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Format: 2018-04-26
Format: 2018-04-26
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    26 April 2018 - 7:45pm
    Fretwork (viol consort)
    Asako Morikawa, Emily Ashton, Fretwork, Joanna Levine, Richard Boothby, Sam Stadlen
    Bunyan Meeting Bedford MK40 3EU
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating programme lays out a treasure trove of 'In nomine' settings, all stemming from Taverner’s 16th century setting of the Benedictus (which includes the phrase 'in nomine Domini' (in the name of the Lord) from a Mass built on the plainchant 'Gloria tibi Trinitas'. In nomines form a rich repertory of late renaissance/early baroque English instrumental music. So attractive was this music that it inspired 150 years of English composers to compose variants in their own style, including two by living composers, Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

    Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertoire, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group.

    "...it is hard to imagine consort playing of greater refinement or subtlety than this..." The Times
    "...the finest viol consort on the planet..." London Evening Standard

    Fantasia No 8 for 4 viols
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    In nomine
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    In nomine a 5 No 12, 'Crye'
    Christopher Tye (c1505-1572)
    In nomine III
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Ut re mi
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    De la Court
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    In nomine a 5 No 1
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    In nomine
    Picforth (?1550-1610)
    In nomine
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Slow (In nomine in 5 parts)
    Nico Muhly (1981-)
    Consort Sett a 6 in G minor
    William Lawes (1602-1645)
    In nomine, after Purcell
    Gavin Bryars (1943-)
    Fantasia No 4 in 4 parts in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Fantazia of 5 parts in F ‘upon one note’
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Bach Choir: Alexander Nevsky - discover the meaning behind the music
    David Hill, Hilary Summers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Ponsford, The Bach Choir
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    'Discover the meaning behind the music'

    Two modern day masterpieces: the War and Peace of 20th century music. Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

    The Bach Choir presents their first ever performance of Sergei’s Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Described as ‘the best movie score ever written’, for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 epic film of the same name, Prokofiev conducted the cantata’s first performance in Moscow in May 1939. In this innovative rendering by The Bach Choir, the passion of the music and the poetry of the words are enhanced by a visual exploration of the piece’s conception and composition, with a portrayal of the composer as the audience’s guide. We extend an invitation to those who are intrigued to see, as well as to hear, the power of classical music.

    Alongside in this his centenary year, we have Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity using a magical blend of the Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse. Samuel Barber's solemn Agnus Dei and the musical rush of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances From West Side Story complete our delve into the light and dark of the 20th century. Featuring soprano Hilary Summers.

    Chichester Psalms
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Agnus Dei
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Alexander Nevsky
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Lux - 21st century choral music - Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Alison Lincoln, Carys Chaney, David Ballard, Dhilan Gnanadurai, Jonathan Stamp, Lawrence Thackeray, Rosamund Walton, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Cromer Parish Church Cromer NR27 9ES
    United Kingdom

    A wonderful programme of 21st century choral music celebrating the theme of Light. This may be a 'modern' music concert but guaranteed to be highly melodic and no fear of dissonance! An evening of beautiful music with a line up of top class soloists.

    Musical Director, David Ballard says "This might just be the project I’ve worked on as a musician that I’m most excited about. I don’t care if you like choral music or not - you need to come and listen. Great contemporary music, great soloists, and a choir who want to show you they love it. Be there."

    David's enthusiasm is infectious and no wonder when you consider that the concert will feature a major work by Howard Goodall CBE who will be familar to many as the presenter of many television programmes with a musical theme and as the prodigious composer of musicals, choral music and a multitude of television theme music such as Blackadder, Mr Bean and, possibly, most popular The Vicar of Dibley.

    Eternal Light: A Requiem was originally commissioned by Rambert Dance Company as a choral-orchestral-dance piece and has quickly earned a firm place in the choral repertoire.The composer tweeted: "Have a very happy memory of a concert with my school choir in Cromer Parish Church in the summer of 1974. Not in a million years would I have guessed then something like this by me would one day fill its arches: Eternal Light: A Requiem on April 28th".

    Also on the programme are works by the widely performed American composer Morten Lauridsen, the Norwegian Ola Gjeilo and the Devon-based composer of sacred music Graham Keitch whose works are rapidly becoming popular and frequently performed by choirs and in cathedrals around the world.

    Lux aeterna
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Northern Lights
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    O lux beatissima
    Graham Keitch (1956-)
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    27 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Alondra de la Parra conducts Dvorák
    Alondra de la Parra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Luca Buratto
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In fin-de-siècle Paris, Stravinsky's scores for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes caused a sensation. But there’s more than one way to change the world, and with his Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Claude Debussy created a realm of sensuous beauty that was decades ahead of its time. Alondra de la Parra reveals all that wonder tonight, and partners the young Italian pianist Luca Buratto in the concerto of silver and steel that Prokofiev wrote in a Russia on the brink of revolution. And then something completely different: the sunshine, birdsong and unbridled melody of what's surely Antonín Dvorák's happiest symphony.

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 2 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Mutter plays Penderecki
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Anne-Sophie Mutter needs no introduction to LPO audiences – we're honoured to have enjoyed a long musical partnership with this incomparable artist. The prospect of hearing her luminous tone and effortless command in Penderecki's impassioned Second Violin Concerto, which was written especially for her, is genuinely exciting, as is the opportunity to hear it conducted by Lukasz Borowicz, who's worked closely with the composer. Two powerful wartime testimonies begin and end the programme: Panufnik's Heroic Overture, written by a composer who witnessed the fall of Warsaw, and Prokofiev's mighty 'symphony of the greatness of the human spirit', premiered in Moscow in 1945 to the sound of gunfire.

    Heroic Overture
    Sir Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 2, 'Metamorphosis'
    Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-)
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    1 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Symphonic Rock | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Capital Voices Choir, David Firman, Ken Bruce, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Hear your musical heroes come to life for one epic night in this must-see show of classic rock anthems and hit songs performed by the amplified Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and rhythm section, featuring a spectacular light show and music by Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Queen, Take That, The Rolling Stones, Survivor, Bon Jovi and much more.

    New for 2018: A special celebration of British music icon Adele , and a tribute to the legendary George Michael.

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    29 April 2018 - 6:30pm
    Accio Piano Trio
    Accio Piano Trio
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    We welcome the Accio Piano Trio from Austria to Conway Hall, performing an eclectic mix of trios from Haydn to Shostakovich. This concert is kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

    The Accio Piano Trio was founded in 2013 by Christina Scheicher and Clemens Böck at Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Since autumn 2015, Leo Morello is the new Cellist.

    The ensemble is studying at Sándor Végh Institute of Mozarteum University, taking classes with violinist Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) and pianist Tünde Kurucz. The ensemble also participated in masterclasses with the Trio di Parma in Portogruaro (Italy). In July 2017 the trio was sent to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as an exchange ensemble of the Mozarteum.

    In 2014 the trio had the opportunity to perform in the 4th Salzburg Chamber Music Festival and had a concert tour to China (Shenzhen, Wuhan). From the same year, the trio has been supported by the foundation Yehudi Menuin – Live Music Now, through which they are regularly given the opportunity to offer concerts to social institutions in Austria and Germany. 2015, the ensemble won a 2nd prize at the Enkor Chamber Music Competition with their recording of Shostakovich’s 1st piano trio. Furthermore, the accio piano trio is a winner of Musica Juventutis and made its debut at Wiener Konzerthaus in October 2015. In 2016 the trio could commission a new work to the Austrian composer Jakob Gruchmann. His trio Schneekammer was premiered at Goldegg Castle (Austria) with other early works of great composers. The concert program was aired by the Austrian national radio. In the season 17/18 the accio piano trio performed at the International Music Festival Portogruaro (Italy), in Switzerland, Berlin and at the 6th Salzburg Chamber Music Festival.

    Upcoming highlights for the next season is again a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus and concert tours to Hamburg (Tschaikowsky-Saal), London (Conway Hall), Dakar and to the Czech Republic. Furthermore the ensemble is regularly performing at the Salzburger Nachmittagskonzerte and the Salzburg Palace Concerts. For the season 18/19 the accio piano trio is part of the Jeunesseprogramme in Austria and therefor looking forward to numerous concerts in Austria.

    Keyboard Trio No 26 in F sharp minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Piano Trio in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    Piano Trio No 1 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    6 May 2018 - 6:30pm
    Simon Callaghan and friends
    Ashok Klouda, Jamie Campbell, Simon Callaghan
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff. 2017 has taken Simon throughout the UK and to Italy, Holland and Switzerland.

    Simon Callaghan’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concerti by Françaix, Tippett and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s 3rd Concerto. His rapidly-expanding discography includes solo works by Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Sacheverell Coke and two volumes of Delius with Parnassius Duo partner, Hiro Takenouchi (on Somm). In November he released his debut concerto recording for Hyperion’s lauded Romantic Piano Concerto series: the first recordings of Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

    Jamie Campbell was born in London. After reading Music at Clare College, Cambridge he continued his studies in Vienna, London and Madrid. He divides his time evenly between his work as Principal 2nd Violin of Aurora Orchestra, as a guest leader and principal of other orchestras, and as a chamber musician. In 2004 he founded the Solstice Quartet, in which he was 1st violin, and who played together until 2013. The quartet won the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize in 2009 and gave their debut at the Wigmore Hall debut in the same year. He is now regularly invited to perform at chamber music festivals including Cervo- Italy, Whittington, ‘New Paths’- Beverley, Highgate and Aberystwyth.

    Jamie has appeared as leader with the London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, The Dmitri Ensemble, Nevil Holt Opera and St Endellion Festival Orchestra. Highlights of 2016 included BBC Proms performances with Aurora, with Cercle de l’Harmonie and with Multi-Story Orchestra, tours to Switzerland, France, Spain, and Germany and a return to Southwell Music Festival where he is Associate Artistic Director.

    In July he premiered a new concerto ‘The Fallen Elm’ written for him by Graham Ross. He has also premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sebastian Currier, Giles Swayne, Joseph Philbbs, Richard Blackford, Kim Ashton and John Metcalf. Jamie also performs on period instruments and this year toured with ‘Arcangelo’, ‘Solomon’s Knot’ and the French-based orchestra ‘Cercle de l’Harmonie’. Jamie plays a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner.

    Cellist Ashok Klouda has performed all over the world and currently leads a busy and varied career as performer and teacher.

    Ashok made his solo Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 as a result of winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation Young Artists Fund award. He has won many other awards and prizes, including 1st prize in the 2006 J & A Beare Solo Bach Competition, the 2007 Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the 2009 Tunnell Trust concert scheme.

    Cellist in the Artea Quartet, Ashok is also a member cello octet ‘Cellophony’ and the London International Players. From 2009 to 2011 Ashok was cellist in the Barbirolli Quartet, during which time he toured Singapore and New Zealand, appeared throughout Europe as part of the ECHO ‘Rising Stars’ scheme and performed on the 1692 ‘Segelman’ Stradivarius cello kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

    Since 2010, Ashok has been on the Advisory Board for The London Cello Society. Teaching is an important part of Ashok’s life – he has taught cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School and given classes at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Ashok now heads up the Ex-Animo Mentorship Scheme – a new initiative to help and mentor today’s most talented young ensembles and prepare them for the profession.

    Ashok has performed many times on BBC Radio 3 and he has recorded for the Nimbus Alliance label with the Barbirolli Quartet, for Music Chamber and Edition Classics as a member of Cellophony and for Champs Hill Records as a member of the Artea Quartet.

    Ashok is a Founder and joint Artistic Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival in London, in which he performs annually with many of today’s most eminent chamber musicians and soloists.

    In 2016, Ashok was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

    Ashok performs on a cello made in 2012 by Tibor Szemmelweisz.

    Piano Trio in B flat 'Sonatensatz'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for violin and piano in A, 'Grand Duo'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    26 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi and Handel by candlelight | London Musical Arts Ensemble
    John Landor, London Musical Arts Ensemble
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy our candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and exquisitely performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Alexander's Feast
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Concerto Grosso in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight
    Ivor Setterfield, Richard Milone, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 4 violins in E minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for violin and strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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