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Format: 2020-06-06
Format: 2020-06-06
  • 11 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Brussels Philharmonic
    Brussels Philharmonic, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Stéphane Denève
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The extraordinary opening music of Mahler's First Symphony, with its razor-thin drone on the strings and echoes of brass calls, heralds the symphony career of on of the greatest composers that ever lived.

    Experience this symphony in a programme of thrilling orchestral music, also including Liszt's Second Piano Concerto, sure to be performed with characteristic flair by internationally renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

    'The performance was so exuberant and inspired it was impossible not to be swept up' (The New York Times).

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestral Series 2019/20.

    This Midnight Hour
    Anna Clyne (1980-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Titan'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 16 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven's 250th anniversary Piano Concerto Series: 3
    Elizabeth Sombart, Pierre Vallet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The third concert in a complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

    Beethoven’s personal life was famously wild and tortured, from his wretched childhood and early musical education at the hands of an alcoholic and abusive father to his hopeless, unrequited romantic passions. Yet from personal chaos emerged perhaps the greatest music ever composed. Written for the instrument with which he is inextricably linked, the five piano concertos chart the dramatic period of Beethoven’s career from young composer-performer to the early stages of his painful descent into profound deafness, and the cruel end of his own performing career. Each is a sublime masterpiece, distilling the spirit and towering genius of this most prodigious composer.

    Beethoven’s Piano Concertos are presented in this series together with the last ten symphonies of his near-contemporary Mozart.

    There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.5pm by John Suchet, the acclaimed broadcaster and author of Beethoven: the Man Revealed (for concert ticket holders only)

    Symphony No 33 in B Flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 38 in D, 'Prague'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 7 June 2020 - 3:00pm
    Festival of Joy | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    A trio of cantatas drawn from earlier works, deftly reworked to suit their new contexts. The Pentecostal cantatas 173 and 184 find their roots in secular Serenatas written for Prince Leopold at Cöthen, their imagery ingeniously preserved so that association between words and music is unharmed. Cantata 194, written for the dedication of the church and organ at Störmthal in 1723, was probably also based on a lost Cöthen work and is revived here in full festal splendour for Trinity Sunday in 1724.

    Cantata No 173, 'Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 184, 'Erwünschtes Freudenlicht'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 194, 'Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 6 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2020 - Exeter
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Exeter Cathedral Exeter EX1 1HS
    United Kingdom

    2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Sixteen's annual Choral Pilgrimage tour. Since 2000 they have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, discovering some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and building relationships with wonderful communities, many of which they return to year after year.

    This year’s tour focuses on Rome, a city which has inspired countless pilgrimages, and where each of the four composers in this year’s programme created some of their finest work.

    De lamentatione
    Plainchant ()
    Recessit pastor noster from Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Pater noster
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Ave Maria ---- virgo serena
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae
    Felice Anerio (c1560-1614)
    Gaude virgo
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Gloria from Missa in lectulo meo
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Illibata Dei virgo nutrix
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Regina caeli laetare a8
    Felice Anerio (c1560-1614)
    Salve regina a8
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
  • 13 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2020 - St Albans
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    The Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban St Albans AL1 1BY
    United Kingdom

    2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Sixteen's annual Choral Pilgrimage tour. Since 2000 they have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, discovering some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and building relationships with wonderful communities, many of which they return to year after year.

    This year’s tour focuses on Rome, a city which has inspired countless pilgrimages, and where each of the four composers in this year’s programme created some of their finest work.

    De lamentatione
    Plainchant ()
    Recessit pastor noster from Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Pater noster
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Ave Maria ---- virgo serena
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Litaniae Beatissimae Virginis Mariae
    Felice Anerio (c1560-1614)
    Gaude virgo
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Gloria from Missa in lectulo meo
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Illibata Dei virgo nutrix
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Regina caeli laetare a8
    Felice Anerio (c1560-1614)
    Salve regina a8
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
  • 7 June 2020 - 6:30pm
    Oculi Ensemble
    Charlotte Scott, Emma Parker, Jon Thorne, Nathaniel Boyd, Oculi Ensemble, Simon Tandree
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Having dedicated 13 years to the quartet repertoire, the Badke Quartet are excited and thrilled to start their next venture, the Oculi Ensemble. Capitalising on their rich history of musical collaborations, they will be inviting some of the finest chamber musicians to share the stage branching out into larger and smaller combinations of up to seven players. We are delighted that they are able to close our 2019/20 season at Conway Hall!

    Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

    Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of 'affordable classical music for all' still remains. Visit our website for more information about all our Spring 2020 season music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    String Quintet No 4 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Langsamer Satz, for string quartet
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quintet No 1 in F
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 6 June 2020 - 12:00pm
    Postponed: Friends of St Laurence's Church, Chorley | Shaun Turnball (organ)
    Shaun Turnball
    St Laurence's Church Chorley PR7 1EB
    United Kingdom

    Shaun Turnball is the Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral, a post he has held since 2012. Prior to this position, Shaun held a number of posts in the North-East concurrently including, Director of Chapel Music, St John’s College, Durham University; Director of Music, Ponteland Parish Church; together with the role of musical director of a number of secular choirs. Shaun also spent a period as a deputy Lay Clerk at Newcastle Cathedral, where he also deputised as accompanist during an interregnum. He performed a similar role on the organ for two terms at Hexham Abbey.

    As an organist, Shaun has played for numerous high-profile services and broadcasts. Whilst a student in Birmingham, he played in master classes for a number of legends of the organ world including Thomas Trotter, Dame Gillian Weir, David Sanger, Wolfgang Zerer, David Goode, and Susan Landale. More regular study was with Professor David Saint, Canon Marcus Huxley, James Parsons, and Daniel Moult. More recently, Shaun has continued musical studies with Darius Battiwalla and Dr John Bertalot.

    Shaun is a holder of both the Fellowship and Choral Directing Diplomas of the Royal College of Organists; in the latter, he was the John Brook Memorial Prize winner (for achieving the highest marks in the practical assessment).

    Shaun has an active and regular relationship with the BBC- having broadcast on Choral Evensong, Songs of Praise, Sunday Half Hour and particularly Daily Service- the latter of which he has contributed to over 100 editions of the long-running programme.

    Recent recital performances include Hexham Abbey, Marylebone Parish Church; St Chad’s, Shrewsbury; St Giles, Pontefract; along with the Cathedrals of Bangor, St Edmundsbury, and Bradford.

  • 13 June 2020 - 10:30am
    Cancelled – Platinum Choral Workshop: Here I Stand
    Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger
    St Mary's Church, Battersea London SW11 3NA
    United Kingdom

    Marian texts are a constant source of inspiration for composers old and new, and here we investigate three different texts praising the Virgin Mary. We begin with two Renaissance settings of the Compline antiphon Ave Regina caelorum, one by English composer Peter Philips and one by noted murderer and Prince of Venosa, Carlo Gesualdo. Reflecting these is a setting of the same text by the current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE. Additionally, we will sing two Orthodox-inspired works: Sergei Rachmaninov’s much-loved setting of the Ave Maria, Bogoroditse Dyevo, from his expansive All-Night Vigil; and the spacious setting by John Tavener of Mother of God, here I stand, a poem by the romantic Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, written for the Temple Church Choir.

    Ave, Regina coelorum from Sacrae Cantiones
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Ave Regina caelorum
    Peter Philips (1560/1-1628)
    Ave Regina caelorum
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Rejoice O Virgin) from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Mother of God, here I stand from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
  • 14 June 2020 - 5:00pm
    Postponed: The Dream of Gerontius with David Briggs and the Farrant Singers
    Andrew Mackay, David Briggs, Farrant Singers, John Graham-Hall, Susanna Spicer, Timothy Dickinson
    Gillingham Methodist Church Gillingham SP8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38, is a work for voices and orchestra in two parts composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and settling into Purgatory. The piece is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and many consider it to be his masterpiece.

    International concert organist David Briggs will be accompanying the Farrant Singers by playing a special organ transcription of the orchestral score. The well-known English tenor John Graham-Hall is taking the part of Gerontius and Susannah Spicer the angel. This is our most ambitious concert to date so please support it if you can.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 9 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Postponed: Mozart and Moonlight Sonata by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Lachlan Redd, Peter G Dyson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Overture from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Divertimento for strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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