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Format: 2018-11-16
Format: 2018-11-16
  • 23 November 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert celebrating the centenary of Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Fulham Brass Band, John Ward, Tom Nielsen
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Fulham Brass Band pay tribute to this fine composer.

    Wilfred Heaton (1918 – 2000) composer, conductor and teacher, was born in Sheffield on 2 December 1918, the younger of two children of John, a cutler, and Miriam Heaton. The Heaton family were members of the Sheffield Park Corps of The Salvation Army. John Heaton was the bandmaster and his wife had a fine singing voice. It was natural therefore for young Wilfred’s musical talents to be nurtured through The Salvation Army. He began piano lessons at the age of eight and soon after was learning the cornet and composing music of his own. His long life in music was underpinned by wide-ranging interests in the arts, in philosophy, and by his strong religious background and faith.

    Tom Nielsen is the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Brass Award 2018

    The Golden Pen
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Celestial Prospect
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Martyn
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Annie Laurie - variations for cornet and band
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Le tricot rouge
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    My treasure
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Victory for me!
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mahler Piano Series - Concert 11 - New Beginnings | Iain Farrington (piano)
    Fenella Humphreys, Iain Farrington
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    The Mahler Piano Series features a wide variety of musical styles that influenced Mahler, as well as the bulk of his symphonic music arranged for solo piano.

    Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Iain Farrington explores the European musical melting pot of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring exceptional singers performing in an intimate salon venue from the period, this is a unique and remarkable exploration of Mahler’s musical world.

    New Beginnings
    In the final concert of this series, several of Mahler's brilliant contemporaries are featured: the young prodigy Korngold, the trailblazer Schoenberg and the futurist Busoni. Wagner's music was always central to Mahler's work and was to influence his final piece, the Tenth Symphony. Although unfinished at the time of his death, Mahler's sketches for the Symphony provide a complete score, unorchestrated and essentially in piano form. The Symphony will be performed in a full piano version, a fitting and moving culmination to Mahler's output.

    Iain Farrington
    Iain has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. Iain has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at all the major UK venues, as well as in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Iain has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Lesley Garrett, Paul McCartney and gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three. He has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces, including several orchestral works for the BBC Proms. Iain has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, instrumental and choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire (including much Mahler) are regularly performed around the world, and he has arranged and performed all of Elgar's symphonies on the piano.

    Fenella Humphreys
    Winner of the BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a diverse and busy career combining concerto performances, solo recitals and chamber music. Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the new Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and performed the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home at the invitation of the Walton Trust in a performance that was recorded by Canadian TV.

    Fenella has won great acclaim for her project Bach to the Future, a set of 6 newly commissioned unaccompanied violin works set alongside Bach's music. She has performed it numerous times across the UK and recorded it on two critically acclaimed CDs, both receiving BBC Music Magazine's Instrumental disc of the month. The second won the BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award and was also Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Fenella is a passionate chamber musician, enjoying performances with Ensemble Perpetuo, Counterpoise and I Musicanti as well as collaborations with artists including Alexander Baillie, Adrian Brendel, Pekka Kuusisto, Alec Frank-Gemmill and Martin Lovett.

    6 Little Piano Pieces
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Berceuse élégaique
    Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
    Symphony No 10 in F sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Ball beim Märchenkönig (The Fairy King's Ball) from Märchenbilder (Fairytale Pictures)
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Adagietto from Symphony No 5
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 16 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 3 - Ballade No 4 | 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.

    Fantaisie in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 2 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in A 'Military'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 5 in F sharp major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 23 in D
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 21 in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Rondo à la Mazur in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ballade No 4 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 16 November 2018 - 9:45pm
    After Hours: Sinfonia Viva with Aoife Miskelly (soprano)
    Aoife Miskelly, Sinfonia ViVA
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Sinfonia Viva are joined by Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly in a performance of Samuel Barber’s lush and richly textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Based on the works of great American writer James Agee, the piece depicts an idyllic, nostalgic evening in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a simple, dreamlike quality, which Barber described as a ‘lyric rhapsody’.

    London based trombonist Raph Clarkson has developed an eclectic musical career spanning jazz, avant-garde, classical and salsa music. As a composer, he has been commissioned to write a number of pieces by Sinfonia Viva, including this setting of John Donne’s famous Sonnet.

    A co-promotion with Orchestras Live.

    This event follows an earlier concert with Sinfonia Viva.

    Start time may vary depending on the finishing time of the earlier concert.

    Free for Sinfonia Viva concert ticket holders.

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    Knoxville: Summer of 1915
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Death be not proud
    Raph Clarkson (1988-)
  • 16 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Orphy Robinson presents: Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks
    Orphy Robinson, Sarah Jane Morris
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    This concert celebrates Van Morrison’s masterpiece Astral Weeks, released 50 years ago, in November 1968. Jazz FM ‘Live Experience of the Year’ Award winner Orphy Robinson brings together some of the UK’s top jazz players to reinterpret the magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences that made up Astral Weeks, with the vocals sung by the great Sarah Jane Morris, who’s best known for her work with The Communards on songs like Don’t leave me this way.

    Astral Weeks
    Van Morrison (1945-)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies and Joseph Middleton
    Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Middleton
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    “Carolyn Sampson’s soprano sparkles and Iestyn Davies’s countertenor glides through the air” says The Guardian. Join these two world-class singers in this ravishing joint song recital spanning four centuries, two countries and a whole world of human emotion. The meeting of their voices, combined with their individual interpretations of the music, reveal something unique in everything they sing.

    Sound the Trumpet from Come ye sons of art, (Birthday Ode for Mary II)
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Lost is my quiet for ever
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Music for a while
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    If music be the food of love (arr. Britten)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    No, resistance is but vain from The Maid's Last Prayer (or Any Rather Than Fail)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    6 Duets
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Scheidend
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Neue Liebe from 6 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3 Duette
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Nachtlied from 'Lieder und Gesange IV'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Stille Liebe from 12 Gedichte
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Der Einsiedler from 3 Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Aufträge from 5 Lieder und Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    So wahr die Sonne scheinet from 12 Gedichte aus Rückerts 'Liebesfrühling'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    It was a lover and his lass from 5 Shakespeare Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Weep you no more sad fountains from 7 Elizabethan Lyrics
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Music, when soft voices die from 6 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Drink to me only with thine eyes
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Love's philosophy from 3 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Love calls through the summer night from Love at the Inn
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
  • 18 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    Monte Piano Trio
    Hiroaki Takenouchi, Monte Piano Trio
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    The Monte Piano Trio's appearances at Conway Hall are always a highlight of the season. Now based in Germany, we are delighted to be hosting them at Conway Hall as part of a short tour. At the heart of their programme is Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, a work inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem following a couple walking through a dark, moonlit forest. The highly effective version for trio was arranged by one of Schoenberg's former students Eduard Steuermann.

    The Monte Piano Trio has performed in major concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden in London, Daning Theater in Shanghai and the Romanian Atheneum. Their television and radio broadcasts have included BBC, WDR, CBS, DLF, SWR, TVR and Radio Clasica.

    Formed in 2008 at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main, The Monte Piano Trio were subsequently invited to play at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Osnabrück, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Heidelberger Frühling, Stift International Festival in Holland and Constella Festival in the USA. The trio's engagements have taken them to Germany, USA, UK (including performances at the Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall and Kings Place), Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Holland and Brazil. They won first prizes at the Mirabent Competition in Spain and at the European Karlsruhe Competition in Germany and were also prize winners at several international competitions including Schumann (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Brahms (Austria) and Almere (Holland).

    The trio is featured on the sound track of "Maestro", a documentary film which explores the life of musicians through the eyes of Paavo Järvi. In 2015 they released their CD, "From a Tender Age", in partnership with Genuin Classics. It was chosen as CD of the Month by Stereo Magazine, highly recommended (five stars) by Fono Forum and was featured in the "Klassik Stars" programme on Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR). The Monte Piano Trio's second recording for the Genuin Label, "Tryptich" was released in May 2017.

    Having received a Diploma with Honors from the Musikhochschule in Essen, the trio continued their studies at "Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia" in Madrid where they graduated with the highest honours. The Trio has received artistic guidance from Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Ralf Gothóni, Dirk Mommertz, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.

    Pre-concert recital | Hiro Takenouchi: Sunday Sonatas, 5:30pm in the Main Hall

    Explore the journey of Mozart's life from young prodigy to the epitome of classical music, as Hiro Takenouchi embarks on a series of performing all of Mozart's sonatas for solo piano, leading up to his Mozart Finale concert next year.

    Mozart Piano Sonata No 9 in D K 311
    Mozart Piano Sonata No 12 in F K 332

    Keyboard Trio No 10 in E flat major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Verklarte Nacht
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Trio
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
  • 25 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    New Zealand String Quartet
    New Zealand String Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Having recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, the New Zealand String Quartet has since played all over the world to great acclaim. Conway Hall plays host to the first concert of their UK tour, in a programme certain to delight: three masterpieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, charting the journey of his compositions for string quartet through three different periods.

    Celebrating its 30th season in 2017, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.

    Over the decades the Quartet has cultivated a rich repertoire, including a wide variety of New Zealand music, composers' cycles from Beethoven to Bartok, Mozart to Berg, in addition to theatrical presentations on musical topics ranging from Haydn's 'Seven Last Words' to Janacek's 'Kreutzer Sonata'.

    The group's extensive discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Berg, many New Zealand compositions, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, and the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltan Szekely quartet.In 2011 the Atoll Records release "Notes from a Journey', a collection of works by New Zealand composers, won 'Classical Recording of the Year' at the NZ Music Awards.Their most recent recordings on the Naxos label include 'Asian Music for String Quartet' and a disc featuring the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn. The quartet's current project, also for Naxos, includes all the Brahms string quartets as well as his string and clarinet quintets

    Acclaimed performances in London's Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival, in New York at the Frick Collection, and in Washington's Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium have led to regular touring in the UK, Europe and North America.The Quartet has also toured in Mexico, Curaçao, Japan, Korea, and China, and made many visits to Australia, including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville and the Canberra International Music Festival.Much-loved by audiences in New Zealand, the country's premier chamber ensemble presents a vast array of concerts in venues large and small all over the country each year.

    The New Zealand String Quartet is renowned for its versatility and has enjoyed collaborating with musicians from all over the globe, in a range of classical, jazz and world music genres. Collaborations with classical musicians and ensembles have included performances with Piers Lane, Kathryn Stott, Martin Roscoe, Peter Nagy, James Campbell, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Gao Ping, Anton Kuerti, Alexander Lonquich, Peter Cropper, Colin Carr, Frans Helmerson, Christoph Richter, and Joel Quarrington, the Lafayette, Lindsay, Michelangelo, Prazak, and Goldner quartets, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company and Voices New Zealand chamber choir.

    Equally comfortable outside the realms of classical music, the Quartet has collaborated with jazz greats Mike Nock, Jim Hall, Wayne Marshall, and world music exponents such as Turkey's Omar Farouk Tekbilek and New Zealand's Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo.In 2013/2014 the group undertook a ground-breaking collaboration with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, China's foremost traditional instrument ensemble, touring a programme of seven new works by Chinese and New Zealand composers in both China and New Zealand.2016 sees the Quartet touring New Zealand with jazz pianist Uri Caine and improvising on stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Alexander Ekman's 'Cacti'.

    The Quartet is committed to the development of young musicians and composers through its work as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, where three of the members are Associate Professors. They also enjoy giving master classes worldwide and run the annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music in Nelson, as well as a chamber music course for secondary school students each year at Queen's Birthday weekend.

    Violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, regarded as one of the foremost festivals of its kind in the southern hemisphere. After making music together for over 20 years, 2nd violinist Doug Beilman stepped down at the end of 2015 and has been replaced by Australian violinist Monique Lapins. The three other long-serving members of the Quartet have each received recognition as Members of the New Zealand order of Merit (MNZM) for services to music in New Zealand.

    String Quartet No 2 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 9 in C, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    So Percussion
    Sō Percussion
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    So Percussion: the name is Japanese, the performers are American but their music is universal. At the cutting edge of contemporary percussion, they are at home in minimalism, jazz, world music and dance, always pushing the boundaries with electrifying and innovative music-making. This concert’s programme will include music by two of their favourite composers – Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner – as well as a special performance in collaboration with students from Saffron Walden County High School.

  • 25 November 2018 - 3:00pm
    Czech National Symphony Orchestra
    Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Heiko Mathias Förster, Jennifer Pike
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    A quiet hymn, a flurry of birdsong, and Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is on its way. Maybe it’s the lilt of the rhythms, or the sound of those Bohemian woodwinds, but there’s always something magical about hearing a Czech orchestra play Czech music. Smetana’s comedy overture makes a sparkling opener, and to hear Jennifer Pike in Bruch’s hugely-popular concerto makes this concert unmissable!

    Overture from The Bartered Bride
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Libertango
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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