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Format: 2019-06-25
Format: 2019-06-25
  • 3 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    Danbi Heo (piano) plays Beethoven and Chopin
    Danbi Heo
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Danbi Heo is a Busan-born, South Korean pianist. She has previously studied at the Busan middle school of Arts and Hanyang University where she had been awarded a highest student award and scholarship. Danbi Heo has won many first prizes including at Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition and Han-eum Music, Korean Brahms Association and Seoul Piastra Competition, and 2nd Prize at the Music Education News Concours and Universal Music Competition.

    She has also performed solo recitals and chamber music in Korea, China, Britain, Spain, Germany, USA, and performed in venues such as St Paul church, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Youngsan Art Hall, Dream Forest Art Center, Win Art Hall, Yein Art Hall, Busan Art Hall, Samyook Hall, Guemho-Yonsei Art Hall, TLI Art Centre, Kepco Art Centre, Baek-Nam Hall, Halle Conservatoire, 3.15 Art Centre, Lang recital hall in Hunter college, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Lang-Lang Square, Korean Cultural Centre, Centro Municipal de Musica y Danza in Spain. She has also worked with orchestras such as the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Sahmyook Orchestra in Korea.

    She is currently studying her Master’s degree with Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 5 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    Nadia Wilson (clarinet), Martin Butler (piano) play Françaix, Horovitz, Debussy
    Martin Butler, Nadia Wilson
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Fresh from the release of their debut CD (Clarinet Fantasies), Wilson and Butler present a lively programme of 20th century British and French works for clarinet and piano. Horovitz’s polished, jazzy Sonatina and Butler’s Barlow Dale feature on the CD, the latter written when the composer was seventeen and based on characters from a children’s book about cats written by his aunt. It was the work which brought the duo together in 2009. Françaix and Messager provide contrasting colours, reflective moods and offbeat rhythmic twists by turns, whilst the ethereal beauty of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie has long been a pinnacle of the clarinet repertoire.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Tema con variazioni
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Sonatina for clarinet and piano
    Joseph Horovitz (1926-)
    Première rhapsodie, for clarinet and piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Barlow Dale: Four Characteristic Pieces, for clarinet and piano
    Martin Butler (1960-)
    Solo de concours
    André Messager (1853-1929)
  • 1 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Debut Sounds - Terra Firma
    echo, London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts, Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarah Lotto, Sir James MacMillan
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Debut Sounds is an annual platform which presents new works from the LPO Young Composers.

    This year, the composers have worked with mentor James MacMillan to create music inspired by the form of cantus firmus. These works will be interspersed with choral and instrumental works from the Renaissance to modern day from Byrd and Gorecki to Judith Weir and James MacMillan.

    James MacMillan conducts an ensemble of musicians from the LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, alongside LPO players and echo choir.

    The composer's compositions will be accompanied by video programme notes.

    They saw the stone had been rolled away
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Lullaby, my sweet little baby
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Hush
    Clare Elton ()
    Crucifixus à 8
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Corpus
    Barnaby Martin (1991-)
    Nie piej, kurku from 3 Lullabies
    Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
    Lunea
    Ashley John Long (1984-)
    Ein Lämplein verlosch, for string quartet
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Agnus Dei from Missa paschalis
    Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (1667? - 1734)
    Veins
    Andrzej Karalow (1991-)
    Ave Regina caelorum
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Time for your walk
    Carlijn Metselaar ()
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sure on this Shining Night | Streatham Choral
    Calum Fraser, Richard Leach, Streatham Choral
    St Peter's Church, Streatham London SW16 2SD
    United Kingdom

    Please come and join conductor, Calum Fraser, and members of Streatham Choral for an evening of serene and soothing music.

    Sure on this shining night from 4 Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    The Seal Lullaby
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Lux aeterna
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    As torrents in summer
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    How calmly the evening
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    The evening primrose from 5 Flower Songs
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Calme des nuits
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Nocturnes, 3 motets for chorus and piano
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
  • 26 June 2019 - 1:00pm
    The Purcell School - chamber ensembles
    Students from The Purcell School for young musicians
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Talented young musicians from The Purcell School perform music by Poulenc, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Singelee, Ottmano and Schmitt in varied chamber ensembles, including a world premier of the composition, 'A new work for wind quintet'.

    The Purcell School is one of the UK’s leading specialist music schools and holds the Unesco Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture.

    ‘…it gives me great hope for the future of the music profession when I hear what these young people are capable of’ Sir Simon Rattle CBE

    1st movement: Allegretto malincolico from Sonata for flute and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    1st movement: Allegro molto ed appassionato from Sonata for violin and piano No 3 in C minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    New work for wind quintet
    Composer Not Known ()
    1st movement: Allegro energico e con fuoco from Piano Trio No 2 in C minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3rd movement: Adagio sostenuto from Premier quatour, for saxophone quartet
    Jean-Baptiste Singelée (1812-1876)
    Nihal, for 2 percussionists
    Stefano Ottomano (1983-)
    Flow, for marimba
    Matthias Schmitt (1958-)
  • 27 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sweet Music, Sacred Music | Ad Libitum Chamber Choir
    Ad Libitum Chamber Choir, Colin Spinks, Julian Collings
    St Katharine Cree London EC3A 3BP
    United Kingdom

    Come and hear Ad Libitum's tempting selection of English and French sacred choral treats.

    Byrd, a 16th century Catholic working in the reformed English church, dared to publish music for Catholic liturgies at great personal risk. His masterly Mass for 5 voices was probably composed and sung in secret.

    Three centuries later, Parry's I was glad was performed at King Edward VII's coronation at Westminster Abbey. The words have been sung at every British coronation since that of King Charles I. Parry's anthem was later sung at another coronation and then at two royal weddings.

    Balfour Gardiner's rich, dramatic Evening Hymn is a classic of the English choral repertoire and regularly performed in Anglican churches.

    Duruflé, steeped in the Gregorian plainsong tradition, completed his famous Requiem in 1947. Inspired and shaped by plainsong melody from the traditional Catholic liturgy of the Missa pro defunctis, the beautiful Requiem demonstrates influences of Tournemire and Vierne, Fauré, and the Impressionist school of Debussy and Ravel.

    Requiem
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Evening Hymn
    Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
    Mass for 5 voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    I was glad
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
  • 25 June 2019 - 1:00pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: All The World's A Stage | Nicola Losito (piano)
    Nicola Losito
    St Giles, Cripplegate London EC2Y 8DA
    United Kingdom

    This perfect lunchtime concert offers immersive aural respite from the visual glare of the modern working day. The exciting young Italian pianist Nicola Losito performs a ravishing programme including two well-known ballet adaptations: Prokofiev’s own dramatic piano version of his ballet suite Romeo and Juliet and piano master Mikhail Pletnev’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. With a nod to Dame Myra Hess and friends’ famous capacity lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery held throughout the Second World War, Nicola also plays Hess’s own adaptation of Bach’s profoundly moving Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    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)
    Ballade No 1 in D minor.'Edward' from 4 Ballades
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, arranged for piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker, transcribed for solo piano
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Façade and Carnival of the Animals
    Ben Pope, London Mozart Players, Samuel West
    St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall London EC2V 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Displaying a wonderful and vivid musical imagination, Saint-Saëns wrote his light-hearted suite Le carnaval des animaux in 1886 with an unusual scoring for two pianists, a sparse string section, glass harmonica and a xylophone. His imagined sounds from elegant swans, roaring lions, rattling dinosaur bones to a fishy pellucid underwater world are now often heard interspersed with the witty poems of Ogden Nash who wrote these companions to the music in 1949. By contrast, Edith Sitwell’s near nonsense poems entitled Façade: An Entertainment provided the starting point for William Walton’s accompaniments. The two are cleverly interwoven and performed together with the spoken words fitting amusingly over rhythm and melody.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Façade
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 27 June 2019 - 1:00pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Capturing the Castle | Mark Bebbington (piano)
    Mark Bebbington
    St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall London EC2V 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Acclaimed pianist Mark Bebbington (".... a master interpreter’’ Classical Source, St. John’s Smith Square, April 2019) plays Bach, Debussy and Ireland in a lunchtime programme of works with literary associations from Shakespeare to Victor Hugo to Dodie Smith. Includes the contemporary composer Robert Matthew-Walker’s Piano Sonata ‘Hamlet’.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Sheep may safely graze, from Cantata No 208
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 10, La cathédrale engloutie from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Fantasy Sonata: Hamlet (Piano Sonata No 3)
    Robert Matthew-Walker (1939-)
    Sarnia: An Island Sequence
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
  • 28 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: A Midsummer Night's Serenade
    City of London Choir, Hilary Davan Wetton, London Mozart Players, Maya Wheeler-Colwell, Rebecca Bottone, Tama Matheson
    St Giles, Cripplegate London EC2Y 8DA
    United Kingdom

    A veritable banquet of the Bard as the finale to Summer Music in City Churches 2019: Words and Music in this most special venue, Shakespeare's local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here narrated by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite. Finzi’s lovely but little-heard Love’s Labours Lost and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music complete the programme. Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:

    How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concert Suite from Henry V, A Shakespeare Scenario
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Suite, 'Love's Labour's Lost' for small orchestra
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Serenade to Music
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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