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Format: 2018-09-21
Format: 2018-09-21
  • 29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Chiaroscuro Quartet, with Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet)
    Alina Ibragimova, Annelien van Wauwe, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Claire Thirion, Emilie Hörnlund, Pablo Hernan Benedi
    Influence Church Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    The internationally acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet, under its leader Alina Ibragimova, is praised as "a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music" in Gramophone magazine. The musicians perform works of the classical and early romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows, "allowing them to find a sometimes astonishing range of dynamics and colours" (BBC Record Review). Haydn's much-loved 'Joke' Quartet leads naturally into one of Beethoven's early quartets, still rooted in the Classical idiom.

    The Quartet is joined by star clarinettist Annelien van Wauwe for Mozart's wonderful Clarinet Quintet. A former BBC New Generation Artist, and Professor of Clarinet at the Royal Conservatory, Antwerp, she is one of the most exciting and original clarinettists of her generation.

    String Quartet in E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, James Murray, Jennifer Wigram, Polina Makhina
    St Saviours Church St Albans AL1 4DF
    United Kingdom
    Overture to 'The Creatures of Prometheus'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Serenade for small orchestra
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Symphony No 39 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    30 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel and MacMillan | Exultate Singers
    David Ogden, Exultate Chamber Ensemble, Exultate Singers
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Exultate Singers is joined by the Exultate Chamber Orchestra to perform two powerful and virtuosic works for choir and string orchestra.

    Widely admired as a masterpiece, James MacMillan’s Seven last words from the Cross follows Christ’s final utterances at the crucifixion, meditating on each to form a dramatic and emotional sequence. The vocal writing is at times dramatic and intense, at others plaintive and tender. MacMillan’s use of vocal and instrumental is always mesmerizing and deeply moving.

    One of the most exhilarating of all his choral works, Handel’s Dixit Dominus was written when the composer was just 22 years old. The piece displays youthful vitality and energy throughout with strong Italian influences. One of the highlights is the duet for two solo sopranos De torrente in via bibet, whose lines weave in and out of each other in exquisite, heartrending counterpoint.

    Seven last words from the Cross
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    29 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    Jonathan and Tom Scott (piano duet)
    Scott Brothers Piano Duo
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    “I don't think I've ever met two people so talented as the Scott Brothers” - Manchester Evening News

    Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Tom read Music at The University of Manchester, gained the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for Excellence in his degree, and subsequently achieved a distinction in his Masters degree. He made his concerto debut with the Hallé Orchestra, aged 17. Jonathan continued his studies in the USA and Holland, and was awarded the W.T.Best Gold Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and subsequently received the Freedom of the City of London. They perform as soloists all over the world.

    This is the first in the 47th season of nine concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 250. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Overture to the Barber of Seville
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Duet Sequence
    Tom Scott (1981-)
    Vltava from Má vlast
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Excerpts from 8 Slavonic Dances
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Sonata for Keyboard Duet in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Siciliano from Sonata for flute and harpsichord No 2 in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Petite Suite, for piano 4 hands
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 22 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Digital Spaghetti | Bojan Cicic
    Bojan Čičić, Instruments of Time and Truth
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Instruments of Time and Truth and soloist Bojan Cicic present a programme of dazzling Italian violin concerti by Vivaldi and Locatelli.

    Leading baroque violinist of his generation and international soloist Bojan Cicic has this intricate and virtuosic music at his fingertips. This promises to be a thrilling and delightful concert full of lyricism and technical mastery.

    Introduzzione teatreale in G
    Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)
    Concerto for violin and strings, 'Il laberinto armonico'
    Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)
    Concerto for viola d'amore in D major
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for strings in D minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for violin and strings senza cantin in D minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 28 September 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Band of the Grenadier Guards Clarinet Ensemble
    Band of the Grenadier Guards Clarinet Ensemble, Sarah Marinescu
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Band of the Grenadier Guards

    11 clarinetists present this entertaining programme of light music.

    Divertimento
    Alfred Uhl (1909-1992)
    Swete Roose, for a cappella choir
    Toby Young ()
    Clownery for clarinets
    Harry Stalpers (1926-2001)
    The sands of time
    Rob Wiffin ()
  • 22 September 2018 - 10:00am
    Come and Sing: Karl Jenkins -The Armed Man
    Simon Howat, Tom Hammond-Davies, Wooburn Singers
    Dr Challoner's High School Little Chalfont, Amersham HP7 9QB
    United Kingdom

    If you've never sung this iconic piece before, now is your chance to join a group of experienced singers and spend the day rehearsing it under the baton of musical director, Tom Hammond-Davies. There will be a run-through performance with professional soloists at the end of the day for friends and family. Dr Challoners High School is walking distance from Chalfont & Latimer Station on the Metropolitan line and the Chiltern Line.

    For further information and to download a booking form, see here

    The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
  • 28 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Musical Banquet - A Feast for your Ears!
    Adrian Boorman, Malcolm Pearce, Musical Banquet, Tricia Warhurst
    St Frideswide's Church Oxford OX2 0BL
    United Kingdom

    The critically acclaimed Oxfordshire early music trio Musical Banquet will be making a welcome return to St Frideswide's Church, New Osney, Oxford on Friday 28th September 2018 performing a special charity concert in aid of church funds. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a delectable menu of musical delicacies including vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Campion and Purcell, along with some of their contemporaries, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

    Dedicated to the patroness saint of Oxford and close to the city centre, St Frideswide's enjoys a picturesque waterside setting betwen two back streams of the Thames and is perhaps best known for the Alice Door at north east end of the nave, carved by Alice (in Wonderland) Liddell. This historic building makes a fine backdrop for tonight’s unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with countertenor voice much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. An eclectic selection of music will include some 'sweet treats' from one of England’s finest composers, Henry Purcell, and the gourmet ‘menu’ features a special tribute to the Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns. With plenty of surprises along the way, the evening will be presented in the trio’s characteristically lively, entertaining and imaginative style. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

    Tickets ‘on the door’ are priced at £5 and include a full colour ‘souvenir’ programme and light refreshments after the performance when there will be an opportunity to meet the musicians. All proceeds from this event will be donated to St Frideswide’s Church Funds.

    Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

    ‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’ ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’ ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ 'The intimate weaving of music with witty and entertaining repartee, made for a relaxed yet inspiring experience‘ 'Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

    Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

    If music be the food of love
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    White as lilies was her face
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Her rosy cheeks
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    With fragrant flowers
    Francis Pilkington (c1570-1638)
    Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon
    Traditional Scottish ()
    Comin' thro the Rye
    Traditional Scottish ()
    My love is like a red, red rose
    Traditional Scottish ()
    Durisdeer - We'll meet nae mair at sunset
    Traditional Scottish ()
    Wi' a hundred pipers
    Lady Carolina Nairne (1766-1845)
    Come Love, let's walk
    Anonymous ()
    Underneath a cypress shade
    Francis Pilkington (c1570-1638)
    O Sweet Woods
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Man is for the woman made
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town from The Mock Marriage
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    The knotting song
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Pious Celinda
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • 22 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    In 40 Parts | Ex Cathedra
    Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU
    United Kingdom

    Ex Cathedra brings an epic programme with no fewer than four pieces written in 40 parts. There are two works composed especially for Ex Cathedra and a rare opportunity to hear the iconic model, the soaring, uplifting, remarkable, truly monumental Spem in alium!

    This is their first visit to the Assembly Hall Theatre.

    Spem in alium (40-part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ecce beatam lucem (40-part motet)
    Alessandro Striggio (c1540-1592)
    Sanctum est verum lumen
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Earthrise
    Alec Roth (1948- )
    Sing and glorify
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  • 23 September 2018 - 5:00pm
    Homage à Brahms: includes Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)
    Brett Dean, Lotte Betts-Dean, Melvyn Tan, Tom Poster
    Marble Hall, Hatfield House Hatfield AL9 5HX
    United Kingdom

    Brahms Lieder are further explored as part of the 'Brahms and Friends' theme to this year's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival. Father and daughter Brett Dean and Lotte Betts-Dean appear in their first recital together, with solo works interpersed from Melvyn Tan, including Brett Dean's homage to Brahms.

    Märchenbilder for viola and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sapphische Ode
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Ständchen from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Meine Liebe ist grün from 9 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    O kühler Wald from 5 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Unbewegte, laue Luft from 8 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Intermezzo in B minor from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Homage à Brahms, for piano
    Brett Dean (1961-)
    Rhapsody in E flat from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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