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Format: 2019-06-25
Format: 2019-06-25
  • 29 June 2019 - 11:00am
    Prime Brass – At the Circus
    Paul Garner, Prime Brass
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Our relaxed informal family concerts are always huge fun, and this year we feature Cambridge-based twelve-piece ensemble Prime Brass, led by trumpeter Paul Garner who founded the group in 2002. Reviewed as ‘exceptional’ by Classic FM, Prime Brass is acclaimed for its family concerts; today’s Circus theme is sure to be exciting and involving for all ages.

  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Brandenburg Sinfonia with Tom Poster (piano)
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, Robert Porter, Tom Poster
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Our resident orchestra provides a traditional centrepiece for our season. Mendelssohn’s overture inspired by the island of Staffa and the waves crashing on Fingal’s Cave opens the concert, while his Italian Symphony closes it in bright and sunny mode with its final saltarello folk dance. Schumann’s ever-popular concerto is played by star pianist Tom Poster. Described by The Strad as ‘mercurially brilliant’ and BBC Music Magazine as producing ‘a beautiful tone that you may sink into like a pile of cushions’, Tom also performs Finzi’s Eclogue; featuring in Classic FM’s top 100 chart and hauntingly beautiful, it deserves a place in any listening list. This concert is sponsored by Thaxted Music Lovers. In association with Orchestras Live.

    Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Eclogue for piano and strings
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 30 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Martin James Bartlett (piano)
    Martin James Bartlett
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, when he also made his Proms debut, Martin is a regular performer on radio and television. Nicola Benedetti describes him as ‘a natural and powerful musician who lives and breathes music’. This wide-ranging programme will demonstrate the breadth of Martin’s talent; his winning personality shines through his music, and his love of playing engages audiences everywhere. This concert is sponsored in memory of Martin Curtis.

    Sonata for Piano No 12 in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Tre Sonetti del Petrarca
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Toccato on ‘L’homme armé’
    Marc-André Hamelin (1961-)
    Widmung
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Liebesträume No 3 in A flat, 'O Lieb, so lang du lieben kännst'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    El amor y la muerte from Goyescas ‘Los majos enamorados’
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in A minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 5 July 2019 - 8:00pm
    London Handel Orchestra
    Adrian Butterfield, London Handel Orchestra, Rachel Brown
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    London Handel Orchestra comprises some of the finest baroque players in the country and has a reputation for historically-informed performances. It is central to the Handel Festival at St George’s Church in Hanover Square – known as the Handel Church. This concert includes some of Handel’s own favourite compositions, as well as a rare opportunity to hear a Vivaldi recorder concerto and the concerto grosso style Brandenburg Concerto with violin and recorder as the solo group. This concert is sponsored by Archers Financial Services Ltd.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for sopranino recorder and strings in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 2 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Water Music Suite No 1 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Suite No 2 in D from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 30 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Katona Twins (guitar duo)
    Peter Katona, The Katona Twins, Zoltán Katona
    The Drill Hall Chepstow NP6 5HJ
    United Kingdom

    Peter and Zoltán Katona, known as the Katona Twins, are based in the UK. They studied both individually and as a guitar duo with Ede Roth at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, with Wolfgang Lendle at the Academy of Music in Kassel, and with Michael Teuchert at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Tanz (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts), in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. In 1995 the twins entered the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with Michael Lewin and Tim Walker; they also participated in master-classes with Julian Bream and John Williams. They graduated with the Academy's highest award.

    Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best known guitar duo,” Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres.

    Selection of Preludes and Fugues from Les guitares bien temperees, 'The well-tempered guitars', for 2 guitars
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
    Otoño porteño
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Themes from Once upon a time in the West
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Mallorca
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Taranta, for guitar
    Paco de Lucia (1947-)
    Capricho árabe
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
    The Scandal from Karamazov Suite
    Peter Katona ()
    Alhambra Inspiration
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
    Nuages
    Jean Reinhardt 'Django' (1910-1953)
    Maria from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Asturias
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Minor Swing
    Jean Reinhardt 'Django' (1910-1953)
  • 25 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Geoffrey Coates, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for oboe No 3 in G minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Adagio in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    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)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Power of Song
    Andrew Griffiths, Clare O'Connell, Gareth Brynmor John, James Orford, Kingston Choral Society, Penelope Cousland
    St Andrew's Church Surbiton KT6 4DS
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating programme brings together works from three very different traditions. Duruflé’s love of Gregorian plainchant shines through his understated, achingly lyrical Requiem mass, which will be performed alongside his friend Vierne’s enchanting songs, Les angélus, for mezzo-soprano and organ. John Tavener’s Svyati for choir and cello, written in memory of a friend, draws movingly on the colour and tradition of the Russian Orthodox church. Finally, The Power of Song by Max Bruch, is an impassioned, romantic hymn to the quasi-religious power of music itself.

    Open rehearsal: 2.30pm-4pm

    Requiem
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Die Macht des Gesanges, for baritone and orchestra
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Svyati, for cello and choir
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Les angélus, for voice and organ
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • 5 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    The King's Singers - Jam on the Marsh
    The King's Singers
    All Saints Church Lydd, Romney Marsh TN29 9DU
    United Kingdom

    The King’s Singers are a British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968. For this concert celebrating 50 years in the business, The King’s Singers eclectic journey moves from Fauré to classic audience favourites and brand new surprises, via Bob Chilcott, Paul Patterson and Steve Martland, all in their signature close-harmony style.

    The Prayer of King Henry VI
    Henry Ley (1887-1962)
    We are
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Lágrimas de mi consuelo
    Juan Vasquez (c1510-c1560)
    Dessus le marché d'Arras
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Master of Music
    Toby Hession (1997-)
    Le papillon et la fleur
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Quand tu dors près de moi
    Gordon Langford (1930-2017)
    Horizons
    Peter Louis van Dijk (1953-)
    Dance to thy daddy
    Traditional ()
    Shenandoah
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Timepiece
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
    Poor Roger from Street Songs
    Steve Martland (1959-2013)
    A finer music
    Nico Muhly (1981-)
    Classic audience favourites
    Various ()
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Pro Arte Choir - Songs and Dances
    Charles Andrews, London Pro Arte Choir, Tom Winpenny
    Church of St Michael and All Angels Mill Hill NW7 2JA
    United Kingdom

    London Pro Arte's summer concert will celebrate the season with a programme of English and American works by Bob Chilcott, Cecelia McDowell and Aaron Copland, as well as familiar madrigals and part-songs.

    Dances of Time
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    A Fancy of Folk Songs
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    Old American Songs
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Gregynog Festival - A Nocte Temporis and Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)
    A Nocte Temporis, Anna Besson, Benjamin Alard, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Ronan Kernoa
    Gregynog Hall Tregynon, Nr Newtown SY16 3PW
    United Kingdom

    Gregynog Festival, Wales’s oldest classical music festival, returns in June with its traditional combination of beautiful summer events in idyllic Mid Wales locations. The season celebrates the vision of the Davies family – Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and their brother David, 1st Baron Davies - for a better world rooted in culture and peace following the First World War.

    Erbarme dich, an all-Bach programme of arias for tenor, flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord, will be performed by the multi-award-winning Flemish tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and his Baroque ensemble A Nocte Temporis. Their Gregynog Festival recital marks their début appearance in Wales.

    Reinoud Van Mechelen graduated from the Brussels Royal Conservatoire in 2012 and was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize for Young Musician of the Year by the Belgian music press in 2017. After working for several years as a soloist with conductors including William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Hervé Niquet and Christophe Rousset, he founded his own ensemble A Nocte Temporis in 2016.

    A Nocte Temporis means ‘from time immemorial’: a nod toward the past, to what is changing, and especially toward what remains unchanged. The aim is to present historically-informed performances that touch the emotions of as wide an audience as possible. The ensemble’s two CDs, Erbarme dich: Arias of JS Bach for tenor and flute (2016) and Clérambault: Cantates françaises (2018), have been released to unanimous critical acclaim, and gained awards including two Chocs from Classica magazine (‘A Bach recording blessed by the Gods’), five Diapasons, a Diapason d’Or, and a Caecilia Prize as one of the ten best recordings of 2016.

    After touring its Bach programme to Warsaw, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Pavia, A Nocte Temporis has been invited to perform at prestigious venues including the Festival Radio France (Montpellier), MA Festival (Brugge), Bozar (Brussels), Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles and Wigmore Hall.

    The 2019 Gregynog Festival season also includes concerts by the chamber-folk group VRi (22 and 23 June), the Odysseus Piano Trio (28 June) and the organist Meirion Wynn Jones (30 June), plus community outreach performances, talks and exhibitions across Mid Wales.

    Chorale Prelude, 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn', from Orgel-Buchlein
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Choral: Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn from Cantata No 96, 'Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Recitative: Ach! ich bin ein Kind der Sünden from Cantata No 78, 'Jesu, der du meine Seele'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Siciliano from Sonata for flute and keyboard No 2 in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Wenn auch gleich aus der Höllen from Cantata No 107, 'Was willst du dich betrüben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Lass, o Fürst der Cherubinen from Cantata No 130 'Herr Gott, Dich loben alle wir'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude from Suite No 1 for solo cello in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Drum ich mich ihm ergebe from Cantata No 107, 'Was willst du dich betrüben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sarabande from Partita in A minor for solo flute
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Wo wird diesem Jammertale from Cantata 'Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    3rd movement: Andante from Sonata for flute and continuo in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Erschüttre dich nur nicht, verzagte Seele from Cantata No 99, 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chorale Prelude, 'Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Erbarme dich from Cantata No 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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