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Format: 2018-12-10
Format: 2018-12-10
  • 16 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Christmas Cracker with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 16 December 2018 - 3:00pm
    Christmas Cracker (matinee) with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Oliver Tompsett, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Christmas isn’t the same without attending the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker. This fun, festive concert is back for two performances of glittering Christmas songs and music, featuring West End star Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls). This sparkling programme includes: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Winter Wonderland …and many more!

    As the beautiful Christmas tree illuminates Cadogan Hall’s stage and mulled wine is served to complement the wintry weather, there will be no doubt in your minds that Christmas has well and truly begun!

  • 13 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the Classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 14 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the Classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 15 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Viennese Christmas by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin DZ08 H6X3
    United Kingdom

    Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

    With an evening, packed full of all your family favourites, the concert kicks off with the well-known elegance of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture, before a selection of suites and highlights from Tchaikovsky festive ballets. Join the orchestra as they explore the iconic moments of the Nutcracker through the wonder of the Arabian Dance, the delicacy of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the romantic Waltz of the Flowers. Accompanied by Brahms’s regal Hungarian Dances, and Schubert’s vastly virtuosic Rondo for Violin, the evening is concluded with another classic, the immensely moving and hugely emotional Blue Danube Waltz, with its spacious and expansive opening. The piece features a remarkably humbling and melancholic melody yet an optimistic accompaniment, in the famous waltz rhythm, that conjure a variety of different emotions for each individual listener, making it one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire to this day. Enjoy London Concertante’s moving rendition as they deliver the emotion and passion that the piece rightfully deserves. Let their masterful repertoire choices, enthusiastic performance style, hilarious anecdotes, and festive attire brighten up your wintery night!

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Overture from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tritsch Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hungarian Dance No 5
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Rondo for violin and strings in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An der schönen, blauen Donau, 'Blue Danube Waltz'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 18 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Christmas at Blackmore | The Stondon Singers (chamber choir)
    Christopher Tinker, Gwenllian Llyr, Michael Frith, The Stondon Singers
    Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore CM4 0RN
    United Kingdom

    Christmas at Blackmore is a popular annual feature on the Stondon Singers' calendar. Performed in the atmospheric Priory Church of St Laurence, and featuring seasonal music and favourite audience carols, this concert regularly sells out and therefore we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Mulled wine and mince pies in the interval help to create a special Christmas atmosphere.

    The Stondon Singers were formed in 1968, and this concert marks the end of our golden anniversary year.

    Excerpts from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Lullaby, my sweet little baby
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Christmas selection
    Various ()
    Excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 14 December 2018 - 7:00pm
    Messiah (1750 London Version)
    Opera dei Lumi, Peter Keenan
    Paxton House Paxton TD15 1SZ
    United Kingdom

    Following a sell-out performance of Handel's most famous work in 2017, Opera dei Lumi are delighted to return to the intimate surroundings of the Picture Gallery at Paxton House with another Messiah. Bringing together the finest musical talent from across the UK, this year Opera dei Lumi will explore Handel's performances in London in 1750 – a watershed moment in the work's evolution to how we know and love it today. Join us to revel in the effervescence of this magnificent masterpiece, featuring many of the composer’s best known choruses (notably the Hallelujah), and arias of unparalleled virtuosity and lyricism.

    Messiah (London Version 1750)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 14 December 2018 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 4 - Sonata No 2 | Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 1 in F minor from 3 Nouvelles Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 21 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 1 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 15 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah | Bristol Choral Society
    Bristol Choral Society, Bristol Ensemble, Christopher Bowen, Frederick Long, Hilary Campbell, Lucilla Graham, Lucy De Butts
    Clifton Cathedral Bristol BS8 3BX
    United Kingdom

    For over 120 years we’ve been getting a seasonal handle on Messiah and under our new Music Director Hilary Campbell, the Handelian tradition turns the page on a fresh chapter.

    A pithy overture. A tenor soloist clearing his throat in readiness: Messiah has begun! Bristol Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s great oratorio – composed at white heat in the summer of 1741 – can trace a distinguished history back nearly a century and a quarter. For many it’s up there with bringing home the tree or collecting the bird in signalling that Christmas is just around the corner. Our performing style might have changed over the years but our commitment and enthusiasm remain as unassailable as ever. Once again we’re joined by fine soloists and this year by the Bristol Ensemble. After attending Messiah’s premiere one Irish Bishop remarked ‘it seemed to be a species of musick different from any other… so great and open as to please all who have ears and will listen’. Nearly 275 years on, willing ears marvel still.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 16 December 2018 - 6:30pm
    Chamber Ensemble of London
    Chamber Ensemble of London
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    *The concert is generously sponsored by the John Ireland Trust*

    The Chamber Ensemble of London close our Autumn season in an opulent musical night from Baroque to Britten, ideal in the run-up to the Christmas holiday season. Led by violinist Peter Fisher, the ensemble features handpicked players from some of London's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and their programmes combine music spanning the past and present of classical music.

    The Chamber Ensemble of London - up to 14 string players - is directed by the violinist Peter Fisher, amongst a handful of the world's finest musicians as The Times noted following a Royal Albert Hall concert in 2005.

    The Ensemble has given dozens of classical concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly and the Purcell Room. For many years it was associated with the Wavendon Festival run by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, which meant it also played light music and jazz as well as the standard baroque and classical repertoire. Versatile programming, often using special arrangements and new music, has led to engagements with the London Film Museum in County Hall, the Banqueting House and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Chamber Ensemble of London has also played for several music societies and at festivals outside London.

    Pre-concert recital | Musicians from the Royal College of Music, 5:30pm in the Main Hall

    The past and present collide in this pre-concert recital by selected ensembles from the Royal College of Music. The chirping grace notes of Haydn's String Quartet in C lend the piece's nickname 'The Bird', while American composer Kevin Puts' Lento Assai takes inspiration from the slow movement of Beethoven's final quartet.

    Kevin Puts Lento Assai
    Haydn Quartet in C Op.33 No.3 'The Bird'

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Ave Maria, 'Ellens Gesänge III' from 7 Gesänge aus Walter Scotts 'Fräulein vom See'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Simple Symphony
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Overture from L'Olimpiade
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    Cavatina, for violin and piano
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Bagatelle for violin and piano
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Tarte au Citron
    Clive Jenkins (1938-)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Hoe-down from Rodeo
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
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