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Format: 2018-01-19
Format: 2018-01-19
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    26 January 2018 - 7:45pm
    Escher Quartet
    Aaron Boyd, Adam Barnett-Hart, Brook Speltz, Escher Quartet, Pierre Lapointe
    Sussex Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    Within months of its inception in 2005 in the USA, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pincus Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist's summer festival.

    Since then the quartet has flourished both in the US and Europe with a number of appearances at the Wigmore Hall and King's Place, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Berlin Konzerthaus. Their Naxos recording of the Zemlinski Quartets was the Guardian's 'Classical CD of the Year'.

    'One of the top young quartets before the public today...This is a group to watch' Washington Post

    String Quartet No 2 in D
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    String Quartet No 9 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    String Quartet No 1 in D major
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    21 January 2018 - 3:00pm
    Pomegranate Piano Trio
    Pomegranate Piano Trio
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    The Pomegranate Piano Trio is a new collaboration between highly successful, award-winning musicians with a passion for chamber music. Since its debut concert, for the City of London Chamber Music Society in January 2014, it has quickly established an enviable reputation for fine performances. It now pursues a busy concert diary playing imaginative and engaging programmes throughout Britain.

    Keyboard Trio No 45 in E flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Piano Trio No 7 in B Flat 'Archduke'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    19 January 2018 - 7:30pm
    Emerson String Quartet
    Emerson String Quartet
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Is this the world’s finest string quartet? The Emerson String Quartet’s nine Grammies and three Gramophone Awards make a powerful case. For their Saffron Hall debut they’re playing the visionary first quartet by American maverick Charles Ives. But Haydn and Schumann frame the programme, and when you hear the Emersons play them you’ll agree with The Times: “with musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity”.

    String Quartet No 25 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1, 'From the Salvation Army'
    Charles Ives (1874-1954)
    String Quartet in A
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    19 January 2018 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts: Craig Ogden (guitar)
    Craig Ogden
    Artrix Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts’ current season is once again attracting attention for the calibre of its internationally renowned guest artists who are bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2017 until March 2018. Full details can be found on Concert-Diary website.

    Visiting during the 2017-18 season include audience favourites, guitarist Craig Ogden, who brings his own particular warmth and proficiency to an engaging programme of works both new and old, and leading British pianist, Leon McCawley, who brings a classic programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Hans Gál - the often overlooked Austrian composer - who he has recently recorded.

    Two outstanding string quartets - the Castalian - following visits to the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall - and the Kodaly -ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture - bring major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Thomas Adès.

    Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist, Florian Kitt, and pianist, Carlos Rivera-Aguilar, bring the cello into focus with an adventurous programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Britten, Takemitsu and Austrian contemporary composer, Friedrich Cerha.

    Period instrument Ensemble DeNote (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and fortepiano), give their own individual insight into works by Haydn and Mozart, including an arrangement of the Gran Partita K 361, in a programme they will personally introduce.

    The gifted young Eblana String Trio – violin, viola and cello – showcase lyrical British works by Purcell, Finzi, EJ Moeran and David Matthews. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group.

    The Van Kuijk Quartet from France, with guest Charlotte Bonneton (2nd viola), bring the season to a close with a programme of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart’s remarkable G minor Quintet K 516. Winners of a string of awards, including 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the group are in demand internationally and have played throughout Europe, the United States, South East Asia and Australia during the past season.

    “At Bromsgrove Concerts, we aim to provide programmes that are easily enjoyable while offering a varied and imaginative repertoire, and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces”, explained Janet Upward, Chair of the Committee. “Responses from our audience suggest that hearing contemporary pieces alongside more traditional works enhances the listening experience of both.”

    “This season we are particularly keen to extend an invitation to those who may be first-time visitors from across the region; offering a friendly welcome and opportunity to mingle socially”, added Janet. “We regularly link up with compatible arts enterprises to encourage those interested to come along and bring their friends. For regular concert-goers there is a cost-effective Season ticket which allows access to all concerts priced at a discounted rate, or a flexible Rover ticket.”

    Free parking is provided at the venue. A Premier Inn is adjacent to the venue providing overnight accommodation in addition to a restaurant, and there is a café at Artrix.

    Fantasie
    Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)
    Sonata for guitar, 'Mosstrooper Peak'
    Nigel Westlake (1958-)
    Asturias
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Torre Bermeja from 12 Piezas caracteristicas
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Sevilla from Suite española No 1
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Suite for lute in G minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata para guitarra
    Antonio José (1902-1936)
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    27 January 2018 - 7:00pm
    American Rhapsody! -Annual Family Concert with Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ian Buckle, Mark Heron, Nicki Chapman, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Why not beat those post-Christmas blues with a trip stateside with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra for their Annual Family Concert?

    Our American themed concert will bring you some of the USA's best music from stage, screen and TV.

    Plenty of fabulous tunes that all the family will enjoy!

    Rhapsody in Blue
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Symphonic Picture from 'Oklahoma'
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    The Theme from Superman
    John Williams (1932-)
    Main theme from filmscore to 'Born on the Fourth of July'
    John Williams (1932-)
    Largo from Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Hoe-down from Rodeo
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Theme from the film 'The Big Country'
    Jerome Moross (1913-1983)
    The John Dunbar Theme from Dances with Wolves
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    The Simpsons
    Danny Elfman ()
    America from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    On the Town
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
  • 22 January 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Organ Recital: Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Opening with the first Huddersfield performance of the American virtuoso Frederick Swann’s Trumpet Tune, the programme moves on to one of the pieces most requested by the Kirklees audience, Julius Reubke’s astonishing Sonata on the 94th Psalm.

    Trumpet Tune
    Frederick Swann (1931-)
    Toccata for the Flutes
    John Stanley (1712-1786)
    Prelude and Fugue in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Trio super 'Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata on the 94th Psalm in C minor
    F Julius Reubke (1834-1858)
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    21 January 2018 - 3:00pm
    Tea-time concert: Schubert | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble
    Christ Church Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
    United Kingdom

    A chamber ensemble of eight prinicpal musicians from Bristol Ensemble perform Schubert’s celebrated masterpiece, the Octet for wind and strings, The Octet enjoys enduring popularity for its sumptuous melodies and harmonic twists and turns. Commissioned by a famous clarinettist of the day in 1824, it is considered to be one of the greatest chamber works ever composed.

    Octet in F
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    20 January 2018 - 7:30pm
    Henleaze Concert Society: Mozart and Schubert | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble
    Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church Bristol BS9 4BT
    United Kingdom

    Schubert’s celebrated masterpiece, the Octet for wind and strings, takes centre stage in this New Year concert, alongside Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Clarinet Quintet, one of the most well-loved works in the chamber music repertoire, celebrated through the centuries for its exquisitely-crafted melodic lines.

    The octet also enjoys enduring popularity for its sumptuous melodies and harmonic twists and turns. Commissioned by a famous clarinettist of the day in 1824, it was written to complement Beethoven’s Septet, and is considered to be one of the greatest chamber works ever composed.

    Pre-concert talk with David Bednall at 6.45pm.

    Octet in F
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    21 January 2018 - 3:00pm
    Alexandra Lomeiko (violin) and Antonina Suhanova (piano)
    Alexandra Lomeiko, Antonina Suhanova
    St Gregory's Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury CT1 1NX
    United Kingdom

    Alexandra Lomeiko was born in 1991 into a family of musicians. Based in London, United Kingdom, Alexandra has established herself as one of the most talented and versatile musicians her age, winning prizes in various competitions, founding and directing the unconducted ensemble Silk Street Sinfonia, being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and performing extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician both in the UK and abroad.

    Since 2000, the Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova (1991) has been praised at numerous national and international piano competitions in France, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Russia and Estonia. She studied with Gunta Boza and Professor Juris Kalnciems at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music before moving to London in 2012 where she commenced her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of distinguished British pianist Ronan O'Hora. Since September 2015 she is continuing her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall and has been awarded a full scholarship sponsored by the Edith Vogel Bursary and Drake Calleja Trust.

    Sonata for violin and harpsichord No 4 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for violin and piano in A, 'Grand Duo'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for violin and piano
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 2 in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    27 January 2018 - 7:30pm
    Music and Maths with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Marcus du Sautoy, Marios Papadopoulos, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Exploring the nature of inspiration and the role of mathematics in our understanding of the great composers, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy joins us to present a multimedia lecture that will astound music-lovers and mathematicians alike. With visual projections above the orchestra, discover the numerical blueprint that lies beneath the surface of celebrated scores before hearing how these patterns unfold in a concert performance of masterworks by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

    Supported by a friend of the Oxford Philharmonic.

    Overture from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 47 in G
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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