetto finale, d'Aida
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Tema e variações
    Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980)
  • 23 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Izem Gürer plays Mozart, Liszt, Ravel and Scriabin
    İzem Gürer
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Izem Gürer was born in Istanbul in 1999. She started to study piano with concert pianist Birsen Ulucan at the age of eight. She took solfeggio and harmony lessons from Turkish composer Asst. Prof. Mehmet Nemutlu.

    In 2012 Izem won the first prize in the International Young Pianist Competition in Kosovo and honorary jury prize from an Albanian composer Fahri Beqiri. In June 2013, she has performed Mozart's piano concerto KV 271, accompanied by the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Izem has attended a number of masterclasses which was organized by Liszt Academy’s piano Professor Marta Gulyas in Bekescsaba Hungary, where she also worked with concert pianist Luis Fernando Perez.

    Izem has also been a frequent participant in Musical Odyssey masterclasses summer course in Greece and studied there with Professor Yekaterina Lebedeva (Trinity Laban Conservatoire), Professor Vanessa Latarche (Royal College of Music), Brazilian concert pianist Cristina Ortiz and Russian concert pianist Nikolai Demidenko. She was three times Musical Odyssey prizewinner with prize recitals in London (City Lit Institute, Talent Unlimited prize at St James Piccadilly) and at the International Festival in Greece.

    In 2013 Izem has been invited by virtuoso pianist Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov to study with him in Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.

    Later in the year, Izem has participated in Kamuran Gündemir National Piano Competition in Mersin, and rewarded with the second prize and "Best Turkish piece performance Award". Subsequently she was invited to perform a solo recital at the Antalya International Piano Festival, organised under the artistic guidance of a renowned Turkish composer and concert pianist Fazil Say. She has also been awarded the first prize in Hacettepe National Piano Competition in Ankara in 2015.

    Apart from her solo studies, Izem has a keen interest in playing chamber music and has been studying with Özcan Ulucan, who was one of senior students of violinist Maxim Vengerov. Izem is enjoying a considerable success in her chamber music career too and namely: the first prize in International chamber music Competition Arnuero/Santander as well as an award-prize for the best chamber music group of the year by Marta Gulyas.

    In 2017 Izem has been recognised as an outstanding young musician of the year, an achievement prize personally awarded to her by the Queen Sofia of Spain.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 18 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage - année 1: Suisse
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Jeux d'eau
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in F sharp minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • 25 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Connaught Brass plays Rameau, Michael Tilson Thomas and Bernstein
    Aaron Akugbo, Aled Meredith-Barrett, Chris Brewster, Connaught Brass, Harry Plant, Robyn Blair
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Connaught Brass is a quintet made up of students from The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The ensemble was formed in 2016, created by a group of friends who have known each other for several years. The members have previously been principal players in notable orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra’s of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales.

    More recently, members have begun to appear on the professional circuit, including freelance work with the London Symphony Orchestra. The quintet consists of Aaron Akugbo and Harry Plant playing trumpet; Robyn Blair, french horn; Chris Brewster, tenor trombone and; Aled Meredith-Barrett playing tuba. All players hold major scholarships at their conservatoires.

    Since their inaugural performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, the group have been invited to play in several recitals across the south of England. Whilst studying, they have benefited from coaching lead by some of the UK’s leading brass chamber musicians, including Alan Thomas and Matt Knight (Septura), as well as regular coaching with Bob Hughes (Senior Brass Tutor, RAM). They have also represented the conservatoire in a
    masterclass with the contemporary American composer Anthony Plog, performing the composers own work.

    Connaught Brass won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize 2018, adjudicated by Phil Cobb (LSO, Principal Trumpet). Shortly after, they travelled to France to take part in the music festival Ferrandou Musique, where they performed three concerts made up of a vast range of repetoire, including original works for brass quintet and especially arranged vocal and piano works. They will be returning to the same festival in August 2019.

    The ensemble’s ambition is to explore and share the broadest range of musical repertoire with as wide an audience as possible, bringing brass chamber music to the forefront of the musical world.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Overture from Dardanus
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Street Song
    Michael Tilson Thomas (1944-)
    A Quiet Place
    Composer Not Known ()
    Suite from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
  • 30 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Roman Kosyakov (piano) plays Bach, Barber and Rachmaninov
    Roman Kosyakov
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Roman Kosyakov was born into a musical family and made his debut with orchestra at the age of 12 performing the Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A Major. In 2012, he graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow where he studied with F.I. Nurizade and then in 2017 from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with V. Ovchinnikov. Since September 2017, he studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a full scholarship with P. Nemirovski.

    He is a laureate and a winner of many nationals and international competitions, winning 2nd prize in 2016, gold prize of the 3rd Manhattan International Music Competition, 2018 as well as 1st prize and the Audience prize of 10th Sheepdrove Piano Competition in 2018, UK.

    He is regularly invited to give concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Republic of Belarus, Russia, UK, USA… and was guest soloist from 2014 to 2017 of the Kemerovsky State Symphony Orchestra.

    Very recently, Roman won the prestigious 1st Prize and the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra Prize of the 14th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2018, UK).

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Prelude No 2 in B flat major from 10 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 20 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chopin Series - Gulsin Onay (piano)
    Gulsin Onay
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a guest soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, English Chamber Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. She has performed under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek.

    Gulsin Onay's international career has spanned over 55 countries across all continents. She has recorded 20 albums that illustrate the breadth of her repertoire as well as her interpretive power. She was honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation in recognition of her exceptional Chopin interpretations.

    Andante with Variations for Piano in F minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, from '6 Schübler Chorales'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano No 26 in E flat, 'Les adieux'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Chorale Prelude 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr jesu Christ', in F minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Auf dem Wasser zu singen from 12 Lieder
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Ballade No 2 in F
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 5 in E minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 26 January 2019 - 6:00pm
    Heroes and Adventures! | Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Dominic Heale, Mark Heron, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 annual family concert will take you on an epic musical adventure to meet all your favourite heroes, both fictional and real-life, all depicted in fabulous music by John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, James Horner, Elgar and Tchaikovsky!

    From high-tec superspies James Bond and Ethan Hunt in the themes from Skyfall, Goldfinger and Mission Impossible to swashbuckling Zorro in the theme for The Mask of Zorro.

    Nottingham is famous for its legendary hero Robin Hood who Korngold immortalised in music for the film The Adventures of Robin Hood.

    Real life heroes who fought in WW11 will be remembered in Nimrod from Enigma Variations and the theme from The Great Escape.

    No concert of heroic music would be complete without a selection of film scores by John Williams and our programme includes Princess Leia's theme from Star Wars, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    All that plus Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!

    Do join us on our musical quest for a great evening for all the family to enjoy!

    Main Theme from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    John Williams (1932-)
    The Theme from Superman
    John Williams (1932-)
    Princess Leia's theme from Filmscore to Star Wars
    John Williams (1932-)
    1812 Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nimrod from Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Padstow Lifeboat
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Excerpts from The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Main Theme from Mission Impossible
    Lalo Schifrin (1932-)
    March from The Great Escape
    Elmer Bernstein (1922-)
    March from Thunderbirds
    Barry Gray ()
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    Dambusters March
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
  • 22 January 2019 - 6:30pm
    Myths and Monsters | Kate Conway (viola da gamba) / Satoko Doi-Luck(harpsichord)
    Kate Conway, Satoko Doi-Luck
    Handel House London W1K 4HB
    United Kingdom

    Kate Conway and Satoko Doi-Luck tell some of the greatest tales from classical mythology through music by Rameau and Marais, encountering plucky heroes, dastardly villains, all-powerful gods and terrifying monsters.

    Les cyclopes from Suite in D, from Deuxième livre de pièces de clavecin
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    L'Entretien des Muses from Suite in D, from Deuxième livre de pièces de clavecin
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Le labyrinthe from Le quatrième livre de pièces de viole
    Marin Marais (1656-1728)
    Suite No 5 in C minor 'Jupiter'
    Antoine Forqueray (1671/2-1745)
  • 25 January 2019 - 5:30pm
    Rising Stars – Castalian String Quartet performs Haydn, Britten and Brahms
    Castalian String Quartet
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Castalian String Quartet: Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet enjoyed success on the competition circuit (prizes at Lyon, Hannover and Banff) and won awards from the Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2018. They are now being signed up by promoters across Europe, Wigmore Hall among them.

    A pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is included in the ticket price – this begins at 5.30pm, with the concert proper at 6.00pm.

    String Quartet No 25 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 2 in C
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 2 in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 26 January 2019 - 10:30am
    Rising Stars – Clare Hammond (piano)
    Clare Hammond
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Clare Hammond is a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ (Telegraph) and is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and for her ‘brilliantly imaginative concert programmes’ (BBC Music ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’.

    A pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is included in the ticket price – this begins at 10.30am, with the concert proper at 11.00am.

    Sonata for Keyboard No 58 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    No 4 Spinnerlied, (The bees' wedding) from Songs without words
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Humoreske in B flat, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Selection from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    The Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Arnold, Lloyd and Dvorák | Ealing Symphony Orchestra
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, John Gibbons, Olivia Tan, Peter Nall
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    We begin our George Lloyd symphony cycle with his first symphony!

    Lloyd scholar Paul Conway says this about the Symphony: "Set against the grand late-Romantic symphonic tradition prevalent in England at the time (as exemplified by the opulence of Bax, Bantock, Rootham and Boughton), the brevity, spiky humour and formal originality of this first symphonic essay appears even more strikingly individual. The somewhat pert first subject establishes the overall character of this good-humoured and impish work, whilst the cantabile B theme forms the beautiful centrepiece of the Introduction and makes a welcome return 'con fervore', acting as a slow movement before the concluding Vivace, a deft fusion of Scherzo and Rondo Finale set in a variation structure. The First Symphony has a piquant charm and a zestful exuberance."

    We also are delighted that two Ealing Symphony Orchestra violinists, Peter Nall and Olivia Tan, are taking on Malcolm Arnold's concerto for two violins and strings. "A craftsman-like and gracefully wrought work in which the middle movement is particularly fine, a wistful slow waltz of lovely simplicity which begins and ends with a tranquil dialogue between the two unaccompanied violins. The last movement opens with the only real solo fireworks in the piece - a brilliant chase for the two instruments over steady rhythmic support from the accompanying strings."

    Finally, we take on Dvorak's beautiful seventh symphony. Although not as often played as the New World, it is nevertheless a shining example of his stormy, bohemian, tuneful writing. "Dvorak’s seventh symphony in succession, written in D minor, enjoys a special status in the composer’s series of nine symphonies. Its gloomy atmosphere is in direct contrast not only to its two neighbouring symphonies (Nos. 6 and 8), but also to the large majority of Dvorak’s oeuvre as a whole. It is characteristic for its dramatic expression and sombre atmosphere of grave uncertainty and obstinate defiance. It is distinguished for its absence of any Slav-inspired melodies which were characteristic for the composer’s preceding Slavic period and with which his compositional style is usually associated. In spite of its dramatic impact, this is also a profoundly intimate work where the composer examines the meanderings of his soul and the answers to elementary issues of human existence. "

    Concerto for 2 violins and strings
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Symphony No 1
    George Lloyd (1913-1998)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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