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Format: 2019-03-19
Format: 2019-03-19
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music for the Season of Lent | Farrant Singers
    Andrew Mackay, Farrant Singers, John Challenger
    St Martin's Church Salisbury SP1 2HY
    United Kingdom

    The Farrant Singers next concert is an evening of French (and French Swiss) music. The programme is Faure's much-loved Requiem in D minor, Op 48, Poulenc's Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence (Lenten motets) and the French Swiss composer Frank Martin's Mass for double choir. Martin wrote this wonderfully reflective mass in 1922 but did not allow it's performance until 1963. He wrote 'I considered it to be a matter between God and myself. I felt that a personal expression of religious belief should remain secret and hidden from public opinion.‘

    Requiem
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    4 motets pour un temps de pénitence
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Mass for double choir
    Frank Martin (1890-1974)
  • 25 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Symphonic Dances - Purcell School Symphony Orchestra
    Cherry Ge, Natalia Luis-Bassa, The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Natalia Luis-Bassa and the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra will bring the stage to life with characteristic vibrancy and exuberance in a programme packed with dance-like rhythmic energy. Join them for a performance of Márquez’s Danzón, the modern Mexican classic inspired by a Cuban dance, the dazzling virtuosity and percussive South American rhythms of Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and Rachmaninov’s iconic, exceptionally orchestrated Symphonic Dances. The Purcell School is one of the UKs leading specialist music schools; alumni include Oliver Knussen CBE, Catrin Finch and BBC Young Musician winners, Nicholas Daniel, Lara Melda, Martin James Bartlett, and Alexandra Ridout (Jazz Award).

    '... 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

    Symphonic Dances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Concerto for Harp
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    Danzón No 2
    Arturo Márquez (1950-)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven's Symphony No 9 and Janácek's Taras Bulba
    Ed Ballard, Edward Hughes, Michaela Parry, Paul Ingram, Philippa Boyle, Romsey Choral Society, Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Romsey Abbey Romsey SO51 8EN
    United Kingdom

    Join Southampton Concert Orchestra in the beautiful surroundings of Romsey Abbey for a wonderful evening of music featuring Janacek’s Taras Bulba and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. The evening culminates in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring Romsey Choral Society.

    Taras Bulba
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 24 March 2019 - 6:00pm
    Renaissance meditations for the Lent season | The Petersham Consort
    Ben Driver, Dominic Edwards, Elizabeth Benedetto, Henry Capper-Allen, Jessica Buchanan-Barrow, Jon Snow, Katharine von Schubert, Laura Taylor, Nick Richmond-Smith, Nigel Edwards, Olivia Moss, The Petersham Consort
    St Peter's Church Petersham TW10 7AB
    United Kingdom

    Come to the historic and intimate setting of St Peter’s Church, Petersham, in the early evening of the third Sunday in Lent and enjoy an interlude of stillness and meditation as we perform choral classics a cappella from across Europe in the medieval and renaissance periods.

    Members of the Petersham Consort, directed by Ben Driver, will sing sublime sacred music on Lenten themes spanning five centuries across the continent of Europe. We begin with Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594), whose beautiful motet O crux ave is the fourth verse of the Latin Hymn Vexilla Regis, traditionally sung on Good Friday of Holy week. From the Elizabethan years in England we offer you another great work written for this sacred time of year, the Lamentations of Jeremiah, by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). We continue with one of the most celebrated choral works of the late Renaissance period, famously sung in the Sistine Chapel during Holy week for many years, the legendary Miserere by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652). By way of contrast with these dazzling works you will hear a hauntingly beautiful meditation from 12th century Italy, a setting for three female voices of the ancient text Benedicti e llaudati.

    Our feature work is the exquisite Missa de la batalla escoutez by the astounding Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599), rightly heralded in the Renaissance as ‘the most extraordinary of his time in the art of music’, and illustrating well his masterly skills of expression and sublime melodic invention. It is a parody on the French composer Janequin's famous chanson La Guerre which was so popular in the 16th century that it led to numerous composers writing parody mass settings on it, of which the Missa de la batalla escoutez is one of the finest.

    We invite you to stay for refreshments at the end of the concert. The Petersham Consort return to St Peter's on Sunday 23 June this year with lute songs and madrigals from England and Italy. You can follow us follow us on Twitter using @PConsort.

    [image: Seville Cathedral chapterhouse vault © José Luis Filpo Cabana]

    O crux ave
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Benedicti e llaudati
    Anonymous ()
    Missa de la batalla escoutez
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah I
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    O nata lux de lumine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  • 22 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's C minor Mass and Schumann's Piano Concerto
    Dan Ludford-Thomas, Elin Manahan Thomas, Hackney Singers, Helen Meyerhoff, Lewisham Choral Society, London Mozart Players, Nico de Villiers, Peter Davoren, Philip Tebb
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Lewisham Choral Society, Hackney Singers, London Mozart Players and an impressive array of soloists including soprano Elin Manahan Thomas perform Mozart's majestic C Minor Mass. The programme includes Brahms's lyrical Schicksalslied and Schumann's Piano Concerto . This concert marks a welcome return to the Southbank for the combined choir of over 300 voices, following three previous performances to a packed Festival Hall.

    The musical breadth of Mozart’s Mass is dazzling: from the solemn Kyrie to the fast and furious Cum Sancto fugue and ravishing solo movements, this is undoubtedly one of Mozart’s greatest choral works. Brahms’s Schicksalslied too is a work of contrasts: a lyrical opening movement gives way to dramatic turbulence before a serene orchestral finale. Schumann’s sparkling Piano Concerto needs no introduction!

    Elin Manahan Thomas, one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation, has released five solo albums and sang last year at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Soprano Helen Meyerhoff enjoys both the classical and contemporary repertoire. A finalist in a recent New York contemporary opera competition, she has given several UK and world premieres. Tenor Peter Davoren, an opera, oratorio and lieder singer, performs regularly with the Monteverdi Choir, making his Proms début with them in Monteverdi's Vespers. Bass Philip Tebb has performed many operatic and oratorio roles. He has sung with the Academy of Ancient Music in London, Bucharest and Venice and performs widely with choirs around the UK. Pianist Nico de Villiers has toured widely around the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa, as a recitalist, accompanist and vocal coach. Performances include the Warsaw Chopin and Johannesburg Mozart Festivals.

    Celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year, the London Mozart Players are one of our finest chamber orchestras. They have worked with many prestigious artists, toured extensively worldwide and made numerous recordings.

    Dan Ludford-Thomas is a talented conductor, teacher and director of several choirs, including Lewisham Choral Society and Hackney Singers. Dan worked on the BBC Series ‘The Choir’ and has recently been appointed as Director of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

    Hackney Singers and Lewisham Choral Society are among London’s most accomplished community choirs, tackling major works in the choral repertoire from ancient to modern. This is the fifth time the two choirs have joined forces since first performing together at the London Paralympic Games opening ceremony in 2012.

    Mass in C minor, 'The Great'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Schicksalslied, 'Song of Destiny'
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Bach to the Future! German motets from Bach to Berg | Epsom Chamber Choir
    Epsom Chamber Choir, Mark Biggins
    Church of St Martin of Tours Epsom KT17 4PX
    United Kingdom

    Epsom Chamber Choir’s ‘Bach to the Future’ concert on 23rd March showcases German motets in many shapes and sizes. Alongside Bach, from the 19th century there is not only Brahms but also the great Mendelssohn, and from the 20th century are Berg, Webern and Reger. Less familiar names are also given the limelight, including Austrian Heinrich von Herzogenberg and German composer Hugo Distler, who tragically fell foul of the Nazi regime.

    Epsom Chamber Choir have an excellent track record of performing not only some of the most beautiful but also technically challenging of motets. With the mix including Bach’s 'Ich lasse dich nicht', Brahms’s 'Warum ist das Licht gegeben?', Mendelssohn’s 'Jauchzet den Herrn' and Berg’s 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen', it promises to be a memorable way to spend a spring evening.

    Ich lasse dich nicht
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Warum ist das Licht gegeben? from 2 Motetten
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (Psalm 100)
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Es ist ein Reis entsprungen
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Bach and Before | Satoko Doi-Luck (harpsichord)
    Satoko Doi-Luck
    Chapel Arts Cheltenham GL50 3QQ
    United Kingdom

    This year sees the third of Cheltenham Bach Choir’s popular Spring Festivals dedicated to the performance of Baroque music. Taking place over the last weekend of March, the programme ranges from an intimate harpsichord recital to a major performance of Bach’s St John Passion. Music lovers in Gloucestershire can expect to enjoy three days of top-class Baroque music-making.

    The Festival opens on Friday 29th March with a harpsichord recital by the remarkable Satoko Doi-Luck at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham. Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and the Shakespeare's Globe.

  • 24 March 2019 - 6:30pm
    Chelsea Opera Group: Mefistofele
    Aaron Godfrey-Mayes, Angharad Lyddon, Chelsea Opera Group Chorus, Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Matthew Scott Rogers, Pablo Bemsch, Vazgen Gazaryan
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Matthew Scott Rogers conducts the orchestra and chorus of Chelsea Opera Group in a rare concert performance of Boito's Mefistofele. Although now better known as the librettist of Verdi's Otello, Arrigo Boito was a fine composer in his own right. For his opera on Goethe's Faust he produced a string of beautiful arias and stirring choruses. He uses a large orchestra to conjure up heaven, hell and everything in between. Mefistofele differs greatly from Gounod’s Faust. Boito tries to convey more of Goethe’s original than just the romance of Faust and Margherita and includes also the Witches’ Sabbath in the Harz mountains and the Classical Sabbath at which Faust meets Helen of Troy. The opera is preceded by a magnificent choral Prologue set in heaven and ends with a short Epilogue depicting the death of Faust.

    Mefistofele
    Arrigo Boito (1842-1918)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Dream of Gerontius | Windsor and Eton Choral Society / Brandenburg Sinfonia
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, James Oxley, Jeanette Agar, Njabulo Madlala, Tim Johnson, Windsor and Eton Choral Society
    Eton College School Hall Eton SL4 6DW
    United Kingdom

    Elgar’s famous ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ is one of the greatest English choral works ever composed. This large-scale work relates the journey of a man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God. It has so many memorable and brilliantly scored sections for chorus and orchestra, such as the tremendously dramatic Demons’ Chorus and the magnificent Choir of Angelicals’ ‘Praise to the Holiest in the height’. There is also much deeply moving music for a semi chorus and three solo singers – especially heroic music for Gerontius (tenor), radiant music for the Angel (contralto) and two powerful sections for the bass soloist. Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ provides the unique experience of a major choral work, which contains both outstanding drama and beauty.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Concertos and Curiosities : unexpected works by JS Bach, WF Bach and Telemann
    Christopher Bucknall, Instruments of Time and Truth
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Concertos and Curiosities: unexpected works by JS Bach, WF Bach and GP Telemann

    An evening of unexpected delights. Two very different harpsichord concertos from Johann Sebastian Bach - the brooding darkness and intensity of the D minor concerto juxtaposed with the open radiance of the A major concerto. Alongside these two masterpieces, a zany and playful Suite by JSBach’s friend and colleague Telemann, 'La Bizarre', and an unexpected and intimate suite, most likely by Bach’s eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

    Director and Harpsichord soloist Christopher Bucknall

    Suite, 'La Bizarre'
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Concerto No 1 for harpsichord and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for harpsichord (originally oboe d'amore) and strings in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Overture in G minor (previously attributed to JS Bach BWV 1070)
    Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
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